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St Paul’s Woodford Bridge exists to worship God, lead people to Christ, build a loving Christian community, and serve a world in need.

St Paul’s church seen from the Green

St Paul’s Church
Cross Road
Woodford Green
IG8 8BT

Vicar: The Revd Ola Franklin

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Looking to host a weekend event? See hiring St Paul’s church halls.

From September 2022, the halls will also be available for hire during on weekdays 9am-3pm. Contact Pauline Bolding for details.

Latest news

Next Praise Service: Sunday 21 August

On Sunday 21 August at we have our next Praise Service.

Please let Mac Leonard know if there’s a hymn, song or reading you’d like to hear.

Posted 13 August 2022

Walk & Talk: weekend of September 24th-25th

We’re holding a St. Paul’s Woodford Bridge Sponsored Walk Fund-raiser.

YOU choose whether the money goes to:

  1. the St. Paul’s Toilet Fund,
  2. the Kenyan Street Children Feeding Fund, or
  3. St. Paul’s Church Fund.

Walks take place on:

  • Saturday 24th September 11:00-15:00
  • Sunday 25th September 11:30-13:00

The ‘talk’ part is to invite family and friends along with you to chat as you walk.

You can join at St. Paul’s - choose from three different courses, none of them very long - 400-700 yards, and walk as many laps as you want.

You can bring your dog, scooters or dolls prams for children, wheelchairs...

If you can’t join in at St. Paul’s how about arranging your own walk and sponsor-system? You can help us from miles away!

Contact Mac Leonard for more details and a sponsor form.

All money raised needs to be credited to the PCC bank account (details below) giving your name as the reference. You also need to inform our Treasurer Len Stevens.

Posted 7 August 2022

Weekly coffee mornings at St Paul’s Church

Cup of coffee

Every Thursday 10 to 12 noon, starting 23 September.

All welcome!

Who we are

We are a Christian Parish Church in Essex in the Diocese of Chelmsford, and part of the Church of England. We are here to spread the ‘Good News’ about God and his Son Jesus Christ.

The Bible says “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but may have eternal life” (John 3:16). That means those who ‘follow’ Jesus Christ, who love his company, respect his teaching, trust his promises and are prepared to let this affect their lives.

Life events

Contact the Vicar to arrange a baptism, wedding or funeral.

Groups and activities

We are a friendly church and you will find a warm welcome at our services and church groups.

For children, we have a Children’s Sunday Church Club every Sunday at 10:00 in the hall. We also run Children’s Holiday Clubs.

We have an active Mothers’ Union meeting on the first Tuesday of each month and our Textile Group has created inspiring and colourful banners for the church and meets fortnightly.

“Just for Girls” meet fortnightly on a Tuesday morning from 10—12 noon for Worship, Meditation, Prayer and Fellowship. The group is open to women who are members of St Paul’s church. Please contact Pauline Bolding for further details.

Giving

Spirelight Dedication Book

Light up St Paul’s Spire!

St Paul's Spirelight Dedications

Everyone is invited to participate in our Spirelight Dedication, to commemorate an Anniversary, Birthday or any other memorable date.

Parish giving - please help if you can!

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we had to temporarily close our church building. As a result, giving reduced dramatically at a time when we were making progress with our project to install toilets in the church building.

The cost of running the church is high, and even while the building is closed we have bills to pay.

We would like to say a big thank-you to those of you who have given already and, if you are able to give, that will help to keep us solvent.

Below are details on how to give via Bank Transfer:

  • Account Name: St. Paul’s PCC
  • Bank: Barclays, Loughton, IG10 1AZ
  • Sort Code: 20-52-74
  • Account Number: 10775215
  • Reference – your name

If you can top-up your gift with Gift Aid, and we don’t already have a Gift Aid declaration from you, let us know and we’ll send you one.

Please contact our Treasurer, Len Stevens.

St Paul’s Toilet Fund

“In for a penny, in for a pound”

We need your help...

At the moment we have no toilets in the church building - the nearest are at the bottom of the churchyard in the church hall. This is very inconvenient for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other church services and social activities beneficial to the local community.

So we’re planning to have two toilet cubicles, one fully accessible for mobility impaired users, installed in church at a cost of around £80,000 - costing this much largely because the church building hasn’t got a sewer pipe outlet and the nearest connection for one to be laid is at the church hall.

How you can help us...

You can make a donation to the Toilet Fund in any of the following ways:

  1. Make a Bank Transfer donation to:
    • Bank: Barclays, Loughton Branch, IG10 1AZ
    • Account Name: St. Paul’s PCC
    • Sort Code: 20-52-74
    • Account Number: 10775215
    • Reference – Toilet/your name

    If you donate online, please download a Gift Aid form [MS Word, 18 KB].

    Email the completed form to Len Stevens: <lenstevens9@aol.com>. Note: a signature is not required.

  2. Put your donation in a blue Gift Aid envelope available in church and mark it “Toilet” (cheques payable to ST. PAUL’S PCC)

Contact St Paul’s Treasurer Len Stevens for further information.

Safeguarding

We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding.

Our safeguarding policy including contact details for safeguarding issues can be found from the “About Us” menu on this site.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Joanna Urbanek.

Disabled Access

Wheel Chair Access Sign St Paul’s welcomes anyone who is disabled - our Church has disabled access facilities through the South Door off the Main road, and a hearing loop for anyone using a hearing aid.