Our Mission Statement
1. To worship and glorify God in Jesus Christ and be a focus for prayer and intercession in the world.
2. To welcome diversity and work towards growth in the church fellowship for all ages.
3. To encourage a thinking community where questions can be asked and to help people learn from the Bible and value the sacrements.
4. To embrace the Commandments and to love God and to love one another and to serve the local community.
The Microloan Foundation
St Paul's has a strong connection with the Microloan Foundation. This charity helps some of the poorest women in the world feed their families, send their children to school, and pay for life saving medicines. By providing small loans (average £72) and ongoing business training and support, they help women in rural Malawi and Zambia to set up their own self-sustainable businesses; enabling them to work themselves and their families out of poverty. You can read about its work on the notice boards at the back of the church. The Microloan Foundation (which was started by Peter Ryan at St Paul's in 2002) was recently visited by Christine Lagarde, the high-profile Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund who commented "I visited a group of women supported by the Microloan Foundation of Malawi and I was particularly inspired by their resilience and entrepreneurship." You can find out more at: www.microloanfoundation.org.uk.
For several years, St Paul's has
chosen to support Embrace the Middle East as its Christmas charity. This organisation aims to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the region by partnering with local Christians who
provide health, education and community development programmes.
Current projects include supporting Syrian regugees in Lebanon
and working with the next
generation of Palestinian leaders
to promote reconciliation. In Egypt, the charity is
supporting housing projects and literacy programmes.
We believe in God who shows his love in Jesus Christ and gives us the Holy Spirit to help us care for people and grow in love and unity. We aim to deepen our faith in this God of love through worship and teaching, study and prayer.
The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester
If you have ever wondered where the words "May I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly, day by day" came from - then wonder no more; they are from a prayer written by Richard of Chichester, a bishop in the 13th century.
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ
for all the benefits you have given us
for all the pains and insults which you have bourne for us.
Most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
Capital Vision 2020, the Diocese of London's vision for the next seven years, emerged from conversations with nearly 2,000 people. It was adopted by synod in March 2013 and launched in front of 2,000 people at St Paul's Cathedral in June 2013. Capital Vision comprises three major themes, with 10 specific areas in which we plan to be more purposeful and imaginative. You can find out more about Capital Vision 2020 on www.london.anglican.org
CONFIDENT IN SPEAKING AND LIVING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
COMPASSIONATE IN SERVING COMMUNITIES WITH THE LOVE OF GOD THE FATHER
CREATIVE IN REACHING NEW PEOPLE AND PLACES WITH THE GOOD NEWS IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
THE CAPITAL VISION PRAYER
You have called us to be salt and light in this great city;
Guide us by your Holy Spirit to discern your will for your Church
as we seek to follow your Son Jesus Christ in loving and serving our neighbours.
Give us the wisdom and strength to fulfil the vision you put before us
and help us to play our part in transforming our earthly city into a sign of the Heavenly Jerusalem
where you live and reign, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God now and for ever.
The Diocese of London
and The Church of England
If you would like to find out more about the work of the church in general, then you could have a look at the following websites:
St Paul's Church is registered with the Charities Commission and our charity number is 1154708. St Paul’s is proud of its association
with many local charities and several members of the congregation have served on the fundraising committee for St Mary’s Convent Appeal, strengthening our links with their community
and other churches in Chiswick.
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Mike Dixon, who composed some of the liturgy we sing at St Paul's, together with John Theakston, have been working on a project to raise awareness of those
suffering from conflict around the world and in particular in Syria. They hope that their piece Lament for the Innocents will raise some money for Medecins sans Frontieres who
provide incredibly practical help. The link below will take you to the song and film, where there is also a chance to donate via JustGiving.
LAMENT FOR THE INNOCENTS - a project by Mike Dixon and John Theakston
Rev'd Michael Riley
St Paul's Church
64 Grove Park Road
London W4 3SB
020 8987 0312
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