St Paul's continues its outreach to the community with a thriving mothers and toddlers group which meets every Monday and Thursday. It has been going for 21 years and brings together a large number of mothers who can often find expatriate life to be lonely. There is also a growth in numbers of younger families in the congregation itself and the Sunday School is gaining strength. A January ski trip for the Sunday School has over 50 people signed up! The parish website can be found here.
During my pastoral visit I was able to enjoy one of the traditions in Monaco during this season: the Galette des Rois (Three Kings Cake). This special cake celebrates the Epiphany of course, but is now enjoyed throughout the month of January. A paper crown is given to the one who finds a fève in their piece of cake; quite by chance, I had a lucky slice. The little porcelain "bean" was inscribed with a cheeky saying in Monégasque, the ancient local language. Italian and French speakers should be able to decipher the meaning!