st paul's events

  • Notices Sept 2017


  • Know your spiritual gifts

    In September we are looking at the gifts of the holy Spirit in our sermon series. To accompany this we are running a course to discover, rediscover and reflect on who God has made you to be. The course is four evenings 26th & 27th September and 7th & 8th November with time in the middle to fill out a questionnaire and spend time to reflect and pray.

  • Beer & Cheese evening

    Welcome - or welcome back! - to Tervuren, to Belgium, to St Paul's with a Belgian Beer and Cheese evening (wine and soft drinks available too!) on Friday 29 September 2017. 19.45-22.00 in the church centre.


    A great opportunity to welcome new (or not so new) people to St Paul's and to invite friends.


    To have an idea of numbers, it would help if you could click here to email us with your name and how many guests you are bringing. We won't turn you away if you just turn up though!


    Click on the image for more information.

  • The marriage course

    Seven sessions to help couples strengthen their relationship. The course will be run on Friday evenings beginning on the 6th October with a break for the school holidays. Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th October, 10th, 17th, 24th November & 1st December.

    Click on the image for more information or email admin@stpaulstervuren.be

  • fun tots playgroup

    Tuesday Mornings 9.30-11.30am (during term time)

    A playgroup for children aged 0-4 and their parents with snacks, stories, craft, singing and toys. No need to book just come along Tuesdays- 9.30 – 11.30am Church Centre, Hoornzeelstraat 24, car park off Pastoor Vandersandestraat (Parking is very limited but for your first visit please feel free to try to use our car park). For more information please email Jen: jengregory21@gmail.com



chaplain's log

  • simon writes... 24th september 2017

    Recently, I have been blessed by people’s kindness to me. Shown in a number of ways I have been very aware of care & concern for me and the church at this time. Thank you for the various ways in which you are kind! 


    Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) contains the words ‘I have always depended on the kindness of strangers’. (Both Kate Adie & Katrina Kittle have written books by that title.) But it got me thinking about kindness and how important a quality it is for the Christ follower to have. In fact, St Paul includes it as one of his Fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-26.


    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.


    Amen & amen & amen, I say! A clergy friend of mine was given a card written by a 6 year old....Dear God, please help the people that are getting married to be cind when they are together. Amen.


    I wonder am I kind? Do I show kindness at church to my fellow believers? Am I the sort of person who also will show kindness to strangers? And, if I am married.....am I c(k)ind to my spouse? Do people see Christ in me in the way I behave with those who are closest to me....with those who are strangers to me....and with those I worship and have fellowship with?

  • simon writes... 17th september

    Two Opportunities to Pray!


    On Wednesday 20th September at 8pm we will gather to pray for our church life and witness and this time....how we reach outwards into the local communities trying to share the love of Christ with those around us. Also, we will bring before Almighty God the needs & concerns of his world at this challenging time and pray for one another.


    And on Monday 25th September between 7am & 9.30am you are invited to join us for a Drop-In Brexit Prayer Breakfast. In the difficulties surrounding Brexit many of us feel fairly helpless. But we can bring our concerns to our loving Father and pray for the main protagonists.

    Just drop in for as short or long a time you can manage....on the way to work; having dropped the children at school, whatever your situation – all welcome! Drinks and croissants provided.


    Both these take place in the church centre.


    And today I read this passage from St Paul....2 Corinthians 2:10-11 which I found very helpful, especially the reminder not to let Satan outwit us.

    Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven – if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.


    And as 1 Peter 5:8 warns us......

    Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

    We should take heed and be aware!!!!

  • simon writes... 10th september 2017

    As followers of Christ we have the privilege to be able to bring our requests & needs to our heavenly Father in prayer. Mostly we find ourselves praying for our own personal concerns and the situation of those we share our lives with.


    But we are also challenged to engage on a wider canvas and pray for the needs of the world and of Christ’s church. Each week the notice sheet contains some ideas for intercession.....please can I encourage you to be part of this wave of prayer?


    This week, PLEASE PRAY FOR:

    ............all those people engaged in ministry and mission volunteer           opportunities that demonstrate the love of Christ to others.

    ............our St Paul’s SPLASH leaders & helpers and our Safeguarding Team.

    ............those whose lives have been devastated by the recent hurricanes & floods in the world....including in the Caribbean, Northern India, Sierra Leone & USA; for the relief effort & support of the international community.

    ............wisdom for world leaders in the on-going tensions around North Korea.

    ............wisdom and charity for those involved in Brexit negotiations; & for those whose lives are most closely affected by the outcome.

    ............St Paul’s church plans for Autumn 2017.....including Ian Dalton & those planning the ‘Marriage Course’ and Levi Verstraeten as we prepare for the ‘Know Your Spiritual Gifts Course’.

    ............our own willingness to share our spiritual gifts for the building up of Christ’s Body, his church on earth

  • simon writes... 3rd september 2017

    As we gather back together at St Pauls after the summer break, WELCOME! If you are new to us, double WELCOME – it is lovely that you have come to worship with us. We would love to help you make more of your time in Belgium (by helping you to come closer to the God who created you and who died & rose for you)


    We are starting a short series of sermons on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which we will supplement with a midweek course aimed at discovering what gifts God has given you (& how you can use them for the building up of his body, the Church). Details will be on a flyer but can I encourage you to join us for this please? The Lord calls His people to live and minister in His power & strength (& not in our strength alone!) He gives His spiritual gifts that we might use them for the ‘common good’ (1 Corinthians 12:7).


    During the summer I met a church leader from Barnsley (north England) who told me that Chinese Christians were now specifically coming to that town to pray for it. They were coming as missionaries to bring the gospel afresh to the UK. Barnsley was chosen because it was the home town of James Hudson Taylor. In 1853 he travelled to China taking the gospel to that ‘heathen’ nation. From that CIM (China Inland Mission) was formed; today known as OMF International. A great international movement in mission.


    Now the movement of missionary activity is in reverse! We live in highly secular times and there is great pressure on us as Christ followers. We need each other that we can live by His power & be the Church He has called us to. Will you join in with this?

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