Events at St Paul's
St Paul's is a vibrant part of the Chiswick community and we are lucky enough to have a large group of musicians both professional and amateur, as well as lots of volunteers who enjoy coming together to sing, play, entertain, fundraise and have fun! To receive a short weekly newsletter with information about our forthcoming events, please contact ceciliathwaites@gmail.com

2020 Calendar 

January 2020

Sunday 5 January
Epiphany Sunday

Family Service at 10am with processional carol We Three Kings as we celebrate the arrival of the Magi at the stable. 

 

Tuesday 7 January 8pm
Book Group

All are welcome at our book group, which takes place at 8pm in the vicarage. Our book is Augustine’s Life of Prayer, Learning and Love.  For more information about the book club, please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  

 

Sunday 26th January 4:30pm
Youth Group

Everyone from ages 11-17 is most welcome to join us in the vicarage between 4.30-6pm. The Youth Group comprises a mixture of activities such as sport, baking, table tennis, snooker and some discussion of philosophical or religious ideas where doubts are welcomed and questions encouraged! We want to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for young people to explore what they really believe and what they think about God and the church. If you'd like to find out more then please contact Bea Vickers on 07766 491716 or bea.vickers@btinternet.com

 

Friday 31 January
Quiz Night! 7 pm for a 7:30 start

Come along and join us for our annual quiz night! Questions this year will be set by the Jessop family! Tickets are £10.00 and you can either make up a team of 8 by booking a table or if you would like to come alone, Michael will put you onto a table with others. Each table leader will arrange with their team to bring a shepherds pie (or other hot dish) for the team to share - plus salad if you wish. St Paul's will provide fruit, biscuits and cheese. Cutlery and crockery are also supplied. There will be a cash bar. Booking is essential so please contact Michael on 020 8994 4387 or michaelc.riley@virgin.net if you would like to join us for what is always a very jolly evening!  

 

February 2020

Sunday 2 February 10am

Candlemass Service
A family service with eucharist at 10am to celebrate Candlemass.

 

Sunday 2 February  4pm

Children's Church

We would like to welcome families to join us in a celebration of Candlemass. These special sessions are always loads of fun with lots of craft and messy play! This will be an interactive service and children of all ages are invited together with accompanying adults. If you would like more information about this service, then please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  There's more information on what's availlable at St Paul's for our younger worshippers on the Children page.

 

Thursday 6 February 3-5pm

St Paul's Tea Club

Please do join us for this initiative, which aims to bring everyone in our local community together, particularly those who are in need of some company! Come along for tea, cake and a chat in church any time from 3-5 pm, and get to know your neighbours! We look forward to seeing you!

 

Sunday 9 February 11pm

Bring and Buy Sale, after the church service

We hope as many of our congregation as possible can contirbute to this month's Produce Bring and Buy. Fresh produce from you garden or allotment, marmalade, jams, chutneys, or baked goods; anything anyone cares to make and bring! Homemade cooked items all go very well such as buns, cakes, bread, biscuits, small pies, sweets, and pates. The last stall we held, we ran out of items to sell, so all offerings will be gratefully received! If you are able to contribute, contact Sara on 

 sara.m.hodson70@gmail.com or 0781 759 4611or 0208 994 7391. All offerings should be brought to church on the Sunday morning before the service or if you are unable to be there on the day then please let Sara know and she can come and pick things up from you. Thank you!

 

Thursday 13 February
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

Thursday 20 February
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

Sunday 23th February 4.30pm
Youth Group

Everyone from ages 11-17 is most welcome to join us in the vicarage between 4.30-6pm. The Youth Group comprises a mixture of activities such as sport, baking, table tennis, snooker and some discussion of philosophical or religious ideas where doubts are welcomed and questions encouraged! We want to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for young people to explore what they really believe and what they think about God and the church. If you'd like to find out more then please contact Bea Vickers on 07766 491716 or 
bea.vickers@btinternet.com

 

Tuesday 25 February
Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Day!

 

Wednesday 26 February
Ash Wednesday

10am: Eucharist with Ashing at St Mary's Convent
 

7.30pm: Eucharist with Ashing at church

 

Thursday 27 February
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

Friday 28 February 10:30am
Start of Lent Group

During Lent a Lent group will meet in church every Friday at 10:30am. This is an opportunity to reflect on Christian faith and discipleship. There will be communion at 12 noon for those who would  like to stay.

 

Friday Bible Study

During Lent, this is led by Charlotte Mendes da Costa at her home at 6:30pm on Friday evenings. For more information, please call her on 07753 573616.

 

March 2020

Friday Lent Group
During March a Lent group will meet in church every Friday at 10:30am. This is an opportunity to reflect on Christian faith and discipleship. There will be communion at 12 noon for those who would like to stay.

