St Paul's is used for services, christenings, weddings, funerals, book groups, rehearsals, plays, meetings, school shows, concerts, Bible study courses, confirmation classes, private prayers and more! Read on to find out what our church can offer you!

Service Times

Our main act of worship is on Sundays at 10am, when we welcome families and children. This is a Parish Communion following the new Common Worship service. The Liturgy is sung in a modern setting especially composed for St Paul’s by Mike Dixon. After the service coffee is served at the back of the church or in the garden, giving people a chance to meet and chat. 

Christenings

A christening can be part of our Sunday morning service, or we can arrange a special service. You are very welcome to use our lovely vicarage garden or the Isis rooms which adjoin the church for a party following your child's christening! Please contact our churchwardens if you would like to discuss having your child christened at St Paul's. The pictures below are from the christenings
of Billy Adams and Hugo Bryant. 

Weddings

St Paul's is a beautiful place to host this special day. You can put up a marquee in our gorgeous vicarage garden, and it is also possible to have have a smaller drinks reception in the church, or use the adjoining Isis rooms for a party. There are some more pictures of the garden on the Who We Are page. The photo above is of the wedding of Jane and Peter Valentin in June 2017, with their lovely daughters and bridesmaids Rosie and Florence! If you are interested in using St Paul's for your special day, please contact our churchwardens.

Below are some photos from the wedding of Celia Surtees and Christopher Charlwood; which was held at St Paul's

in the summer of 2015. As you can see, they had their reception in a large marquee in the garden and were fortunate to have lovely weather too!

Our Choir

We sing during Communion every week and meet for a short practice session at 9:30am on Sundays. This is an informal group, no robes required and new members are most welcome! We also sometimes sing anthems on special occasions, and perform music of all kinds at the many St Paul's concerts! To find out more, please email simon.cv.surtees@gmail.com

Coffee Club
Coffee club is every Friday, in church, between 10:45 and12 noon. Everyone is welcome to pop in for a chat, a cuppa and some delicious cake! We'd especially like to reach out to the elderly members of our community who would appreciate  some company, so if you know anyone who may be feeling isolated, please do encourage them to come along! There will be a short overlap with the Stay and Play session, which also runs on a Friday morning, so that the toddlers can mix with our older parishioners.

Stay and Play

A friendly session for babies and toddlers together with their parents and carers. Lots of activities for pre-schoolers, both indoors and outdoors, and a cuppa and a chat for the grown-ups.

Sessions run every Friday, from 9:30-11:30 in the Isis Rooms . For more information, please contact Shelagh Allsop on 07710 385839 or shelagh.allsop@gmail.com

£1 voluntary contribution per family, which includes drinks and snacks!

Meditation Group
On Mondays, the meditation group meet at Shelia White's home at 6.45 pm for about half an hour. We practice the tradition of meditation followed by World Community of Meditation which is ecumenical. A quiet celebration of communion often follows at 7.30pm. We are often joined by members of other churches. All are welcome to attend either event or both.

 

Poetry and Prose Group

The poetry group was started during the Covid lockdown in March 2020 and now meets via Zoom every Thursday to share poetry, prose and conversation! We find it an inspiring and thought-provoking hour, and a lovely way to connect with others. You can join the group by phone as well as via a video link, please email email susan.hearn@btinternet.com if this appeals to you. We have put the poems we read durng lockdown into sixteen anthologies and you can read them by clicking on, and downloading the pdfs below.

Coronavirus Anthology 1: Favourites
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Coronavirus Anthology 2: Eastertide
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Coronavirus Anthology 3: Colours
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Coronavirus Anthology 4: Sports
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Coronavirus Anthology 5: Places
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Coronavirus Anthology 6: Weather
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Coronavirus Anthology 7: Music and Art
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Coronavirus Anthology 8: Spring
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Coronavirus Anthology 9: Animals
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Coronavirus Anthology 10: Reading and Writing
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Coronavirus Anthology 11: Dreams
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Coronavirus Anthology 12: Childhood
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Coronavirus Anthology 13: Old Age
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Coronavirus Anthology 14: Friendship
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Coronavirus Anthology 15: Families
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Coronavirus Anthology 16: Season Highights
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Youth Group

The Youth Group is currently not running, but we hope very much that it will restart shortly. Everyone from ages 11-17 was most welcome  in the vicarage between 4.30-6pm, on the last Sunday of every month. The Youth Group comprised a mixture of activities such as baking, table tennis, snooker and some discussion of philosophical or religious ideas where doubts were welcomed and questions encouraged! We aimed 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 about St Paul's Youth Group, then please contact Bea Vickers on 07766 491716 or bea.vickers@btinternet.com

 

 Book Group
The Book Group stopped during the pandemic, but we hope to retart it again soon. It was formed by a group of Grove Park Christians who were interested in exploring spiritual texts. The books we have read include A Practical Christianity by Jane Shaw,Visions of God by Karen Armstrong, Abiding by Ben Quash, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, The Shack by William Paul Young, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Silence and Honeycakes by Rowan Williams,The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis and Muhammad - A Biography of the Prophet by Karen Armstrong. Having had a very inspiring evening with Desmond Tutu's book No Future Without Forgiveness about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, we then read Looking Through The Cross by Grahame Tomlinson, The Lighthouse by Charlotte Rogan followed by Be Not Afraid by Samuel Wells and then Towards Mellbrake by Marie Elsa Bragg, the ordained daughter of Melvyn Bragg. In Autumn 2017 we all read different books about Luther to celebrate 500 years since the Reformation, which led to a very lively and interesting discussion! If you would like to know more then please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  

Confirmation

Confirmation is administered by the Bishop of Kensington either here with a small group at St Paul’s or at St Paul's Cathedral, with candidates from other parishes, or another church. Candidates are prepared by the Vicar in classes, usually in the evenings or at weekends. A special class is arranged for adults if required. If you would like to be confirmed, please speak to our churchwardensNormally children are confirmed before their first communion. All Christians are welcome to receive communion or a blessing at our communion services.

