Ministries

What do we mean when we say, “ministers” or “ministries”?

The ministers of the church are are not only ordained clergy; most of them are lay people (like you!). And ministry includes everything we do to serve God and one another. You’ll see a sampling of St. Paul’s ministries described below — and there are many more! Each member of the church is encouraged to use his or her own distinctive gifts to share in the ministry of our parish. Which of St. Paul’s ministries could benefit from your gifts?

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Food Pantry

St. Paul’s Food Pantry provides food and other basic care items to people in our community who are struggling. The Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers who pick up donated food, shop, stock the pantry shelves, and distribute provisions to our clients.

St. Paul’s Food Pantry is unique in that our clients are able to individually select the food and personal care items they need most during their visit. The clients receive private one-on-one assistance with genuine care and respect.

During the holiday season, the Food Pantry provides additional help to our neediest families through our Thanksgiving Basket and Christmas Giving Tree programs.

The Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You are welcome to contact the office for more information on this vital ministry.

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Chapter Two Thrift Shop & Clothing Bank

Chapter Two Thrift Shop & Clothing Bank offers a variety of clothing and small household items for sale at affordable prices. Clients needing extra assistance can apply for a clothing voucher allowing them to receive a limited amount of clothing at no cost.

Chapter Two is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers who sort, clean and price donations, as well as serving behind the counter.  Proceeds from Chapter Two are returned as donations to church ministries.

We encourage the general public to stop by and peruse our fashionable bargains! This summer Chapter Two is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. You are welcome to contact the office for more information on this compassionate ministry.

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Family Promise

St. Paul’s is proud to be one of the local congregations who partner with Family Promise to provide shelter, meals, hospitality and support to homeless families. For one week four times a year, a team of St. Paul’s volunteers convert several of the church’s classrooms to provide bedrooms and a dining area. Parishioners prepare and serve home-cooked meals, or take an overnight shift providing support to the families. You are welcome to contact the office for more information about this generous ministry.

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Friendly Kitchen

The Friendly Kitchen is the only no-cost meal center in Concord, and a dedicated team from St. Paul’s has taken on the cooking, serving, and cleaning up for one dinner a month. On average, 55- 130 meals are served each evening to local community members in need of a warm and nourishing meal. Please contact the office for more information on this important ministry.

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Mission with Jamaica

For twenty years, St. Paul’s Mission with Jamaica has united parishioners with citizens of Chantilly, Jamaica. The mission’s purpose is to promote the education of the children of Chantilly, and to improve the health of its citizens, especially children and the elderly.

The Jamaica team raises funds to ensure education of the neediest children in Chantilly, who often are not able to attend school due to the cost of mandatory tuition and school supplies. Medical professionals from the Concord area join the Jamaica Mission once a year to travel to Chantilly and run a medical clinic for citizens with no access to health care. You are welcome to contact the office for more information on this fulfilling ministry.

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Children & Youth

Our Children and Youth ministries have a fresh and uncluttered approach to singing, praying, playing and growing as members of the body of Christ.

During the school year*, our Sunday School children (ages 5-11) meet on the second, third, fourth, and fifth Sunday of the month at 9:45 am. They use the “Holy Moly” video series to reflect on Bible stories, pray and sing together, and then rejoin their families for Communion.

The first Sunday of each month there is no Sunday School. Instead families enjoy our 10:00 am Ageless Worship service of Holy Eucharist together. Ageless Worship is a slightly shorter service with a sermon geared towards children (and the young at heart!).

* During the summer months, our team leads fun and laid-back activities in the Chapel for the children during the 10:00 am service..

Year-round, children under age 5 are welcome to join our paid staff in the nursery. Care is provided from 9:30 am to the end of the 10:00 am service.

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to gather every first Sunday of the month, October through June, from 9:00 am – 9:45 am in the Library for donuts and discussion. In addition to this monthly meeting, those who are choosing to be confirmed in June will also attend two overnight retreats and do a service project together.

