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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/dioces e/safeguarding/.

Now it’s confirmed -

St Paul’s will link up with Wick St Lawrence

Sunday services at St Paul’s are to restart on 20 September after a six-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Churchwarden Mike Tedstone, who is leading the restart, said: ‘It will be wonderful for our church family to worship together once more.

‘We are all looking forward to the first service and the prospect of meeting again with God in this peaceful place.’

Services will be at 10am, as previously, and at present there will be no 8am service, coffee in the hall or church opening during the week.

As social distancing will now be necessary, and account taken of numbers, church-goers are required to book their attendance each week by contacting Nancy Whyte, tel. 01934 516212.

The church is being prepared for reopening and will follow all sanitary guidelines. Attendees will be asked to leave contact details and wear face coverings before being shown to their seats. Family groups, of course, may sit together.

At a special parochial church council meeting, special thanks were made to Rob Skeen and his family, who for many months have arranged online services for members of the church family and beyond. The last of these will be on 13 September.

The Bishop of Bath and Wells has confirmed that a new joint benefice will be established linking St Paul’s with its neighbouring parish of Wick St Lawrence.

It brings to an end the benefice of St Paul’s and St Peter’s, Milton, which existed for more than a decade and came up for review after last year’s retirement of the vicar, Rev Geoff Eales.

The decision was reached after discussions between local churches and the Locking deanery and restores a previous partnership with Wick St Lawrence spread over many years.

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

Changes at local churches

Organisational changes are also under way at other diocesan 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 in normal times offers a full range of services and other activities.

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

The talks also involved the Archdeacon, Rt Rev Adrian Youings, and included St Mark’s and St Martin’s,Worle, Mead Vale and St Peter’s.  

Sunday services to restart

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.