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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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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/dioce se/safeguarding/.

St Paul’s to link up with Wick St Lawrence?

St Paul’s already has a fine reputation as a welcoming church to all-comers, but how can we make our historic building and all that goes on here ever more appealing to our parishioners?

‘Everybody is Welcome’ to our Lent course of that name that is being organised for evening sessions at the church hall.

It will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesdays March 4,11,18, and 25.

“We need everyone’s opinion and ideas on how to increase our church family,” says churchwarden Deb Low.

“How can we further encourage parishioners, young and old, to join us and enjoy the fellowship of St Paul’s?”

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 26 February with a 7.30pm communion service at the church and the following evening meetings are designed to identify points of action.

Church fellowship is reflected in a variety of forms – through worship, church hall meetings, groups, events and personal contacts.

The invitation is open to all to come along and help others discover the joy of St Paul’s.   

Let’s work to grow our church

After months of talks between local churches and the deanery, a recommendation has gone before the Bishop’s Council at Bath that approval be given to the linking up of St Paul’s with Wick St Lawrence church.

This would sever the existing joint benefice with St Peter’s at Milton, which has existed for more than a decade, but renew a St Lawrence clergy partnership previously spread over a great many more years.

The two parishes have a joint population of about 4,400.

Changes at local churches

The proposed changes are a result of the retirement of our vicar, Rev Geoff Eales, last October and changes at other local churches in the Worle and Milton areas.

St Lawrence’s church, which dates from the late 15th-Century, is at the heart of its village and offers a full range of services and other activities.

The church is always open during the day and all are welcome to visit to pray and explore its history. The vicar is Rev Emma Aymes.

Long-standing close friendship

Several members of St Paul’s have long been close friends with our neighbours at St Lawrence’s, about five miles north-east across the low-lying fields.

Since the start of the review of clergy for benefices in the area last year, a general desire has emerged for a renewed link-up between St Paul’s and St Lawrence’s.

Discussions involved church representatives from all the churches involved and the Archdeacon, the Rt Rev Adrian Youings.

The churches are St Mark’s and St Martin’s,Worle, Mead Vale, St Lawrence’s, St Peter’s and St Paul’s.

Now the overall recommendations are with the Bishop’s Council, Bath and Wells, and a final decision will be made by the Bishop, the Rt Rev Peter Hancock.

The 15th- Century St Lawrence church houses a peal of six bells,three of them dating back to 1655