St Paul’s is a bible based church, and is open evangelical. The focus of the Parish is more on Pastoral Care (both within and without the church) reflecting the immediate needs of the community. A visiting Vicar commented “St Paul’s is a church for the bruised and the wounded, but aiming to bring them wholeness and strength through faith in Jesus, not to cosset or cocoon them.”
The congregation is around 40-50, and there is a positive feeling of fellowship within St Paul’s – the smaller numbers allow for intimate relationships.
Worship is usually a form of Common Worship. The main Sunday service is at 10.30am and a variety of Morning Worship, Holy Communion, Family Services and Family Communion - mostly with Children’s Sunday Club running alongside. We have musicians on two Sundays per month and on the others, we have music on electronic disk.
Sunday Evenings at SPA does not have a traditionally set pattern but more of have an irregular nature. We have a regular evening service with Christ Church on the 3rd Sunday at 7pm at St Paul's.
St Paul’s was dedicated in 1978. It has a lofty octagonal worship area with seating for up to 100 people in pews on three sides of the building.
Two halls connect in series from the worship area. The first is a small hall which can be opened up to make a larger worship space when needed. The larger hall is used for Sunday Club, Preschool, Toddlers, Youth Group and social occasions, etc.
The links which St Paul’s has to preschool, holiday clubs and schools have led to children’s events (such as Christingle) being extremely popular and effective within the community.
St Paul’s supports missionaries in both Thailand and Taiwan – both of which are former members of the church
The St Paul’s building is also used by the Glory Tabernacle Christian Fellowship who meet on Sunday afternoons and during the week by arrangement.