ST. PAUL’S CHURCH and ST. MARY’S CHURCH WOOBURN
Church Summer Open Afternoons – Sundays in August 3-5pm
St Paul’s Church will be open on Sunday afternoons in August through to 3rd September to enable the community to have a peaceful look around the church and enjoy afternoon tea. Everyone welcome!
Teddy Bear Parachute Jump – Sunday 3rd September 12.30-4pm
Once again children of all ages are invited to come to St Paul’s to give their well-loved cuddly toys a trip of a lifetime. The teddies will take a parachute jump from the top of the church tower!
Interested in becoming a Bell Ringer?
St Paul’s is inviting anyone interested in Bell Ringing to join its friendly group.
Not only is it fun and great exercise, you learn a new skill over time. The team enters competitions, rings at other churches, and has friendship groups around the world.
The Bell Ringers meet 7:30-9:00pm on Wednesdays at St Paul’s Church. Anyone over the age of 11 years old is welcome. For more information contact the Vicarage on 01628 521209.
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We had some lovely activities over Christmas for children. Breakfast with Santa was a great success with around 150 people attending. Many who went on to attend Messy Church the following week, and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. We hope to be able to do it all again next year!
Unwanted Christmas Presents? Donate them to us by leaving them at St Paul’s or St Mary’s for us to collect and reuse.
The Sunday Club has some fun activities planned for children this year. The first and third Sundays of the month are for teaching, and the second and fourth Sundays for more messy activities! Come along at 9:30am at St Paul’s.
The Friday Communion Service and Lunch held at St Mary’s will continue in term time, as will the Youth Club on Mondays 7-8:30pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Toddlers on Tuesdays 9:30am at St Paul’s Church Hall, and Tots Praise on Fridays 9:45am also at St Paul’s Church Hall.
Further information can be found on our website www.stpaulswooburn.org
To hire St Mary’s Church Hall or St Paul’s Church Hall and Garden , please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01628 525512.
St Paul’s has some lovely activities for children leading up to Christmas.
On Saturday 10th December children can have ‘Breakfast with Santa’. Contact email@example.com for timings and tickets.
If your children enjoy crafts, getting messy and tea then come to the Messy Christmas Crafts on Saturday 17th December 3-5pm at St Paul’s Church Hall. This is a joint venture with St Mark’s Church in Bourne End. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Services: There will be a Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 18th December at St Paul’s, and the popular Christmas Eve Crib Service will be held back in St Paul’s church this year at 4pm. Children are welcome to come dressed as Shepherds and Angels. The Midnight Mass will start at 11pm at St Paul’s.On Christmas Day at St Paul’s there will be a Communion Service at 8am; followed by an All-Age Service at 9:30am. On New Year’s Day there will be an Informal Holy Communion at 9:30am at St Paul’s.
Regular Activities: The Friday Communion Service and Lunch held at St Mary’s will continue in term time, as will the Youth Club on Mondays 7-8:30pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Toddlers on Tuesdays 9:30am at St Paul’s Church Hall, and Tots Praise on Fridays 9:45am also at St Paul’s Church Hall. Further information can be found on our website www.stpaulswooburn.org
The Walk Centre: We support The Walk Centre in Nakuru, Kenya, which helps slum-dwelling children and their families by providing education, healthcare and food aid. As well as helping with the charity’s many projects we aim to provide girls with handmade dresses, made from pillowcases, and boys with handmade shorts, made from adult t-shirts. We hold regular workshops to make dresses and shorts for the children. The next one will be on Saturday 7th January at St Mary’s. If you are interested in getting out your sewing machine please contact Sam at email@example.com.
Hire of Church Halls: For more information on any of our services or to St Mary’s Church Hall or St Paul’s Church Hall and Garden contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01628 525512.
What is the connection between St Paul’s Church, Wooburn and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia?
On a recent visit to Australia I visited St Patrick’s Cathedral in order to join their band of bell ringers for a practice. The Tower Captain began by explaining that the 8 bells in the Cathedral tower had been cast in Dublin by the Murphy bell foundry. What a coincidence! – St Paul’s, Wooburn also has a bell cast in the Murphy bell foundry. We have, in fact, the only one in Buckinghamshire and because of its rarity the bell is protected by a preservation order. Our bell is used to sound the hours on the church clock .
It was great to have the chance to ring the St Patrick’s bells – they are in fact the only complete set of Murphy bells which are still capable of being rung in the world. In between ringing I was able to look around the ringing chamber – I spotted a photograph on the wall of a band of English ringers, who came out to Australia on a ringing tour in 1934. Imagine my surprise when I recognised the names of two of the ringers! W H Fussell and G Martin are on the peal boards in St Pauls! These boards record special pieces of ringing.
Bellringing is a great hobby – ringers can be all ages from about 10 to over 80. Once proficient you can ring on bells in many different towers both in the UK and overseas.
If you are interested in learning to ring – or just want to find out a little more about what’s involved please contact Louise Walton (email@example.com ).
Saturday 17th December – Messy Christmas Church in St. Paul’s Church Hall (A joint venture with St. Mark’s, Bourne End)
Sunday 18th December – 6pm Carol Service in St. Paul’s Church
Saturday 24th December – 4pm Christmas Eve Crib Service in St. Paul’s Church & 11pm Christmas Eve Midnight Communion
Sunday 25th December – Christmas Day 8am BCP
Christmas Day – 9.30am all-ages
Sunday 1st January 2017 – 9.30am Informal Holy Communion with reserved sacrament
There is some good news for St. Paul’s Church in Wooburn Town after the English Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to grant £244,700 to the church for repairs to the roof.
St.Paul’s had been listed on the “at risk” register due to concerns when the roof timbers were found to be infested with Death Watch Beetle & the aluminium roof wasn’t water tight. The church will be closed during repairs which are due to start on 26th October, securing the future of the church. Read more…