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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.


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.






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.

Plant sale blooms

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
















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

   

Sue’s Bob the Builder takes his bow

The sun was shining, buds beginning to bloom.

And the annual plant sale at the church was buzzing, as our pictures show.

Enthusiasts of the event, old and new, found a galaxy of bedding plants, alpines, shrubs and vegetable plants. Geraniums, asters, antirrhinums, marigolds and daisies went to delighted buyers just like hot cakes, with Mick offering advice to those not sure what to purchase.

Church members provided many of the plants and the range was boosted by a generous donation from Elmsley Nursery – all the sales in aid of church funds.

In the hall, Carole, Alison and Nancy were busy offering a selection of cakes and drinks.

The result: more than £800 for St Paul’s.



Food bank support

Don’t forget we are continuing to collect food for the local food bank.

There is a box provided at the entrance to the church for this purpose. The items they are particularly seeking are:

Packet noodles, tinned spaghetti/ravioli, tinned meat, honey/jam, long life milk, custard/rice, tinned tomatoes, instant coffee, shower gel/shampoo/deodorant, washing powder, etc.

Salvation Army’s musical show

The Salvation Army is producing a musical at Clevedon. Belongings, by Stephanie Lamplough and Paul Sharman, will take place on 5 October.

The venue is the Princes Hall Theatre, 2 Princes Road, Clevedon, BS21 7SZ. Tickets are £10 and are available from Alison Withers from St Paul’s congregation.






Bob the Builder sits atop his newly-repaired church wall to the delight of passers-by.

The wall was damaged as a result of a car accident and the excellent repair work that followed inspired Sue Crosse to create Bob as St Paul’s contribution to Kewstoke’s ever-popular annual Scarecrow Trail.

Many talents

Sue, a talented keyboard player at church, took many hours to make the brilliant animated character and, in doing so, follows in the footsteps of Jo Coates who produced an Archbishop of Canterbury figure  for last year’s trail.

Dozen of homes and businesses dotted around the parish added scarecrows to the collection which has brought many smiles and compliments from the scores of trail-touring admirers.

Gail away

Rev Gail is away until 20 July and in her absence one of the churchwardens (see Contact Us page) will be pleased to help.

On the beach

Tots Praise, the weekly event for the toddlers at Worlebury St Paul’s school, is out in the fresh air on the beach for a change!

The session takes place on Thursday 11 July, from 10 until 11.30am. The fun-making starts after meeting at Sand Bay close to the bus terminal.

Holiday fun dates for youngsters

Each Monday during the school holidays, 10-3pm, children are welcome to drop into the church hall for free refreshments and games. And hot chocolate, toasties and so on will be available!. Under 10-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Chef Ratatoille

On Wednesday afternoons during August, at 2pm, there will be the screening of a family-friendly film in the church hall - the first one featuring that tale about the extraordinary Chef, Rat Ratatoille!