The St. Paul's community extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
Compassion Circle Sundays
A Renewal of our Children's Relationship with Church
Beginning Sunday, September 20 • 4 pm
This is a five-week hybrid series of online and in person lessons and experiences called Compassion Circle Sundays as a revival for our children to connect with church. As we look around the world, what becomes clearer each day is our deep need for compassion —now more than ever. Each of the five sessions has a central scripture passage about the day’s theme. Compassion Circles’ goal is to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world. We will examine different places in our lives where we can cultivate compassion.
Registration is required. Click here to register.
watch (movies) & pray
Monday, September 28 • 7:30 pm
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 via Zoom, Meeting ID: 503 656 8822:
For September 28, “13th,” a Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US slavery and the present-day mass incarceration system. (100 minutes)
For more information about future watch & pray sessions, click here.
On Holy Ground: Small Gatherings for Prayer and Music
Sundays: October 4, October 18, and November 1 • 3 pm and 4:30 pm
Occidental Avenue side lawn
St Paul’s is looking to ease back into providing services once again by starting with small gatherings for worship, learning and prayer this fall. While our main focus will remain connecting online and through calls and notes, we will be exploring ways to be together in person. These offerings will allow those who desire to spend some time together in God’s presence and in the presence of one another.
Our first offering, postponed to October 4 due to air quality concerns, will be on Holy Ground. Gather with members of your St. Paul’s community on the Occidental Avenue side lawn next to the church for prayer, quiet and music. Outside, safely distanced, but still in each other’s presence we will assemble on Holy Ground in God’s presence. A brief reading of scripture, instrumental music and time to open our hearts in prayer will create space for God to move.
All attending must register ahead of time online and understand the practices of careful gathering before signing up.
Check back for registration links.
The Enneagram For Our Life in Christ
Monthly Meeting via Zoom beginning Wednesday, October 7
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 working with the Enneagram is the ability to see yourself and others with clarity and compassion.
The group will meet monthly via Zoom beginning Wednesday, October 7.
12th Annual Interfaith Choral Concert
“For God Is My Hope”
Sunday, October 11 • 3pm
The Choir of St. Paul’s joins virtually with four other Peninsula church choirs in music of hope, highlighting three movements of Fanny Hensel Lobgesang.
Visit www.homeandhope.net/choral-concert-12.html to RSVP for a link to this benefit concert for the homeless ministry of Home and Hope.
Also featuring virtual choirs from Congregational Church of San Mateo, First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
October 13 • 4 pm
Preteens (junior high school ages) and teens (high school ages) are invited to get to know other St. Paul teens. We will listen to one another’s stories and learn more about ourselves and God. Zoom sessions are from 4pm to 5pm.
In addition to monthly Zoom gatherings, socially distanced hikes and other outdoor activities are being arranged for those interested.
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Pastoral Associate Jocelyn A. Sideco.
Theology on Tap
Thursday, October 15
This will be a monthly Zoom session with young adults between the ages of 19 and 39 to socialize, learn and grow together in a faith that does justice. Each session begins with a focus topic about faith and community, continues with question & answer and discussion, and ends with a few suggestions on the next right thing in love.
Sessions are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month.
Times to be determined.
Email email@example.com to contact Pastoral Associate Jocelyn A. Sideco for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are United Against Racism
This phrase and stance are taken from the National Council of Churches' book, United Against Racism: Churches for Change. “Authentic Christianity requires the loving inclusion of all God’s creation. An inclusive, beloved community is a community free from racism. United Against Racism is a call to an authentic Christianity, a religion that strives to become God’s inclusive, beloved community. It summons Christians to pray, think, and act to end racism. This resource aims to support churches, communions, and those who endeavor to share the journey of the Christian faith in the pursuit of an unfinished agenda to embody a more excellent way of racial equity.”
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
More from our Weekly Resources
Attend Online Services
In-person gatherings at St. Paul's have been suspended, and we are hosting times for prayer together online. Join us for our offerings of hymns, readings, sermon, and music; click the following to find service resources.
A Deeper Dive into Bible Readings Bible Study
Sundays • 12:30 pm
Join with the leaders of our Tongan congregation and the rector for a deeper dive into the scriptures for each Sunday.
Join our email list for some preparation material before each gathering or simply join the Zoom session by clicking on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81775796902 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 817 7579 6902.
Join Our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour
Every Sunday all are invited to an online Coffee Hour. Beginning at 8:45 am and 10:45 am these are live opportunities for conversation and check-in. So after participating online in worship for the day, join with others for a time of conversation and community.
Please join us at 8:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87884282944 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 878 8428 2944.
Or at 10:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88580629168 or again by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 885 8062 9168.
Healing Prayer Service
Wednesdays • 4:30 pm via Zoom
The Healing Ministry of St. Paul’s has pledged to gather each Wednesday for 20-minutes to pray for the healing of this world from pandemic and social injustices.
Anyone and everyone is free to join in this prayer time via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/97637490628 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 976 3749 0628.
Does your child like to sing?
Join the Choir School this Fall!
Anchored in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training program, the 2020-21 Choir School season begins with robust online offerings for grades K-12 including both small group and individual sessions with the director.
We will continue virtual performances with the full choir (www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlGnYp77OM7t4uhHFZeb6DT-c4ODGCY9C), carefully following safety guidelines record in small groups in the beautiful nave of St. Paul’s, and prepare for the July 2022 residency at Wells Cathedral, England.
The Choir School Parent Meeting will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 1, via Zoom
Rehearsals resume the week of September 8.
Samaritan House and Home & Hope are Looking for Meals
We are so grateful for all the people who have donated time and money to provide meals for the Samaritan House staff twice a week. We continue to look for funders, meal organizers, and drivers as this need remains. Our average cost is $6/lunch. We can reimburse people up to $330 for each meal.
If you can contribute as a funder, donations of any amount are accepted via check or credit card or online on our website by clicking here.
Town Hall Recordings Available
Our community leadership hosted 2 Town Hall sessions.
Thomas led us through a reflective celebration of our life and programming during the time of this pandemic. Members of the Vestry shared insights into our next steps forward as we consider how to responsibly reopen and regather in person.
Music at St. Paul’s on YouTube
Listen again to the growing video collection of virtual choir anthems by the Choir of St. Paul’s, organ postludes, and piano works by Fanny Hensel at the YouTube Channel of Director of Music, Susan Jane Matthews.
Pastoral Care – We Are Here for YOU!
We remain a community connected in God's love even in this necessary social distancing. The pastoral staff is still at work and available for you, especially during these unsettling and anxious times. The staff will offer “Online Open Office Hours.”
The Rev. Thomas Skillings can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (650) 430-3738.
The Rev. Julie Graham can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling (650) 344-3675.
Jocelyn A. Sideco via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or social media and Zoom by appointment or by calling (504) 376-5856.
We want to know you are cared for and not alone. Please don't hesitate to reach out to let us.