Welcome to the Parish Church of S. Paul’s, Deptford.
"A Pearl at the Heart of Deptford"
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, and we are one of the most deprived parishes in the country, in the highest 6%. It ranks 773 out of 12,382 parishes, where 1 is the most deprived parish. Within the Diocese of Southwark we are the 5th most deprived parish out of 294 Parishes. 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. http://nationalchurchestrust.org/how-you-can-help/1711.php
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-circular 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