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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.

Inspiration

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.

Our Vicar is the Reverend Geoff Eales, who is also the Vicar of St Peter’s at Milton, and together we are members of the wider Church of England family through the Deanery of Locking and the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

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.

Safeguarding: it’s

a key priority

We at St Paul’s take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. A copy of our safeguarding policy can be found here.

Our safeguarding officer is currently on maternity leave but any matters of concern can be addressed to the Bath and Wells safeguarding team here.




Please explore the other pages of our website to discover the full range of activities here and learn more about the key people who support our church life at St Paul’s.


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So much more than a nice cup of coffee…



It’s Tuesday coffee morning at St Paul’s Church. Every Tuesday from 10 to 12.

But amidst the cheery surroundings the visitor will find more than just coffee.

This is the experience of a lady called Margaret, a holidaymaker who popped in while waiting at the nearby stop for a bus to town.

She told Mary Preen, one of our church ladies, that she really appreciated the welcome, warmth, friendliness and downright fun and joy of sharing together that single hour. As it was Christmas, there were crackers, cake, popcorn, a free raffle, tea and coffee. But, of course, there is always cake, and biscuits and flowers at every coffee morning.

This little cosy haven of comfort and joy is provided by dedicated members of the church, organised initially by Deb and Mike and carried on by Jan and Mick, Delia, Diana and Carole and Jeff, with support from others.

Understanding

All those who call in have grown to know and understand each other more deeply.

The world is put to rights, chat is about anything from politics to TV, sport and even, yes, Brexit. Some mention their personal hopes, worries, anxieties and joys; there are many snapshots of life.

Shining through

But what shines through is the welcome, care and concern shown for anyone who climbs those church hall steps on a Tuesday.

Mary added: ‘On behalf of all the church family, thank you so much for the special fellowship you provide week in, week out. We are truly reaching out to our wider community. It counts, it matters, it’s important.

‘There’s room at St Paul’s inn - everyone is welcome, our church family, village family, day-trippers, holidaymakers…everyone.’

Please come along.  

Rev Geoff names date of his retirement

Our Vicar, the Rev Geoff Eales, has announced his forthcoming retirement, in October.

Rev Geoff, who is also Vicar of St Peter’s, Milton, was inducted at St Paul’s in 2007. He was ordained in 1997, is married to Joan and has three grown-up children. Joan has managed Weston’s Somewhere To Go facility for the homeless for many years and will also be retiring.

Rev Geoff, who went through a period of illness last year, said in a message to Parochial Church Council members: ‘I thank you all for your care and support - especially in the last year. I applaud the initiative you have already taken to form a transition committee with (Rev) Bob Coates in the chair. I am quite sure you will be in excellent hands there….I wish  

A fine venue for special occasions

The completion of a major refurbishment programme has turned St Paul’s church hall into an even more attractive venue for events.

The £10,000 upgrade followed the Church’s successful bid for Lottery funding last year.

The hall is available for hire by individuals or groups for a range of events, including celebratory occasions such as anniversaries and Christening parties to lunches and club meetings.

The hall offers a fully-equipped kitchen and improved toilet facilities. New flooring and furniture complete the fresh appearance.

Contact Lorna on 01934 414366 for booking details.


you every success in finding God’s will for both parishes and His choice for my successor.’

How would Geoff like to be remembered? ‘As a person who taught you to “preach the gospel always - use words if necessary”. You may, like me, be afraid of getting it wrong, but always remember the greatest masterpiece begins with the first stroke of the brush. Keep up the good work, be faithful and patient, keep praying, “Your will be done” and follow Mary’s instructions at the Wedding at Cana, to “do whatever He tells you.”’