Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The African International Christian Minmistry

The African International Christian Ministry is a government recognised Ugandan NGO, working in the south-west of the country. The Friends of African International Christian Ministry is an English charity which supports their work financially. It has been one of the charities that St Paul’s supports, and now St Peter’s Oadby is supporting it as well.

The inaccessible forests of south-west Uganda have some of its poorer citizens. In particular, there is a very high percentage of the pygmy people, known as Batwa. The Batwa are a despised group and are often excluded from society.  AICM provides support, training, schools (where there are none), feeding of schoolchildren (who are often undernourished) and Christian ministry.

A link here links to an article by the Archbishop of York which gives the background of the work in greater detail.
Last Sunday (15 October) we were joined by the congregation of St Peter’s. We were visited by Colin and Sue Townsend who are AICM supporters. Colin had just returned from a visit to the AICM work in Uganda and was still jetlagged. Sue explained the situation in the area and showed photos and videos of the work. For those of us used to the facilities we have in England, it was quite an enlightenment. But the scenery was magnificent!

There is more about the work with Batwa here.

We look forward to continuing to support this work and deepening the links with it.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Principal Services — October - December

Dear Friends,

The busy autumn term moves through the themes of Celebration and Remembering. We have just celebrated Harvest and now we celebrate the Baptism of Samuel & Joel. We think of all the good things God has given us and how we can respond to His generosity as we give our harvest gifts, fill shoeboxes, review our financial giving and give gifts to those in need this Christmastime.

Towards the end of October we will be marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Lou will be remembering her trip to Tanzania and sharing with us some of her reflections. We then come to Remembrance Sunday and we pause to remember those who gave their life. As Christmas approaches we come again to the familiar story of Christ's birth and remember that He is Emmanuel — God with us and we celebrate this amazing truth.

Yours In Christ,

Steve Bailey.

Link to services


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Youth Weekend Away

Lou writes..."We had a great weekend, taking 17 teenagers away for a chance to stop, relax, have fun and explore more about how God loves them, adopts them, walks with them, would give everything for them and gives them a hope for the future. It's great that several want to explore baptism and confirmation, its great that they felt so at home, it was great to see them look after one another and great to see them have some well deserved rest and realise they are precious to God before they do or prove anything. Bring on next year!
If you're missing it already - we have the reunion next Sunday evening with pizza pictures and games to reminisce about the weekend. This Sunday, 6:30-7:45 in the Barnabas Centre "

Monday, 25 September 2017

Come Ye Thankful People, Come

Sunday 24th September was our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. In the reading, we remembered Jesus warning about the danger of storing up more and more goods without thinking about the future. But in his sermon Steve concentrated on the words that followed, in which Jesus encouraged us not to worry, as our heavenly Father knew all that we needed.

We then brought up our harvest gifts to the front – both fresh and tins and packets.

After the service all the fresh produce was auctioned and the profit sent to the Christian relief agency, Tear Fund. The tins and packets were given to the Oadby Food Bank and the Welcome Fund, run at the Cathedral for asylum seekers.

Coffee Pot Harvest Lunch

The members of Coffee Pot, our Thursday coffee meeting met together for a special event on Thursday 21 September, a harvest lunch, with soup and sandwiches. To remember the significance of the event, this was preceded by singing the hymn “we plough the fields scatter” and in your grace we remembered our dependence on God and prayed for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank God for All His Gifts

As we approached harvest, this display appeared in the foyer (Thank you to Vivien and Derek), reminding us of the meaning of harvest. Of how dependent we are all the gifts of nature that God gives us. We may not – in the words of the old hymn – “plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground” – but we are still utterly dependent on food – fresh and processed.

At this season we are using a special booklet for our services which centres not only on harvest, but also on creation, as we remember the greatness of the world that God has given us, and our commission to look after it, and not destroy it.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Church Open Day

On Saturday 16 September from 2 to 4 p.m. we held a church open day at St Paul’s. We had put flyers through the letterboxes of many of the local residents inviting them to come and see what we are about.

In church we put out A4 posters beside all the items that we use in worship (cross, font, Bible etc.) explaining what they meant to us and how they fitted into our faith in Christ. There were also displays showing our different activities – such as youth work, “Little Angels” mother and toddler group, and the charities and mission agencies that we support. Leaflets about our future activities and pamphlets explaining the Christian Faith were placed around for people to take.

The chapel was open for prayer and we served tea and coffee to those who were happy to sit down.

We made contact with a number of people and it was also an opportunity to let people know that we are here.

