Our vision at St Paul's is that we serve the people of the parish: the church in the community, at the service of the community. We try to take seriously Jesus' second commandment, loving our neighbour locally, nationally & globally.
Under the guidance of our Mission Group, St Paul's supports the work of local, national and international charities - both financially, and through volunteering and working alongside various people and projects. Please click on the links below to find out more:
Through work initiated by our Community Development Worker (Helen), and our Associate Priest (Jon), we are committed to developing relationships that build community and create inclusive opportunities to engage with others in new experiences. Periodically trips are organised with community groups and the lunch clubs, and we also run an after-school club and "meet your neighbour" breakfasts at the Signal Box, a smaller community centre within our parish. For more information, contact Helen firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the leadership of our Eco Group, St Paul's was the first Cambridge church to be awarded the 'Eco Church' Bronze Award. The award reflects our practical and theological commitment to caring for our world which we try to reflect in our worship and teaching, management of the church building, engagement with the community, and participation at a global level, as well as in our personal lifestyles. We are currently working towards our Silver Award, which is more of a challenge!
Cambridge City Foodbank
In partnership with two other churches, St Paul's helped to establish a local Cambridge City Foodbank (CCFb). Although an independent charity, it is closely linked with the Trussell Trust which works throughout the UK to help people in short term crisis. CCFb now operates across the city each week day, offering donated food to those who have been identified to be in need by a wide range of sevices such as health professionals, schools and social services.
A distribution centre operates at St Paul’s on a Monday (4pm to 5.30pm) and Friday (2.30pm to 4.30pm). As well as supplying food for three days, the trained volunteers are also there to chat, provide a cup of tea and sometimes suggest who clients can contact for help with other issues. In some cases help with fuel can also be given.