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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


Importance of

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.


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

help  

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.


Shop and help our funds

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/BfcHgZszn7
















Bible Study

If you enjoyed our Lent Groups and would like to continue with Bible Study Groups, please let Gail or Margaret know so that we can gauge interest.











A pass to cathedral

The cost to visit Wells Cathedral is going up substantially this year for all visitors.

But if you are on St Paul’s Electoral Roll - a full member of the church - you are entitled to a free pass. Just fill in the form online (below) and then get either a churchwarden or Rev Gail to sign the form to obtain your pass.

https://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/your-visit/wells-passes

   

This week’s column is earlier than usual as I am taking my post-Easter break until Sunday.

I am looking forward to spending some time outdoors (weather permitting) and walking and pottering with the family!  

If you need to speak to a priest whilst I am away please do contact Reverend Margaret (details on the Contact Us page).

Painting time

The church hall is currently being re-painted.  Jim Hill (with some help from Sue and Matthew) has been hard at work glossing the hall in preparation for the walls being painted on the 24, 25 and 26 April. If you think you might be able to help, please do let either myself or Jim know.

Space to let

It will be good to have our hall looking good so that we can increase our advertising and get our hall let out again regularly. If you know of anyone who is interested in holding a regular group in the hall, or needs a venue for a one-off meeting or function, please do contact Sue on kewstokechurchhallbooking s@gmail.com.

Christian aid Week appeal

Christian Aid Week is 12 to 18 May this year and we are looking to raise some funds for their appeal.  Already we have raised £91 from our Maundy Thursday Meal and we are looking for ideas of what we can do.

Intercessions

On the 17 and 22 April at 10am I will be running a training session for those already leading, or would like to lead, intercessions in church. Please do sign up for one of these sessions or contact me if you would like some further information.

Annual meeting

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on 21 April, after the 10am service.  All are welcome to come along and hear what has been happening in our parish.

Every blessing

Gail


This week's readings

Acts 3:12-19

1 John 3:1-7

Luke 24:36b-48.


Prayer for the week

Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:

give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever

Amen.







Church hall is taking on a bright new look