Welcome to the St Paul’s Church website.
The Vicar at St Paul’s is Rev Ron Watkinson.
Thank you for looking at St Paul's WELCOME page of their website. Please scroll down to see information about our Safeguarding Policy.
St Paul's is open, and has been for a while, on Sundays and Wednesday's for a 10.30am Eucharist service. We would appreciate that you would, if possible, wear a face covering and ask all who come to observe social distancing by sitting where the mats on the pews are placed.
We still feel it is wise to observe these 'restrictions' to help everyone feel it is safe to be in St Paul's.
After our Sunday service we have tea and coffee served and also after the 1st Weds of the month Eucharist service.
Children are welcome to our Sunday service and we also hold a monthly 4pm Sunday T@4 Time which is ideal for families to come along to and is a very relaxed 1hr followed by some food at 5pm.
Although a number of the usual Sunday or Weds congregation are still shielding the church is still active through their prayers for those they know and for the community and also the wider community and the world at this difficult time. Contact continues to be made through emails, texts, phone calls, cards, etc. and people are encouraging one another and we are helping where we can. KEEP SAFE. If you would like to receive our weekly News Sheet please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do use the Daily HOPE phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Freephone 0800 804 8044
St Paul's has a Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults policy and procedures plan in accordance with the Diocesan guidelines which can be viewed here (please click on 'Safeguarding' on the CofE website even if it says the website cannot be found!) . Appropriate forms are displayed in the church on the Notice Board. The current Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Val Watkinson- 314117.
Also everyone is requested to fill in a GDPR Consent Form to give permission for us to hold your contact details in order to email, write or phone to give you information about events, etc. This is due to legislation from the Government that came into force in late May 2018.
1869-2019 St Paul's celebrated it's 150th anniversary in 2019 - when we held a number of events.
Welcome to St Paul's website. As we look ahead we hope that you too can look forward with HOPE for the future despite the current Coronavirus situation..
See our Virtual Tour under the 'Our Church' side heading & scroll to the bottom. It is really useful as you can have a look at what the inside of the Church looks like, ideal if thinking of being married here.
St Paul's was built in 1869 for the railway workers and was known as The Railwayman's Church' and is surprisingly beautiful inside. We are located on an island - the New England Triangle traffic Island - with Lincoln Rd on one side and Bourges Boulevard & main entrance on the other side.
Weddings/Renewal of Vows: The church is perfect for weddings and Renewal of Wedding Vow services, with the car park beside the church. Fees are the standard ones required by the Church of England.
Christenings & Baptisms: enquiries for baptisms/christenings are welcome & the service is normally held early on Sunday afternoons i.e. 2.30pm. Rev Ron & Val meet with the parents to discuss a date & to go through the promises made by parents & Godparents. A donation of £25 is asked for.
Bereavement: Rev Ron is available for funerals, whether in the Church or at the Crematorium or for a Green Funeral.
We have a loop system in the church for the hard of hearing; a car park beside the church; toilets in our Church Hall next door; coffee & tea after our Sunday morning services & after the 1st Weds in the month Eucharist.
Vicar: Rev Ron Watkinson St Paul's Vicarage, 414 Lincoln Rd, PE1 2PA (beside the Church)
Licensed Lay Pastoral Minister: Mrs Val Watkinson: Children & Families Worker-Gill Thompson
Our VISION PRAYER is said at every service: We would like to see this lovely church go on for many more years to come, filled with people of all ages; a church that is vibrant & growing in strength and faith; a busy church; a church people will be proud to call their own; a cornerstone of New England. Amen
GIVING: As well as those who give to the work and ministry of St Paul's via DD or Standing Orders; through our Envelope system or cash in the offering basket we also have the facility to accept donations via Debit Card using a Card Reader.
Prior to Covid 19 & Lockdown we held a number of regular services and events: See below. Some of these have already resumed.
A monthly 'T @ 4' Church at 4pm in Church is held mostly at the end of each month (see Diary page for dates) & ideal for all who want to bring young children to enjoy some craft, with a bible story on dvd, a prayer & singing and then at 5pm sandwiches & cakes. All ages are welcome to come along. We have grandparents, parents & grandchildren! We have appointed a part-time Children & Families Worker who began in June 2016 and is getting involved with families at 'T @ 4' and also getting to know families whose children are at the Zig Zag Day Nursery in the Church Hall. The Church is in partnership with the private Nursery. In 2016 we had a grant of £5000 from the Diocese of Peterborough to kick-start the ministry of a part-time Children & Family Worker fo 2yrs. Since June 2018 we have been paying Gill through donations, specific gifts given and raising of money for this ministry.
Each month, usually on a Thursday we also have St Paul's OASIS Time from 2pm to 3.30pm in church (see Diary Dates or Notice Sheet). All ages welcome to call in, stay for as long as you want; have a drink & some cake; chat or share some concern you might have. As well as the 10.30am Sunday Eucharist & Weds Said Eucharist services there is an opportunity to meet with others to look deeper at the teaching from the Bible. This often includes some prayer as well as getting to know one another better. Rev Ron was the Priest in Charge for 8 years here & on Sunday, January 24th 2016 he became the Vicar due to the lifting of the 1999 Suspension of the Living by the Bishop. His wife, Val, is the Licensed Lay Pastoral Minister. They, together with those on the Parochial Church Council (PCC) & other members of the church continue to seek to be relevant in the community and parish of New England and wherever God places them. If you look at our Prayer List you will see how important prayer is to us and give thanks to God for many answers to our prayers. Our weekly Notice Sheet can be found on the Notices page which will have more up to date information on & events on the Diary page. It can also be sent direct to you by email.
MEN: There is a monthly Sat morning time to meet in Church for The SHED....usually a bacon butty & tea/coffee in church with time to talk. All men welcome 10.30-12noon. Occasional trips out. A current project is restoring a train set on a board.
LADIES: All welcome to a monthly Sat morning group at The Vicarage for 10am-noon for 'bacon' butty or toast & marmalade to meet and chat together. This has not resumed yet.
ALPHA, a course to find out more about the Christian faith, is held regularly & all encouraged to come on one, there is always something new to learn! Contact us for more information.
Thank you for visiting the St Paul's web site and do please contact us, even if just to let us know you have clicked on us ! May you know God's blessing and peace in your life.