Click here for our 2018-2019 children and youth programs. If your family has children of any age, Rev. Drew Courtright would love to help you find a place in the program they will most enjoy.

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Christian Formation

Christian Formation series at St. Paul’s are relaxed (no notebook or No. 2 pencil required!), interactive (no stuffy lectures), and social (an ideal way to get to know people better.) Most importantly, programs require absolutely no prior knowledge on the topics (it’s quite alright if you’ve never read the Book of Habakkuk or you’re not familiar with the Protestant Reformation, really!). Christian Formation at St. Paul’s seeks to challenge and enrich our spiritual understandings of ourselves and our Christian tradition.

A few examples of Christian Formation series held over the past year: During both Advent and Lent we offered Sunday morning and Wednesday evening series, that met for 4-5 weeks, each exploring a different theme, book, or Gospel. Monthly we had two book study discussion and writing groups. One-time workshops have included the theology of topics such as gardening and minimalism. St. Paul’s is also proud to have three EfM (Education for Ministry) groups, a rigorous four-year national program based out of Sewanee – The University of the South in Tennessee.

Check out the “What’s Happening” part of this website to see what Christian Formation series are coming up, and please contact the office for more information or if you’re interested in joining us as we wonder, learn and grow together.

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Ministry of Presence

St. Paul’s Ministry of Presence is a unique approach to pastoral care. The Ministry of Presence team consists of Clergy, our Prayer Group and many dedicated Eucharistic and Non-Eucharistic visitors who provide company and comfort to those who are in the hospital, retirement communities, or are homebound. Ministry of Presence meets monthly for prayer and spiritual development, skill enhancement, and coordination of care responsibilities. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Music Ministry

Music is an integral part of the life and worship at St. Paul’s. People of all ages and backgrounds are brought closer to God through music. Director of Music Ministries and Organist Heather Maconaghy has been enriching St. Paul’s since she joined the staff in August 2016. Heather skillfully integrates our regular choir, a festival choir, soloists and accompanists into our 10:00 am Sunday services as well as all Christmas and Easter services. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Worship & Liturgy

St. Paul’s Worship and Liturgy Ministry incorporates parishioners into our worship services. Lectors (responsible for reading scripture and prayer), Eucharistic Ministers (lay people licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist), Altar Guild members (who prepare the altar for worship services, including decorating the church for major holidays), and Acolytes (who lead processions bearing the cross and torches and assists the clergy at the altar) are all part of the Worship and Liturgy Ministry. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Hospitality

St. Paul’s Ministry of Hospitality is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who walks through our door is warmly welcomed into our fellowship. Following each service, we serve coffee, donuts and other refreshments in the Parish Hall to provide a relaxed social space for parishioners and guests to visit. Children are most welcome at coffee hour as well, and even have their own play space within the Parish Hall.

Hospitality ministers also coordinate events such as our Annual Meeting Meatloaf Dinner and Thanksgiving Dinner, where parishioners enjoy a festive and delicious meal together in Ordway Hall.

Our “Men’s Just Supper” meets monthly and our Annual Outdoor Service & Picnic occurs once a year at Rollins Park.

Our Hospitality Ministry also coordinates a warm and caring atmosphere at funeral receptions, providing refreshments as the family requests. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Connection with Other Local Faith Communities

St. Paul’s clergy are dedicated to ecumenical and interfaith collaboration in the Concord community. Participation in the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, educational exchanges with Temple Beth Jacob and the Islamic Society of Greater Concord, as well as interfaith services for Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day, and interdenominational Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday services — these are just a few of the ways St. Paul’s is proud to be integrated with other faith communities within Concord.

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Welcoming Support Groups

St. Paul’s is proud to provide a meeting space for numerous local support and community group meetings every week. From veteran’s groups to Alcoholics Anonymous, and Boy Scouts to DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance), our meeting spaces are almost always in use. While we provide the building space, if you are interested in participating in one of these groups, you will need to contact their leadership directly.