Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo a community of Light on the Côte d'Azur
St Paul's Church Community Newsletter 12 February 2018
LENT - BACK TO BASICS
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It's an early Lent this year with ASH WEDNESDAY
already upon us - WEDNESDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY.
In the early Church, the season of Lent was primarily a time of renewal and refreshment, when those preparing for baptism at Easter would be joined by all the members of the Church in learning more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, and by the empowering of the Holy Spirit, to share in the new life of Christ's resurrection. For the six weeks of Lent, the whole Church went 'back to school' so to speak, to learn and re-learn the basics of the Christian faith; to spend more time in prayer and worship, in lives reordered and empowered by the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord. In a word it was a time to re-order priorities and to get 'first things first.
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This year, as the Church at St. Paul's prepares and looks forward to a new chapter in its life, with the arrival of the new Chaplain, Lent could afford all the members of the Church a special opportunity for spiritual renewal and refreshment. That is why we are offering a rather special programme of teaching, worship and bible study both in the Sunday course of sermons, but also especially on THE FIVE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS OF LENT. On Wednesday evenings in Lent, we propose to build on the long-standing tradition of St. Paul's with the usual ministry of a Healing Eucharist, but this year, prefaced by a short Bible Study, and all in one hour, 6.30 to 7.30pm.
People often wonder what they should GIVE UP for Lent, frequently opting for something rather trivial, along the lines of New Year resolutions. However, in order to make time and space to TAKE UP extra study, prayer or worship, in order to renew and deepen faith, some things may have to be GIVEN UP for six weeks. Giving up things is not an end in itself. At the end of the day, it's really a question of priorities.
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Full details of our Lent programme are now available on a LENT LEAFLET
Let's get off to a good start on ASH WEDNEDAY EVENING AT 6.30PM with
the traditional Liturgy for Ash Wednesday.
Bishop Michael
Fr. Soon Han Choi

Charity Concert 
  Jeudi 22 February, St Paul's Church, 19:30H
 
         
Pauline Litvin, Artistic Director of Association Musique de Chambre, Monaco, presents the Goldberg Trio playing Schubert, Mozart, Haydn and Corelli.
 
The charitable donations will be given to A'Rocha, a Christian association whose work to preserve our environment is dear to Pauline's heart.
 
The St. Paul's Charity Donations Committee will match donations up to 1,500 Euros.
 
Please come in numbers to support Pauline, St. Paul's favorite concert violinist, and her chosen charity and, of course, to enjoy beautiful music.

 Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner 

The Rolfe Family has again agreed to organize the annual Pancake Dinner,
and they are calling for volunteers. If you can help please contact
Ben.Rolfe@taviarmonaco.com  or sallyrolfe@live.com.uk
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To  raise money for Diabetes UK, Ben and Alice plan to climb Kilimanjaro in June, so
the pancake evening will kick off the fundraising. Climbing Africa's highest peak will be extremely challenging for both, not least because of Alice's condition, and training is
well under way.
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Let us come out in number to enjoy an evening
of camaraderie, delicious crepes -
(we know Sally and friends culinary expertise
from last year)- joyful ambiance , and to support Ben and Alice in their extraordinary endeavor.
 
 
St. Paul's Charity Donations Committee will match the evening's donations
 
Tuesday 13 February 2018 from 18:30


   
                 14 February 2018     Eucharist at 18:30    
              
The traditional Ash Wednesday Service will take place at the time
of the usual healing service and will include Lenten Prayer led by Bishop Michael Marshall and Rev'd Soon Choi.

Volunteer Rota 2018

Time to organise the next Rota for  Sunday Volunteers
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  For the month of March 2018
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Thank you all for your continuing willingness
to serve the church.
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Please include in your reply the dates that you are
available to serve along with a brief indication of the
roles you are willing to fulfil.
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If you would like to join us as a Sunday Volunteer please contact us
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Thank you for your help in planning the next
Rota  for Sunday Duties at St Paul's 
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please reply to this message at
rota@stpaulsmonaco.com
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BISHOPS LENT APPEAL 2018
Sustaining a Ministry of Hope for Refugees in the Calais area of France

Bishop Robert Innes has chosen for 2018 to aid the plight of unaccompanied child migrants in the Calais area. The funds raised will be shared between two projects. Firstly, a safe house and outreach ministry to welcome the children run by an Old Catholic monk, Br. Johannes Maertens, who is a member of the Anglican congregation in Calais. Johannes asks us to help in the following words:
"The average age of refugees is youth to young adults, some from 14-16 years. These are very vulnerable to being trafficked as they are often unaccompanied minors. We need an urgent Christian response to this inhumane situation."

In partnership with Canterbury Diocese and the USPG, a priest is being recruited to serve as Chaplain to the Pas-de-Calais congregations and as a refugee project officer to give pastoral support and assistance. The second purpose of the Appeal is to raise funds to support this priest with financial resources for helping the children and supporting small projects.
 
During Lent an urn will be at the back of the church to receive your donations.
For more information click here and checkout  the website for updates
NEW -  DROP IN FRIDAY

Margaret,Gillian,Tess Helen are starting a Drop In Friday For Tea.
Starting Friday 16 February from 3 to 5 pm in St Paul's church Library
All are welcome, Why don't you come and meet us
Calendar Forthcoming Events
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               13 February  18:30   Pancake supper Library
               14 February  18:30   Ash Wednesday Eucharist
               20 February  18:30 Church Council Committee Meeting
               22 February  19:30  Charity Concert Pauline Litvin
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                            11 March   Mothering Sunday
                            25 March   Palm Sunday
                            29 March   Maundy Thursday
                            30 March   Good Friday
                              1 April      EASTER SUNDAY
Weekly Services
Sunday Mornings
Holy Communion (traditional language) at 8:00 a.m.
Family Communion at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday Club for Children
Healing Service with Holy Communion 6:30pm

Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo
Chaplaincy +377 93 30 71 06
      Mobile  06 43 91 69 58 
Email:    chaplain@stpaulsmonaco.com
  Website :  www.stpaulsmonaco.com