 

Friday Bible Study

During Lent, this is led by Charlotte Mendes da Costa at her home at 6:30pm on Friday evenings. For more information, please call her on 07753 573616.

 

Sunday 2 March 4pm
Children's Church

All children and accompanying adults are welcome to join us for an interactive service, of music, stories, experiments, crafts, refreshments and fun!.If you would like more information about our Children's Church services then please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  There's more information on what's availlable at St Paul's for our younger worshippers on the Children page.

 

Thursday 5 March
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

hursday 5 March 3-5pm

St Paul's Tea Club

Please do join us for this new initiative, which aims to bring everyone in our local community together, particularly those who are in need of some company! Come along for tea, cake and a chat in church any time from 3-5 pm, and get to know your neighbours! 

 

Thursday 12 March
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

15 March Lent Lunch: 12 noon

Soup lunch in church, all welcome.

 

Thursday 19 March
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

Sunday 22 March
Mothering Sunday

Eucharist with Baptism at 10 am with flower gifts presented to all mothers!

 

Thursday 27 March
Stay and Play 9:30am

Little ones and their parents or carers are welcome at these sessions, which are in the Isis Rooms every Thursday, from 9:30-11:30am. A great way to meet up with other families and to enjoy playing with toys and reading books with your child! For more information, please contact Shelagh on shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

Friday 27 March: The Galliard Trio
Do come along to this concert by the Galliard Trio
 

Sunday 29 March: 4.30 - 6pm: Youth Group
Everyone from ages 11-17 is most welcome to join us in the vicarage between 4.30-6pm. The Youth Group comprises a mixture of activities such as sport, baking, table tennis, snooker and some discussion of philosophical or religious ideas where doubts are welcomed and questions encouraged! We want to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for young people to explore what they really believe and what they think about God and the church. If you'd like to find out more then please contact Bea Vickers on 07766 491716 or bea.vickers@btinternet.com

 

Monday 30 March 8pm: PCC meeting
The PCC will meet at 8pm, in the Vicarage.

 

Tuesday 31 March Book Group: Vicarage 8pm

Our next book is Haunted By Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith by Richard Harries. All are welcome and for more information about the book club, please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  

 

April 2020

Saturday 4 April 7:30pm
Chiswick Choir Spring Concert
POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER
The Chiswick Choir with soloists accompanied by the Apollo Baroque Consort Orchestra will be performing a glorious evening of Bach, comprising the MagnificatJesu Meine Freude and Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Tickets are £15, under 21s £5 and are available on the door, or from www.ticketsource.co.uk/chiswickchoir.

 

Sunday 5 April: Palm Sunday
10.00 am Parish Eucharist
10.00 am Family Service with Palm Procession and Passion Drama

 

Thursday 9 April: Maundy Thursday
7:30 pm Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper.
Followed by Silent Watch until midnight.

Friday 10 April: Good Friday
11 am Craft, games and hot cross buns for children and families in the Vicarage and garden

12 noon Family Service

1 pm Stations of the Cross

2 pm Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross and Communion

Saturday 11 April: Holy Saturday
12 noon Midday Prayers

 

Sunday 12 April: Easter Sunday
10 am: Festival Family Eucharist. Please bring bells to make a joyful noise!

 

Sunday 26 April: 4.30 - 6pm: Youth Group
Everyone from ages 11-17 is most welcome to join us in the vicarage between 4.30-6pm. The Youth Group comprises a mixture of activities such as sport, baking, table tennis, snooker and some discussion of philosophical or religious ideas where doubts are welcomed and questions encouraged! We want to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for young people to explore what they really believe and what they think about God and the church. If you'd like to find out more then please contact Bea Vickers on 07766 491716 or bea.vickers@btinternet.com

 

Monday 20 April 7:30pm
Annual Gathering

An opportunity to celebrate our fellowship at St Paul’s and review the past year. This evening will include reflections, drinks, reports and elections for the church wardens and the Church Council.

 

May 2020

Thursday 7 May 3-5pm

Tea Club

All are welcome at the St Paul's Tea Club which is on the first Thursday of every month, in church from 3-5pm. Pop in for a cuppa and a chat - you may make some new friends or catch up with your neighbours! If the weather is nice then we will meet in the lovely church garden!

 

Sunday 3 May 4pm

Children's Church

St Paul's Children's Church is for small children (from toddlers to juniors) and parents are very welcome to stay with their little ones if they'd like to. The session lasts for about an hour and is very interactive with music, stories, experiments crafts and refreshments! Do come along and try it out! There's more information on what's availlable at St Paul's for our younger worshippers on the Children page.

