Outreach & Pastoral Care

What we do - an overview

A ministry of welcome

St Paul’s exercises a ministry of welcome to the many people who come from far and wide; to the casual visitor, tourist and pilgrim as well as to those who are rootless or homeless.

As followers of Jesus Christ we believe that we are called to imitate his love, especially for those who feel themselves to be unloved.

A ministry of hospitality

Teas and coffees, cakes and scones are provided to shoppers and visitors each Saturday, and usually a soup lunch before the Tuesday Concerts. Teas are also provided at the vicarage for the biennial River Festival.

We offer regular services and enjoy visits from the senior Harpur Trust schools: Bedford School, Bedford Modern School and Bedford Girls School.

A ministry of care

We endeavour to be proactive in reaching out to the community. Our pastoral team visits those in Hospital and takes communion to several care homes; a number of our congregation work with charities and among the homeless, and the Pastoral Assistant has recently been seconded to work part-time with the ecumenical Town Centre Chaplaincy, in mission to businesses, shops and shoppers.

A ministry for the region

Because of its history and situation, St Paul’s also enjoys a close relationship with the office of the Lord Lieutenant of the County, the High Sheriff and Town Hall officers. The church hosts a significant number of civic services every year.

A ministry of giving

The church also raises money for mission and charities through markets and fairs and the Christmas Tree Festival as well as holding special offerings for Christian Aid and emergency appeals.