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Our centuries-old parish church of St Paul, nestling under Monks’ Hill and its landmark steps at Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare, is and always has been at the heart of this community.

Although the parish and this part of north Somerset is rich in history, with 13th-Century Woodspring Priory viewed from the approaches to St Paul’s, the church today is very much alive, providing a beacon of worship for all and hub for the spreading of the Christian faith.

The parish of St Paul’s stretches over Worlebury Hill to the edge of Weston town, to the east embracing part of Worle and to Sand Bay and the Severn Sea to the west.

Our church family is drawn from across this area and from further afield – worshippers who are inspired by the special atmosphere of the church and its surroundings, by the friendliness of the people they meet and pray with, and the range of services they find here.

With the retirement of our vicar, we are working with the Deanery of Locking and the Diocese of Bath and Wells to appoint a successor. Meanwhile church life continues with the support of retired clergy and lay members.

Why not come and join us? There is a welcome for everyone, whether a long-time resident of the area, a newcomer, or perhaps just a visitor to this beautiful part of the West Country.

How to find us: satnav - 25 Kewstoke Road, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare. BS22 9YD.


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St Paul’s looks to future

Church members at St Paul’s have been taking part in lively consultative meetings with Deanery representatives, discussing the future following the retirement of the vicar.

In considering the way ahead, the Deanery is also taking account of the departure of the vicar of St Martin’s, Worle.

This has created an opportunity to review church links as well as clergy deployment there and at St Mark’s, Worle, Mead Vale, Wick St Lawrence, Milton and Kewstoke.

Bishop’s decision

By the end of the year the outcome of the consultation will be presented to the churches and then to the Deanery. Recommendations will then be forwarded to the Archdeacon, Rev Adrian Youings, and the decision on the way ahead will be taken in the New Year by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Ambitions

The Deanery representatives will consider the preferences, ambitions and overall views of church members from all parishes involved.

Meanwhile, as a technical legal step, St Paul’s is now in a period of ‘suspension’ and although the process of vicar appointment can proceed he or she will be called ‘priest in charge’ until the suspension is lifted.

Busy Beavers: the youngsters from Kewstoke scouts prepared a giant poppy decorated with smaller flowers made from plastic bottle tops to mark Remembrance.

We shall remember them

Beaver scouts from Kewstoke joined a packed congregation at St Paul’s for a moving ceremony marking Remembrance Sunday.

Safeguarding

We at St Paul’s take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. A copy of the safeguarding policy can be found at, parish-safeguarding-policy-apr-2018.pdf.

Our safeguarding officer is Ann Devereux-Dowden, Tel 07927 138987. E-mail: anndevereux1988@gmail. com Also, concerns can be addressed to bathandwells.org.uk/dioc ese/safeguarding/.

Above: Church member Steph Devlin arranged a splendid river of poppies which flowed into the aisle from the pulpit steps.


Left: The pupils at Kewstoke Primary School showed vivid imagination in composing the moving poetry cards  attached to crosses for the church service. Here churchwarden Mike Tedstone is pictured with two of the young writers.

Below: At Kewstoke school, more young poets add their cards to the church crosses.