Monday, 30 December 2013

Sandhurst Silver Band Christmas Concert 2013

Sandhurst Silver Band's annual Christmas concert at St Paul's is always a gem. St Paul's was very well entertained this year, and around £300 was raised for the charity ASCT

You can see more highlights from the concert on their YouTube channel

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christingles 2013 At St Pauls Camberley - Photoblog

This should give you a feel for the atmosphere at this years three Christingle services held at St Paul’s Camberley. 

A great team spent an evening lovingly turning oranges, silver foil and candles into something rather special – a Christingle.

A great community came to find out more about the birth of Jesus.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christingles at St Paul’s Camberley 2013

Christmas eve is a special time, especially for the younger members of the family who can barely contain their excitement.  The early evening Christmas Eve Christingle Service helps them remember the original cause for their excitement. 

Christingles at St Paul's Camberley

There will be a tableau of the crib scene, child friendly carols, candle lit christingles in a darkened church and a small farewell gift.  All ages are welcome. Come early to get a seat as this service is always very popular, even with three services to choose from!

Time: December 24th @  2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm on


St. Paul's Church,
Crawley Ridge,
Surrey GU15 2AD

Come along, you’ll be made very welcome.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Beer and Carols at the Bear 2013

Time to get into the full swing of Christmas. If the thought of attending a church this season puts you off, how about popping into Park Street for a festive ‘sing song’ and drinks? If you came to Beer & Hymns at the Bear in March, then you'll have a flavour for what's in store.

The friendly bunch at St Paul’s will start the festive cheer at the Bear pub, 23 Park Street, Camberley GU15 3PQ on Thu 19th Dec from 7:45pm. Come and grab a drink, and join in the fun. They’re a lively bunch, so I’m sure it will be a great night out. Time to let your hair down after all that shopping, wrapping and busy preparations.

Beer And Carols At Bear Camberley

For more details, contact

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Sandhurst Silver Band Christmas Concert 2013

A brass band really make Christmas don’t they. There’s something special about those instruments we associate with Christmas. Sandhurst Silver Band have been performing annually at St Paul’s for several years, and they are a real highlight.

This year the concert is on Friday 13th December at 7.30pm at St Paul’s. Tickets are £8 adults, £7 seniors and children are free.  Sandhurst Silver Band Christmas 2013

In 2011 I interviewed Musical Director, Ian McElligott about the band, which is worth checking out.

To book tickets and for more information, contact Ian on 01276 700210 or email

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 15 Dec 2013

Set in a beautiful candle lit church, the retelling of the Christmas story through bible reading, carols and music of a variety of styles blends both the traditional and the modern.  Held on Sunday December 15th at 6pm. This is a time for thought and reflection on the richness of what we experience. Stay on afterwards for mulled wine and  light refreshments. This service is intended more for adults and older children.

 Carols By Candlelight a St Pauls Camberley

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Services at St Paul’s Camberley 2013

St Paul's Christmas Services 2013

Take a look at last year for more details on any of the services.

Anyone is very welcome to attend. If you don’t normally attend a church, you’ll find St Paul’s warm, friendly, and very Christmassy.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

St Paul’s – Not Just for Christmas

We would love to see you at St Paul's over Christmas. Our website has details of our special Christmas events and services. What we would really like you to know is that we're here for you all year around, and whatever stage you are in life. St Pauls - A Church for ALL seasons in life

Here are a few of the activities we hold throughout the year….

St Paul's all year around

You are very welcome to come and check us out, and see what you think, any time of year.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Operation Christmas Child 2013

This year we had a fantastic response from members of St Paul's and Crawley Ridge School to the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box appeal. One hundred and seventy boxes have been dispatched to give a child a Christmas present this year, and could be heading to any of these countries. St Pauls Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Shoe Box Mountain

One of the organisers, Jacqui Tatley said “WOW, what a fabulous response to our shoebox appeal, 170 boxes collected. BRILLIANT. Thanks to Shirley Powell and Jenny Banks for organizing it all. 170 children will have something to delight in. Praise the Lord.”. Crawley Ridge School joined forces with St Paul’s, resulting in the ‘shoe box mountain’, as Rev Russ coined it on twitter.

St Paul's Organisers of Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes Organisers of Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal at St Paul’s

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Blessing Camberley on Saturday

Volunteers from St Paul's are out and about in Camberley this Saturday to put a little love back into the community. Various projects are underway, including one from St Paul's youth.

The youth of St Paul's are heading into town on Saturday morning on an intentional mission of showering the town centre with kindness. Look out for umbrella taxis (if it's raining). You might also be given flowers, or find boxes of chocolates - just take them as a gift.

