St Paul's 150
In 2022 St Pauls celebrates its 150th Anniversary. - as we look forward in hope for the future as well as back in celebration for our role as the people of God in the community of New Beckenham. Throughout the year we are having a series of events and activities to mark this important milestone in the life of St Paul's
Our next event is a
Flower and Model Festival on 18th 19th June
People are warmly welcome to contribute an entry to the festival.
If you wish to contribute flowers contact Anne Howick via the church office, if a group or individual (adults and children) would like to contribute a model they should get in touch with Simon Couper the Vicar. Contact details are at the foot of this page.
On the model side of things, each model will be displayed on a trestle table. The model must not exceed a metre in height (just for health and safety) and can be made from any material or building blocks to hand e.g. Lego, The groups or individuals are responsible for setting up the models on the 18th, and should be ready for display by 12 noon on the day. The models will thereafter be displayed for a week.
For youngsters producing model there will be some small prizes to reward their efforts.
150th Celebration Merchandise
Click here to see and buy our range of 150th Merchandise from Neema Crafts, our mission partner in Tanzania.
The full programme of 150th Events this year
Event: Launch of 150th Anniversary year Date: Sunday 23rd Jan (the Sunday nearest to St Paul's Day)
Notes: Rev. Simon will be preaching on our verse for the year and there will be a cupcake for everyone to take home!
Event: Compline Service, to launch Praying through the Psalms Date: Monday 24th Jan, at 8pm
Notes: We begin praying our way through all 150 Psalms as part of our 150th celebrations. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we are being encouraged to read a Psalm, at some point during the day. We kick things off with a special service of Compline, on Monday 24th January at 8pm, focusing on Psalm 1.
Event: Memory Lane Date: Saturday 26th Feb
Notes: Community open day at the church, for people to share their stories and memories of St Paul’s as we start to curate our virtual exhibition.
Event : 150th Anniversary Service Date: Sunday 15th May
Notes: A service with the Bishop preaching and invited leaders of the community followed by lunch together
Event: Jubilee Street Party Date: Saturday 4th June, 1 - 4pm
Notes: A street party on Lawn Road connecting our own jubilee celebrations with those of her Majesty the Queen,
Event: Flower and Model Festival Date: Saturday 18th June
Notes: An opportunity for groups and individuals, both from within the church, and from the wider community, to decorate the church in a way which celebrates the past, present and future.
Event: Community Activity Weekend Date: 23/24th July
Notes: Something for everyone, from exercise classes, litter picks, and movie nights.
Event: Gospel Music Date: Saturday 10th Sept
Notes: A ticketed event featuring music which celebrates the energy and diversity of our great city.
Event: Bible Sunday Presentation Date: Sunday 23rd Oct
Notes: Presentation of new bibles, as we celebrate the centrality of the Scriptures to the life and worship of our fellowship.
Event: Advent: Unveiling new Frontals Date: Sunday 27th Nov
Notes: Unveiling the new hangings for the altar, a contemporary design reflecting God’s faithfulness, yesterday, today and forever.
ONGOING ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Activity: St Paul’s Garden
Notes: Marking our celebration with a lasting external contribution to the gardens.
Activity: Praying the Psalms
Notes: We pray through the 150 Psalms for our 150th anniversary; beginning with Psalm 1 on Monday 24th Januaryanuary, through to the close of the year, December 31st.
Activity: New Altar Frontal
Notes: A team designing and producing a new altar frontal to commemorate the 150th.
Notes: Key stories and memories of St Paul's with audio & pictures in a virtual presentation.