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MINISTRIES

Ministries at St. Paul's

A community where God’s embracing love is joyfully shared. St. Paul’s is a place all can share their gifts in many different ways.

To learn more about how to get involved in any of the listed active ministries,
please call (650.348.4811) or email the office (info@stpaulsburlingame.org).
We would be thrilled to connect you with the current ministry leader!
Worship

Each week our community gathers to understand and celebrate God's dream for the world.  We are invited to enrich our experience by offering our gifts to create this holy time and place.​

  • Acolytes

  • Altar Guild

  • Boulangers

  • Chalice Bearers

  • Coffee Hour

  • Greeters

  • Lectors

  • Ushers

Prayer & Care

One of the great gifts and callings at St. Paul's is the desire to be a caring and loving community, rooted in daily prayer, listening, and support.

Faith Formation

St. Paul's is a rich and supportive place for all to explore and walk this faith journey together.

  • Adult Education

  • Men's Group

  • Monday Journey

  • Spiritual Parenting (formerly Mothers on a Mission (MOMs))

  • Children & Family Ministries

  • Youth Ministry

Outreach/Service

Following in Jesus' footsteps means helping others, especially those in need.  At St. Paul's, we desire to give of ourselves and serve our neighbors.

Music

Music is an integral part of worship life at St. Paul's, where all ages actively participate in the ministry of music through the choirs and in vibrant congregational singing.

  • Chancel Choir

  • Choir School (Grades K-12)

    • St. Cecilia Choir (Grades K-2)

    • St. Nicolas Choir (Grades 2-8)

    • Choristers (Grades 3-8)

    • Teens (Grades 9-12)

  • Tongan Choir

Administration​

​St. Paul's is blessed with a vibrant and engaged community that strives to use its time and talents to best steward its resources for past, current, and future members.

  • Building Preservation

  • Columbarium

  • Communications

  • Finance

  • Human Resources

  • Stewardship

  • Welcoming and Engagement Team

OUTREACH

Outreach at St. Paul's

"Serving and Giving for the sake of the world. For it is in giving that we now receive"
 – St. Francis of Assisi
Each week before the sermon, we pray that we use our gifts to make a difference for others.  Members of St. Paul's live this each day as they use their gifts in the community by volunteering and serving in ways that respond to the needs of our San Mateo County community.  We also work together at St. Paul's to compassionately reach out to those in need in our community.
HOME & HOPE
Home & Hope 

In cooperation with a large network of local faith communities, St. Paul's houses homeless families in our Parish Hall for one-week stays about five times a year. The program involves over 100 St. Paul's volunteers working together to shop, cook, clean, launder, and -- most important -- share time and fellowship with our guests.

Home & Hope addresses the problem of homelessness by providing emergency shelter at 15 host congregations throughout San Mateo County. Each host congregation provides overnight shelter for three to five families (up to 14 adults & children). Guests in the program arrive at 6:00 PM and leave at 7:00 AM the next morning. St. Paul's provides the guests with dinner, a private sleeping space for each family, breakfast and a bag lunch.  The Home & Hope Day Center provides showers, computers, lockers, and assistance for appropriate social services. All guests are carefully screened prior to entry into the program. You can help by assisting with dinner one night a week, spend the night as one of the volunteers, shop for groceries, do some laundry, and/or help with set up and take down of the sleeping quarters. 

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Corazon: Build a House in a Day

Each year St. Paul's travels to Tijuana, Mexico to build a home for a family there. Working with our partner Corazon, we provide the materials and the labor to provide a safe and secure place for these families to live. 

For those that have not yet had the opportunity to join St. Paul’s in a Corazon project, it is an incredible
experience. We travel to San Diego the day before the build (Friday, May 18, 2024). We rise early on
Saturday and meet a Corazon bus near the Mexican border and travel to our build site. Professional
builders guide our team to frame, sheath, paint, and roof a new home with pre-cut lumber and staged
supplies. Community members and even the recipient family join us in our collaborative work. We
break for a lunch provided by the local community. They have the operation down to a science and we
typically finish in late afternoon. We then travel back to San Diego, tired and dirty but full of inspiration,
and often celebrate in the evening with a meal together. The experience is well organized, well
supervised, and safe.


