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
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!
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.
Children's & Family Ministry
The 10am Pray-grounds
Younger Pray-ground is for children between the ages of two and five. This Pray-ground is at the main entrance of the church. We will gather to sing, light candles at the altar, ring the prayer bell and talk about the bible stories while doing art projects. Then return to your parents for Holy Communion.
Older Pray-ground is for those between first and third grades and is located in the side chapel, up in the front across from the altar. We will gather to lead parts within the worship service, then you will go with The Rev. Julie Graham for a Sacred Circle lesson during the sermon. Fourth and fifth graders are always welcome to be a part of the pray-grounds. Their leadership is always appreciated.
Childcare Reminder: Don’t forget that childcare is provided for those who have infants, babies or little ones up to four-years-old with the fabulous Susan Beaulaurier and Lidia Flores.
Things to Look Forward to:
We're excited to offer "field trips" to the younger pray ground this year.
We'll also be having a Childcare Parents Meeting in September.
There will be a Fall Bible Scholars for kids between third and fifth grades to deep dive into the Gospels and Jesus' life this fall. It will consist of three 90-minute sessions with your peers. Fellowship is part of the learning. Dates TBD based on when we can all commit to attending the sessions. Let Julie know if you’re interested in sessions at the end of October or in November.
Deepening Faith for Mothers: MOMs -- Mothers On a Mission (of faithful parenting)
Being a mother can be isolating, rewarding, exhausting and exhilarating. It is the most important role we've been given. Being a mom who wants to guide, love and mentor her children from her life with Christ is even more of a challenge. That's why we need other moms who are seeking to parent from that spiritual core relationship. Over the years, our MOMs groups have been that source of community, inspiration, understanding and learning. Find rest and renewal, learn more about your faith tradition and insight into a spirit led parenting style.
Monthly small group meetings for ALL mothers of children of ANY age are invited to attend. Childcare is offered for each meeting.
MOMs in the Morning– once a month Wednesdays from 9:30am to 11am
MOMs in the Evening– once a month Tuesdays from 7pm to 8:30pm
Deepening Faith for Children & Parents, Together
Family Bible Study – Three sessions offered seasonally
Children and their parents learn to know their Bible in fun and interactive sessions, as a way of using these amazing stories for relationship building with each other and God.
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.
Where Do Our Youth Connect?
Middle schoolers and high schoolers are involved at St. Paul's in a variety of ways. They sing in the choir, serve as acolytes, lectors, participate in church-wide service projects and lead the Christmas pageant. Along with these intergenerational activities, St. Paul's youth can take part in fun outings, important conversations on faith and real-life concerns and diocesan-wide youth retreats and overnights. Watch for information about our Fall Kick-off event in September!
Our confirmation classes, held monthly on Sundays from 11:30am to 1pm, begin September 23 to prepare for the Diocesan General Confirmation on June 1, 2019 at Grace Cathedral. For more information on this program, email The Rev. Thomas Skillings.
Leaving home to learn and serve in a part of the world that is different from our own is an important part of being formed as followers of Jesus. Knowing this, we schedule biannual opportunities for our youth to travel for a weeklong service project. 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.
Parents of students in middle and high school often face their own particular stresses. It can be easy to find ourselves feeling disconnected from the supports that we relied on when our children were small, and the pace of family and work life may leave little time for reflection on the spiritual and emotional work of parenting. Contact or email The Rev. Thomas Skillings if you are interested in participating in a series of mini-retreats on Contemplative Parenting in 2018-2019 or for a one-on-one conversation.
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.