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
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
We look forward to welcoming you in person.
May God bless you.
Fr Kevin Goss, Vicar
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.