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During the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th Preston grew from a tiny hamlet into a suburb of Paignton.  Services were held in a room over a stable on the gasworks until the first church was consecrated in 1909.  It was soon found to be too small to accommodate the congregation and so a second temporary church was built until the present building was consecrated in 1939.  The foundation stone had been laid by Dame Violet Wills, and the church was designed in the traditional Devonshire style with its barrel roof and high tower, in red brick, in keeping with the red sandstone of Torbay.  It can seat up to 400 people and, the hall was added in 1969 and the meeting porch in 1990.

After the 2nd world war St. Paul's became a separate parish from its mother church of Christ Church Paignton, but in 2002 the 2 churches became re-united into a joint benefice.  The patronage of the living is held by the Peache Trustees and the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

St. Paul's is in the evangelical tradition of the Church of England, with its teaching based upon the Bible and simplicity of worship.  We try to cover a wide spectrum in our worship with a balance of Word and Sacrament, the practice of Prayer and seeking to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

St. Paul's has strong links with the wider community, including Linx Youth Trust working in all the secondary schools of Torbay, St. Cuthbert Mayne Church Secondary School, the Street Pastors, Rowcroft Hospice, and the Hostel for the Homeless in Factory Row.  Overseas links include support for Christian Aid, Church Mission Society, Barnabas Fund and Leprosy Mission.

The illuminative Cross over the tower can be seen around the parish and out at sea, symbolising the mission of the church to those near and far, as we seek to share the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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