** CORONAVIRUS LATEST **
Following the recent rise in Covid cases in our community, we have regretfully taken the decision to close the church for services for the time being, for the safety of all concerned.
As soon as it is safe to do so we will reopen again for Sunday worship, and update this website accordingly.
We pray for our community’s good health and safety at this difficult time.
Rev. Colin Fairweather
Further to the recent announcement that our Assistant Curate Rev. Colin Fairweather has been appointed to the post of Priest in Charge at St. John’s, Stansted Mountfitchet, Colin has advised us this week that his last Sunday with us at St. Paul’s (on-line) will be Sunday 28th February 2021.
Unfortunately, given the pandemic situation we find ourselves in, it is not going to be possible to give Colin a ‘St Paul’s send-off’. This will be incredibly sad for us all, as well as for Colin too.
If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Colin’s, please give/send or deliver your donation to either Rev. Richard Chand, or our Churchwardens Philip, or Marina. A cheque donation should be made out to ‘St. Pauls Church PCC’.
Please pray for Colin as he takes this next step in God’s calling for him, that the move will go well, he will be able to get settled in his new home and will feel welcomed by his new congregation as he gets to know and work with them.
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 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.