Join us Sunday mornings at 9:15 as young and old share
the good news of the Lord through worship, fellowship and song. All of our curriculum study comes from "Living the Good News." This is a Lectionary-based,
liturgically centered, Christian education in the Episcopal tradition,
shaping and transforming lives and communities through shared experiences
of the Sunday readings.
children are divided into several age groupings and learn
about worship, the church, the Bible, and their faith. Our wonderful
Sunday School teachers guide the children’s learning with
songs, games, art, and other creative activities. We believe that
an important facet of children’s growth takes place in each
of these activities.
St.Paul’s teens, the Episcopal Young Church-people (EYC),
grades 7th through 12th, besides following their study level of "Living the Good News," also meet once or twice a month
to engage in special projects and have fun together. EYC group
activities in the past have included a 30-hour famine experience to benefit "World
Vision." World Vision feeds the hungry around the world. During
the famine experience, the young people toured the downtown area
walking as homeless, hungry people. During the tour they visited
the historical St. Joseph's Episcopal Church and St. John's Episcopal
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
The Christian Formation sessions at
St. Paul’s are designed for people who seek God and wish to
grow spiritually in a nurturing environment. At St. Paul’s
we recognize that we are given an abundance of opportunity and resources
that allow us to discern for ourselves how we engage our God, work
in His name, and live into the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We pursue our studies through a varying array
of media by learning from those who have gone before us; i.e., biblical
figures, clergy persons and theologians, world leaders, our peers,
and our own experiences. St. Paul’s Christian Formation
permits us to fulfill our covenant through scripture analysis, lectionary
study, works of theologians, tradition, reason, and our own experiences
of living in creation through God’s grace.
Currently utilizing the adult level curriculum of "Living the Good News," past Sunday Adult sessions have included book
studies: Peace Is Every Step, The Screwtape Letters, The Forgiveness
Book, Soap and Water, The Word Is Very Near You, and the Prayer
of Jabez. One of our next Book Discussions will be on Ann Patchett's The State of Wonder.
St. Paul’s offers other adult classes throughout
the year that require more commitment of time and study. Education
for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program that meets weekly in the
evenings on a semester schedule. Inquirers’ classes prepare
people for Confirmation and are offered periodically before the
bishop’s visit. A Women's Bible Study meets every Tuesday afternooon at 1:00 pm. Our men's group, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, also has a Bible study component.
Weekend and evening courses are offered once or twice a year according to the needs and desires of the parish, . Some
of these have included a Human Sexuality Study, Racism Discussions, Parish
Growth and Development Studies, and an interfaith study on the Genesis Series.
St. Paul’s does seasonal studies
too. Our Lenten and Advent Programs are open to the community at
large and are well attended.
St. Paul’s facilitators, teachers,
and mentors for classes come from our parish laity and are well
informed and learned people.