Message from the Vicar
In 1892 (despite strong opposition from the Local Education Authority, who had only recently built Garfield School a few years earlier) the Vicar of St. Paul’s Church, Fr. Bowman, built St. Paul’s School on the site of tea gardens behind the Railway Hotel (now, on the same site, the Co-Op). That foundation was the start of a strong connection with the parish church, which is a connection that has continued to this present day.
As a church, we are fortunate to be situated a short walk away from our school and many school families are involved in church life; this makes for a very strong sense of community and we feel that particularly when we come together for special times of the Christian year such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas, and special times in the life of the wider community and parish such as Mothering Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, Christingle and our parish Christmas bazaar. As Vicar, I am deeply involved with the life of the school, both as Governor, but also by conducting weekly assemblies and celebrating the eucharist each half-term.
St. Paul’s Church is a place of Christian faith and worship, a caring community, and a beautiful, spiritual building set in this vibrant and busy area of North London. Essential to the life of this church is the sense of welcome and belonging that everyone can enjoy as part of the community.
We are :
– a family of people of all ages, for whom God is important and has a central place in our lives
– ordinary people who try to follow Jesus Christ
– people who care about the values of our society and the life of our local area as well as the world around us, who seek to serve the spiritual (and often material) needs of our local community
– a very social group of people who organise activities ranging from days out to holidays to parties and picnics.
St. Paul’s is more than a building…
– it is a place where people meet to pray together, where they can experience times of quiet and reflection, as well as joyous celebration
– it is a meeting place too for the activities of all ages – our adjacent Hall is also available for use – and is frequently used – by the wider community
We have a thriving Young Church which meets every week and an All-Age Mass on the first Sunday of each month which is geared to children and their involvement in the liturgy. We also have a Babies & Toddlers’ Play Group, Brownies and Scouts.
Newcomers and children are very welcome to attend all of our services. Details of our services, and other information, are to be found on our website – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/15568/
Do come and visit us – you will be assured of a warm welcome here.
Fr. Mark McAulay ssc (Vicar)