Church and Community

Hoddlesden St Paul's Church

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Hoddlesden St Paul Church


St Paul’s Church currently meets at 10am every Sunday in the school hall. We are linked with two other local churches: St James Lower Darwen and St James Over-Darwen - all under the leadership of the Vicar, the Revd Tim Horobin. We are a growing church, where everyone is given a warm welcome, especially children. Our average attendance is 30 people and the usual service pattern is as follows: -

1st Sunday All-Age Worship

2nd Sunday Holy Communion with Sunday Club for children

3rd Sunday All-Age Worship

4th Sunday Holy Communion with Sunday Club for children

5th Sunday Varies, but usually All Age Worship


We also have a crèche during the Holy Communion time for parents who choose to use it.

In addition, we have mid-week home groups to discuss the Sunday service theme, or sometimes we run a special course; for example, in the autumn of 2017 we held an 8-week course on ‘Angels’.

The Parochial Church Council have discussed a challenging 5-year vision:


In the year 2022, we want to have:

  • a vibrant, growing congregation
  • a new church building
  • a reputation for serving God and the people of the parish

During 2018, we will erect a temporary building near the original church site for holding mid-week services and group meetings.


The Revd Tim Horobin (Priest In Charge)

Part time vicar of St James Lower Darwen since September 2010 whilst also working as part time parish development officer for Blackburn Diocese, becoming full-time in 2015. Additionally, vicar of Over Darwen and Hoddlesden parishes from 2017.

The Three churches of St James’ Lower Darwen, St James’ Over Darwen and St Paul’s Hoddlesden

More than just Sunday Morning…  #threechurches

So what are the three churches? An exciting recent development has been the joining together of St James’ Over Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Lower Darwen. These three churches are paving the way for God’s Kingdom – right here right now – by making Jesus real to the people of the area and reaching people of all ages in the hope that they will discover his love for themselves. Take a look at the photos below to see what we’re doing.

  • At St Paul’s Hoddlesden we have a well attended morning service every Sunday in St Paul’s Primary School hall at 10.00am though there are plans for a brand new church building in the not too distant future. Additionally there is a coffee morning every Saturday at 10.00 am in the Carus Centre in Hoddlesden. This is more a time of fellowship than a formal service and all are welcome. A bible study is also held on Thursdays at 7 pm. Please call 01254 427020 for the venue. More information on the St Paul’s Facebook page 
  • At St James’ Lower Darwen we are forging close links with school and community groups and have activities ranging from Kool4Kids and Bible Buddies – our Sunday School groups – through to Young at Heart which is our over 60′s friendship group. One of our most popular events is Friday Night Special which is a family meal and fellowship evening where you will be made to feel very welcome. Many people who’ve never been to church before come along and have a great time! Similarly a Sunday family special is being held at St James’ Over Darwen.
  • At St James’ Over Darwen we hold a weekly Family Special service every Sunday at 4.00 pm which has activities for the kids and tea and a biscuit, along with a Midweek Communion every Wednesday at 11.30 am. The Communion service is followed by a simple lunch of soup and bread rolls. Additionally on Friday morning a playgroup runs for our youngest members and their parents/childminders from 9.00 am in term time.