Funerals
We are always happy for the church to be used for funerals and memorial services, and to talk with people as they face life's challenges. The ministry of prayer and laying on of hands, anointng and sacramental condession are also always available. If you are interested in using St Paul's for these occasions, please contact our churchwardens.

THOUGHTS FROM OUR LLM
During the Interegnum in Autumn 2022, when we were without an incumbent; our Licensed Lay Minister Simon Surtees took one of the services. You can read his sermon below. 

 

“But the lord stood by my side and gave me strength so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the gentiles might hear it” 2 Timothy 4 vs 17

 

As some of you know, for many years I sang with a group called The Bridgeman Singers. We were a group of disparate singers who filled in for Cathedral choirs when they were on holiday. Singing with that choir has left me with many happy memories and it is one of those that I have been thinking about in relation to the passage we heard this morning from St. Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

 

The weekend in question found us in Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. Our usual conductor was indisposed but he had sent a wonderful conductor to work with us and, from my perspective, we seemed to improve with each of the services we sang over Saturday and Sunday. For me, one of the joys of working with him, was that it was quite clear that he had a strong religious faith, and he brought this faith into his interpretation of the music we sang. This came to the fore when we were rehearsing Evensong on Sunday afternoon. At traditional Mattins and Evensong services, after the Congregation have said the Apostles Creed, the Choir, together with the Cathedral Precentor, sing Responses usually set to music composed by fine musicians. The responses begin with the Lord’s Prayer followed by direct petitions to God on behalf of the nation, the Monarch, the ministers of God, and finally the people of God. For me, these petitions are not just for those in the congregation; the congregation are praying for all people. At the last petition, the Priest sings “O God make clean our hearts within us” to which the response is “And take not thy Holy Spirit from Us”. At our rehearsal, we sang it quietly and it sounded pretty. On this occasion, however, it was not enough for our conductor. There was quiet. He looked at us and said, “You know, I think it is at this point that the Composer is trying to convey to the Congregation that they are in the presence of God…and so must we”. He was asking us to feel the presence of God and convey it in our singing. No pressure there, then!

 

So, what is it about today’s first lesson that revives that moment for me? Two questions come to mind:

1. How aware are we of the presence of God in this church and in our lives?

2. Why is it important for us, in this church today, and, crucially, at this time in the life of this Church?

To begin with, it is important for us to be aware of the context of this letter and, indeed, the last four of Paul’s letters. St. Paul is, after all our patron Saint Paul’s last our  letters, to Titus, the two letters to Timothy and the last to Philemon are known as his Pastoral letters. They are different from his letters to the Church communities which he and his followers had established in the Mediterranean areas; those letters are about the nature of Christian worship and its practise.  The last four letters are addressed to individual leaders of Christian communities; friends and followers of St Paul who had been with him and who had learnt the Christian faith from him. They are meant to be letters of support and encouragement as Paul, himself under house imprisonment in Rome, faces his own martyrdom.

 

And, as we ask ourselves of our own awareness of the reality of God in our lives and in this community, the place of Saint Paul in the context of the development of Christian faith is equally important.

 

Firstly, Paul was a Jew; what is more, he was a Pharisee who zealously persecuted Christians who dared to challenge the Pharisees orthodox view of God. As we know, because he tells us, and it is recounted by St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, Paul did meet Jesus and recognised Him for what and who he was, and that meeting changed his life. Why? Because, although he was, probably, aware of Jesus towards the end of Jesus’ ministry, he never met him face to face; his meeting with Jesus was AFTER Jesus’ resurrection and that changed everything. Paul’s realisation was that Jesus WAS the Son of God and his preaching and his message to the world came directly from God. It also meant that God was not only OF the world but FOR and IN the world. The impact of this experience forced Paul to suspend his disbelief.

 

It was, therefore, the job of Christians to make God known to the world through the evidence of Jesus’ life and ministry, his death and his Resurrection. Paul’s fellow Jews were wedded to God through tradition; they were “chosen” because of who they were. Paul’s revelation was that God was open to ALL Jews and Gentiles. The subtle difference was that, even though God was all about us all the time, in every place, to be aware of him was a matter of choice. One could ignore God and live one’s life quite peacefully. But, by choosing GOD, by being Baptised with the water of life, by meeting God through prayer and breaking bread in his name, you can take God with you wherever you are. It is at once joyous and freeing but also an awesome responsibility. In an interregnum, which we are living through, it is not only the responsibility of our Church Wardens and our Parochial Church Council, but the responsibility of us all to show that God is in this church and in our local community. We need to look after this building and ensure that all who enter are made aware of God’s presence here through the lighting of candles, the welcome we give to all who enter and to remind ourselves that it is the peace of God which, as Paul says, passes all understanding, that inspires our worship and our belief.

 

Jesus’ ministry enhanced Paul’s life with the message of God’s love which was also a love which he could share. And, by spreading this love, his followers could make God known to all. As we prepare ourselves for our commemoration of All Souls at our service next Sunday morning when we commemorate our relatives and our founders and benefactors whose own faith held our church together over the past 150 years, let us take a minute to close our eyes and to be with God. AMEN

St Paul's Church

64 Grove Park Road

Chiswick

London W4 3SB

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