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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

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Summer Fayre 2024

We are pleased to report that this year's Summer Fayre has raised £2260 for the Utugi Street Children Kenya Project.

Congratulations and thanks to all involved!

Posted 2 July 2024

Alexandra’s Induction & Licensing - Thursday 12 September

We are pleased to announce that the induction and licensing of Revd Alexandra Podd as Vicar of St Paul’s Woodford Bridge will take place on .

Posted 17 June 2024

Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vicar of St Paul’s Woodford Bridge: Revd Alexandra Podd

Revd Alexandra Podd

The Bishop of Barking and the Rector of Woodford, as Patron, are pleased to announce the appointment of Revd Alexandra Podd as the next Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vicar of St Paul’s, Woodford Bridge.

Alexandra is currently serving in the Diocese of Ely in the parishes of Christ Church in Orton Goldhay and Orton Malborne, St Andrew’s Alwalton and St Michael’s Chesterton.

Before ordination, Alexandra had considerable experience in ministry among young people. She is no stranger to this diocese, having grown up in Chelmsford. Alexandra will hold these roles jointly, spending half of her time on each role.

We look forward very much to welcoming Alexandra to St Paul’s Woodford Bridge and the wider Diocese. The date of her institution/collation by Bishop Guli at St Paul’s Woodford Bridge will be announced in due course. In the meantime, please pray for her as she prepares to leave her current parishes and move to Woodford Bridge.

Posted 12 May 2024

Our Vicar, the Revd Ola Franklin, retired on Sunday 28 May 2023

Sunday Services will continue each week at 10am at which baptisms and weddings can be booked. For pastoral visits, funerals and other enquiries, please contact the Revd Alan Bolding or the Revd Ian Monks. Their details are on our Contact Us page.

Please pray for the search for a new Vicar which can take up to a year.

Posted 13 May 2023. Updated 22 October

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

To arrange a baptism or wedding, please ask at our weekly 10am Sunday Service.

For pastoral visits, funerals and other enquiries, please contact the Revd Alan Bolding or the Revd Ian Monks.

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 Club every Sunday at 10:00 in the hall. We also run Children’s Holiday Clubs.

We run a Coffee morning every Thursday from 10 to 12 noon. All are welcome.

We have an active Mothers’ Union meeting on the first Tuesday of each month 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.


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.


Sign up to easyfundraising and help us raise FREE funds for St Paul’s Church Toilet Fund when you’re doing your everyday shopping online — it doesn't cost you anything. When you raise your first £5, easyfundraising will match it.

This short video about easyfundraising explains how simple it is to use.

For further information contact Churchwarden Paul Malam.


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 Alan Clark.

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.