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General updates on what’s happening at St Paul’s

Deanery Pilgrimage Sunday 25th June

by Sandy Matheson

On the afternoon of Sunday the 25th June there will be a Deanery Pilgrimage where christians from many of the churches in the Fareham Deanery will walk, cycle or drive from their home areas to congregate at Titchfield Abbey. The primary aim is to discover more of, and reflect on, our local spiritual heritage and […]

Can the Bible help us make a decision?

by Sandy Matheson

Welcome to 2017! I love a prayer that I have heard a number of times from another church leader at the start of a new day. He will regularly pray “Thank you God for the gift of this new day, fresh off the shelf of heaven. A new day that has never existed before and […]

When will they come to proper church?

by Sandy Matheson

When will they come to proper church? Phrased in different ways that is a question that perpetuates. I’ve heard it at St Paul’s and in other settings. It is an important question to answer, but, for some, the answer may not be the one you expect! At the root of this question is normally an […]

Christianity Lite?

by Sandy Matheson

How many times have you heard someone say ‘I can be a Christian without going to church.’ I also come across the belief that you can be a Christian without being a Disciple. Is there a difference between a Christian and a Disciple? And what about the Church, who is part of it, and who […]

Sharing The Peace

by Sandy Matheson

“We need to make decisions based on who is not yet here, rather than who has been here the longest.” Mark Bailey Whilst we need to be careful with such statements there is a lot of wisdom here similar to the statement at that is credited to Archbishop William Temple “The church is the only […]

This is why our work with families is SO IMPORTANT

by Sandy Matheson

I came across this blog post from Ali Campbell this week and thought it was so revenant to our situation that I’d share it: 11 stats highlighting the importance of children’s, youth and family ministry I have often been asked about stats related to children’s, youth and family ministry – sometimes they are hard to […]

Christmas Priorities

by Sandy Matheson

For most of us there are traditions that form part of our Christmas celebrations. Some of these are family traditions, some are cultural and some are expressions of our Christian faith. Over the years some of these traditions may change, as is happening at the moment with the sending of Christmas Cards. The rise in […]

Evidence to Action Survey Results

by Sandy Matheson

A few weeks ago I wrote about some research that the Church of England conducted between 2011 and 2013 on factors that influence church growth. As part of that post I invited everyone to indicate how well, or otherwise, you felt that we did at St Paul’s against these factors, and it was great that […]

Before And After Is As Important As The Content

by Sandy Matheson

In June and July we are hosting three evenings at St Paul’s under the title “Church – Past Present & Future.” The intention of these evenings is to explore some of the background to the nature of the church in the 21st century and how we as the church need to continue to adapt and […]

Our Changing World

by Sandy Matheson

In June and July we are hosting three evenings at St Paul’s under the title “Church – Past Present & Future.” The intention of these evenings is to explore some of the background to the nature of the church in the 21st century and how we as the church need to continue to adapt and […]