Christian learning is a holy conversation with God through the witness of the scriptures (the Bible). Through conversation with others, we learn how to live a rich and exciting life in Christ.
At St. Paul’s, all people are encouraged to be a part of this holy conversation, not as experts but as people willing to listen, share and learn. We offer several different education programs for our different parishioners, including programs for all ages.
Community, Learning, and Soul Work for Adults
Racial Justice Working Group
A smaller group of Vestry members, staff, and parishioners contribute to the coordination and resourcing of anti-racism education throughout the programming year.
Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice: https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation/resources
Responding to Racist Violence: https://episcopalchurch.org/responding-to-racist-violence
Sundays@9 for Adults
Sundays at 9am in the Higbie Library
Bring your coffee and join in great conversations with folks who are sharing the journey of faith. Sundays at 9 is a place where people make connections with one another and share questions and insights about relevant ways that our faith impacts our lives.
No matter where you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome and valued as part of the conversation. Presentations by our clergy and guests weave together the best of scripture and contemporary thought to enrich our understanding of a life in Christ. Conversations with one another expand our understanding. Come every week or just drop in when you see something that interests you. You are always welcome!
Sundays@9 in Lent -- The Many Sides of Forgiveness
At the very heart of Christian practice is forgiveness. It begins with the realization that each of us is forgiven by God, that we swim in a sea of grace. That forgiveness then extends into the call to forgive others. While we often think of forgiveness in terms of great hurt, learning to practice forgiveness in small everyday ways can be especially helpful.
During the season of Lent, we will work together to discover the ways that forgiveness can transform our own lives and our relationships with others. We’ll look at the practices that make forgiveness possible in different situations in life. We’ll explore the what might happen when we forgive others and forgive ourselves and discover the freedom of being forgiven and forgiving.
February 18 Forgiveness: A Path to Freedom and Wholeness
February 25 The Fourfold Path: Telling the story, Naming the Hurt
March 4 No gathering
March 11 The Fourfold path: Granting Forgiveness, Renewing or Releasing the Relationship
March 18 Self-forgiveness: Dealing with Shame and Guilt
March 25 All Can Be Forgiven
Childcare for children under 5 is offered in the Nursery.
Mondays from 2:00-4:00pm in the Higbie Library
Monday Journey is a women’s group that seeks to learn more about our faith, get support as you seek to put ideas for spiritual growth into action, and create deeper friendships with other St. Paul’s members. Each two hour gathering includes time for sharing what’s happening in life, conversation around the focused study topic chosen by the group, and prayer for one another. If you’ve been seeking ways to make your faith more a part of your everyday life, Monday Journey is a wonderful way to do it.
The Men’s Group of St. Paul’s is a place to strengthen friendships, discuss important issues in our lives and have fun. Our group generally gathers on the 4th Sunday of the month for a simple lunch and discussion. Throughout the year we also plan occasional outings for fellowship. All men of St. Paul’s are invited to join.
Young people in the church are not just the “church of the future.” They are the church of today. At St. Paul’s, we seek to walk with our middle school and high school youth as they have fun, grow in self-understanding and faith in God, build community with one another, and develop the unique gifts they bring to serve the church and the world.
As part of YG3, the youth group with teens from St. Matthew’s and Transfiguration Episcopal Churches, lay ministers and youth meet most Sunday evenings from 4-6 pm for fun, food, and thoughtful conversation about living out our faith in our daily lives. Students are also invited into leadership alongside Rev. Charlotte and the other adult ministers. For information about youth group or youth leadership, contact Charlotte at email@example.com.
Youth Group Fall Kick-Off Lock-in
YG3, our three-parish youth group, kicks off a fun program year with a Lock-in September 16, 6 pm to 7 am the next day. All middle and high school aged youth are invited for an evening of food, games, and conversation with new and old friends. Come help us plan our year around issues, field trips, and service projects that matter to you! This event will take place at Transfiguration Episcopal Church in San Mateo.
Our yearly confirmation class for teens begins in February, 2018 to prepare for the Diocesan Confirmation at Grace Cathedral in June. Check back here for more information, or contact Rev Charlotte Wilson, the Associate Rector for Youth and Pastoral Care, at 650.348.4811 ext. 3.
Each summer, members of the combined youth group, YG3, set aside a week to serve in communities that are very different from ours. These weeks have been rich times of learning about ourselves, others, and God’s work in the world. Past trips have included teaching Vacation Bible School in Point Hope, Alaska; building a house in Corbin, Kentucky; painting homes and businesses for community renewal in South Central Los Angeles; working on the Heifer International Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts; and serving at the Nez Perce Native American Reservation in Idaho. In 2017, we traveled to Portland, Oregon, where we helped four urban parishes create welcoming spaces for vulnerable people in their communities.
For more information regarding Youth programs at St. Paul's,
please email Rev. Charlotte Wilson, the Associate Rector for Youth and Pastoral Care,
or call Rev. Wilson at 650.348.4811 ext. 3.
The St. Paul’s Nursery School has a rich history of serving children in the community since 1950. Join them as they explore the joy, wonder and magic of childhood together. This preschool program is curated to focus on the most incredible part of childhood - play. Through play, children grow and develop their emotional, social, and intellectual curiosities.
The St. Paul’s Nursery School is an independently owned and operated school located on the southeast corner of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church property.
See the St. Paul's Nursery School website for more information.