Thank you so much to all who distributed leaflets, made the displays or served refreshments. It all contributed to a worthwhile day

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Open Church at St Paul’s

On Saturday 16 September we will be opening the doors of St Paul’s from 2-4 p.m. There will be displays of what goes on in church, explanations of what we believe, why we do things,  and what different items in church mean to us, and videos of some of our recent activities.

Do drop in and see what we are about and enjoy a drink and cake. Everything is free.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

What Have You Got in Your Hand?

Tear Fund is a Christian relief and development organisation that St Paul’s has supported for many years. In particular, we are linked to projects in a church in Uganda. Today, Charlotte Nobbs visited our morning service, to speak on their behalf.

The reading was about how Jesus fed the crowd of 5000 men plus women and children. But to do this, he used one child’s packed lunch of just 5 rolls and two fish. Charlotte admitted that as we looked out at the world the needs seemed as great as trying to feed the enormous crowd. But her challenge was to look at what we did have – what had we got in our own hands, and make that available for God to use. Charlotte illustrated with pictures and case histories from Uganda which demonstrated how investment of small sums of money have been able to recreate the well-being of families.

May we respond in generosity and prayer to all that we learned.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Young people Support the Homeless

On the 23rd August
our young people organised a coffee and cake sale in the Barnabas Centre, in order to support homeless young people in Leicester.

We sit comfortably here in Oadby, so it’s good that our young people can be concerned about his major social problem.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Tearfund Connected Church

On Sunday we look forward to welcoming Charlotte Nobbs to speak at our morning service about the work of Tearfund. Charlotte will focus on the work of our Connected Church partner PAG in Uganda following on from her recent visit with Tearfund.
If you want to find out the latest news from PAG then follow this link to their latest blog post.
Do join us at 10am on Sunday to hear more.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

New Rector for Oadby Announced

On the diocesan website you can find the following announcement:

"The Revd Stephen Andrew Bailey

The Bishop announces that the Revd Steve Bailey, Team Vicar, St Paul’s Oadby has been appointed also as Priest-in-Charge (Team Rector Designate) in the Oadby Team Benefice.

This appointment will be announced in church this Sunday, 20 August.  (This was duly announced by the Churchwarden, Vivien James on Sunday 20 August.) A licensing date will be announced in due course.

The slightly unusual wording is because the Parish of Oadby is in the process of becoming a team ministry with Great Glen, Burton Overy and Carlton Curlieu parishes. When that is complete Steve will become the Team Rector, officially.

We have valued Steve’s ministry among us for the last six years. Now we pray for his continued ministry, with this additional responsibility.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Holiday Club

Three days this week (9-11 August) St Pauls rang the shouts of children as they took part in the holiday club activity. There was song, dancing and acting as they discovered the way that God had led Moses.

This theme was picked up again at the service on Sunday 13 August when some of the children and their parents also joined us. All those who had come to holiday club were also invited to the barbecue which took place afterwards.

 Thank you so much to all those who took part – the leaders, those who helped during the week, and all those who helped to put on the barbecue – and of course the children themselves.
If you missed out this year, do look for it in August 2018! Or, better still, come and enjoy the Supertrooper activities for primary school age children, every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Holiday Club

This week we held our summer Holiday Club 'Spy Kids' using the story of Moses. Here is a video from the week showing what we got up to.
Do join us tomorrow for our Celebration Service at 10am followed by a free BBQ!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Principal Services – July – September

Dear Friends,

New Service Sheet - Click Here

In July we hold our first ever Holiday at Home and look forward to celebrating with them in our service on 9th July. A month later in August we are again running a summer Holiday Club for primary school aged children. There celebration service on 13th August is followed by a BBQ.

We continue with our sermon series based on David Watson’s book I Believe in the Church through July & August. In September we welcome a speaker from Tearfund to update us on our Connected Church partner in Uganda PAG.

Harvest this year will be on 24th September. All tinned and dried goods will go to Oadby Food bank  and fresh produce will be sold off and the money sent to Tearfund.

As we head into October a new sermon series will begin, watch this space for more details…

Every blessing,

Steve Bailey, Vicar

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lou McGoldrick Talks about Youth Work at St Paul’s


McGoldrick leads our youth work at St Paul’s and we thank her for all the hard work that she puts into it. Recently she spoke about her work in a video that was broadcast of the Leicester Diocesan website. If you would like to hear about her experiences and hopes, click here.

