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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St Paul’s Online Christmas Fair - Saturday 28th November

St Paul’s Online Christmas Fair took place on Saturday 28th November from 11am-1pm in aid of St Paul’s Toilet Fund.

The total raised was £2,344 including tax to be reclaimed. Thank you for your support!

There are some items still available to buy on the Christmas Fair page.

St Paul's expects to re-open on Sunday 6th December for Worship at 10am - prizes and purchases can be collected from 10.50-11.15am.

Posted 25 October 2020. Updated 29 November

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.

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 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.

Posted 29 May 2020. Updated 3 September

Spiritual Communion

Throughout Christian history some Christian people have found themselves isolated from the sacramental life of the Church for all sorts of reasons, and particularly in times of plague, famine and warfare.

At such times the Church has encouraged people to make what is called a spiritual communion. It is a way of uniting yourself with Jesus and entering into communion with him even though you are not able to receive the sacrament itself.

Download the Spiritual Communion Order of Service [PDF, 175 KB]

Posted 27 March 2020

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...

  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
  2. put your donation in a blue Gift Aid envelope available in church and mark it “Toilet” (cheques payable to ST. PAUL’S PCC)
  3. contact St Paul’s Treasurer Len Stevens for further information.

Updated 31 January 2019

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.

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.

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.

For children, we have a Children’s Sunday Church Club every Sunday at 10:00 in the hall, we run Children’s Holiday Clubs and we have a Christian Playgroup which runs each morning in our Church Hall.

For Senior Citizens, we run a Seniors’ Coffee morning on the first Thursday in each month.

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.

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.

Spirelight Dedication Book

Light up St Paul’s Spire!

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

Full details on our Spirelight page.

St Paul's church tower illuminated at night St Paul's church spire illuminated at night