St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Celebrating Christ's presence in a changing world

 
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Ministries

Acolytes & Servers

Several adult and youth serve as acolytes at St. Paul's, handling a variety of duties including lighting candles before and during the services, acting as crucifer and carrying the processional cross during the procession, acting as thurifer and carrying the thurible of incense during worship services, acting as server and assisting the priest and/or deacon at the altar during the worship service.

There are also adults who are trained and licensed to serve as lay eucharistic ministers at the altar. They serve the chalice during the Sunday service and other days of the week.

For more information, please contact the Senior Warden.

Adult Christian Fellowship

Adult Christian Fellowship is a social Christian get-together of married and single adults. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, for dinner either at a local restaurant or for a potluck or catered dinner in Holy Spirit Hall. We support local food banks, Interfaith Shelter and other charitable groups.

Altar Guild

altar guildThe Altar Guild is a group of dedicated women, chosen by the Rector to serve as "God's housekeepers". The group is divided into four teams, each of which works one week each month setting the altar for regular services as well as any special services such as weddings or funerals. After the service it is the job of the on duty team to clear the altar and wash and put away all of the utensils.

Contact Cheryl Gumper or Christie Swanson, Altar Guild Co-Directors for more information.

Bereavement Receptions Committee

bereavement receptions committeeThe women of St. Paul's offer receptions after funeral services. Members are asked to contribute food, pick up groceries, set tables, serve food and clean-up.

The committee is financed through donations. This is truly a parish-wide project and any parish family is eligible to receive this service and are eligible to receive a call for help.

For more information, contact Barbara Duke or Christie Swanson.

Coffee Hour Hosts

The Coffee Hour Host serves coffee and refreshments in Camp Hall after each service. This is a time for members and newcomers to come together and socialize. Volunteers are needed to host Coffee Hour for each service.

Koinonia Fellowship Groups

The Greek word Koinonia (Coin-oh-nee-ah) appears 19 times in most editions of the Greek New Testament. In the New American Standard Version, it is translated as "fellowship" twelve times and in the other seven instances, it is translated as "sharing", "participation", or "contribution."

St. Paul's Koinonia Fellowship Groups are small groups of 6 to 12 parishioners who meet together monthly in each others' homes for fellowship, sharing, and prayer. Because of their small size it is possible to get to know the other members of a group much more closely than is possible when contact is limited to Sunday services. The expression of the love of Christ in many forms and a mutual trust among group members are the standard in the Koinonia program. Format and meeting times vary somewhat from one group to another, depending on the desires and needs of the group. Periodic contact is maintained between group leaders to share group experience which might be mutually beneficial. Otherwise, the groups are independent.

Koinonia Groups are organized for a one-year period and all groups are reorganized into new groups each May. Anyone interested in joining a group or organizing a new group may contact Koinonia Fellowship Chairmen Sue Hammett or Sandra Kilian through the church office at any time during the year. New members are always welcome in every group and new groups will be organized whenever the need arises.

New members of St. Paul's are encouraged to join a Koinonia Group, either as individuals or as couples, in order to greatly accelerate the process of getting to know other parishioners.

Prayer Circle - Prayer Chain Ministry

Through prayer, the members of the St. Paul’s Prayer Chain Ministry reach out to those in need of God’s help and guidance.

The members of the prayer chain share their gift of intercession for those who request their help.

To request prayer contact us at church@stpauljxmi.org.

Usher Corps

Ushers are a part of the St. Paul’s ministry team. All of our ushers serve an important ministry, and do so on a regular schedule and as needed for occasions such as funerals and other special events.

Ushers are responsible for aiding both parishioners and the clergy before, during, and after all services throughout the week. Ushers are also responsible for delivering Altar flowers to shut-ins.

Everyone is welcome to become an usher. If you are interested please see Kyle King.