Sarah Percival, Youth Director says: "It's all creative ideas from the young people. We just wanted to bless Camberley... Not sure how it will go, but hopefully it should be quite exciting and a blessing to people in town".

If you see them out and about, we would love to hear your feedback. How about tweeting us your photos  @StPaulsCamb or post them on our Facebook or Google Plus pages.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Camberley Besom – Increase in Demand

Karen Kendall spoke recently about the increase in demand for food and assistance experienced by the Besom charity in Camberley. The Besom work with Frontline, SVP and government organisations to provide food, clothing and assistance to those in need in the local area.

St Paul's will be giving their Harvest offering to the Besom this year.


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Harvest Festival Offering to Besom Charity

The Harvest Thanksgiving at St Paul's is a special time of the year for me. It’s a time of real giving and celebration for all the family. This year the harvest gifts people bring to the service will be donated to the Besom charity, helping those in need in the local Camberley area.

You are very welcome to join us on Sunday October 20th for a lively seasonal celebration at either the 9.30am or 11.15am services (so good we do it twice).



Tuesday, 25 June 2013

International 'Home from Home’ Lunch

Some call it ‘International Rescue’, others the ‘International Lunch’. Whatever you call it, it's a home from home for people who are away from their homes in other countries and perhaps are feeling a little homesick.  St Paul's are hosting a regular 'bring and share' lunch for anyone who is from abroad. The idea is to bring a dish from your home country to share.

When? Sunday 7th July, 1pm-3pm at St Paul's, Crawley Ridge, Camberley GU15 2AD.
Contact:  Lan or Susan if you would like to find out more (details in the flyer).

St Paul's International Lunch Invite

This is a great event for the whole family, sampling food with an international flavour. That usually gets people talking, and by the end of the lunch, it's hard to leave. We love hosting these events at St Paul's, but haven't had one for a while. Now we're about to start them again. Please come and celebrate the diversity of our nations with us, and get to know new friends from different cultures. It's all about bringing people together and feeling part of one big family.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Pet Service – Group Shots

We held our annual pet service at St Paul’s last Sunday. We love to take a group shot at the end of the pet service to remember the day. Since we have two family services on a Sunday, we have two lovely group shots. Can you see yourself, or your pet?

St Paul's Group Pet Shot Service 1

Service 1 – 9.30am


St Paul's Group Pet Shot Service 2

Service 2 – 11.15am

To see the whole photo album, including individual shots, click here.

Post Pet Service 2013

St Paul's Pet Shop Girl Band

St Paul’s youth band - the 'Pet Shop Girls', Hattie, Lucy, Saskia, Lily and Sarah

We had a terrific time at St Paul’s last Sunday 16 June, hosting our annual pet service for VIP's  - that’s Very Important Pets!

One of the highlights was the youth band the 'Pet Shop Girls' who made a great effort dressing up for the occasion.

Around 176 adults and 68 children, with a whole range of animal friends came to visit.  Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters were all present in the procession for prayer and thanksgiving. Revd Claire Isherwood was assisted by her dog Anca, a great team.Revd Claire Isherwood With Anca At St Pau'ls Camberley

I asked Claire to give us a brief synopsis for those that couldn’t make it. Claire said: “Regulars of St Paul’s plus quite a few visitors and their pets gathered to thank God for the pleasure and love that pets give us. The theme of the service was about the importance of feeding our faith as well as our pets.”

With no catastrophes, there was lots of fun and laughter in the service and pet snacks were wolfed down afterwards.

To find out more about St Paul’s, please visit or contact the office on 01276 700210.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Girl’s Still Got It at St Paul’s

Still time to get tickets for American author and comedian Liz Curtis Higgs on stage at St Paul's this Thursday 20 June. The St Paul's 'Divinely' team behind the annual ladies only night, have a girlie evening of cocktails, nibbles and shopping all lined up for you.

Divinely - The Girl's Still Got It

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Paws for Thought Pet Service on Fathers Day

St Paul's in Camberley is officially cool for cats, dogs and other animal friends as we welcome all to bring their pets along this father’s day to our annual pet service.Revd Claire with her dog Anca

Revd Claire with her dog Anca

There are two services to choose from, either 9.30am or 11.15am, at St Paul's, Crawley Ridge, Camberley GU15 2AD on Sunday 16 June.

The staff at St Paul’s are passionate about pets. Revd Mark and Revd Claire both have dogs. So it’s appropriate, as Claire dons her dog collar, to have a special ‘Paws for Thought’ from her before the big day…

“Ever thought about how much care and attention your pet needs to thrive and grow? 

