Glass Door in Southfields

Glassdoor is the largest Winter Night Shelter in London and operates across South West London. A Wandsworth section started in 2016 and St Barnabas Southfields participates on Friday evenings. This year’s cycle will begin on Friday 10th of November. This year there will be men and women staying. Glassdoor is professionally run so one experienced member of staff is present all evening and at least 2 night staff stay on the premises until the morning.

Currently we do have plenty of volunteers for the evening but some more would always be welcome on Saturday mornings which will allow the possibility of providing a better breakfast. The ideal at the heart of Glassdoor is to treat homeless people, who often experience hostility and violence, with dignity and hospitality. The main tasks for volunteers is to prepare St Barnabas halls for supper, produce food for a nourishing three course meal, provide warm drinks, to welcome our guests and to wash up afterwards as they prepare to sleep. For more information see www.glassdoor.org.uk . People from the church and the local community have found it a valuable and rewarding experience.

We’ll be CAROL SINGING in and around Southfields 
in aid of GLASS DOOR 

Monday December 18th   6-7pm at the Tube Station
Tuesday December 19th  between 7 and 9pm “Southfields Gardens”                  (meet at the Vicarage at 7pm)

Women’s supper

Saturday, November 11th 2017, from 7pm in the Vicarage. 
Please let Margery know if you’re coming. (8788 2024) Many thanks.
All welcome!

Reformation 1517 – 2017

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther pinned 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, protesting against the practice of indulgences and touching on questions of grace, repentance and forgiveness.

The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation provides the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues of church, state, and religious and cultural diversity that are still at the centre of our national life: the conflicts that divide, and the convictions diverse parts of the Christian church hold sacred – the pillars on which their faith stands or falls. How are we called to be reformed by the Gospel? How do we build the unity Christ called for with those whose convictions are very different from our own?

This autumn St Martin in the Fields will host a lecture series, exploring some of these hopes and controversies. All lectures from 7.00pm-8.30pm on Monday evenings at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and are free and open to all.

If you are interested, you can listen here:

Alister McGrath on the Meaning of the Reformation 500 years ago and today – an introduction to the importance of the reformation not only for the church

Lucy Winkett and Sam Wells on Reforming the Church – exploring the challenges that the church faces today from the viewpoint of the reformation. There are now also a scripts available under the above link.

Nicholas Holtam, David Monteith and Sally Hitchiner on Reforming Marriage – exploring the challenges of gay relationships, civil partnerships and same sex marriage for the church.

David Olusoga and Liz Adekunle on Reforming Attitudes to Race – exploring our attitudes to race in 21st century Britain.

Nobel Peace Price 2017

 

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon (ICAN) wins the 2017 Nobel Peace prize

 

 

ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries. By harnessing the power of the people, we are working to bring an end to the most destructive weapon ever created – the only weapon that poses an existential threat to all humanity.

This prize is a tribute to the tireless efforts of many millions of campaigners and concerned citizens worldwide – including a number here at St Paul’s – who, ever since the dawn of the atomic age, have loudly protested nuclear weapons, insisting that they can serve no legitimate purpose and must be forever banished from the face of our earth.

It is a tribute also to the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the hibakusha – and victims of nuclear test explosions around the world, whose searing testimonies and unstinting advocacy were instrumental in securing this landmark agreement.

The work continues until all nuclear weapons have been destroyed.

Harvest Celebrations

Decorating for Harvest.
We will be decorating the church for Harvest on Saturday September 30th at 9:45am. If you are able to help in any of the following ways it would be much appreciated:-any garden produce or seasonal foliage with or without berries, helping to decorate or clearing up (from 11:15am) or a donation towards the cost of the decoration. Don’t forget as in recent years, any fresh fruit or veg will be sold after the service on Sunday morning and monies raised will go to the local food bank which helps families in need in our area. Offers of help please to me Doreen Hewitt on 0208 337 4815, or doreenhewitt@yahoo.co.uk

Harvest Festival Service Sunday 1st October 10am

Harvest Festival Supper Saturday 7th October 7-10pm  Community Centre
An Evening celebrating our diversity at St Paul’s. Please come in your national costume and bring some typical food; perhaps you can also show off an aspect of your homeland’s culture.

Please sign up on the red board at the back of the church.

Bring along a neighbour or friend

Parsons Green Incident

Father of Forgiveness,
who has forgiven us so much in order to bring us back into relationship with you. Teach us to forgive. Help us forgive even when the personal cost is huge, knowing we are always held by you. But let us always push for an end to injustice, to challenge the systems of oppression we find ourselves in. For you are the God of mercy, but also a lover of justice. Amen.

Parish Profile

Parish Profile As part of the process of recruiting a new vicar, we have to produce a Parish Profile describing distinctive features of St Paul’s and explaining how we see the church developing in the future.

To enable everyone to contribute to this we are inviting you to complete a questionnaire during September and October, and are organising an open consultation meeting with small discussion groups on Sunday October 8th at 11.30.

Please note the date as we would like to have a healthy attendance.

Parish Profile 2017 Questionnaire

Pilgrimage to Iona

Today, a group of 14 members of St Paul’s aged between 12 and 73 will be setting off for the Scottish Island of Iona for a week’s retreat, renewal and refreshment, staying at the Abbey as guests of the Iona Community.

Please think of us as we embark on our long journey – we’ll be thinking of you all on the Island.

On the final leg of our long journey to the isle of Iona, we passed the Iona Community young people’s contribution to the Bunnessan annual scarecrow competition, warning of the dangers of the UK’s nuclear submarines in the waters of Argyll, one of the community’s concerns as part of our engagement for justice and peace.