Will somebody welcome me?

Yes, there is always somebody who will welcome you, give you the books or sheets so that you can follow the service. They will be happy to give you any information you need, or to answer any question you may have. And if you see the Vicar, please, feel free to say hello to him. On the other hand, if you feel more at your ease without engaging too much with people you don't know (yet), a polite nod and smile is enough - just take your books/sheets and sit somewhere you feel comfortable. Normally, we would advice visitors not to sit in the first row so that they can see others and know when to sit down, stand up, etc.

What should I wear?

You will notice that some people still wear their Sunday's best to church, others on the other hand will simply wear whatever they feel comfortable in. It is a question of personal choice. We ask you to avoid flip-flops since they can be dangerous on steps, or dresses that could accidentally reveal, well, just "too much." Dress respectfully, but it doesn't mean you have to dress formally.

Can I bring my kids? Sometimes they can be loud...

Your children are very welcome to any service and we know that sometimes we just cannot expect them to sit still for an hour. We have a children's corner with toys and books you can use, or if you prefer we offer Sunday school with various activities. But it is your choice, Sunday school is not compulsory - you know better what is good for your children.

Will I have to join in?

You will have all the necessary books and sheets to join in, but the answer is: no, of course you do not have to! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

After some services there are coffee/tea and biscuits, sometimes wine and snacks. You are always very welcome to join us for these!

What if I am not here because of God/church/service...?

We understand that sometimes people come to church to share in the celebration or grief of their families, friends without themselves being Christians. You are most welcome, and obviously you do not have to join in the service if you do not feel comfortable doing so. All we ask you very kindly is to switch your mobile off, and not to walk around the church during the service. We know that for you church service may be boring and long, but for us church is something important and we very much thank you for showing respect.

St Paul's

St Paul’s is a lively, forward-looking Anglican church in the Catholic tradition. We are affiliated to the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda and our PCC has passed the resolution seeking episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

We are part of the diocese of Salisbury and the Deanery of Weymouth and Portland. We maintain very close links with our Voluntary Aided School, Beechcroft St. Paul’s. 

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