Welcome to St Paul's, a small congregation but punching above our weight ! St Paul's is on a Triangle bounded by Lincoln Rd & Bourges Boulevard roads in the New England area just north of Peterborough centre. To see inside this Victorian Church (consecrated 1869), which is beautiful, look at our Virtual Tour on the web site. We are a friendly & welcoming group and currently have a Eucharist at 10.30am each Sunday and a said Eucharist at 10.30am every Wednesday.
We send out our weekly News Sheet and also Val's BLOG to those who fill in a GDPR form giving permission for their email address to be on the computer of the Administrator. We also contact church members on a regular basis (using email, phone, text, letters or visiting) who may still be unable to get to services due to health or other issues.
Our music worship is on our new Viscount organ, sometimes on electric keyboard, & also using sensitive cd music to enhance the worship. Each month we have a 4pm Sunday 'T @ 4' church for families (but all ages are welcome to come along) with craft, dvd, and food.
Rev Ron Watkinson is the Vicar & has been at St Paul's since Nov 2007 & is a self-supporting minister. He has been a Chaplain in a State Secondary School locally,was also a youthworker, a Parish Evangelist and a key worker with the homeless. For 25yrs he worked as an engineer with the Ministry of Defence in Nottingham. He encourages every member ministry & as the church is situated in an area of the city with many different cultures and nationalities is keen to make links in as many ways as possible with the community. PRAYER is key and undergirds the ministry of many at St Paul's and we have a 1st Tues of the month QUIET DAY from 10-3pm for anyone to call into Church to pray or read or just relax. The PCC Leadership meet later in the day for a time of prayer.
St Paul's was built when the railways brought lots of workers to this part of the city & it was known as the Railwayman's Church with a plaque inside to the GNR workers who lost their lives working for the railway in New England. There are also 2 Cakebread & Robey & Co stained glass windows in the sanctuary in memory of a Mr Rouse (and also his wife) who had overseen the workers at New England in the early part of the 19th Century.
Coffee is held in the church after services & we have a paddock beside the church which we also use as a car park. The Vicarage is next door to the church. Rev Ron's wife, Val, is St Paul's Licensed Lay Minister; she is also the Administrator and provides a Notice sheet & BLOG each Sunday which is also emailed out. The web site on stpauls-peterborough.org.uk has on diary dates & 5 Minute Prayer diary & other helpful information. The church is ideal for weddings; Baptisms (christenings) are held on Sunday afternoons; Rev Ron conducs funerals in church & also at the Crematorium.~We had, until June 2023 a part-time Children & Families Worker who was ordained in July and so have a vacancy; regular Alpha groups for those enquiring about the Christian faith or those who would like to refresh themselves with who Jesus is and what is life all about.
We have regular opportunities for worship, study and prayer and the men meet monthly on a Saturday at 10.30am in Church for a SHED group time to eat bacon butties and chat. All men welcome. Each year we have had a Celebrate Marriage Service; (Feb); Holy Week and Easter services; Patronal Lunch; Harvest Festival with a Lunch; Service for the Bereaved; Remembrance Sunday, Carols by Candlelight, Crib Service, Christmas services. We give a donation each month to a different charity & participate in the local Community Foodbank with the church members donating food each week. We also now give chocolates and hand cream to staff in the local hospital.
The Church, in 2011 began refurbishment of the Church Hall, beside the Church and at Easter 2012 the Zig Zag Nursery/Pre School opened who are in partnership with St Paul's. They open from 7am-6pm Mon to Fri & got an Oustanding Ofsted in January 2016.. The church paddock is well used now for parking; Rev Ron visits the Nursery twice a week to see the children and they come into church to have special events as well as having their own services for Easter, Harvest and Christmas.
Each month we hold a St Paul's OASIS Time in church from 2-3.15pm either on a Tues or a Thursday and all are welcome to call in for a cup of tea, etc It is ideal for the older generation including those recently bereaved.. We used to have at least one coach trip each year for fun and fellowship (sadly not since 2020 ) and hope to begin them again. We work with a mission group called Through Faith Mission and regularly do outreach events to our parish including monthly Litter Picks . In March 2024 we plan to have a mission group from Operation Mobilisation join us to help in outreach in the parish. Every Sunday we remind ourselves that Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed, Alleluia !
"The parish of Peterborough: St Paul is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Peterborough’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."