Lou’s pressing task is preparing for the Holiday Club that takes place this week at St Paul’s. They that be both a fun time and an opportunity for youngsters to hear of the love of Christ.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Holiday at Home video

We had a great time running our first ever Holiday at Home at St Paul's this week. Click here to watch a video of some of the pictures from our time together as shown in church this morning.

Thanks to all those who came along and to all those who worked so hard to make it happen.

Everyone had a really enjoyable time with events from quizzes, crafts, entertainments and sing-a-longs. Lots of delicious food and some great company. Thank you one and all. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Holiday at Home

Today was the first day of our first ever Holiday at Home! We were delighted to welcome over 40 people to join us for a fun filled day getting to know one another, games, quizzes, food, drink, a Bible reflection and a sing a long. Here are some photos from our day today.

We look forward to tomorrow when we shall have a variety of craft activities and fish and chips for lunch!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Church of God

In my sermon on Sunday I finished up with a quote from Bill Hybels in his book Courageous Leadership where he talks about the local church being the hope of the world.

‘I believe that the local church is the hope of the world. I believe to the core of my being that local churches have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet earth. If they get it and get on with it, churches can become the redemptive centers that Jesus intended them to be. Dynamic teaching, creative worship, deep community, effective evangelism and joyful service will combine to strengthen families, transform communities and change the world.’ 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Be Suspicious!

As usual, today, we held “Coffee Pot,” our Thursday morning coffee group, mainly frequented by older citizens. At it, we were visited by PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) Nad Ikram, who gave a PowerPoint illustrated talk on “Telephone and Postal Fraud.”

He talked about the importance of always being suspicious, whether of telephone calls (the commonest), email or web announcements, unsolicited letters, or individuals on the doorstep. If an offer was too good to be true – it wasn’t true. He discussed, and showed a video, of some of the commonest scams and warned people to give away the minimum of data and never to reveal PIN numbers, or the three CSV numbers on the backs of credit cards.

He also described scams where people were told they had a fraudulent financial problem and encouraged to ring their bank, only for the fraudsters not to hang up, but to still be on the line when the individual thought they were talking to their bank – and trustingly revealed just the information that the fraudsters wanted. He warned that sometimes the (bogus) bank would send a courier for the person’s cards, which would never be seen again – apart from a large withdrawal on their statement.

Hopefully, we have all learned lessons. Thank you Nad.

Monday, 19 June 2017

I Believe in the Church

This was the title of a book written by the late David Watson, formerly vicar of St Michael le Belfry, York. This has provided the background for a series of sermons on the subject of  The Church, which will be preached in both St Paul’s and St Peter’s churches.

Today, Gillian preached on the first of the series: “The Church of God.” We look forward to the subsequent talks in the series, next week being: “The Kingdom of God.”

People often say that they appreciate much of what Christ said, but they do not like the church. If that is you, do come and hear about the real meaning of the church


Where Was God When That Happened?

This event which had been advertised in an earlier blog, took place on Saturday evening, 17 June. It was led by Neil McBride, a Reader at De Montfort University, together with one of his students, Ben who, had suffered a disabling illness that left him in a wheelchair, and our vicar, Steve Bailey.

In the evening we addressed the problem of reconciling a loving God who was all-powerful with the existence of suffering and evil. Neil spoke from the philosophical point of view – with insights like “how would we know the meaning of evil, without a good God contrast to it with,” while Ben spoke of his practical experience and his ability to reconcile God’s love with his disability.

In groups at tables, we discussed our own attitudes to the issues raised.

In an interval, we all shared in the puddings that people had bought and enjoyed a glass of one of the drinks that had been provided.

There will probably never be an answer – at least not a simple one – to the original question, but we all came out better informed, and even more thoughtful.

Tea Fit for a Queen

Saturday 17 June was a busy day at St Paul’s. It was the Queen’s official birthday and we celebrated it with a magnificent Royal Tea. The ladies of the church had worked hard to lay on a spread for any who wish to come. There was a good turnout.

Our thanks to those who had worked so hard.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Where was God when that happened?

We are looking forward to this event on Saturday evening at 7.30pm.
It is a free event so come along and join with us, bring a friend!

Friday, 9 June 2017


Yesterday we welcome Robert DeBerry with 3 other cyclists and their support car to St Paul's in the afternoon.

 We joined with them in a prayer meeting last night for the persecuted church and were pleased to welcome others to join us.

