Diocesan press releases

Bishop gives new church his stamp of approval

Rt Revd Richard Pain, Bishop of Monmouth, joined the congregation of St Paul’s Church, Newport, to bless and officially open their new City Centre Church, in the former Post Office building, on Bridge Street.

The move enables the Church to further explore opportunities to reach out and support people in greatest need in the city centre.  The vicar of St Pauls, Revd Justin Groves said: “St Paul’s City Centre Church has begun life in its new building on Bridge Street. We have already had two Sundays worshipping in our new home as well as hosting existing outreach work and projects such as the Foodbank and Toddlers there.

“We welcomed Bishop Richard to officially open and bless this new place for us. When we signed the lease a few weeks on what was the old Post Office it was just a big empty space but  it has been dramatically and creatively turned into a really exciting venue for both worship and mission.

“As a church we are so grateful to Stuart Johnson who masterminded this transformation and worked so very hard to make it. As the vicar I am so grateful to the congregation for their patience, hard work, courage and sense of adventure. We know that God has called us to continue to work alongside other christians in the centre of our city to be good news and to welcome everyone to meet Jesus.”

To find out more about St Paul’s Church, please visit: www.stpaulsnewport.org.uk

Pictured are: (l-r) Revd Justin Groves (Vicar, St Paul’s), Bishop Richard Pain, Revd James Henley (Curate, St Paul’s), Revd Canon Stephen James (Bishop’s Chaplain)