Church events may be divided into two kinds. There are events that are unashamedly fund-raising, the most important being the annual Christmas Fair. On the other hand, there are events whose primary aim is social, while also raising funds. We hold a number of social events during the year because we think Christian fellowship is important to our community. Regular events are the Christmas Fair, usually held at the beginning of December in St Paul's and a Harvest Festival dinner in the Autumn. But perhaps the most important social activity takes place after the regular Sunday Service, when we welcome visitors and newcomers to join us for refreshments after the service upstairs in the Social Room, in the case of St Paul's, and in the Joan Croft de Moura Hall, in the case of St George's. Volunteers provide us with a choice of delicious sandwiches, cakes, coffee and, as this is Portugal, a glass or two of wine. The noise is deafening, the conversation flows, but everyone has a chance to get to know fellow-worshippers better. We also organise other events during the year such as talks,  musical evenings and dinners. Particularly popular are the Bake Sale events in St Paul's when some really fine homecooks from the congregation bring in cakes, flapjacks, scones, chocolate brownies and marmalade. St George's is often the venue for musical events. The resident organist, Dr David Cranmer, generously gives of his time to entertain us with organ recitals and concerts are organised from time to time. Some activities reach out to the broader community, including volunteer work. This may be in response to calls from the community, such as replanting following the massive fire at the Sintra Hills in the summer of 2018, or on a more regular basis, once or twice a year. One such is participation in the initiative Serve the City (helping to provide a meal for the homeless and needy); another is cemetery clear-ups.
Social Activities
Open House with Bishop David in Estoril