Deptford, St Paul, Deptford

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Welcome to the Parish Church of S. Paul’s, Deptford.


We are

warm and welcoming,

diverse and inclusive,

traditional and contemporary,

anglo-catholic in tradition,

committed to prayer and justice.


The Divine Office and Holy Mass are celebrated daily.


S. Paul’s Parish takes in the heart of the Deptford Community, which is a colourful, exciting, energetic, edgy, mature, complex" and fascinating place. It has one of the most diverse ethnic communities in London (fully represented in our congregation), a higher than average population of younger people, multiple economic deprivation, (we are one of the most deprived parishes in the country, in the highest 5%. It ranks 507 out of 12,599, where 1 is the most deprived parish, ( Within the Diocese of Southwark we are the 2nd most deprived parish out of 294 Parishes. (See - Diocese of Southwark, pdf download, There is also a strong creative arts sector, a classic South London High Street with a famous thrice weekly Market.

Our Parish Mission Statement

1. To keep worship at the centre of everything we do.

2. To serve the people of Deptford, and beyond.

3. To ensure the full participation of every church member who "belongs to S. Paul’s.


Our 1730 Grade 1 Listed Church by the Architect Thomas Archer, and described by John Betjeman as "a pearl at the heart of Deptford", is a remarkable and important example of English Italianate Baroque.

The church is one of those built following the 1711 Act for building new churches in London and its suburbs. These are generally known as the Queen Anne churches. Other Queen Anne churches include, James Gibbs', St. Mary-le-Strand, John James', St George's, Hanover Square and Nicholas Hawksmoor's churches at S. Alfege, Greenwich; Christ Church, Spitalfields; S. Ann's, Limehouse and S. George's in the East.

Archer was specifically influenced by two churches in the Historic Centre of Rome: the Interior by Francesco Borromini’s restyling of S. Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona using Corinthian pillars, 1653 onwards, and the Portico by the semi-cicular Porch of S. Maria della Pace, (which is just off the Piazza Navona) by Pietro da Cortona, constructed 1656-1661. The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England has referred to S. Paul's as one of London's finest Baroque buildings. According to Simon Jenkins (England's Thousand Best Churches) "S. Paul's is a building that foreigners can never credit as being English. The exterior is Baroque of astonishing vigour, with giant classical orders on all sides." S. Paul's comes "closer to Borromini and the Roman Baroque than any other English church of this date." (Pevsner). The church is dramatically preserved and recently restored, (between 2000-2004), in its spacious and peaceful churchyard.


Donations to S. Paul's

You are invited to make a donation to the glory of God and the work of this Parish Church. It costs £1,000 a week to run S. Paul’s and all of this money has to be raised locally by the congregation. If you are a UK Taxpayer please put your monetary gift into a Gift Aid envelope, and write your own name and address on the envelope. This will enable us to claim back the tax on your gift for our work. Please give generously. Thankyou.


Fr Paul Butler

Rector and Parish Priest

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The Rector & Parish Priest
The Revd Fr Paul Butler
St Paul's Rectory
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Morning Prayer
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¼ hour
Holy Rosary
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 20 minutes
Parish Mass
Modern Catholic Western Rite. Sung High Mass (including sung Gospel and Canon). Please attend the Parish Mass if you would like to make an initial enquiry concerning the arrangement of a Baptism or a Wedding at S. Paul's.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments Incense Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Low Mass
Modern Catholic Western Rite.
Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM for 35 minutes
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Evening Prayer
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour
Low Mass
Modern Catholic Western Rite.
Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM for 35 minutes
Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Evening Prayer
Every Thursday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour
Low Mass
Modern Catholic Western Rite.
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for 35 minutes
Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Friday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
Low Mass
Modern Catholic Western Rite.
Every Friday at 9:30 AM for 35 minutes
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
Every Friday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Saturday at 9:30 AM for ¼ hour
Low Mass
Modern Catholic Western Rite
Every Saturday at 10:00 AM for 35 minutes
Common Worship
Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction
Every first Saturday at 10:45 AM for ½ hour
Evening Prayer
Every Saturday at 6:00 PM for ¼ hour



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Incumbent: The Revd Paul David BUTLER
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 621
Built: 1730
Architect: Thomas Archer
Style of worship: Anglo-Catholic
Our Patron: The Bishop of Southwark
Archdeaconry: LEWISHAM and GREENWICH (373)
Deanery: DEPTFORD (37301)
Benefice: Deptford St Paul (37/088 W)
Parish Legal Name: St. Paul with St. Mark, Deptford (370206 )
CofE Church Info: (637206 37/206)
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The current editor is: Fr Paul Butler

This page was last updated on Friday 17th November 2017
Deptford, St Paul : Diamond Way, off Deptford High Street, Deptford, London, SE8 3DS


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