This morning those who had hosted the team prayed with them before they set off on the next leg of their journey.
 And then waved them goodbye as they headed off.
Every blessing for the remained of the journey. What a privilege to pray together for those who are persecuted for their faith and to support the work of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Prayer Tree

At an earlier event of “Thy Kingdom Come” we set up a Prayer Tree in The Parade in Oadby Village Centre. Passers-by were offered chocolates to represent God’s generosity and invited to write a prayer on one of the the paper “leaves,” which was then stuck to an outline of a tree.

Quite a number of people accepted this opportunity – though the high wind made it a battle to keep the “leaves” on the tree, let alone keeping the “Thy Kingdom Come” banner upright!

Our prayer is that more people may consider the importance of prayer.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Praying together for Oadby

On Sunday evening St Paul's hosted 'Praying together for Oadby', an evening service for Churches Together in Oadby at the end of the Thy Kingdom Come wave of prayer. In between sung worship at the beginning and end of the service everyone was invited to make use of a variety of prayer stations at the back of church. Each church had been invited to provide an interactive prayer station focused on a particular area of our shared community life together. Here are some photos below..
 Everyone up and out of their seats making use of the different prayer stations which had been provided by the different churches in Oadby.
 Praying for the local emergency services and the safety of the community.
 Asking God how we should respond and share the love and light of Christ in the community.
 Praying for the local borough council and for our diverse community, that we can continue to live in harmony.
 An opportunity to write our own prayers and put them on the prayer wall or light a candle for those who have suffered particularly at the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
Praying for the local shops, businesses and community groups.

It was a good time for us to come together and pray for the needs of our community. A big thank you to all who came along and to those who worked hard to make the service happen.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Wrath – Hope – Peace

A group of cyclists led by the 75-year-old minister, Revd Robert de Berry are cycling the 750 mile route from Cape Wrath in Scotland, via the Hope Valley to Peacehaven in Sussex. They are doing this to raise awareness of, and support, two organisations, Release International and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Both are committed to raise awareness of the problem of hundreds of people worldwide (many being Christians) who are imprisoned simply for practising their faith and to intercede for their release.

The group is staying overnight in Leicester on 8 June. There will be a meeting at St Paul’s at 7.30 p.m. when they will be explaining their ride and publicising the problem of people who are not allowed to practice their faith.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide is one of the charities already supported by St Paul’s and it will be good to have this possibility of supporting their actions.

Thy Kingdom Come

Under the title of “Thy Kingdom Come,” the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is inviting Christians around the world to pray as one for people to know Jesus Christ. The prayer events, which will differ widely from church to church will take place between Ascension (25 May) and Pentecost (4 June.)
This event first took place last year, but this year is being extended both internationally and to other denominations. St Pauls intends to take a full part with a programme of prayer related activities.
25 May: Prayer stations at St Peter’s Church 12.00midday - 5.00pm
27 May: Prayer on the Parade at Tippets florist 10.00am - 12.00midday
29 May: Indoor Prayer Labyrinth at St Paul’s 4.00pm – 8.00pm
4 June: Family Messy Prayer Event at St Peter's 4.00pm - 5.30pm
4 June ‘Praying together for Oadby’ at St Paul’s 6.30pm

During this time of prayer St Paul's will be opened every day between 4-5pm for people to come along and pray. Resources are available to help you to pray.
On Monday a prayer labyrinth will be laid out in church.
On Sunday 4th June at 6.30pm we will be hosting 'Praying together for Oadby', a chance for us all to come together to pray for our town.
Do join in with this global wave of prayer, particularly praying that many would come to know Jesus.

Prayer Walking

On Sunday we encouraged people to go prayer walking and what lovely weather we have had for it! We put up a map of the parish and printed off names of all the roads. Gillian preached on the subject giving practical pointer, listen to her sermon here.
People then took a few road names and have walked and prayed for all those who live there. May those prayers bear much fruit in our community.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

There's always hope...

This week Lou and I have been into Manor High School, sharing the message of Pentecost with over 900 young people. A reminder that we celebrate God’s love and invitation for everyone, the invitation is universal, the response is personal but even the most surprising “outsiders” aren’t outside God’s love. We shared this story to show God in action in this truth. We have shared this video during the assembly.
It was well received by the staff and students and we hope and pray that they will have taken something away with them this week.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Our Churchwarden is Legal!

Most churches have two Churchwardens, but due to a legal quirk in the way that this parish was set up, at St Paul's, we have only one, Vivien James, who is assisted by a Deputy, Paul Webster. The election of a Churchwarden is for a one-year term and Vivien was re-elected at the recent Annual Parish Meeting. Before officially being admitted to the office, Vivien had to attend a service, which was held yesterday. Led by the Archdeacon, it was a service of worship, but which also included the following legal elements.

