Who we arePeople

The Church Community

Who we are

At St Paul’s we aim to be a community of Christians of all ages, serving our Lord Jesus Christ in worship, serving one another and the wider community in love and fellowship and in acts of practical service.

In a world where so many feel lost, confused and lonely, we offer ourselves as a community to our parish and beyond where friendship and companionship may be found in our journey of faith through life together.

We recognise that we are not perfect. We are a group of fallible people, just like everyone else, but are discovering the difference that the love of God in Jesus Christ makes to our lives.

The Parish of St Paul’s covers the town centre of Bedford and is in the northern part of the Diocese of St Albans, part of the Province of Canterbury within the Church of England, the latter being the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion. We look to the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith as the focus of unity and authority within our Diocese.

We welcome people of all ages and have in particular a desire to reach out to children and families. There are activities and groups for all ages and for several purposes.

We also run courses from time to time to help us to grow in understanding of what it means to be a Christian and the implications of this for ourselves and the world.

The parish also organizes a number of events and activities aimed at the wider community as well as parishioners.

We work together with the other Anglican Churches of St Peter de Merton, St Andrew and St Martin in the Town Cluster and also collaborate with churches of other traditions

The Pastoral Team


The Reverend Kevin Goss (Father Kevin),
The Vicar

Following a career as a professional musician and teacher, Fr Kevin came to St Paul’s Bedford as Vicar, having previously been Precentor of Canterbury Cathedral, school and hospital chaplain, Vicar of Hockerill and Rural Dean of Bishop’s Stortford.

The Reverend Phil Bryson (Father Phil),
Assistant Curate

The Reverend Clifford Bradley (Father Clifford),
Honorary Assistant Priest

Robin Bartlett,
Pastoral Assistant / Centre Manager / Verger


Cliff Harris,
Reader
James Beauchamp, Reader
Margaret Blake, Authorised Lay Minister
 
Alison Phillipson, Churchwarden
James Collett-White, Churchwarden

As well a full time Pastoral Assistant, paid staff includes also the Organist and Director of Music, our part-time Parish Administrator and a Church Cleaner.

Ian Runnells,
Organist and
Director of Music
Anne Mills, Parish Administrator

Volunteers help with the services and many practical tasks and include watchers and welcomers who enable the church to be kept open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.