Performance of La Boheme: Saturday 7th July, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. At St. Paul's. With a cast of young professional singers, flat pack music will perform Puccini’s unforgettable story, La Boheme, in ENGLISH. "Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimi and falls in love instanly. Faced by poverty and ill health, will the flame between the lovers flicker and die?" La Boheme has received a 5 star review from North West End: 'You’ve got to know what you’re doing to take opera in a slightly different direction and Flat Pack Music have that in droves as this superb production perfectly fills the void between traditional opera and the more recent musical interpretation of Rent, with the English language translation adding to the audience’s appreciation of superbly performed arias from the cast.' Matk Davoren. We are also excited to announce that The Philharmonic Choir, Manchester will be joining us in this production with our wonderful chorus. Tickets are £10, £8 concession. Children are free. Call 07540655749 for more ticket info.

Quiet Day with St. Christopher's: Saturday 21st July, 10am-3.30pm. Please contact Anne or Barbara from St. Christopher's if you would like to join with them and some St. Paul's folk for a quiet day. We will celebrate eucharist together, meeting for a shared lunch, and spend time walking/reading in the gardens. This will be held from Green Close Methodist Church in Pott Shrigley (50 yards from Lyme Park). Please let them know if you are interested but need a lift. No charge for the day, but bring food to share for lunch if you can. 

Book Group: Tuesday 7th August, 7.30pm. We will be discussing The Trouble With Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon. This will be held at Julie Lawton's house. For the address please email Elizabeth ( or Julie (


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Weekly Events

Bible study: most Mondays, 2.30-4.30pm (with a break between Advent and Lent). We read the Gospel passage for the week, and reflect on jumps out to us from the passage. This is not academic-type bible study, and is open to all with an interest in exploring the weekly readings. It is held at Pam Hall's house. For an address, and/or more information please contact Pam at:

Home Guard: Tuesdays, 7.30 for 8 pm. This is  an informal  house-group promoting  frank and free discussion of issues of life and faith. For more information e-mail Charles (, or Ian (ian.purver@btintrnet.comto find out more, or ask to be introduced to them on a Sunday morning.

Choir Practice: Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pm; Sundays before services (arrive for 9.50am). Contact our music director for more info (

Monthly Events

Nine Beats Discussion Group: A monthly group to discuss the beatitudes (see here) and to explore living the beatitudes as a way/rhythm of life. We will be working through the Nine Beats Notebook, which you can buy here. It is not necessary to buy the book if you can't afford it because photocopies of relevants sections will be made available each week. Please speak to Eve or Noel for more information (email, or 


An special message from Bob Smith, our retiring OLM

I wanted to thank everyone for the special celebration we shared as I conducted my last Holy Communion service at St Pauls as the OLM (ordained local Minister) It was a very emotional day for myself and my immediate family as we had so much contact with St Pauls growing up, and then later in my life being called to serve there. 

​This was reflected in the music  David and the choir planned to chart moments in my life (School Hymn, favourite hymn etc) which was sung and played so superbly, in the service.  

Having worked with the Sunday School, they presented me with a large drawing of me, which even had my moustache and Glasses!  

At the end of the Service ​Esther and Elizabeth our tireless wardens,  presented flowers to both Anne and I and then a wonderful card and gift from everyone in the Parish. At that moment I felt so overwhelmed that everyone who had helped my recovery from a stroke with their love and prayers, still found time to give me a thank you gift.  It will be always be a special moment for me. 

​In the party in the Narthex after,  where I am sure I did not get to see everyone properly, we shared memories together, which will always be etched on my heart, as will be St Pauls and the community of Withington.  THANK YOU ALL.  Bob ​

​ ​A big thank you from Eve and Bea for 'Help Refugees' donations!!

Eve and Bea from St. Paul's recently travelled to Calais to volunteer with Help Refugees and took a whopping 585 Euros donation with them -- the majority of which was from the congregation at St Paul's -- to give to the Help Refugees warehouse in Calais. This money will be spent on necessary provisions such as food for the community kitchen, sleeping bags, tents, socks, and shoes. You are all amazing - thank you! Please see this video for a short report on what we witnessed in Calais (please be aware that this could be particularly distressing if you have personal experience of being a refugee at the borders, so take care):