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Email issued Friday 31st July 2020

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'In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias.
The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!",
"Yes, Lord," he answered.

Sometimes in life someone comes across your path and they remind you of the grace and love of God. Many years ago, at a point in my life where I really needed spiritual help, the Lord brought such a person into my life. It was a turning point that changed the course of my life and subsequently that of my lovely wife Sylvia too. There was always something about this person that reminded me of Jesus and he had a seemingly innate ability to hear from God. To hear from God has always been a challenge to me. What also struck me about this man was that he never sought in any way to promote himself. He was in fact a quiet man with a deep faith, content to remain in the background.

Perhaps that is why I love this man Ananias that we read of in Acts 9. It’s the only place that he is mentioned in scripture. But what a man! Very much like my friend, quiet and content to remain in the background. Ananias was clearly someone of deep faith and with, I assume, a receptivity to the Holy Spirit that is enviable. The Lord spoke directly to him “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.  In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” The first thing I learn from the story of Ananias is that when God speaks He does so directly and clearly, and this is what we should expect. The second thing I learn is that Ananias relationship with the Lord is so close that he’s not afraid to question what he’s been told. But God says ‘Go’, and so he does. This one man’s obedience changed the course of Christianity for ever. One more thing to say is that for God to speak in this way is probably not an everyday occurrence! But wouldn’t it be great if we were ready when He wanted you or I to GO?! 

May this summer time bring refreshment to your souls, which in turn brings new opportunities…

Love Jeff & Sylvie

 
 
Summer at St Paul's

Summer is here and we are keen to slow our pace down as a church family to rest, reflect and recharge through August before we move into a 'new normal' in the autumn. There are still plenty of ways we can join in worship on Sunday and Midweek at St Pauls over August (even from your holiday destination!). 

ON SUNDAYS
At 9am and 10.30am tune in to watch our ONLINE service as usual.  For August we will have a single service shown twice at the times highlighted above, with a great mix of elements from our two usual service styles.  Really enjoy and try and appreciate worshipping God in ways we might not normally with prayers, hymns and songs.

**THIS SUNDAY (2nd August) the 9am service will be the first of our new style services for August.  At 10.30 we would normally have cafe church but this Sunday we have a special Children's service for children!!  Join Steve and the team at 10.30 for a high energy service for kids.**
  
At 10am IN CHURCH pre-invited church family members will watch the online service, and this week, share communion as Jenny leads it.  Please do click on the blue 'Click here' tab to sign up for the following Sunday's (9th August) service.

And of course this Sunday at 6.45pm we have the next of our Churches together in Dorking prayer meeting by zoom.  Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for the joining code.

MIDWEEK
Join us every Tuesday morning at 9am ONLINE by Zoom to read the bible together and pray together.  Click here if you would like the joining code
And every Tuesday evening at 8pm ONLINE by Zoom to pray for the world, our community and church.  Again, click here for a link

Finally, every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-3pm the church will be open for private prayer.  No need to let us know, please just come and enjoy the stillness and peace of the church yourself. 
Click here to sign-up for next Sunday's service
St Pauls Nursery


We are so grateful to God for our Nursery and all the staff, children and parents who are part of it.  The Nursery has been active since 2003 and was born out of a vision to show Jesus' love and generosity to our community in a very practical way.  Seventeen years on we have over thirty children coming week by week, a teaching staff of five and an amazing support team made of a school administrator and volunteer committee led by Ali Studley, who has done the most fantastic job in the hardest of times - thank you Ali.

We are so pleased to announce acouple of new appointments as we continue the journey.  Jackie Moulder, has been appointed as the new head teacher from September.  Jacquie has been on team for five years, most recently as acting head teacher, and brings an enormous amount of expertise, wisdom and infectious joy to the team. We are also delighted to welcome Naomi Bailey will be joining as administrator.  Naomi has been a member of St Pauls, going with Peter Nevins on the move to St John's, and until recently a mum with three girls at the nursery.  She too brings lots of expertise, energy and wonderful warmth with her.  We are truly bless to have them, alongside the rest of the staff and excited by what the future holds.

With that in mind, and given the challenges we have had with funding through the period of lockdown, we would love to get behind their summer fundraising initiative to help them build up a reserve as we move into the autumn term.

Follow the blue link underneath to find out more about the St Paul's Church Nursery balloon race.  Sign up, buy your balloon for £3, decorate it, download the app and watch the virtual race which starts on 8 August.  Every balloon will help - it will be a lot of fun and you may even win one of the great prizes.

Join the balloon race
 
World Church Prayer
Prayer for Indian Anti-Trafficking Programmes

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted 
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 
Psalm 34:17-18

Father we thank you for the work partners are doing in India, including emergency food packages, hygiene, medicines and medical help for the poor and for the marginalised and for the 13 EHAs who have become COVID-19 treatment hospitals.

We ask you for protection and inspiration for those working tirelessly in these situations, sustenance for those who are hungry, good health and care for those who don’t have access to medical help and comfort for those who mourn. May those working in your name be able to share you love, kindness and gentleness with those they are helping.

In Jesus name,
Amen
 
This week at St Paul's
Sunday
 
Join us online by clicking here

9am for All Together Service
10.30am for Children's Service

6.15pm Worship before CTD prayer meeting
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10am service in the Church
(please see note below)
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Zoom Coffee Time
Everyone invited - all ages
between services
(9.50ish-10.25am)

www.stpaulsdorking.org.uk/
SundayCoffee

password: coffee

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If you missed last week's service: 
catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
Midweek

Click here for midweek groups
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Church open mid-week for private prayer. 
Wednesday 2pm - 3pm 

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Midweek Prayer
Tuesday morning and evening
Click here for more info

The Tuesday evening Spirit led prayer group will be moving to Sunday's at 6.30pm for August from Sunday 9th.
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New online Alpha Course each Wednesday at 10am & 7.30pm.
Click here for more information

 
If you'd like to join us for our 10am service in the church building on
Sunday 9th August, please email support@stpaulsdorking.org.uk
by 5pm on Monday 3rd August.
 
If more people sign-up than we can safely seat in the building, priority will be given initially on a first come, first served basis but moving forward priority will be given to those who haven't yet attended a service in the church building.
Click here to sign-up for next Sunday's service
The next Churches Together Dorking prayer meeting
is this Sunday, 2nd August at 6.45pm.
Click here to join the Zoom call
Click here to give online
If you are feeling isolated, are self isolating or ill - let us know - we'd like to support you in prayer and practical ways, email support@stpaulsdorking.org.uk
 
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