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.
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 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 email@example.com
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. St Paul's achieved its 'Eco Church' Silver Award in 2021. For more information, see our newly launched Eco website https://ecochurchchair.wixsite.com/stpaulsecochurch
We meet regularly to discuss ways of making St Paul’s more inclusive of LGBT+ people.
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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.
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:
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.
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The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found in our Safeguarding Policy and on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding. If you have any non-urgent questions or concerns please contact our church wardens on firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service foranyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could beabuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group. If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans. Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times) firstname.lastname@example.org. LiveChat - via the Safe Spaces website -
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