St Paul’s Woodford Bridge exists to worship God, lead people to Christ, build a loving Christian community, and serve a world in need.

St Paul’s church seen from the Green

St Paul’s Church
Cross Road
Woodford Green
IG8 8BT

Vicar: The Revd Ola Franklin

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Third Sunday of Easter (18 April) - Praise Service !

Holy Communion in church at . Online service at .

Our Praise Service takes place at . Contact Mac Leonard with hymn or song requests or for joining details. The order of service [MS Word, 21 KB] is available to download.

Posted 16 April

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - 25 April

St. Paul’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be held, due to Covid restrictions, online at after the Online Morning Worship on .

You can download the Annual Report & Financial Statements of the Parochial Church Council for the Year ended 31 December 2020 [PDF, 1.6 MB] (“APCM booklet”).

The Zoom joining link will be the same as the Morning Worship: there will be a break after that Worship so you can join us for the Meeting if you have not joined before.

The joining instructions will be sent out in TGIF on Friday 23rd April: if you do not receive TGIF, email macleonard@virginmedia.com to obtain the joining instructions.

Posted 16 April

The Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace has announced that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has sadly died.

Bishop Guli and Bishop Peter have both shared their condolences.

Bishop Guli said:

“I am very sorry to learn about the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We pray for Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, the Commonwealth and the Nation and we give thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh's extraordinary life of duty and dedication.”

Bishop Peter said:

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Diocese of Chelmsford are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, our nation and commonwealth. At this time of great sadness, we remember with gratitude The Duke of Edinburgh's extraordinary contribution as consort to Her Majesty the Queen. He has devoted his adult life to our service and the loving support of Her Majesty, for which we are thankful.”

Posted 9 April

St Paul’s Online Quiz Night

We are delighted to announce that the total raised so far at the Online Quiz Night on 26th March is £1,385 for the Toilet Fund. This includes Gift Aid to be reclaimed on donations.

This generous support is such an encouragement. 14 teams rose to the challenge of the Quiz Guru and had great fun!

Many thanks to the Team Leaders, all who took part and to the Planning Group.

Posted 28 February

Who we are

We are a Christian Parish Church in Essex in the Diocese of Chelmsford, and part of the Church of England. We are here to spread the ‘Good News’ about God and his Son Jesus Christ.

The Bible says “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but may have eternal life” (John 3:16). That means those who ‘follow’ Jesus Christ, who love his company, respect his teaching, trust his promises and are prepared to let this affect their lives.

Life events

Contact the Vicar to arrange a baptism, wedding or funeral.

Groups and activities

We are a friendly church and you will find a warm welcome at our services and church groups.

We have an active Mothers’ Union and our Textile Group has created inspiring and colourful banners for the church and meets fortnightly.

“Just for Girls” meet fortnightly on a Tuesday morning from 10—12 noon for Worship, Meditation, Prayer and Fellowship. The group is open to women who are members of St Paul’s church. Please contact Pauline Bolding for further details.

Giving

Spirelight Dedication Book

Light up St Paul’s Spire!

St Paul's Spirelight Dedications

Everyone is invited to participate in our Spirelight Dedication, to commemorate an Anniversary, Birthday or any other memorable date.

Parish giving - please help if you can!

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we had to temporarily close our church building for worship and private prayer. As a result, giving reduced dramatically.

The cost of running the church is high and, even while the building is closed, we still have bills to pay.

This has come at a time when we were making progress with our project to install toilets in the church building.

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We would like to say a big thank-you to those of you who have given already and, if you are able to give, that will help to keep us solvent.

Below are details on how to give via Bank Transfer:

  • Account Name: St. Paul’s PCC
  • Bank: Barclays, Loughton, IG10 1AZ
  • Sort Code: 20-52-74
  • Account Number: 10775215
  • Reference – your name

If you can top-up your gift with Gift Aid, and we don’t already have a Gift Aid declaration from you, let us know and we’ll send you one.

Please contact our Treasurer, Len Stevens.

St Paul’s Toilet Fund

“In for a penny, in for a pound”

We need your help...

At the moment we have no toilets in the church building - the nearest are at the bottom of the churchyard in the church hall. This is very inconvenient for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other church services and social activities beneficial to the local community.

So we’re planning to have two toilet cubicles, one fully accessible for mobility impaired users, installed in church at a cost of around £80,000 - costing this much largely because the church building hasn’t got a sewer pipe outlet and the nearest connection for one to be laid is at the church hall.

How you can help us...

You can make a donation to the Toilet Fund in any of the following ways:

  1. Make a Bank Transfer donation to:
    • Bank: Barclays, Loughton Branch, IG10 1AZ
    • Account Name: St. Paul’s PCC
    • Sort Code: 20-52-74
    • Account Number: 10775215
    • Reference – Toilet/your name

    If you donate online, please download a Gift Aid form [MS Word, 18 KB].

    Email the completed form to Len Stevens: <lenstevens9@aol.com>. Note: a signature is not required.

  2. Put your donation in a blue Gift Aid envelope available in church and mark it “Toilet” (cheques payable to ST. PAUL’S PCC)

Contact St Paul’s Treasurer Len Stevens for further information.

Safeguarding

We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding.

Our safeguarding policy including contact details for safeguarding issues can be found from the “About Us” menu on this site.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Joanna Urbanek.

Disabled Access

Wheel Chair Access Sign St Paul’s welcomes anyone who is disabled - our Church has disabled access facilities through the South Door off the Main road, and a hearing loop for anyone using a hearing aid.