Communication from the Anglican Church of St George and St Paul
From the Chaplain

Well, it´s been wet enough at times this week to be thinking of baptism.  There was no English word to describe this practice so we borrowed the original Greek ´baptidzo´ meaning to dip, to purify and to plunge: take your pick! All are helpful in describing our practice and its meaning and all of them involve giving ourselves over to the experience.  Can we allow the Holy Spirit to be at work in us this Advent?

Trusting in your word, O Lord, we wait for your Spirit. Send her forth from your holy heaven to sanctify our hearts: to bring strength to the weak, peace to the troubled, light to our darkness, warmth to our coldness. That we all may share in the holy gifts which God bestows.  
Sunday 4th November - Second Sunday of Advent

St Paul's        -   9.30 am  -   Eucharist   * Our St Paul’s service is live
                                               streamed through Zoom only
(please see below).

                                              Sunday Club
                                               To view the Service Sheet, please 

St George's  -   11.30 am  -  Eucharist 
*Live stream
Our St Paul’s service will now be live streamed through Zoom only. When you log in, you will automatically be admitted to the zoom room, with your video off and your sound muted. To log in please 

Meeting ID: 899 4347 8097
Passcode: 23268                                        
Do use the Church of England Facebook post as an alternative if need be.
To view please             
Christmas Fair - tomorrow, Saturday, St Paul's 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Don't miss our Christmas Fair tomorrow with all sorts of gifts and goodies.
Women´s Bible Study - this Wednesday 7th December at 6.30pm

Women from across the chaplaincy meet online and this week we should finish our exploration of Philippians. For the zoom link please  

Lisbon Chaplaincy is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID - 864 5681 3901
Passcode - 613230

Christmas Services at St Paul's and St George's Churches                    
There will be a number of Services, Carol Singing and a Family Christmas Story at both St Paul's and St George's churches. Please see the times and dates on the poster.
Giving this Advent
We have two ways to give to those in need this Advent season.  The first is to donate to the Bishop´s Advent Appeal, which will help poor communities in Kenya to get better access to education by building an ablutions block for a primary school in Mombasa. 

The second is to provide warm clothing for local families in need.  This can be thick socks, scarves, gloves, hats, jumpers or coats which don´t need to be new, just in good condition. 

Other practical items to help fight cold are also welcome, such as hot water bottles or heaters.  These will be collected on - or under! -  our Warming Trees at both churches and be distributed at the end of the season through The Lisbon Project.  

Usually, it is Maj-Lis who distributes our warming gifts.  Maj-Lis is a missionary here from Sweden,  and with her family, established the Maj-Lis Philanthropic Foundation which over many years has reached out to the poor in Portugal with practical help and the love and good news of Jesus.  She has been an inspiration to many and our Chaplaincy has supported her foundation through our Advent and Harvest gifts on many occasions but due to ill-health the charity is no longer accepting gifts.   We received just last week some news from her family:
 'A few weeks ago we helped mother travel to Sweden for care when her health clearly began to deteriorate. We have seen no improvement since then, but rather a continued deterioration every day. It's about getting older, so no specific disease. Now the family's focus is on supporting Maj-Lis'.
'We know that mom never wanted to be a traditional pensioner, but wanted to continue doing what she lived for her whole life - to show God's love to the most vulnerable, and she has done that every day'.
'Now please pray for Maj-Lis, that God eases her pain and that His will be done'.
Ministry Experience Scheme

As a chaplaincy in a large European city we need to be doing more to reach out to young people that make Lisbon and its environs their home. Nomads, international students, young professionals. It can be a lonely, difficult time for people and as a church we are in the perfect position to help.

But often we don't have the resources or experience for reaching out. And this is where the Ministry Experience Scheme helps. A young adult spends 9 months in the chaplaincy, mentored by a chaplain, gaining an understanding of what ministry in Europe looks like. As part of this we hope that they can begin to help in developing mission opportunities to support the work of the chaplaincy reach into the community. 

We are exploring whether to be part of this scheme and that depends on whether there is support from within the chaplaincy. 

To read more about what the Mission Experience is all about, please 
Readings 11th December -  Advent 3
Isaiah 35 : 1 - 10
Magnificat Luke 1 : 46-55
James 5 : 7-10
Matthew 11 : 2 - 11

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Chaplain: The Rev'd Canon Beth Bendrey
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Assistant Chaplain : The Rev'd Iain Bendrey 
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Additional Clergy with permission to officiate:
The Rev’d Frances A. Le Blanc

The Rev'd Paula Rennie
The Rev'd David Hawthorn
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Congregational Worship Leaders:
Joao De Castro Soares
Pamela Patten

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