There are many ways you can support this important work of St. Paul’s. Prayers for the Corazon team,
our builders, and the recipient family are greatly appreciated. We hope to see many of our St. Paul’s
community join with us on the build this year. There is also room to invite friends if you would like. We
generally ask participants to fund their travel to and from San Diego as well as their lodgings, but
financial assistance can be provided if it would help. We will plan to do a little fundraising to help cover
our project expenses of $12,500. We will accept any gifts of support with deep gratitude. Please reach
out to Bryan Vander Lugt  if you have any interest in joining or want to help in any way.

To read more about the details, go here.

Supporting Samaritan HouseCALL Primrose and Life Moves 

Throughout the year, St. Paul's partners with these core service agencies in San Mateo County to provide support as they empower individuals and families to find food and housing security.  Efforts include a yearly Giving Tree that provides gifts and meals for families at Christmas, a yearly back pack drive for students in the summer and regular contributions of funding for each of these organizations.

CORAZON
THE CIRCLE OF ST. PAUL'S
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The Circle of St. Paul's

The Circle is one of the longest running ministry teams at St. Paul’s, formed in the 1930s when a small sewing circle of friends in Hillsborough wanted to "make some money for the church." It began in a vacant store in downtown Burlingame and moved into St. Paul’s in 1952. The group meets monthly to plan events and provide wonderful support and fellowship for its members. Its annual activities include a Christmas Tea that is a tradition for the whole community.

The major work of the Circle centers on the semi-annual Rummage sales, which are held on the first weekend of the month every May and October. The Rummage sales provide well-priced clothing and household goods to shoppers, and connect thousands of people locally, throughout California, and as far away as the Pacific Islands. All year long, pre-sorted rummage donations are dropped off at monthly Donation Drive-Thru's.  Estate and large donations are handled separately.

 

Circle members have a record of being successful and astute businesswomen: past and present members have raised over $1.2 million, most of which, after expenses, has been contributed to St. Paul’s for operating expenses, facilities improvements, outreach and special projects.  Donations are also made  to other local nonprofits selected for ongoing support by members of The Circle of St Paul's. These nonprofits support a diverse range of causes. Help us, help others.

Donation Drop off Drive Thru Event dates are Saturdays July 13, and September 14 2024, from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Also Saturday August 10 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

The next Rummage Sale will be held Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 2024 from 9:30am -3:00pm both days.

Learn more here

Help us, help others by stepping to be a part of The Circle  ~ by donating, by helping us at our Donation events or prior to, during and/or after our Rummage Sales
Please contact Circle President Susan Group at (650) 348-4811 Extension #3 or by email or fill out our Form to Volunteer with us!

CARING

Caring

One of the great gifts and callings at St. Paul’s is the desire to be a caring, loving place. This care is rooted in the daily caring that members offer to one  another through prayer, listening and support. The web of care is nurtured as we gather for fellowship and fun. Care is offered through the various teams and groups that make up our common life, it is offered through special ministries, and it is offered through our pastoral staff.
HEALING TEAM
The Healing Team

       

  • Prayers for Healing during Sunday Services

  • Lay Visitors for Pastoral and Eucharistic Visits

  • Parish Prayer Cycle

  • Prayer Shawls for comfort

  • Grief Ministry

     

The Healing Team is committed to sharing Christ's healing love with the St. Paul's community.  We visit homebound parishioners and deliver the Eucharist upon request. We send personal notes to everyone on the Parish Prayer Cycle. The Grief Ministry keeps in touch with those who have lost a loved one and follow up with notes throughout the year. Some individuals knit prayer shawls which are delivered to parishioners in need of comfort. We try to keep in touch with the various concerns of the St. Paul’s community. We support each other and endeavor to support the other ministries at St. Paul’s.

Contact the church office

for more information 650.348.4811

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TEA & TALK
Tea N' Talk       

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Tea 'n' Talk is an opportunity for the sages in St. Paul’s community to get together for fellowship with one another, St. Paul’s clergy and the TNT Team. It always provides good food, interesting programs and good friends.

Contact the church office

for more information 650.348.4811

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