From Sunday 5 June, St Paul’s Church hosted a week of events to celebrate its 200th anniversary. Two hundred years after the site was first consecrated, the members of St Paul’s Church organised a series of open days, coffee mornings and special guest events that attracted a large number of visitors from across Kent who learnt more about the building, its history and surroundings.
Building up to the week of celebrations, people from across Sandgate and Folkestone knitted and crocheted 1,400 flowers that were stitched together to create a magnificent display outside the church.
More information about how the events went can be found here.
Located in an elevated position on Sandgate Hill, with access via the entrance to the Saga site St Paul's is a building people may miss as they drive along the main Folkestone to Hythe road. Indeed this small gem of a building is so well "hidden" that some of the locals are only just getting to know it!
In recent years the link between the church and the local community has grown and special services held during the year have become very popular and well supported. We have a Civic Service for Remembrance Sunday with delegations from France as well as from the Parish Council, the Royal British Legion and the uniformed organisations.The procession to the village war memorial is always a moving moment.
The role of smaller House/Home groups are an important part of the teaching, learning and support network of this community as is the role of hospitality — with many "open house" sessions, shared lunches during the summer, visits to various hostelries in the village and regular refreshments within the church itself.
St Paul's has a very caring congregation with a great community spirit and our Healing Ministry is something which is taken very seriously.