They rely on us to provide the food, water, and shelter they need.  Anyone who has watched Animal Rescue will know of heart-breaking cases where animals have been neglected and left in an awful state.  These animals are usually thin and often ill because they haven’t had proper food and attention.

We all need food to grow strong and healthy, not just our pets.  This Sunday at St Paul’s we will be thinking about what sort of food it might be that feeds our spiritual lives – so that we can grow strong and healthy spiritually. 

There will be lots of fun and laughter in the service (not just for the pets), and also the chance to thank God for the blessing of having a pet to share your life.  Pet snacks will be available after the service too!

If you haven’t got a pet you can dress up as an animal, bring a cuddly toy, or just bring yourself and enjoy everyone else’s pets! If you have a pet-owning friend, do invite them along as well.  All are welcome!”

If you are on twitter, please tweet us photos of your pets to #PaulsPets or upload to our wall on Facebook

Friday, 7 June 2013

Morality in the Police Force – Chief Constable of Surrey at St Paul’s

‘Speakers Corner’ at St Paul’s is where we look at morality in public life. We’ve had some high profile speakers in the past, including Ann Widdecombe, Claudia Sturt (Deputy Director Prison Service), and General the Lord Dannatt (ex Chief of the Defence Staff).

This time around,  Lynne Owens - Chief Constable of Surrey, was of the same high calibre, attracting over 200 people to hear about morality in the police force. She did joke she was disappointed not to have topped the attendance figure of Ann, but she needn’t have worried. I had a chat with organiser, Ivar Hellberg who said “Lynne was brilliant with such a sharp mind and she dealt with the questions after the talk in a very direct and honest way. I feel we are very lucky to have her as our Chief Constable”, and Ivar knows his speakers.

Lynne gave us plenty to think about, with a series of illustrated modern day tongue-in-cheek stories based around the “good Samaritan” parable. Who are you in the story? 

In summing up, Lynne said“The morality of policing in this country is wholly connected to our ability to engage with the public we serve”. She outlined the importance of a partnership with the public, and went on to say: “I care passionately about the people of Surrey. I will make sure that my officers and my staff always give 100% on your behalf. I promise to always act quickly and decisively with transparency if ever we get anything wrong, and if we work together we will continue, as a team, to keep Surrey a very safe place. ”

On a side note, I have to mention Lynne has become a bit of a twitter addict (@ccLynneOwens on twitter), and is finding it an important tool. She highlighted the growing effect of social media in conveying the news.

If you missed the evening, or would like to listen again, then we’ve split her talk into two podcasts. Please do share on your favourite social network.

If you would like to be kept informed about future Speakers Corner events, then please sign up to our email list here.

Part 1

Part 2

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Response to the Woolwich attack

Tim Cross is a lay minister at St Paul's in Camberley. He is a former British army officer, and his last command was as General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops, Iraq. This is his sobering and considered reaction to the Woolwich incident where a British soldier was murdered. Tim was appearing on the Emily Jeffery show on 26 May 2013 on BBC Radio Surrey & Sussex. Interview courtesy of the BBC.

A celebration of all that is good

The Big Church Day Out 2013

Sunset at The Big Church Day Out as the balloon gives rides

Great to see some familiar faces from St Paul’s at The Big Church Day Out this year, many of them camping in the beautiful grounds of Wiston House in West Sussex. This annual 2 day music festival, now in its fifth year, is starting to grow, but it still hasn’t lost its intimacy. About more than music, with activities for children, beautiful gardens and a food court spectacular, it really is a hidden gem, and I’d rather like it to stay that way. So if you’re reading this, please don’t bother to check it out, as it’s rather good, the parking is easy, and the atmosphere is something special. Yes I know that’s selfish of me, but part of me thinks that if this event grows any further (and it really has the capacity to grow), then it might loose some of that vibe, that really is “a celebration of all that is good”.

Wiston House

By the tea tent at Wiston House

This year the weather was spectacular, a beautiful sunny day on Saturday. As I strolled around the herb garden near the tea tent at the back of the house, I could hear a hazy blend of music from three stages. A great place for some contemplation, away from the crowds.


You can read more about The Big Church Day out on my 2010 blog post here.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Camberley Connections and the Big Challenge

The finale in many ways to the week of Camberley Connections, was the Community Challenge given to the young people of St Paul’s  - to provide a banquet, including food and entertainment, for 50 people on the Old Dean in Camberley, in 1 week. Their budget was £50 which they had to hand back after the event. Revd Bob Peck, the Vicar of St Martin’s on the Old Dean thanked the team, and Frank Long told us all how it went on BBC Surrey the day after.

But that wasn’t the only event.

