Organisations within St Paul's
There are several organisations and teams of volunteers who work at the Parish Church. These include:
· the Parochial Church Council, which meets bi-monthly;
· its several sub-committees which also meet regularly, eg communications, finance, outreach, Parish Hall, social, worship, etc
· the choir who sing at services each Sunday
· sacristan and servers
· the lay pastoral team, who visit and take out Home Communions;
· baptismal visitors who continue to visit the families for five years from the date of baptism;
· a Young Persons Group working with children at the Grange C of E Primary School
· lesson readers and intercessors;
· licensed assistants to administer at Holy Communion;
· lay helpers with the laying-on-of-hands
Other members help on a rota basis to clean the church; make sure the linen is washed; attend to the garden; serve coffee; and arrange the flowers each week.
The parish is also represented on the Team Council, the Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod, and Churches Together in Grange-over-Sands and District, and supporots the work of the Windermere Deanery Network Youth Church.
A lunchtime bible club is held in the Primary School on Wednesdays throughout term-time, with an after-school event to mark the special Christian festivals, eg Christmas, Easter, Harvest.
On Advent Sunday two travelling cribs are blessed during the morning service, and are sent off on their journey round the homes of the young families in the parish. Each crib is welcomed into the home, a candle is lit and the following prayer said:
The crib and its figures stay overnight and are then passed on to the next family. They also go into the Nursery and Reception classes at the Primary School. The cribs are received back into Church on Christmas Eve at the special children's service at 6 pm. The crib figures have been knitted by the older members of the parish, and the children are encouraged to play with them.
Christmas 2014 activities
End of Term Service at St Paul's
This was a lovely ending to another successful term in school. All the children from the primary school took part and we counted 99 adults as well. It was lovely to see so many in our church. The school service always seems to set us up in the right frame of mind for a good Christmas. Our favourite carols were interspersed with readings, singing and music from the children. The singing was enthusiastic and filled the church. Lots of smiling adults surrounded the children. The collection was taken using the ‘Portsmouth ships’ and was donated to our chosen charity, Springfield Women's Refuge.
Special Prayer Spaces
For our event this term we are going to use Fell Church for the week commencing 23rd March. We want to establish some special prayer spaces for the classes in school to come along and experience prayer in groups in different ways. We are planning several prayer spaces.