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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. On Shrove Tuesday the church sponsors a traditional Pancake Supper and then has Lenten speakers and potluck suppers each Wednesday in Lent.
Throughout the year “Last Friday” socials are held giving another opportunity for fellowship. These range from pizzas and a movie at the Parish Hall to an oyster roast or outing to a local restaurant. A special reception is always held after the Bishop’s visit each year. After all funerals at the church the women of the church organize a reception for the family of the deceased. During the summer special activities ranging from a River Party to a Pool Party to a Wine and Cheese Party are held. Other events over the years have included White Water Rafting trips and Kayaking.
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. In 2013, the choir prepared 110 pieces of music, including preludes, offertories, communion hymns, new hymns and music at special services. The Choir also presented several new hymns, taking an active role in teaching the congregation these new hymns. The Choir practices on Sunday mornings before and after the 10:30 service. If you're interested in joining, please contact the office at email@example.com.
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.
We are always learning at St. Paul's, taking every opportunity to expand our knowledge of God and his teachings . On Sunday mornings year round, between our two services, a group of us assembles to study the bible and discuss various issues of church history, outreach and learning. This is a discussion group with everyone participation as he or she desires It is easy going and fun. In addition to our Sunday study, we also gather Wednesday evenings at 6:30 to discuss various chapters from the Bible. Have some coffee and join us! Contact Rev. Newlun for more information at CNewlun@stpaulshanover.org.
Hanover Christian Firewood Ministry
The HCFM participates with neighboring churches to provide firewood to over 20 families in need each winter throughout eastern Hanover County. We are in the process of becoming a 501 c (3) charity. Our volunteers ranging from 3 to 93 collect, process, and deliver some 80 cords of firewood each year. Our ministry also assists with outreach efforts throughout the year as well as providing Christmas boxes to our families. We host a Fall Picnic and a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and would love for you to join us. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“ The harvest is great but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37
Outreach at St. Paul’s Church begins with the Great Commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. In serving our neighbors we seek to bring God’s love, through our individual efforts, into the lives of those around us who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or suffer from any other adversity. We do so through our Rector’s Discretionary Fund expenditures, which assist with food, shelter, transportation, medicine and other emergencies. St. Paul’s also provides gifts of food and presents to individuals and families at Christmas and Easter, working through seasonal charities such as the Hanover Christmas Mother. We also make weekly contributions of clothing, personal items and food to ACES (Ashland Christian Emergency Services) throughout the year. Through donations to the “Fish Feed All” ministry, our parishioners pack bags holding one to two days worth of donated food, and distribute them as needed throughout the community. For one week each year, St. Paul’s also supports a fellow Episcopal church in providing dinner, breakfast and to-go lunches for CARITAS. In addition to our youth and adult summer mission trips, we continue to support, personally and financially, local missions such as Youth Services Day.