Important notice about Coronavirus
Following advice from the government and the national church, the building of St Paul's will not be hosting any activities until further notice.
This includes Sunday services, morning prayer, discipleship groups, Soup and Something, Parents and Toddlers, and coffee mornings.
The church's worship is now shifting online. There will be a service uploaded every Sunday at 10.30am, and morning and night prayer from Monday to Friday, at 8.30am and 9.30pm respectively. Click on the 'Online Church' link at the top of this page at one of the designated times.
We are in a very fast-moving situation, and advice may change - if that is the case, we will keep you updated here and on our Facebook page.
We pray for good health and well-being for everyone, and look forward to when we are able to open again.
Stay calm, look after yourselves, and keep praying!
Help Identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford
On 12 April 2020 Bishop Stephen Cottrell left his role of Bishop of Chelmsford after nearly a decade in post. Later this year he will become the Archbishop of York. All of us at thank him for his huge contribution to our diocese and we will be praying for him and his wife Rebecca as they embark on a new chapter in their ministry.
The process to discern who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford is now underway. A diocesan consultation will open on the 11 May to 4 July and submissions are welcome from individuals as well as parishes and church groups. We will be submitting a response from our PCC, but individuals can respond direct if they wish. You can find out more about the process and the consultation here. The web page also includes a prayer for discernment which we encourage you to say as we embark on this important period for our diocese.
Hello and welcome to our website
We have lots of information here about our character as a Christian church and the kinds of things we get up to, during the week, as well as on Sundays. St Paul’s is a thriving, modern, evangelical Anglican church. There are many ways in which we serve the community and witness to God’s love. We’d really like to share some of that with you here, so please do explore and enjoy.
St Paul’s is currently in interregnum. Our last Priest in Charge, Rev., left us in August 2019. The process of appointing a new Priest is underway. Until such a time as a new Priest is appointed, enquires should be addressed to our Assistant Curate Rev. Colin Fairweather, whose email address and phone number you can find at the bottom of this page.
St Paul's Church began meeting in a corrugated iron building in East Street in 1913 as a mission church to the expanding area of East Braintree. The land where the present church building stands was acquired in 1952, but it was not until October 1969 that the present building was opened as a church centre. During this period, St Paul's was part of the parish of St Michael's. In 1992, the new parish of St Paul's, Braintree came into being.
Our vision is to be at the heart of the community, revealing the heart of God.
To help us achieve this vision, we aim to:
- create a warm welcome and sense of belonging to God's family through invitation, inclusion and involvement;
- put God at the centre of everything we do, keeping our faith and trust in Him;
- love our neighbour and show God's love to people;
- acknowledge and grow our God-given gifts in order that we may serve the community and give generously;
- grow faith in the love and truth of God through prayer, reading the Bible and spending time together;
- be open, truthful and honest, and act with integrity.
We are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. St Paul's PCC has adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England's website here. Our parish safeguarding officer can be contacted here.