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

  • 9:30 – Godly Play, Scripture stories, and games that reinforce God’s Love for us.

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 – Education sessions are offered on Sunday mornings 9:30 – 10:15 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.

Lent with Our Bishop – Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal, along with the Rev. Karl Stevens and Rabbi Daniel Bogard, will lead a Lenten Series, “From Bondage to Liberation,” at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday evenings beginning February 21. The cathedral, in conjunction with the bishop’s staff, is pleased to offer the series to the entire diocese via livestream technology. St. Paul’s will be hosting the Series via livestream!! We invite our parish family, friends and guests to join us in the Parish Hall each Wednesday during Lent from 6 – 7pm.

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 2018 – St. Paul’s will be offering a full week of VBS again this year! The dates will be July 23 – 27! The times: 1:00 – 4:00 pm at St. Paul’s Church. The theme this year will be Be a Light to the World! 47 children from the Dayton community participated last year. We have room for 50. Registration will open on Easter Day. The fee for the week is $25. More details will be available soon!

Youth Mission Project 2018 – We are on a mission to love our neighbors! And we’re all neighbors. Through this interfaith youth initiative, we will work with local agencies and non-profits to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and through our actions, respect the dignity of every human being. It is our privilege to serve the greater Dayton community.

Project dates this year are July 9 – 13. We work from 9 – 4 pm each day of the week. This project is an interfaith effort bringing people together on the front line of the hunger problem in Dayton OH. Our goal is to be part of the solution.

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.