St Paul’s has a central role in the community with civic services, links to the local Church of England schools, regular concerts and social events. There is a fully functioning kitchen, and the building is available for hire.
The Civic Remembrance Service regularly draws a congregation of over 200 and involves representation of many local and uniformed organisations. Standards and banners are presented and blessed, with commemorative wreaths. The service in church is followed by a parade led by Flookburgh Silver Band to the town’s war memorial in the Ornamental Gardens where the wreaths are laid.
Links with Schools
There are two Church of England Schools within the parish. Links are particularly strong with the Grange over Sands Primary School, which is a Church of England controlled school. Members of our congregation serve as school governors and others run weekly lunchtime bible classes in the school. An end-of-school year service is held in St Paul’s each year. Cartmel Priory School is the secondary school in the area, and again members from St Paul’s serve as governors.
Each year years 5 and 6 of all the six primary schools across the peninsula are invited to Cartmel Priory for a special day. They enjoy workshops in prayer, drama, craft, games and music on a chosen biblical theme, and the clergy and volunteers from all the local churches are involved.
Charles Edmondson, our organist, organises mid-morning concerts in the spring, summer and early autumn with refreshments beforehand. The programmes are varied and the events well supported and appreciated. We are now in the 10th series.
Occasional concerts are also given by visiting groups.
St Paul’s is part of Churches Together in Grange-over-Sands and District. Other Churches include the Methodist, Roman Catholic, United Reformed Church, Society of Friends, and the Bay Family Church.