 

Sunday 31 May
​Pentecost Sunday

Family Eucharist Service at 10 am in church.

 

June 2020

Thursday 4 June 3-5pm

Tea Club

All are welcome at the St Paul's Tea Club which is on the first Thursday of every month, from 3-5pm. Pop in for a cuppa and a chat - you may make some new friends or catch up with your neighbours! If the weather is nice then we will meet in the lovely church garden! 

 

Sunday 7 June 4pm

CHILDREN'S CHURCH

St Paul's Children's Church is for small children (from toddlers to juniors) and parents are very welcome to stay with their little ones if they'd like to. The session lasts for about an hour and is very interactive with music, stories, experiments crafts and refreshments! Do come along and try it out!

 

July 2020

Thursday 2 July 3-5pm

TEA CLUB

Why not pop along to the St Paul's Tea Club which is on the first Thursday of every month, in church from 3-5pm? Come and join us for a cuppa and a chat - you may make some new friends or catch up with your neighbours! If the weather is nice then we will meet in the lovely church garden! 

 

Sunday 5 July 4pm

CHILDREN'S CHURCH

St Paul's Children's Church is for small children (from toddlers to juniors) and parents are very welcome to stay with their little ones if they'd like to. The session lasts for about an hour and is very interactive with music, stories, experiments crafts and refreshments! Do come along and try it out!

  

August 2020

 

September 2020

Sunday tbc September 10am

HARVEST THANKSGIVNG

Our family celebration is at 10am in church. This will be followed by a soup lunch at 12 noon which is in aid of Water Aid.

 

October 2020

Sunday 3 October 10am
HARVEST THANKSGIVING

A family celebration with music. If you are able, please bring non-perishable goods which will be collected for the Upper Room in Hammersmith, a charity which helps the homeless and vulnerable in west London.

 

Sunday 3 October 11am

Bring and Buy Produce Sale

Do come along to our socially-distanced Bring and Buy sale held straight after church in the garden - weather permitting! Fruit, vegetables, jams, chutneys, preserves, jellies and baked goods will all be on sale! We're looking for contributions, so if your garden is overflowing with apples and marrows or if you're in the mood for baking; then please contact Sara on sara.m.hodson70@gmail.com or 0781 759 4611or 0208 994 7391. Thank you! 

 

Saturday 10 October 10-12 noon

The Great Garden Clear Up

If you fancy some socially-distanced excercise, then do join us to give our lovely church garden its annual autumn sort-out! Bring your own secateurs, loppers and choppers and you will be rewarded with a cup of tea or coffee in the sunshine!

 

November 2020

MUSIC FOR AN AUTUMN EVENING

SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER 5PM

Something to really lift the spirits!  Music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and more, performed by Ben and Bea Chappell and Mike Reed. Recommended donation of £15 or more per ticket (which includes a complimentary glass of wine!) in aid of the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. The concert will be Covid secure and places will be limited. To reserve your seats and for payment details, please email beachappell@aol.com. Gatherings are allowed at places of worship as long as there is no mixing of households and social distancing guidelines are followed.  If a national circuit breaker is announced then the evening will be cancelled and all monies reimbursed. 

 

Monday 9 November 8pm

PCC MEETING

 

Sunday 8 November 10am
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE 

Eucharist, with an act of Remembrance at 11am 

 

December 2020

Sunday 6 December 5-6:30pm Gospel Reading

To mark the start of Advent, Simon Surtees will read aloud the Gospel of St Mark. It will take about an hour and a half, and should be an enthralling and moving experience. Mark's gospel relates the ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ in a fast-moving account that often focuses on Jesus's powerful deeds. Mark’s role is primarily that of reporter, filled with awe at the marvellous events and eager to transmit the gospel to his listeners. Mark is a natural dramatist, and miracles abound as winds are stilled, a blind man regains his sight, and a handful of loaves and fishes feeds a legion

 

Thursday 24 December 

CHRISTMAS EVE


Friday 25 December 
CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Previous Events

Above you can see pictures from concerts, the St Michael's Players 2019 production of Salad Days, our Royal Garden Party and our St Paul's to St Paul's walk which raised over £2,500 in sponsorship money for our church. Some of our regular events include the Quiz Night in January and a Christmas Concert in December. Below is more information about some of our past events and at the bottom of the page you can look at galleries of photographs.

