Small groups

Small Groups


We currently have eight Life Groups meeting at St Paul’s with three main aims - to encourage members
to grow

in their relationship with God

in their relationships with each other

in their engagement with the local community and the wider world



Listening to God through the Bible


The Bible...dry and dusty?... exciting and challenging?

This small group provides a space where we can discover together how, in the 21st century,
we can listen to a God who longs to listen to us.

Led by Jean Sims, we meet fortnightly on a Monday afternoon, in Church.


Taking us further in our walk of faith wherever we are now. We aim to find time and space
to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life of the man at the heart of the Christian faith.

Led by Ruth and Ian Robinson we meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings each month.

Life Builder

John and Sheila Christophers’ bible study group meet on the 1st and 3rd

Wednesdays at 7:45 pm each month reflecting on passages from 

scripture and asking “What does it mean to you?”

The Bible and Us Today

At the home of Allan and Loris Brown

We meet weekly for three blocks of twelve weeks a year to look at a book of the bible together
and to try to see what it means for our lives today. We pray together, laugh and share together,
and end each term with a social evening.


A group led by Suzanne Astill and Camilla Gilmore for new members joining St Paul’s,
currently formed around mums with new babies, but not exclusively so. A place to ask questions,
to discuss how balancing work/life and faith is challenging in the modern day;
and a place to grow and nurture relationships with each other, Christ Jesus and the church as a whole.


An open and welcoming Life group for women that aims to provide an opportunity in busy lives
for some space, spiritual nourishment and the opportunity to share and discover more of God
through study of the Bible and friendship with each other. We currently meet on Thursday evenings every 2 or 3 weeks in one of our homes. Led by Louise Hodder.


When young people get a bit 'too old' for young church, what is there for them at St Paul's?
Infinity is our young people’s group who have just completed Youth Alpha and who will be
embarking on other activities and programmes going forward.

Silent Prayer Group

This group meets at 8.15 pm on Wednesdays. We gather to pray, together but silently,
for the needs of the church and the world, for the role of St Paul's as a witness in the community,
for those known to us and for one another. The hour closes with a few spoken prayers led by one
of the group. We have found praying together in this way a source of support and encouragement
and the atmosphere of peace and calm very therapeutic. Anyone is welcome to join us,
for all or part of the hour, either occasionally or regularly.


In addition we have a number of Welcome Groups at St Paul's

Our Welcome Groups, with a social/interest focus are:

Women’s Fellowship

Meets fortnightly on 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings. For more information and details
of the programme please see the website. Contact Ruth Robinson.

St Paul’s Mothers’ Union

Meets on 4th Thursday of the month. Contact Sheila Christophers.

Lunch and Chat

A time to enjoy a meal in pleasant company in the church hall, usually on the second Thursday
of the month. Contact Jill Warsop

St Paul’s Toddlers Group

Meets on a Wednesday morning during term time from 10.15 am to 11.30 am. in the church halls.
Contact Ann Shepheard

Book Group

We meet on Thursday evenings fortnightly every six weeks to discuss a 
book that we have all chosen and read in the intervening weeks, 
drink wine, eat cake and generally enjoy each other's company. 
Led by Louise Hodder.

Craft Group

Knit, crochet, pray. Craft and Chat meets usually on the first and third Wednesdays of the month
from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Church lounge.

For more information, speak to Janet Coleman

Men’s group

Some of our men went away in the summer of 2014 for a Stags & Bucks weekend, walking in the Peaks, eating cooked breakfasts and thinking about what it means to be a Christian and a man today. Another weekend away took place in September 2016. 

They meet  at the Apple Tree and it is rumoured some of them may even be meeting in the
weeks in between to explore their faith. Led by Revd Chris Hodder.


Meeting on some Saturday mornings reading the papers, drinking coffee and asking
“What is our Christian response to what we have read?” and “How does this affect me at work on Monday?”

Led by Andrew Little and Charles George.

Art Group

Meets fortnightly after the Wednesday morning service. For more information contact Janice Sutton.

Wednesday games and social afternoon

Held in the church hall. For information contact; John and Sheila Christophers


For further information about our LIfe groups and Welcome groups please contact our
small groups co-ordinator Vicky Larkin via the church office.