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Saint Paul the Apostle

 Saint Paul the Apostle is the patron saint of our school.  He provides us with our inspiration to create unity within our community reflected in our mission statement - Love God, love one another.  He also gives us inspiration to spread the word as he did.

St. Paul the Apostle, original name Saul of Tarsus, (born 4 BCE?, Tarsus in Cilicia [now in Turkey]—died c. 62–64 CERome [Italy]), one of the leaders of the first generation of Christians, often considered to be the most important person after Jesus in the history of Christianity


                       

Picture of St Paul displayed  in the school

 

St. Paul the Apostle, like all of us, made mistakes. In the Bible there are many people who turned their lives around to follow God, but few, as dramatically as St. Paul. The conversion of St. Paul (Acts 9: 1 – 19) reflects what Jesus tries to teach in the parable of the ‘Lost Sheep’ (Matt 18: 10-14) and the Prodigal Son (Lk 15: 11- 32).

Look at the images below. You can clearly see God actively welcoming his followers back, actively moving towards each, supporting them in their return.

 

                                                                 

 

In each image God is welcoming, with open arms. The final image shows St. Paul at his conversion on the road to Damascus, his arms wide open, welcoming God into his life.

At St. Paul’s everyone is welcome and supported in all that they do. If you are in need of support, there are a team of people ‘with open arms’ ready and willing to help. The gift of giving is a very powerful one and an opportunity to ‘act in service of God’. As a member of St. Paul’s staff there will be times when you will be called upon to give support to those around you.

As the church began to grow, one of St. Paul the Apostle’s main objectives, was to create unity among all Christians. This desire for unity in Christ is evident in St. Paul’s.

Religious Education is a core subject at St. Paul’s and is woven through all aspects of school life. RE is taught as an individual subject for a minimum of 10% of teaching time. It is also taught in a cross curricular manner through other subjects.

 

St Paul the Apostle - Animated bible story for children