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Posted 1/28/18

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Chapter Two Thrift Shop & Clothing Bank

Chapter Two Thrift Shop and Clothing Bank offers a variety of clothing and small household items for sale at affordable prices. Chapter Two is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers who sort, clean and price donations. They encourage the general public to stop by and peruse their fashionable bargains. Proceeds from Chapter Two are returned as donations to church ministries. Folks needing assistance can apply for a clothing voucher and receive a limited amount of clothing for free. Chapter Two is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Tuesday from 10:00 am to noon. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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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 XX times a year, a team of St. Paul’s volunteers convert several rooms to serve as a shelter, complete with bedrooms and a dining area. Parishioners sign up to prepare home-cooked meals or take an overnight shift providing support to the families. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Friendly Kitchen

On the third Wednesday of the month a team of volunteers from St. Paul’s is responsible for providing and hosting dinner at The Friendly Kitchen, the only no-cost meal center in Concord, located at 2 South Commercial Street. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Mission with Jamaica

For twenty years, St. Paul’s Mission with Jamaica unites 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 citizens of Chantilly, especially children and the elderly. The Jamaica team raises funds to ensure to 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.

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Children & Young Adults

Under the purview of our new Curate, Drew, our Youth Program has a fresh uncluttered approach to singing, praying, playing and growing as members of the body of Christ.

The first Sunday of each month, our 10:00 am service of Holy Eucharist is our Ageless Worship Service. It is a slightly shorter service where the sermon is geared towards children (and the young at heart!) During the school year, our Sunday School program (ages 5-11) meets the second, third and fourth Sunday of the month at 9:45 am and is using the Holy Moly video series. After reflecting on the day’s chosen Bible story, the group then rejoins their families for Communion. During the second, third and fourth Sunday of the month during summertime, children ages 5 and up meet in the Chapel for games, stories and activities.

Children under age 5 are welcome to join our paid staff in the nursery starting at 9:30 am until the end of the 10:00 am service.

Our Youth Group (students in grades 6-12) meet on Wednesday evenings for a pizza dinner and reflection/contemplation of that week’s scripture reading. As service opportunities arise, students are encouraged to participate together as a group.

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Christian Formation

Christian Formation at St. Paul’s encompasses many series that seek to challenge and enrich our spiritual understandings of ourselves and our Christian tradition. Continual series include our monthly Spirituality Discussion Group, our Just Reads Book Study Group (focused on issues of social justice), Inklings, a creative non-fiction writing group, and our four year Education for Ministry program (a national program based out of Sewanee University of the South in North Carolina.) Shorter term series in recent years have included:
Exploring Episcopal Identity; Cultivating Creation – Franciscan theology & gardening for novices; Celebrating Christ…Not Consumerism; Writing (Uncommon) Prayers of the People; Living Compass Advent Series; a daylong Women’s Retreat; SSJE’s Five Marks of Love Lenten Series; A video lecture series of Rowan William’s Reflections on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. St. Paul’s also offers an extensive library of spiritual non-fiction books for loan. Christian Formation also includes the Youth Programs listed above.

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Ministry of Presence

St. Paul’s Ministry of Presence is a unique approach to the important work of 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, training of skill enhancement and coordination of care responsibilities. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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 Music

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 (prepares the altar for worship services, including decorating the church for major holidays), and Acolytes (leads 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 now have their own play space within sight of their parents in the Parish Hall. Hospitality also coordinates our Fellowship Potluck Dinner once a month. Parishioners and guests enjoy each other’s contributions to the meal and value the chance to dine together on a weeknight. Our Men’s Just Supper also meets once a month and we our Annual Outdoor Service & Picnic occurs once a year at Rollins Park. Our Hospitality Ministry also coordinates a warm and caring atmosphere at funerals, providing refreshments as the family requests. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Worshiping with Other Local Faith Communities

Several members of St. Paul’s clergy are dedicated to ecumenical and interfaith coordination and appreciation. The Greater Concord Interfaith Council, educational exchanges with the Beth Israel Jewish Temple and Concord’s Muslim Mosque, and including clergy of other denominations in services such as our Ash Wednesday service or Good Friday Vigil are just a few of the ways St. Paul’s is proud to be integrated with other faith communities within Concord. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.

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Welcoming Support Groups

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