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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 centre of worship for all and hub for the spreading of the Christian faith.

St Paul’s is part of the Benefice by the Sea, linked with Wick St Lawrence, and led by our vicar, the Rev Gail Thomas. It is within Locking Deanery, part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and the parish 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, running out to the west.

Special atmosphere

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 wide range of our services here.

Our Sunday services are core to church life and marriages, baptisms, and funerals take place during the year. House groups meet for further Christian study as well and there are coffee mornings to enjoy. Whether a long-time resident of the area, a newcomer, or perhaps just a visitor to this beautiful part of the West Country, do come and join us.

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

Safeguarding Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is taken very seriously across the Church of England.

A copy of St Paul’s safeguarding policy can be found on the Contact Us page.

The safeguarding officer for St Paul’s Church is Alison Withers.

She can be contacted by telephone, 07706063272.

Let’s raise funds and have fun as well

It’s Tuesday - coffee and so much more

Tuesdays from 10am in the church hall have now become a regular coffee date for so many parishioners and their friends.

Over many years, church members have hosted the friendly, social occasion attracting not only those who attend St Paul’s but passers-by, holiday-makers and sometimes those waiting at the nearby bus stop for a trip to town.

Many activities

But the rapid rise in energy costs, putting a strain on so many household budgets, led to the broadening of the coffee morning into a warm community lounge with a programme of activities and refreshments lasting well into the afternoon.

Many arrive just for a chat, to exchange news, or  perhaps to meet new friends and neighbours. But a monthly programme now offers even more interest.

From 2 – 2.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month there’s a Living with Loss and Bereavement group. On the second Tuesday you can Explore Christian Faith and Life; on the third take part in gentle Exercise and Conversations about Health and Well-Being; and the fourth Tuesday brings Messy Vintage Church, Christ-centred fellowship for the older generation.

Everyone is welcome to attend and join in whatever interests them. Come along, don’t miss the friendly atmosphere.

Food bank

Don't forget that we are continuing to collect food for the local Food bank. There is a box provided in church for this purpose. The items that they are particularly seeking at the moment are:

packet noodles, tinned spaghetti/ravioli, tinned meat, honey/jam, long life milk, custard/rice pudding, tined tomatoes, instant coffee, shower gel/shampoo/deodorant, washing powder/tabs, washing up liquid, nappies size 5 and more.

Putting it together

for the parish

The Repair Café, launched last summer at the church hall, continues to build its appeal month by month, at the same time emphasising the role of the hall as a hub of the community.

Residents arrive with broken coffee machines, hedge trimmers, carpet cleaners, radios, cycles, fabric problems and much more. And most leave smiling with everything working again.

Said Rev Gail: “It’s proved a successful church/community project helping so many people and supporting our ethos of renewal and waste avoidance.”

The café, which of course also offers refreshments, is run by about a dozen unpaid volunteers. Kira Thorpe (tel, 07882478692) and Annie Taylor can be contacted for enquiries about special repairs.

Donations from happy visitors go towards repair kit and other costs.

The café is held on the first Sunday of each month, 2 – 3.30pm.

ABOVE - left, Martin White fixes a bike; CENTRE, Sheila Bond repairs jeans; right, David Stockford gets a hedge trimmer working again; BELOW, John Brobyn and Clive Kearley set a clock ticking.

Messy, and thriving!

Messy Church - where youngsters get together to have fun learning more about stories from the bible - is a big success being enjoyed by all those taking part at 4pm on the third Saturday each month.

Our pictures glimpse the enjoyment at the church hall.

At one session, the theme focused on the story of how Jesus healed the excluded leper and then, as Jesus showed, people should still be welcomed in the community. With Paul on the piano, action songs followed and crafts helped to explore the theme further.

The afternoon concluded with parents and children merrily tucking in to hot dogs and cupcakes.

22 February

This weekend is busy for fund raising in the benefice.

On Friday you can test your knowledge at the Quiz in Wick St Lawrence Village Hall, or if you are more crafty, there is a sale of craft materials in St Paul’s church hall.  

There is also still an opportunity to sign up for the Lent course based on the television programme Call the Midwife.  Please note though that next week's day time session is in the afternoon rather than the morning.

If none of this appeals then why not come along to our Vintage Messy Church session and try out some crafts on Tuesday afternoon!

Every blessing


What's On this week?

Friday 23 February:

7.30 pm Quiz night in Wick St Lawrence Village Hall.

Saturday 24 February:

10-1 Craft Materials Fair, church hall.

Tuesday 27 February:

10-12 Coffee Morning in church hall followed by

Vintage Messy Church at 2pm.

Thursday 29 February:

9am Assembly at Worlebury St Paul’s school

followed by Tots Praise, 10-11.30.

2pm Lent group in the church hall.  Please note change of time for this week only.

7pm Lent Group via Zoom.

This week's readings

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8: 31-end.

Prayer for the week

Almighty God,

by the prayer and discipline of Lent

may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,

and by following in his Way

come to share in his glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lent course

Our Lent course, called All of Life, is exploring real life and real faith using excerpts from the TV programme Call the Midwife (no prior knowledge of the programme required!).

The course is running on Thursday mornings in the church hall and Thursday evenings via Zoom. Please let Gail or Margaret know if you are interested in attending.

Shop and help

Easyfundraising which is an easy way to raise money for our churches which donates money to the church each time you buy online from selected stores.  You basically download the app onto your computer and each time you use one of these sites it takes you through the link for your church.

St Pauls:    http://efraising.org/Bfc HgZszn7