Communication from the Anglican Church of St George and St Paul


Message from Beth

Take note this week that ‘Doubting Thomas’, as we know him, is remembered more for his moment of doubt and confusion than he is for his moments of faith: his witness and martyrdom.  He was a man of courage, willing to stand out from the crowd, willing to be truthful even when it was painful.  May we have the same courage to ask questions and to be understanding of those whose answers differ from our own. 

Everloving God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son's resurrection: Give us grace to believe and trust in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God. Amen.

H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh   

In this Easter week of Resurrection hope, we have all heard with sad hearts of the death of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. We pray that God will comfort and uphold H.M. the Queen and all the Royal Family in this time of mourning.

We remember his life with this prayer of thanksgiving.

God of our lives,
We give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
For his devotion to Her Majesty The Queen,
For his dedication to global community and God’s creation,
And for his long life of loyal service.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
Through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ,
Church Spirit - Wednesday 14th April.

There will be a Church Spirit social get-together on Zoom on:

Wednesday 14th April at 6.30 pm 

Speaker     -   Clive Gilbert who was Managing Director of  A Fabrica de Loiϛa Sacavem 
                       during the Revolution, will speak to us about his experiences at this difficult

 If you wish to attend, please contact Bruce Dawson on before the
 end of day on the 13th April. Only those registered will receive the link on the morning of the
 14th  April.

  We would very much welcome volunteers to talk at future Church Spirit events.


Sunday 11th April

9.30 am - St Paul's
11.30 am - St George's

In Person Services continue at St George's and St Paul's. Safety measures such as 2m spacing, the taking of temperatures and the use of masks will remain in place for several weeks.  Booking to attend services in person is still required for the time being, since space will be limited. 

To book a place please send an email before 8 pm on the Saturday before the service you wish to attend stating :
i ) Your name
ii) The name of any additional people in your group.
iii) Your email and your mobile number.
We need this information to help with seating arrangements. The contact details are confidential and only to be shared in the event of need for Covid tracing.

To book:
St George's -  please contact Jajay Ogbe at 
St Paul's - please contact  Barbara Gray at

NB  It is important that if you are attending a service in person, you are fully aware of the Covid Procedures. Please read these carefully:

St George's
St Paul's


Sunday 11th April
9.30 am    -  Eucharist Second Sunday of Easter

Join us in Zoom at 9.30 am for our Eucharist service.  Please email Beth  for the passcode or a one click link by email or by Whatsapp
932 101 1085.

You will automatically be muted when you arrive in the zoom room, so you are welcome to log in any time from 9.15 until 10.30 am. After the service there will be an opportunity to chat with others if you would like to. 
You can also watch the service on Facebook live or at a later time via the   link.
A pre-recorded service is available on YouTube in case of transmission difficulties.  To view it please click here:  
The resources for each Service, where applicable, can be found in the RESOURCES section below.
You can also find other videos on Youtube, such as Evening Prayer, which will be uploaded there after they have been recorded on Facebook.


Online Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning Prayer -  Morning Prayer will be held  from Wednesday to Friday this week, at 9 am via Zoom.  If you would like to see what the service is like before joining us, look at the recorded service on our YouTube channel. For log in details, please contact Beth on her email address

Evening Prayer - is live-streamed to Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.00 pm.  Service sheets, if required, are available in the Resource section.

Resources for online services this week.

Sunday 11th April 9.30 am   
Second Sunday of Easter

St Paul's Church Estoril - an Eco Church

'From meditation to insulation, from location to invocation; loving God and his creation should impact everything in our church lives.'

That's why A Rocha UK has developed Eco Church. This is a new award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. We, as part of the Diocese in Europe, are able to participate in this and St. Paul’s Church, Estoril is now registered as an Eco Church. St. George’s Church, Lisbon will also be, in the near future.

A Rocha has devised a survey covering five key areas of church life:

 Worship and teaching
 Management of church buildings
 Management of church land
 Community and global engagement

Points are awarded on how a particular church is working to improve its carbon footprint in all areas. During Lent, the St. Paul’s Eco Team had four zoom meetings to complete this online survey and we now await the result! St. Vincent’s Church in the Algarve, is the first in Portugal to achieve the Bronze Award…perhaps St. Paul’s will be the second!

If you wish to find out more, please visit -

Hopefully everyone gave some thought to our Lent campaign, of ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle plastic. This week’s suggestion:

  When disposing of the blue face masks, we should cut off the elastic side bands for           the ears, as they can get caught up in fish and birds' beaks and legs when
       ending up in the sea.
IRS 2020 - a reminder to direct 0.5%

Readings for the 18th April,
Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3. 12 - 19
1 John 3.1 - 7


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