St. Paul's is an evangelical Anglican church but being a small town is very ecumenical in its congregation. It is about 100 strong but with few young people (about 15). There has been varying levels of church youth work over the years but is currently limited to mostly being on Sundays (but this has been developing over the past two years). There are close links with the school where the church meets - the minister's wife is chaplain there. The church is part of a broader team of Anglican churches in the town which have a much more traditional nature.
Structure & Vision
The church serves as both a local mission church (on a former council estate) and as a resource church (evangelical Anglican). Our values align very closely with those of SWYM. We are encouraging, welcoming and informal with an emphasis on bible teaching, small groups and contemporary worship. The church is led by a full-time minister and an elected committee. The church has good links with the ‘New Wine’ network. Its mission strapline is “Making Jesus known – by loving God, becoming like Jesus and being led by the Spirit”.
Sherborne, Dorset - a small market town population 10,000 but the school is large of about 1,700 students. We are about 5 miles from Yeovil where a SWYM cluster exists.
We are seeking to extend our work with the church young people whilst also providing opportunities to engage more with the school. We are keen to develop youth worship, discipleship and mentoring, and drop-in sessions. Much has been achieved over the past two years with our current SWYM trainee but we would like to continue this momentum further.