Our Mission & Vision
Becoming, Growing & Overflowing
Our vision and mission is helping people connect with Jesus by
Becoming a vibrant and diverse community that is rooted in Jesus, growing together and overflowing with God’s love.
Worship. Pray. Learn. Serve.
We seek to be an all-age, multicultural community of Christians. We are committed to worshipping God, loving our neighbour and enabling people to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ.
As a community who comes together to worship, pray, learn and serve, we aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.
We long for renewal through the Holy Spirit so that we can know and experience more and more of the amazing and unconditional love of God in Jesus, and be channels of that love to others. We seek to know and to share the joy and fullness of life that Jesus came to bring. We want to partners with him in the transformation of his world.
Our Ethos & Values
Our ministry and mission is shaped by an orthodox understanding of Christianity as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, set out in the catholic creeds and to which the historic Anglican formularies bear witness.
Our theological position falls within the open evangelical tradition of the Church of England.
In essence this means we are:
the final authority of the Bible in all matters of belief;
the uniqueness and finality of Christ, the Son of God;
the free gift of eternal life for humankind only through his death on the cross and resurrection;
the need for personal acceptance of Christ;
the teaching of Scripture as the normative ethical framework and guideline in human relationships, upholding faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and abstinence for those not called to such marriage; and
the mission-shaped calling of the church.
the insights of biblical scholarship;
the renewing presence and power of the Holy Spirit;
new patterns of worship, prayer and liturgy;
learning from other Christian traditions, including those in the developing world;
the ordained ministry of women; and
playing a full part within the structures of the Church of England.
Giving Jesus priority and seeking his glory in all we do.
Dependent on and inspired by God’s life-giving, Spirit-breathed written word.
Confident that things happen when we pray, and seeking God in every aspect of our lives.
A welcoming community in which to encounter God as we belong, learn grow and use our gifts together.
Passionate about communiating God’s loving heart for the world.
A courageous community willing to embrace the challenge of change.
Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
Our team may be small but our hearts are big. Here are some of the faces that power ministry and day-to-day operations at St Paul's Finchley.
I look forward to extending a warm welcome to you on behalf of St Paul's! Please don't hesitate to come up and introduce yourself after the Sunday morning service.
Revd Nicholas Pye
Nicholas is married with two children. After eight years as a teacher, he trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. While studying at Ridley he developed a strong interest in the world church through visits to Africa and an exchange in the USA, where he met his wife. Having previously served in parishes in Epsom and Harrow, Nicholas became our vicar in 2003. He enjoys listening to classical music, supporting Coventry City FC and Essex County Cricket Club, historical research on World War 1, and reading political biographies. He is also an Arrow Graduate.
Revd Mavis Crispin
Mavis is a mother to three and grandmother to seven. She has been a member of St Paul’s since the early 1980s. After many years in teaching, Mavis studied Theology and Counselling at the London School of Theology. In 2006, she served with the South American Mission Society in Peru, where she was ordained a deacon. Following a term’s study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, Mavis was ordained to the priesthood in January 2009. She is actively involved with Christian Environmental agencies at home and abroad. She loves mountain walking, wild swimming, entertaining and painting, especially in overseas mission contexts.
Facility Manager & Administrator
Treasurer & Warden
Safeguarding Officer & Warden
Children & Families Worker
“I was brought up in a Christian home with my family being strong believers and involved in church. I considered myself a Christian since occasionally I attended Church and sometimes prayed. I believed in God and hoped he’d listen to my prayers and act on them. After personal difficulties leading to a relationship breakdown, I found myself relying more on God. A friend gave me a book of daily readings to help me understand the Bible better and spend time with God. This was the turning point for me. The book gave me bits to read everyday until, over a three month period I had read at least 60% of the Bible. During this time, the Bible came alive to me. Suddenly, Jesus was real and my relationship with him grew.
I believe this could be seen as a conversion or a spiritual renewal. Over ten years now and I’m still in awe of this forgiving and loving God. I still face difficulties, but I can truly say that God is real and true to his promises.
My wish is for everyone to know the truth about God and try to find out who he is for themselves. I know they’ll never be the same again. As far as God is concerned, I’m still a work in progress but I’m very glad I’m not where I used to be!”