Worship at St Paul’s
ST PAUL’S WITHOUT THE WALLS
A Place to belong
Can you find a place to belong at St Paul’s?
Visitors to St. Paul’s without the Walls tell us that we are a very friendly church and that in our worship they will find the blend of tradition and modernity that defines our community. Our worship is broadly traditional but we hope you will also find it relaxed and full of joy.
Our flexible, warm and large worshipping space means we now have 5 main worshipping communities (some more traditional, some less so) who meet at different times throughout the week or month, but we are all one family and one congregation.
Our aim is that here, as an Inclusive Church all can find a ‘place to belong’ here and that our different types of worship help facilitate a meaningful encounter with God, influencing the way we live our lives.
St Paul’s is open each day for prayer and stillness in the midst of our busy lives and city.
The 10.30 Sung Parish Eucharist with Sunday Zone
At the centre of our main Sunday morning service is the celebration of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (aka Holy Communion or Mass), where the sharing of consecrated bread and wine is our focus. This is a joyful and varied service with song, scripture and preaching combined with times of quiet reflection and prayer. Our liturgy, comprised of the words spoken by the priest and the congregation during worship, draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of the Anglican tradition and aligns with the various seasons of the Church year – we love a festival and try to give them our all!
Music holds a vital role in our worship we have a robed choir who lead us in enthusiastic singing of some of the liturgy and mainly traditional hymns with some more contemporary styles from time to time. Sunday services involve the active participation of many different members of the church family from serving at the altar to reading from the Bible and leading prayers.
Young Disciples at the 10.30
Children and Young People are always warmly welcomed in our church, and we embrace the joyful sounds of the young amongst us – so if a child demonstrates their God given voices, we give thanks.
Sunday Zone (Children’s Church) typically runs concurrently with the Parish Eucharist each week apart from the 2nd Sunday and Children and Young People are able to join the Altar Serving Team and Choir should they wish.
This service is live streamed on our YouTube page.
Sunday Afternoon – The 3.30 St Pauls@TeaTime a more informal service (monthly)
Held on the second Sunday of the month from 3.30-5pm, Teatime is a more informal service for those who are younger. We start this worship with a number of craft activities in which everyone can get involved – you can take your time doing one of them, or try all of them; it is completely up to you! After our craft time, we gather together to hear a Bible story and have some short prayers. Then we have our lovely tea with sandwiches, crisps, fruit, and delicious cakes – all home made. We finish with a game, a song, and a blessing.
Not held in August
Sunday Evening – The 5pm Choral Evensong and Supper (monthly)
Held on the third Sunday of the month, Choral Evensong & Supper is a very special service comprised of three parts: Full Sung Choral Evensong lead by our ministers and choir: a guest preacher followed by supper and fellowship in the Parish Centre next door. Around 60 of us come from across the area, of different ages and different church backgrounds to listen to this most ancient of services from the Book of Common Prayer and King James Bible. It is a time to bring your worries to God, to prepare for the week ahead and find good Christian company. Along with the music, the highlights our interesting and diverse guest preachers. Drinks and Supper are served afterward for all who wish. There is no fixed charge for the food and donations instead operates on a ‘pay as you are able’ basis.
Not held in April, August or December.
A programme for the year can be found on our music page.
Midweek – Wednesday 10.30 Prayer Book Eucharist and Coffee
Every Wednesday, around 15-20 gather together for a short service of Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer lasting around 30 minutes. This is followed by an opportunity to chat over coffee, biscuits and sometimes cake should you wish. This service is ideal for those around during the day who want to spend time with God and with one another.
Daily Prayer – Morning Prayer at 9.15 Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays
We meet at 9.15 three times a week in our Chapel at St Paul’s without the Wall, to say the Common Worship Daily Prayer service, listen to God’s word and pray for our world, church, and each other. This is a quiet and reflective gift of time with God, together, in the start of the day, hosted by members of ministry team and congregation.