a rough guide to what's what
Sunday morning is the main time during the week when the St Paul’s Church family gets together.
Cafe Church is an ‘all in together’ service on first Sunday of the month. Children and young people get involved in a whole host of ways. The ‘creation stations’ are usually the first place children head (craft, painting and other activities related to the theme that morning). If not it’ll be to the hot chocolate or food stands! Young people from the church get actively involved with all aspects of the service, from sound and multimedia to playing and singing, from running creation stations to manning food and drinks stands. Lively worship, interactive teaching, Sunday papers and a relaxed atmosphere makes Cafe Church a real family environment.
Each Sunday morning (apart from Cafe Church) there is a crèche available. Parents are welcome to go out and stay with their children or leave them in the capable hands of the crèche team.
Saltmine is the generic name for all our Sunday morning children’s and youth activity groups. Each group has a group co-ordinator and is led by a fantastic team of leaders and helpers. Saltmine splits into :
Scramblers : 3-5year olds co-ordinated by : Katie Mackay
Climbers : 5-7 year olds co-ordinated by : Ali Brookman
Explorers : 7-11 year olds (School year 3-6) co-ordinated by : Pam Poole
Pathfinders : 11-14 year olds (School year 7-9) co-ordinated by : Alex Birch
The Nursery is an expression of St Paul’s Church’s heart for the community. Established and managed by the Church for the benefit of local families, it was classed as ‘Outstanding’ in a recent OFSTED inspection. The Nursery is open every weekday morning during term time and twice a week in the afternoons during the Spring and Summer terms. The Nursery is very popular so if you have a child you would like to come to us, do get in touch in good time!
Early Bird Cafe
A visit to the Early Bird Cafe can be a quick cup of tea and a chat or a lingering coffee and the morning paper. Term time mornings sees the north aisle of the church becoming a cafe area.
The toys for toddlers, informal friendly atmosphere and smiling volunteer staff make it an ideal place for parents dropping off at the school or nursery or neighbours passing on their way into town. On Mondays it works in conjunction with Little Notes.
Little Notes is a privately run ‘music for little ones’ programme that uses St Paul’s Church as a base on Monday mornings. Attendees pay for the session but St Paul’s also provides a drop in cafe at the same time open for anyone to attend. Little Notes and St Paul’s also work together on other events such as the 0-5s Services.
XL is a midweek group for school year 4 upwards. It meets on Thursdays from 4.50pm – 7.10pm. XL is one of our key discipleship groups for 8-12 year olds, a place to learn how to grow in your relationship with God.
XL has lots of strands to it, each one intending to build for the long term. It covers a lot of the core values laid out in our vision statement. We place a strong emphasis on community, (eating together, playing together, encouraging each other) and developing long lasting friendships. There is also a strong working element to the programme as everyone is expected to work together to set up, wash-up, wipe down tables and clear away. Those who may be doing overseas work in their teens will start stacking chairs and wiping leftovers into their hands at aged 9.
The programme varies from week to week. But here’s a rough guide : 4:50ish children start arriving, setting up tables and laying out cutlery. We gather together, gives thanks for the food and then eat. After dinner we all clear everything away, have some games time, prayer, worship, teaching and bible study. If there is time, and it’s winter, there may even be a few minutes spare at the end for the legendary “game in the dark”.
Who is involved? XL is led by Steve Henwood, Pam Poole and Esther Purdy. Also working as young leaders are Issie Doyle and Jamie Trezise.
Focus : Discipleship group
Who is it for : Children wanting to grow in their faith
When : weekly Thursdays Time : 4.50pm -7.10pm
Age : 6-13year olds (ish) School Years :4-8(ish)
Soul Connect is the youth movement of the Churches Together in Dorking. It aims to connect young people from the churches and to build relationships with young people who aren't part of any church.
For further details see this link to the Soul Connect Website. The following are some specific Soul Connect activities.
Soul Connect Monday Bible Study
What is it?
This is a Soul Connect afterschool bible study for secondary age children. We meet at the United Reformed Church in West Street (it’s central and warmer than the Crypt at St Martin’s where we used to meet!). People start arriving at about 3.45pm where toast and hot chocolate await. We then sit together and have a lively, fun and thought provoking time, digging as deep as we can into passages for the day; wrestling with what they mean, and how it applies to us today. Age is spread from year 7 to 6th form. Discussion is capped (often reluctantly) at 5pm so we can go home for tea.
Who is involved? Susan Froy, Jimmy Young and Steve Henwood
Focus : Bible Study
Who is it for : Secondary age
When :Term times Mondays Time : 15:50ish (after school) - 17:00
Age : 11+ School Years : yr7+
It’s a legitimate question, but still fun when anyone asks “What’s The Point?”
The Point is a mid week Soul Connect group for 11-15s. It runs on a Friday night and is based at Crossways Baptist Church. During the spring term The Point becomes Youth Alpha.
Who is involved? The Point is mainly led by leaders from New Life Church with some leaders and young leaders from St Pauls.
Focus : Discipleship/Outreach group
Who is it for : Young people wanting to connect with church and/or grow in their faith.
When : weekly Fridays Time : 7.30pm – 9pm
Age : 11-15year olds (ish) School Years : 7-9(ish)
CYFA is a 14-18s discipleship group. It meets on Sunday night at St Pauls and is made up of a mix of young people from a variety of churches in the area including St Pauls. A heady mix of games, worship and teaching.
Focus : Discipleship group
Who is it for : Young people wanting to grow in their faith
When : weekly Sundays Time : 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Age : 14-18year olds (ish) School Years :10-13(ish)