• Social Action Groups

    Our vision at St Paul's is to 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.

     

    Mission Group

    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:

    Local:

    National:

    International:

    We also support other charities, and our full Mission Group report can be found here.

    Community Development

    Through work initiated by 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 hello@stpaulscambridge.org.uk

     

     

     

    Eco church

    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! For more information, see our newly launched Eco website https://ecochurchchair.wixsite.com/stpaulsecochurch

    LGBT+ Group

    We meet regularly to discuss ways of making St Paul’s more inclusive of LGBT+ people.

    Please contact congregation@stpaulscambridge.org.uk for details.

    Some of us attend the thriving LGBT+ affirming OpenTable service at Downing Place URC http://opentable.lgbt/

    Please also consider signing the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England https://cofe-equal-marriage.org.uk/

    Cambridge City Foodbank

    Monday 4 pm to 5.30 pm

    Friday 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm

    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.

    Inclusion Group

    Following a consultation with the whole congregation and in line with our belief that God welcomes all, St Paul's has joined the Inclusive Church organisation. In doing so we stand with Inclusive Church in stating:

     

    “We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.

    We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.

    We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

     

    St Paul's has set up an Inclusive Church Group within the church in order to engage actively with Inclusive Church and on issues of inclusivity. This group will:

    • Facilitate discussions and activities with the congregation and the St Paul’s community about inclusivity, with a diverse and inclusive programme.
    • Actively create space to listen to members of the congregation, St Paul’s community and others to help inform the activities of the Group. We will endeavour to pay particular attention to those groups that may have historically been marginalised by churches and communities.
    • Respond to questions and issues raised by members of the congregation, the St Paul’s community and others about inclusivity.

    At St Paul's we passionately believe that God welcomes all and we are eager to do the same. Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our services or activities, we look forward to meeting you there. New members of the Inclusive Church Group are also very welcome.

     

    Please contact congregation@stpaulscambridge.org.uk for further details.