Christian Formation

Our theme this year is Path of Gratitude! We ask God to guide our formation programs as we learn, pray and serve, demonstrating Christ’s love by being the church in the world, on God’s path for us.  We believe that Christian Formation is the way we evolve in our relationships with God and each other. Our goal at St. Paul’s is to LEARN through Scripture, worship and fellowship, to PRAY regularly and to SERVE every person with love and compassion, as Christ loves us. With this mission, we offer programs for people of all ages, including intergenerational projects that bring the parish family together. The program year begins September 10.

Sunday Morning Programs for Children & Youth

  • 9:15 – The Gathering: songs for all children grades PK – 5
  • 9:30 – 
    • Godly Play: Work & Feast, Pk – 2
    • Active Bible, Grades 3 – 5
    • Gospel of Works, Grades 6 – 8
    • Youth on a Mission, Grades 7 – 12

Children’s Chapel – Children from infancy to Grade 5 take part in Children’s Chapel, a pull out service from our family worship at 10:30 a.m. Worship and learning become one as a mini Episcopal liturgy is delivered in an age-appropriate context. Child care leaders bring our youngest ones to Chapel as well. Participants join their families after the sermon for Communion.

Adult Christian Education – ACE meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.. The rector and members of the St. Paul’s community, along with invited guest speakers, share information on topics of importance in the Parish, the larger Church, and the World. Adults parishioners and teens can engage in open and meaningful discussion about the joys and challenges of our journey together.

The Diocesan Big READ – Why are we reading Exodus? (from the Diocese) As a church, we feel a need to join an exodus from power and privilege; to help engender conversation across ideological lines; and to form individuals and help build community
through Biblical study. There are four additional books on the reading list, interpretations of the Exodus text. Copies of these are in our library. One set can be read on premises, and two other sets will circulate.The books are easily found on Amazon as well. Learn more at

Bible Book Club – The Bible Challenge ’17-’18 Three years ago, we began an intentional read of the Bible, completing the task within the confines of the program year. It was a small group effort, well received. Year 2 focused on the Apocrypha. Last year, a group studied St. Paul’s letters. This year, participants will read selected books of the Bible, starting with Exodus, as part of our Diocesan Big Read! Small group discussions and light supper take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30pm in the library.

The Episcopal Path – a 3-Part Series on the Episcopal Church – This program is offered especially for families and newcomers; everyone is invited! Dinner will be served at 5:30, followed by the presentation from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. All will take place in the Parish Hall.

  • October 4 (St. Francis’ Day) – An Instructed Eucharist
  • November 1 (All Saints’ Day) – History & Governance of the Church
  • December 6 (St. Nicholas’ Day) – The Book of Common Prayer

Grace Learning Academy Weekly Chapel – St. Paul’s serves our in-house  pre-school with weekly Chapel sessions for all classes. Our formation team uses Godly Play, children’s literature and songs as the primary tools for teaching Scripture and Christian themes. Pre-school families are invited to all parish events.

Vacation Bible School  Summer 2017 – St. Paul’s offered a full week of VBS this year!It was AWESOME!!! The theme was Make me a channel of your peace! 47 children from the Dayton community participated! Check out the video on our Home page.

Next year’s theme will be Light of the World! VBS is open to all children PK – 5. Registration begins Easter Day! The fee for the week is $25. More details will be available in the spring!

Youth Mission Project 2017 – St. Paul’s youth, along with family members, other parishioners and invited friends, spent a week working in the north and northwest neighborhoods of Dayton! The mission was two-fold: to learn about Dayton’s strategies to feed the hungry and then to be on the front line of the solution, growing/harvesting, gathering/preparing and getting food to those who need it.

This project has become an interfaith initiative with programs and events throughout the year. Check out our page under the Outreach heading.

If you have questions about any of our programs, contact Jean Berry, Director of Formation & Communications:

St. Paul's is located at 33 W. Dixon Ave, Dayton, OH 45419; phone: 937-293-1154; fax: 937-293-3723 Office hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.