PrintCamberley Connections ended on Sunday 17th March.  Over 9 days, 14 students from Oxford came to help out, 9 local churches took part and countless church members put on 107 events which offered the opportunity for many people to ask questions and talk about their faith.  There were many offers of prayer, most of which were appreciated and many of which were accepted.

Revd Claire Isherwood encourages us to live out the strapline for the project ‘sharing lives, sharing stories’ saying: “That was the end of the beginning!  Now we look for ways to build on our new found confidence in sharing our faith stories with those who don’t yet know the love of Jesus for themselves.”

Friday, 15 February 2013

What’s Your Story?

In March, Camberley Connections will be challenging Christians to tell our faith story. Why do you believe there is a God?Camberley Connections

If you were stuck in a lift for 2 minutes with a complete stranger who asked you that question, could you answer it?

For many of us on our spiritual journey, something fundamental has happened to us that has changed our lives. Something that has given us the surety of belief beyond all doubt that God is real, is alive and with us. It's been a long journey of gradual realisation for some, and for others an overnight experience.

If you have a faith story to share, that answers that fundamental question, then the Camberley Connections team would love to hear it. We are busy gathering stories to share and your story might make all the difference to someone thinking about faith right now. There is no right answer, we all have our own experiences. What counts is yours.

Please send it in to

Friday, 18 January 2013

Parenting Course at St Paul’s Camberley

St Paul’s are currently running their first “Family Time Parenting Children” course, developed by Mark & Lindsay Melluish from St Paul’s Ealing. The course aims to help explore how to raise children within a framework of unconditional love. Eight couples are among the first to sample this 8 week trial, led by an experienced team from St Paul’s Camberley.

St Paul's Parenting Course

Gilly, Richard, Karen, Gael & Penny – The Parenting Course Team at St Paul’s Camberley

The team are Gilly Rowett (Parish Nurse at Frimley Baptist), Sandra Higgins (St. Paul's  Parish Nurse), Richard Mead (a local deputy head teacher), Karen Kendall (Partnership Development Officer for Camberley Churches Together), Gael Brodie (heads up all children and youth work) and Penny Willard (Pastoral  Assistant).

My wife and I are fortunate enough to be on the trial course, now into it’s second week. There is a fun and informal atmosphere. The tea, coffee and biscuits before the start is a real winner, along with chatting to other parents. Personally, I love the format, which is DVD clip based, with plenty of breaks to discuss questions from each clip between your partner, or the wider group. One of the valuable things about the course for us as a couple was hearing how other parents handle specific situations, and pooling our experience. It’s also good to discover we aren’t on our own, no parent is perfect, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about making mistakes. In fact Becca (also on the course), said: “It has also been a relief to hear from all the other delegates that we all find it hard to get the balance right - and all spend lots of time feeling guilty about getting it wrong!”. Another good discovery Becca got from the course is about “… the concept of time and that children really do need time.  The description of grandma who just takes time with children was very striking.  When the world constantly tells us we need to fill both our lives and our children's lives with business, in fact what children want is to go on a walk of 100 metres which takes 2 hours so they can look under every stone, analyse every leaf and talk to you about it in the process.”

The whole team came together because of a passion for parenting and a need to share God's values and love for the family.  They decided on using the “Family Time” parenting course because many of them had previously been introduced to it, and Richard had already led the course.

Penny said: “We wanted to run our first course with familiar faces, so chose St Paul's. We are hoping to run a second course at St Paul's in September but also intend to take it to other churches and to local schools - but let's see how this first course goes before rushing too far ahead.”

If you do get a chance to book on it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The St Paul’s Camberley team add real value to this DVD based course, and provide a warm, friendly, relaxed and safe environment to talk parenting.

For more information on activities and events at St Paul’s,  check out the website

Friday, 4 January 2013

Christingle Photo Blog

Our three Christingle services were a real success this year, with over 100 people contributing and 1100 people attending. We thought you might like to check out our photo album to catch up on the special time the children had learning all about Christingles, and watching our nativity play.

We would love you to continue your journey with us beyond Christmas and into 2013, and you will be made very welcome at any of our Sunday services at 8am, 9.30am or 11.15am. Full details on our website at

You don't have to dress up. You don't have to be any particular age. We couldn't care less who you voted for in the last election, and please, don't feel the need to pretend about anything.

St Paul's is a place where God meets seeking people who are far from perfect. That means anyone is welcome, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. So learn at your own pace. Ask questions. Seek. We believe you'll find what you're looking for. You'll learn how to relate to God. You'll experience Christian community. And here's the big thing - you will change.

Join us as we seek God together. Just come as you are.  You are welcome here - there are no exceptions.