St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
God With Us: Seeing the Christmas Stories with Fresh Eyes
The Christmas stories are some of the best-loved in the Bible but their familiarity can mask their real, mind-boggling message: God
comes to the world in a human body, in obscurity and vulnerability, and nothing is ever the same again.
In this evening, Paula Gooder, the renowned New Testament scholar, will unravel some of what these revolutionary stories really tell us.
What does it mean that the God who shaped the universe into existence was prepared to be born as a tiny, vulnerable baby in a dangerous
time? Why did God chose this ludicrously risky way to redeem the world? And what does it mean that he trusted the whole plan to a young
She will also explore what Jesus’ birth means for the powerful and the poor, then and now, and how we might come to these stories afresh,
letting them reach our hearts and change our lives.
Dr Paula Gooder is one of the best-known New Testament scholars and teachers of our time, and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, the first
layperson to hold the role. She is the author of numerous academic and popular books of Biblical theology, including Journey to the
Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus and The Meaning is in the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent (both Canterbury Press).
The evening will be chaired by Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for questions and
BSL interpretation will be provided at this event: please email us if you require seats in the
area reserved for this.