I Knew A SImple Soldier Boy brought to St Paul's the voices and music of those who participated in and lived through the Great War in two extraordinarily moving and powerful performances. Written by John Theakston and drawing on the personal reminiscences of ordinary people and contemporary soldiers' songs and music; the concert on 11 November 2018 exactly 100 years after the Armistice featured a choir of 55 adults, a children's choir of 35 from the Unicorn school in Kew and a professional orchestra of 15 players under the direction of West End musical director Michael Reed. Simon Shepherd narrated the performance, and we were also lucky enough to have Andee-Louise Hypolite, Michael George, Bogdan Kominowski, Rebecca Gresson and Bernd Steixner as our professional guest soloists. The fabulous theatrical lighting was by Andrew Voller Lighting Design Ltd and the superb sound by Simon Walter. Thanks so much Andy and SImon - we massively appreciate all your hard work! Below are a few photos of the event - many are from the dress rehearsal rather than the event itself!

Photo Galleries of Events

  • Rock in a Hard Place is a brand new musical taking us through the life of St Paul. It has a witty and original script by John Theakston and music composed by Michael Reed and received its world premiere at St Paul's Church on Sunday 7 June at 7 pm. The cast included Bogdan Kominowski (who played Jesus in the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar), professional actors Danny Hill and performers Patrick Clancy and Keel Watson. The part of the narrator was sung by local opera singer Rebecca Gresson. You can get a flavour of the show below!
  • In 2014 we commemorated the start of WW1 with our concert I Knew A Simple Soldier Boy. The event was sold out, and was a moving and marvellous occasion. Go to the website below to view our tribute.
  • To see some pictures of the last GroveSTOCK Music Festival - which was GroveSTOCK2013 - have a look below!This featured an amazing line up of bands both local and professional and a fantastic day was had by all!
  • Our May 2013 concert entitled Rejoice was a veritable extravaganza of brass, gospel and rock! It featured performances from The Chiswick Rock Choir, Mad About Gospel, our own St Paul's Choir and Quintessent Brass playing with local tuba supremo Kevin Morgan. You can look at some photos of the evening at:
  • One of our most successful concerts ever was to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The concert was a sell-out occasion and we all enjoyed this rousing and jubliant event on a beautiful May evening.
  • Over 40 children were involved in our performance of The Carnival of the Animals - with some amazing costumes as well as lots of singing and dancing! We also performed a new Michael Reed arrangement of The Daniel Jazz and Peter and the Wolf - a fabulous menagerie of music!

Second Sunday Concerts

The Second Sunday Concerts were a very popular series of concerts, which took place on the second Sunday of every month - hence the name! They were always in the church, which has excellent acoustics for live music, and are completely free! Concerts included one featuring four cellists from The London Mozart Players, who gave us a truly wonderful variety of gorgeous and spirited music and we've also been treated to classical guitar, trumpet, violin and piano as well as concerts featuring singing and jazz. If you would like to be on an email list to receive news of any forthcoming Second Sunday Concerts then please email Ben Chappell at benchappell@aol.com with Concerts in the subject line.

GroveSTOCK

GroveSTOCK is a fabulous summer music festival that takes place in the gardens and church! It is a charity event created by the residents of Grove Park to bring great music and some summer fun to the streets of Chiswick. There have been seven GroveSTOCKs to date, and over the years we've enjoyed music from an incredible array of musicians - both professional and amateur. The festival sometimes includes a kids talent competition - GroveFACTOR, and loads of different fun activities; plus a BBQ, bar and fireworks to finish! It is a non-profit making event, and all proceeds are donated to the charitable funds run by the church. We don't run GroveSTOCK every year as some years we put on summer concerts and events like our Olympic Ceilidh instead. See the photo galleries above for some more GroveSTOCK pictures!

Fireworks Party

Our Fireworks Party was a much-loved community event when we welcomed over 500 people into the gardens every November for a marvellous display of fireworks and our famous collosal bonfire! Over the years it has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity, but due to an increase in numbers in recent years, we no longer feel we can stage the event in its current form. So, we are having a break while we consider other options. Huge thanks to everyone who has come along, supported us, helped out and generally made this such a popular evening!

St Paul's Christmas Concert 

As well as the Advent and Christmas services that mark this special time of year; we always have a Christmas Concert - which is usually on the Sunday before Christmas Day. It features an eclectic mix of music and a variety of performances from many local musicians. Over the years we've enjoyed music from Mad About Gospel, The Swingle Bells Jazz Trio, Festive Folk and Ben and Bea Chappell. We've also been treated to some guest solos from stars of the West End shows. Our children's choir are always an important ingredient in the festive mix! At our 2015 concert, photographer Sirli Raitma took some super photos which really capture the jouous feel of the occasion and you can see those at https://www.flickr.com/gp/sirliraitma/x1PH15

Rev'd Michael Riley
St Paul's Church

64 Grove Park Road

Chiswick

London W4 3SB

020 8994 4387

michaelc.riley@virgin.net

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