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What You Believe Matters

What is a Christian?

Looking for God?

What’s the Pilgrim course?


Part of our job as a church is to help and encourage people along their faith journeys. One of the ways we do that is by running spiritual formation courses here at St Paul’s Finchley. We warmly invite you to join us for our next series. Please contact us to make an enquiry about our course schedule. Our courses include: 

Turning to Christ Pilgrim course

A 6 week course designed to encourage enquirers to practice the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer, exploring key texts that have helped people learn and grow in faith since the early Church.

“The Pilgrim course is a journey to the heart of God and to a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”  

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York

How can I find out more?

We understand that coming into a church building for the first time can be a little intimidating. To help make it a bit easier, we’ve included a few links in the boxes above for you to explore. 

Additionally, have a look round our website to see more of what happens at St Paul’s. If there’s any other information you require, please get in touch with us. We look forward to welcoming you to St Paul’s.

“I started attending church 2-3 months before the course ran and I was interested in finding out more about the Christian faith.

The Pilgrim course showed me an interactive way of reading the Bible with other (more experienced) Christians. It also opened my eyes to a new path of building a relationship with God- based on taking responsibility for understanding and applying scripture in everyday life.
My top take aways from the course are:

  • God’s message and his love are revealed in scripture.
  • Everyone needs to find their own understanding of it.
  • It is essential to be responsible when reading – to seek to understand while avoiding reinterpretation.
  • Being humble enough to consider the views of others as valid is important, but so is respecting the fundamental characteristics of God that are revealed in the Bible.

I definitely recommend it, as the Pilgrim course introduces a powerful way to discuss faith and God and I encourage you to please try it. At the very least, you will understand the perspectives of some other Christians that you don’t understand now – and your own views may help them grow as well.”

– Gavin

“Being in a Connect Group has helped me explore and understand the bible- how and why it was written- and deepen my faith in Jesus Christ.

During COVID, it’s kept me in touch with people whom I trust and have prayed for the situations that we know about caused by the virus. We all bring our own- or other peoples’- needs to the meeting for prayer. I’ve felt very uplifted by the support of those prayers.

Joining a Connect Group is a wonderful way to find fellowship with others in exploring the bible and what it means to be a Christian.

Some of my favourite things about being in a Connect Group are: the ability to ask questions about life and faith, find out others’ understandings and difficulties, and the fellowship we all grow in Christ Jesus.

I have learned the power of prayer – ‘Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name…’ (Matthew 18:20) I feel God is closer and I feel supported in my own Christian journey.

To anyone considering joining a Connect Group, I would say, “Try it.” While each individual persons’ experience would depend on what they wanted or expected…. most connect groups are more about supporting each other in prayer through Christ Jesus.”

– Alison