Learning and Soul Work at St. Paul’s Fall 2020
St Paul’s is a place where people can grow in their faith, within a trusting and challenging community. Together we seek to expand our understanding of what God is up to in this world, and how each of us can use our gifts joyfully and purposefully to make God’s dream a reality. We seek to know who Jesus was and who Christ is in our own lives and in the world.
We also seek self-understanding. What is it that motivates each of us uniquely? What particular gifts each of us bring to healing the world in Christ’s name and to identify roadblocks in our own lives keep us from living fully and freely the life God has prepared for each person.
All are invited to go on this expansive journey by participating in one or more opportunities for learning and soul work.
The Bible Challenge:
Read the Whole Bible in a Year
Have you ever been one of those people who said they would like to read the whole Bible? But then when you got started you quickly got lost? Take advantage of this pandemic year to join in the Bible Challenge. Using the book of the same name you’ll be invited to read a small portion of the Bible each day. Along with each passage is a brief reflection by a variety of scholars, bishops and teachers. Each week, if you choose, you can join in a small group discussion to discuss the week's readings with one of the clergy at St. Paul’s.
Ways to participate (do one or all)
Watch and listen: To short video introductions for each book of the Bible before reading.
Read: A portion of the Bible each day and a short reflection from The Bible Challenge by Marek Zabriske.
Discuss: Small group discussion on Zoom led by clergy will be set every other week by those interested.
Resources needed to join:
The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year
Good Bible for reading and studying: These versions of the New Revised Standard Version have good notes to help with the reading of the scripture. They can be ordered online. Click here for The Access Bible, New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha or click here for The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach The Rev. Thomas Skillings.
On Sacred Ground: Dialogue Circles for Racial Healing and Justice
A film and reading based journey for those seeking to increase compassion and understanding about race. Ten sessions meeting every other week beginning in late October.
In these extraordinary times of a cultural awakening to the effects of race and racism in our culture you’re invited to expansive conversations and learning about race. Rich documentaries and reading materials, and conversations will help each participant expand their understanding and compassion for others, and help them discern what action they can take to be a healing presence in the world.
“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the Sacred Ground program guide
The vast majority of white Americans have forsworn intentional racism. The challenge is to look at how good, well-intentioned people still can have unconscious habits of mind and emotion that reproduce bias, can have systemic advantages in terms of life prospects that others don’t have, and can be looking the other way as harms are reproduced.
Dialogue circles are forming that will begin their work in mid to late October. You can reach out to The Rev. Thomas Skillings by emailing email@example.com or Jocelyn Sideco jsideco@StPaulsBurlingame.org for more information.
watch (movies) & pray
Conversations on Zoom September 28, October 26, November 23
The Enneagram For Our Life in Christ
Monthly Meeting via Zoom beginning Wednesday, October 7
Storytelling through film has a way of capturing our attention in a renewed and refreshed way. Our film series will feature a recent film that holds promise for a faithful and prayerful conversation. The chosen films will explore how centralizing personhood ultimately leads us to the right relationship with one another.
Then follow these three steps:
1. Watch, read, or listen to a common text
2. Pray with and study it
3. Join a conversation
Learn from the movies and join a conversation on the following Mondays at 7:30pm on Zoom, Meeting ID: 503 656 8822:
September 28: “13th,” a Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present-day mass incarceration system. (100 minutes)
October 26: “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (Trapped, Gideon’s Army), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. (96 minutes)
November 23: “Disclosure,” a documentary featuring leading trans creatives and thinkers sharing heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood's impact on the trans community. (107 minutes)
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Pastoral Associate Jocelyn A. Sideco.
The Enneagram is an ancient system of spiritual growth tool. The Enneagram identifies nine types of thinking, feeling and behaving which allow people who identify their own type to become more self-observant of your own patterns and reactivity. The gift of the working with the Enneagram is the ability to see yourself and others with clarity and compassion.
Along with identifying and exploring these different types, we will go deeper with applying this knowledge to our spiritual journey with Jesus the Christ. From examining what prayer
practice makes sense to using the scripture as a guide for our type.
The group will meet monthly via Zoom beginning Wednesday, October 7.
A Hidden Wholeness: Practices for Finding Courage and Purpose in Life
When is it that you feel most alive and purposeful? How does the Spirit work in you to bring life to the world around you? Parker Palmer laments that so many people get distracted and forgetful in the midst of the demands of living that they cease to live from their deepest values and priorities. He bemoans that people live divided lives. You are invited to learn about and practice ways of listening that can recapture energy and direction for your life and in the lives of those you care about.
Ways to participate:
Sign up: Click here to sign up.
Read: “A Hidden Wholeness” by Parker Palmer (Click here to see it on Amazon.com.)
Watch: A brief video exploring each chapter of the book.
Participate: In a live Circle of Trust online every other week (Times TBD) to learn and practice.
For more info email email@example.com to reach The Rev. Thomas Skillings.
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.
Monday Journey is meeting via Zoom at its normally scheduled time of 1pm. Click on https://zoom.us/j/823318411 or call 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 823 318 411.
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 9:30 am to 11 am
MOMs in the Evening– once a month Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
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.
Our confirmation classes, held monthly on Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm, begin in January to prepare for the Diocesan General Confirmation on June 6, 2020, at Grace Cathedral. For more information on this program, email Jocelyn, Pastoral Associate.
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.
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.