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40 days, 40 reflections
40 challenges to make a difference

Every day throughout Lent (not including Sundays), wake up to a new generosity challenge and short Bible-based blog straight to your inbox. Each act is designed to sharpen your awareness and give you practical ways to stretch your faith as well as your generosity, with three challenge levels.

Generosity is about the state of your heart, not the size of your wallet or the empty slots in your diary. The traffic light system recognises that life and circumstances are different for everyone, and that our abilities, finances and schedules are flexible.

Once you sign up for 40acts as an individual, you’ll receive the acts each day throughout Lent either via email or on Facebook. Scroll down a little, and you’ll find three different ways to complete the act for that day.

GREEN: these acts take five minutes or less, and will usually be free (or really cheap!) to complete.

YELLOWa little more challenging than the green acts, but these won’t take more than fifteen minutes, or a couple of £.

REDfor those who love to push themselves to extravagance or those who have done 40acts before – take your generosity habit to the next level.

Pick and choose how many of each colour you’d like to do throughout the challenge – you can even do all three each day if you’re feeling particularly energetic.

We will be showing a promotional video for this in church over the next few weeks. If you are interested why not sign up by following this link?


Posted August 2016

St Paul's welcomes our new curate Mark Lavender and his family

Firstly we would like to thank all at St Paul’s for the amazing welcome we have received. Whether it has been home cooked meals, wine and chocolate at the doorstep or painting and decorating we have really felt part of the church from day one.

We have moved from Southborough near Tunbridge Wells where we were part of St Matt’s church in High Brooms for 8 years. Before that we attended an Ichthus congregation in central London.

I began my training for ministry 2 years ago at Ridley Hall in Cambridge where I studied for a BTh in Ministry and Mission. Rather than move the entire family, we decided that I should commute up and down the M11 for the duration of the course which had its moments, particularly at 6am on Monday mornings. Before training I was Head of Science at a secondary school, teaching Chemistry. Ali is a qualified speech and language therapist and works for the NHS, Hannah is currently waiting to begin her A Level studies and Nathan is going in to Year 10.

As a family we love board games, films (mainly ones with at least 6 episodes like Star Wars and Harry Potter), lego and camping. Individually, some of us (you’ll have to work out who!) enjoy Park Run, good wine, scouts, reading, curries and live music. We are all passionate about experiencing God in worship and are excited at the opportunity to seek God together with all at St Paul’s and seeing his kingdom come in all our lives, breaking in and restoring the broken world around us.

Mark, Ali, Hannah & Nathan

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