We are always learning at St. Paul's, taking every opportunity to expand our knowledge of God. On Sunday mornings when Sunday School is in session, the adults meet in the library to discuss a variety of topics relating to Christian faith and lifestyle. This is a discussion group with everyone participating as he or she desires it is easy going and fun.
Music is a key part of our Worship at St. Paul’s. We are blessed to have a group of parishioners, led by a talented Organist who provide a wide array of beautiful music for our Sunday services. The Choir practices on Sunday mornings before and after the 10:30 service. If you're interested in joining, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul's Yoga Class meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. All levels of experience is welcome. Cost is $5 per class. Bring your mat and a friend and join us for an evening of reflection and rejuvenation.
The Pastoral Care Ministry meets monthly to connect with our parish family by sending wedding anniversary and birthday cards to many of our St. Paul’s families. Remembrance cards, get well wishes & personal notes are sent to those of our parish family who once were active members of St. Paul’s are now unable to attend Sunday services and events. Additionally, a group of our Lay Eucharistic visitors share the Holy Eucharist with parishioners by administering the Holy Communion in their home or nursing facility. Along with visits and phone calls Pastoral Care, with help from our parish family, is able to arrange transportation for those who may, with aid be able to occasionally attend the Sunday service. The Pastoral Care Ministry feels that God is with them and through them it is His love they are sending and sharing. Contact Ann Long at email@example.com if you are interested in joining this ministry. Pastoral Care Ministry meets at 10 am in the Parish Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Hospitality and Parish Life
St. Paul’s considers hospitality both to members and visitors a special ministry that is an integral part of Church life. Further refreshments, hosted by the families of St. Paul’s, are provided after both the early and later services. This is a way for our parishioners to get to know one other better and to welcome visitors. On the 2nd Sunday of most months a simple lunch is served. A picnic kicks off the Sunday School year in September and another marks the beginning of the summer schedule of services. During the summer months “Lemonade on the Lawn” is served after the 10 am service. There are numerous other fellowship opportunities throughout the year.
Altar and Flower Guild
St. Anne’s Altar Guild is an active, but quiet ministry. Members prepare the Altar for all services, vest the church for Christmas and Easter and are responsible for the care of all altar linens, silver and brass. A team is assigned for each month. The Altar Guild raises money to purchase communion wine, wafers, candles, linens, hangings and other supplies for the Sacristy and for our Rector. One way the Altar Guild raises money is through flower memorials. A separate Flower Guild provides fresh flowers arrangements each week to grace the altar and for other occasions as needed. The Altar Guild sponsors the annual workshop at which all church members have the opportunity to create Advent Centerpieces for their own use. The Altar Guild always provides a cake for receptions after baptisms. Another way they make money is by cooking supper for the meeting of the Courthouse Ruritan Club 8 months a year. Anyone is welcomed as a member of the Altar Guild or Flower Guild. Anne Cross serves as its Director.
This Prayer group meets each Monday at 2:00 pm (except on holidays) to honor the requests from our parish family to pray for loved ones, friends and others with special needs and concerns. Each request is viewed as a special trust and the person is named specifically in the group’s prayers. This is a dedicated group at St. Paul’s that has developed a special bond of peace and friendship.
Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm we gather to study a book of the bible, typically from beginning to end, over the course of several weeks. All levels of biblical knowledge are welcome. We break at 8 pm.