In the Archdeacon's Charge, he explained the role of a churchwarden, as follows:
“The office of Churchwarden is an ancient one, dating from the early middle ages. As officers of the Bishop, and members of the Parochial Church Council, Churchwardens are charged with co-operating with the incumbent, and leading the laity in the promotion of the mission and ministry of the church in the local parish.
In doing so, Churchwardens offer a ministry of welcome and pastoral care to church members and their parish priest and the priest's family.
In Churchwardens is vested the property in the plate, ornaments and other moveable goods of the church, of which they are asked to maintain an inventory and report on them annually to the Bishop and Parochial church Council.
They are also asked to maintain order and decency in the church, especially during public worship.
It is to this important ministry that you have been elected at your annual parish meeting.”

In the presence of the Diocesan Registrar , a legal officer, the churchwardens present, including Vivien,  were asked to stand and make the following declaration:
“I solemnly and sincerely declare
Before God and his people
That I will faithfully and diligently
Discharge the duties of my office
For the parish in which I have been chosen
During the period of my appointment
Calling at all times on the strength that God gives me.”

To which the Registrar responded:
“On behalf of the Bishop, I admit you to the office of Churchwarden to serve in your respective parishes during the coming year.”

We will be praying for Vivien as she seeks to carry out this commitment.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Welcome Stephen Catriona and Hannah

The Parish of Oadby – St Peter’s and St Paul’s churches – have supported the worldwide Anglican Mission organisation CMS (Church Mission Society) for many years. The previous partner, Jane Jerrard, has now retired from CMS, and we now have a new link with Stephen and Catriona Bennett.

 After introducing themselves at St Peter’s morning service they came on to St Paul’s and showed a few slides and spoke about their intended work. Stephen is a consultant surgeon from Fife and Catriona a consultant anaesthetist. In August they will be going out to work at the Mission Hospital of Gahini in Rwanda. Stephen will be the only surgeon there, but expects to be able to share his surgical skill with other doctors. Catriona will be working part-time (Hannah is a baby) and she hopes to increase the expertise of the anaesthetic nurses and undertake complex anaesthetics. Their presence will support the witness of this church hospital in showing God’s love to the community around.

After service they mingled with the congregation, answering people’s questions and then went on to an open lunch in one of the congregation’s homes, where we were able to get to know them better and hear more of their hopes and plans.

We look forward to supporting them both financially and in prayer, and in any other practical ways that we can.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Bicycle Pilgrimage

On 8th June St Paul's is delighted to be hosting Robert's Bike Pilgrimage as it makes its way from Cape Wrath through the Hope Valley to Peace Haven. Find out more here.
We will be praying with Robert and the team for the persecuted church at 7.30pm on 8th June at St Paul's.

Friday, 5 May 2017

An update from our Connected Church

We have recently received an update from PAG, our Tearfund Connected Church in Uganda. To read it click here.

We are asked to pray for them:
  • We need to increase our capacity if we are effectively going to introduce PEP to all churches in our denomination. Please pray for God’s provision of staff, finances and skills, and pray for God’s anointing on every one of us involved.
  • Please pray for our neighboring countries who are in times of great turmoil. Pray for peace: their peace is our peace.
  • Pray, as always, for relief from the drought. Pray for protection, sustenance, and for more and more creative solutions to protect people from the impacts of no rain to be found.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Holiday Club Easter

 Craft activity, Easter baskets with chocolate eggs.
 Scratch art crosses.
 Busy making crafts.
 Parachute games.
Easter goody bags with eggs found during the Easter egg hunt.

We also watched the Easter story from the Miracle Maker, prayed and ate together as well as singing some action songs. All in all a good fun filled afternoon learning all about Easter.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Leicester Welcome Project

The charity, which we are focusing on this month is the Leicester Welcome Project, based at St Martin's House, by the Cathedral.
The project says ” We aim to provide practical help and support to asylum seekers in Leicester by means of drop in sessions, staffed by supported volunteers and in partnership with other agencies.”
We hope that the workers involved know that they are supported in prayer and that the physical needs of their clients are catered for.

Pray for the people who collect foodstuffs and resources for them and for the leadership; that they will trust the Lord to give them knowledge and understanding to ensure that people are treated fairly and with dignity. Living in the relative comfort of a wealthy  country we can only guess at the hardships asylum seekers suffer. Pray that their anxiety for the future can be relieved.