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Welcome to the website of St Paul’s Church, Bedford

St Paul’s is a thriving parish church in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, set in the heart of the busy market and county town of Bedford. The large medieval and later church of cathedral proportions dominates the town, and exercises a ministry of welcome to thousands of visitors and pilgrims from far and wide each year.

We are an all-age congregation who seek to glorify God in worship through our flourishing choral, musical and liturgical tradition as we celebrate His saving love revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are a thriving, active and committed church drawn from the immediate area and beyond, who endeavour to serve Christ and to share his love and Good News with others in our town and most diverse parish. The church is open every day and we exercise a ministry of worship, witness and inclusive welcome in the town centre with a special care for the vulnerable and needy.

Historically, St Paul’s has played a key part in the life of our nation and is today widely regarded as the Civic Church of Bedfordshire, a focus for special commemorations and celebrations in the borough, county and wider community. We are also a central venue for concerts, recitals and exhibitions.

We do hope that you will enjoy our website and would like to visit us. You would be warmly welcomed. If you are a newcomer to the parish and would like more details, or you would appreciate a visit, please make yourself known to the clergy or the churchwardens at any service, or contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in person.

May God bless you.
Fr Kevin Goss, Vicar
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 10th February
Ash Wednesday marked by a cross

Ash Wednesday falls on Wednesday 10th February, 6 weeks before Easter. For Christians this marks the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection and preparation leading up to the great, historic events of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we celebrate at Easter.

Ash Wednesday is a special chance for all of us, both individually and together, to reflect on our own past shortcomings, turn away from them and explore new opportunities to do good.

Traditionally many people like to receive an ashen cross upon their foreheads as a sign of sorrow and hope on this day. Clergy and others from the Anglican town centre churches of St Paul’s, St Peter’s, St Martin’s and St Andrew's will be available in Harpur Square and St Paul’s Square to offer ashing to any who may wish to receive it. Why not come along in the morning from 9.30 am and later after 2.00pm.

The ashes are often made by burning the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.

The Eucharist will be celebrated with the Imposition of Ashes in St Paul's at 12noon, and also at 8pm which will be a Sung Eucharist with the Bishop of Bedford as the president and preacher.
Find out when our Sunday and weekday service times are.

Take a look at our worship calendar, music list for the month and Seasonal Services.