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St Paul's awarded London Diocese Children's Charter Award 2014-2015

Date: 01 March 2015

St Paul's awarded London Diocese Children's Charter Award 2014-2015

London Diocese Children's Charter

We are delighted to announce we have been successful in our application for the Diocese of London’s Child Charter award for 2014-15. We were one of the first parishes in London Diocese to be given this award back in 2011 and we’ve once again been given this accreditation which acknowledges our commitment to welcoming children into the heart of the church and thinking deeply about our mission to them. It recognises that we’ve reached a high standard in our work with children in Worship, Welcome, Mission and Nurture and are committed to an on-going process of development. For further details see

Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s, said: “Over the last 5 years we’ve developed a reputation for high quality work among children in the church and in primary schools and I am so pleased that this has been recognised yet again by the Diocese of London. It is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of many people within St Paul’s, including Ro Willoughby, our Children’s and Families’ Community Worker.” 

Generous Legacy from long-standing member's estate

Date: 03 February 2015

Generous Legacy to enable employment of Youth and Schools’ Worker

At its meeting last night, the PCC, the leadership body of St Paul’s, decided to allocate the generous legacy we are about to receive from Brenda Tompsett towards the cost of employing a Youth and Schools’ Worker.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, the Vicar of St Paul’s said: ‘There is a real sense that this timely gift is God’s provision for the vision. We have an urgent need to strength our work among 9-13 year olds and a real desire to develop a thriving youth ministry and this legacy, which is expected to be about £50,000, is a tremendous step forward to resourcing this post. It is fitting that the money is going to be used in this way as Brenda was passionately committed to work among children and young people, including leading Guides and Brownies for many years, faithfully serving on our Sunday children’s ministry team and supporting our midweek Toddler group.”

Brenda was a member of St Paul’s for more than 50 years and contributed to our community in a myriad of ways, including serving as churchwarden in the 1990s. She died in July 2014, having spent the last few years of her life as a resident at Grace House, the residential care home run by the Christian Care Trust.


Brenda Tompsett (1930 - 2014)

Brenda Tompsett

Anniversary Lecture

Date: 06 July 2011

Professor John Wolffe enlightening the massesYesterday (5th July), many church members and local dignitaries attended a lecture by Professor John Wolffe[1], one of the most eminent religious historians in the country, to celebrate our 125 year history.

The 125 anniversary public lecture, entitled, ‘What can the 21st Century Church learn from the Victorians?’, was given by Professor Wolffe, Professor of Religious History at the Open University and a Hendon resident.

Attendees, including the Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet, Martin Russell and Cllr Ross Houston, Ward Councillor for West Finchley, also explored a series of special anniversary displays illustrating the story of the planning and building of the church 125 years ago.

Funds were also raised for the Bishop of London’s Mission Fund, which supports mission work in the Diocese of London, including contributing to the employment costs of Ro Willoughby, our Children’s and Families’ Community Worker.

Prof John Wolffe said: “Christians need to be prepared to engage with the past, in order to avoid unwittingly perpetuating it or unthinkingly rejecting it, but rather seeing it as a valuable resource to inform current and future mission and ministry.”

Reverend Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s, said: “We were delighted that such an eminent religious historian as Professor Wolffe agreed to deliver our 125th anniversary public lecture. His talk was a tour de force, blending national and local perspectives and highlighting the successes and failures of our Victorian forebears in developing the work and witness of the Church. He presented a truly inspiring series of insights which will envision us as we embrace the on-going challenge of commending the Christian faith in the 21st century.”

[1] In addition to his work at the Open University, Professor Wolffe is Principal Investigator of Building on History: the Church in London a ground breaking project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a partnership between the Church of England Diocese of London, Lambeth Palace Library, King’s College London and the Open University. He is the author of numerous articles and books in the field of religion and served as an academic consultant on the major BBC series ‘The History of Christianity’ presented by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.


St Paul's Finchley Celebrates 125 Years

Date: 30 March 2011

Dignitaries 'gathering in force'!From L-R: Deputy Lieutenant Martin Russell, Cllr Alison Moore (Leader of the Labour Group on Barnet Council), Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Revd Nicholas Pye, vicar of St Paul's Finchley, Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBE, Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Lisa Rutter and her husband, Mark.


On Sunday 27th March, St Paul’s Finchley hosted a community wide celebration of its distinguished and longstanding presence in Finchley Central. The celebration took place one hundred and twenty five years to the actual day in 1886 when the then Bishop of London consecrated the building in Long Lane. 

Finchley’s finest gathered in celebration of the historic moment at a special service designed to mark St Pauls Finchley’s history and future. One hundred and eighty people, including community dignitaries the Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet, Martin Russell, Deputy Mayor for Barnet, Cllr Lisa Rutter, Mike Freer MP and the Leader of the Labour group on Barnet Council, Cllr Alison Moore attended the service alongside over sixty children.  

The service documented the church’s illustrious history and sought God’s blessing on its continuing life as a centre of Christian worship, community and service at the heart of the Finchley community. Children from the choir of St Mary’s CE Primary School had prepared a song, while the main address was given by guest preacher Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBE, Principal of St John’s College Nottingham and former lay Chair of the Church of England’s General Synod in celebration of the greater role women and lay people now play in Church life. 

Guest speaker Canon Dr Christina Baxter said of her involvement in the service:

'I was delighted to be part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of St Paul's Finchley and to meet such a vibrant, positive group of people.'

St Paul’s Finchley Vicar, the Reverend Nicholas Pye comments: ‘It was wonderful to welcome so many people to join in the celebration and to have the opportunity to praise God for his faithfulness to us over the past 125 years. We are committed to being an engaging Christian community and look forward to serving God and the people of Finchley for the next 125 years’.

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