Parish Life at St. Paul’s is varied and robust! Activities, small groups, large groups and parish events give parishioners many choices for involvement.
Here’s the list of activities that keep parish members busy! They are divided into three categories: Hospitality, Community Enrichment, and Groups.
Book Club – Participants read a variety of books over the program year. Previous titles have included An Irish Doctor and The Book Thief. The group meets in a member’s home for a more intimate setting to discuss books with refreshments and fun. Contact Pat Harbert for more details: email@example.com
Film Nights – Sometimes movies will elicit a spiritual response from the viewer. Often the film is intended to do that, other times the response is more personal. On Film Nights, parishioners come together to watch selected movies that are likely to generate conversation! Discussion questions follow the showing. Contact Nedra Smolka, pianokeez530
Seasonal Parish Events – In the last five years, we’ve introduced several new, parish-wide projects that have been a success. This year marks the second year for the Live Nativity & Christmas Shop and Goody2Shoes, both projects for Advent. Last year, we brought all the ministry teams together for Stations of the Cross during Lent. Take a look at the video on our home page. For more information on these projects and ideas for others, contact Jean Berry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children of Older Parents (COOP) – NEW – This newly created group provides support for those who struggle with the balance of caring for aging parents while managing work, children and other obligations. Contact Lois Smith if this group speaks to you: email@example.com
Men’s Group – Fellowship is the rule-of-the-day for the St. Paul’s Men’s Group. The group has met every month since last spring, with our numbers still continuing to grow. The Men’s Group typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm, with three members assigned to provide dinner and perhaps a light program/discussion. Contact Sam Davis for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Group – This program is for students 7th – 12th grade. The group meets twice a month on Sunday evenings from 5 – 6pm. These meetings offer a variety of programs, including Bible Study, youth mixers with other groups, themed discussions and fun social activities. Youth are encouraged to be fully involved on Sunday mornings as acolytes, lectors and choir members, so we save education and social offerings for alternate times. Our service programs: Faith in Action (serving in the greater Dayton community) and Mountain T.O.P, our annual summer mission trip, are central to our formation goals as well. For more info, contact Jean Berry at email@example.com
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitters and crocheters come together in fellowship to create many warm, beautiful items for those in need. Regular weekly and monthly gatherings provide opportunities for knitters to share ideas, patterns, projects, and beginner lessons. To learn more about this prolific ministry, contact Wendy Thornwill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Altar Flowers Delivery – Weekly altar flowers are packaged into bouquets after Sunday services and delivered to home bound parishioners, those on our parish prayer list or as a thank you to guests taking part in the liturgy. To learn more, contact Directress, Suzanne Draper. email@example.com
Coffee Hour Hosts – Each week, a volunteer hosts the Coffee Hour, the wonderful conversation time for members and visitors after the 10:30 a.m. service each week in the Cloister. Fresh coffee with sweet and savory snacks; set up and clean up. Contact Linda Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
College Student Liaisons – As the youth of St. Paul’s venture off to college, parish members make every effort to stay in touch with quarterly letters and small gifts. For details on how to participate, contact Ann Couch: email@example.com
Funeral Receptions – When St. Paul’s has a funeral, the hospitality team is prepared to offer a reception when requested. These are elegant events in honor of the deceased and family. Contact Ann Couch firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Sebaly email@example.com for more information
Notewriters – When parish members are unable to attend church, our note writing team reaches out to them with monthly cards and bulletins from Sunday services. It’s so important to stay in touch. Contact Ellene Prizler to join the team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Ministry – The mission of this group is to welcome each and every visitor that comes to St. Paul’s. They provide red bags for guests with information about the church with a few incidentals, they host Parish Lunches, they stock Welcome Cards in the pews and much more. Contact Linda Miller for more information: email@example.com