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Christian Education

Sunday School Classes

During the School Year ( September thru Mid June) we offer an inter-generational classroom experience for children ages 5-12.  Sunday School begins on Sunday morning at the start of the principal service.  We meet on the second floor of the Parish House located next to the Church building.  After a story, lesson and prayer, the children and teachers join with their families back in the Sanctuary for the Eucharist and the final hymn. 

The curriculum used for the class is Weaving God’s Promises (www.weavinggodspromises.org). This curriculum was specifically designed for the Episcopal Church and weaves the tradition of the church into each of the lessons. Using Old and New Testament stories, as well as the Liturgical Year calendar, the children are taught the way of Christ not only in the church, but also in the world. The curriculum provides the children a solid foundation of bible stories, as well as the Episcopal perspective of reading scripture and worship in the community. Weaving God’s Promises is used as a lectionary-based curriculum so that the children in the Church School classes are hearing the same message as the adults in church.

Youth

St. Paul's Church Youth Group

In conjunction with St. Mary's Roman Church, the Youth Group meets Fridays from September through May, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m at St. Mary's.

The goal of the youth group is to bring the youth of St. Paul’s Church and the island together in a healthy environment, where they can build friendships with each other, as well as a spiritual relationship with the church. It is our goal to develop a group that is not only active in the church, but also in the community.

The youth group operates with the following objectives:

  • to promote and increase self-esteem and self-confidence by evaluating a range of topics that are both educationally, spiritually, and scripturally based
  • to provide and maintain a safe environment for group members
  • to empower young people to advocate for themselves and others 

In addition to weekly meetings, St. Paul's Church's Youth Group engages with other island church youth groups throughout the year. Some activities are the Annual Spaghetti Supper with a pumpkin carving contest and ghost walk, Christmas caroling in the community, off-island retreats, a progressive dinner and dance, and a scavenger hunt. 

The St. Paul’s Church Youth Group is for children in 6th grade and up. 

Nursery 

We open our doors wide to infants and children at St. Paul’s, knowing that they are not only our future, but our present. 

We endeavor to serve them as a vital and integral part of our community and as gifted and growing spirits.  Infants are most welcome in our Sanctuary or our Nursery for Infants and Toddlers during our 10:00am Liturgy.  The Nursery is located next to the Sanctuary on the second floor of our Parish House.  We ask that parents sign their child in and out of the Nursery and leave their cell phone number. 

The nursery is run by dedicated and paid staff that has been CORIed.  Feel free to stop in for a visit to get to know them.

Adult Education

St. Paul’s Church offers a variety of ways for adults to learn and to grow together in their faith. We offer programs that bring individuals together to read, discuss, explore, and experience God’s grace and love, not only in ourselves, but also within each other, in fellowship. These various offerings occur weekly and are on-going throughout the year. 

Centering Prayer Group

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Parish House

Come experience a quiet, prayerful morning with others. Our time together will include an opening prayer or meditation, a 20-minute practice of Centering Prayer (silent sitting), a scripture reading, and time for discussion.

 

St. Paul’s Book Groups

Wednesday Afternoon Book Group 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Sherburne Commons Living Room

 

Thursday Afternoon Book Group 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Parish House

The St. Paul’s Church Book Groups are open and will always welcome new members. Come join us to read a good book, join an interesting discussion, and meet some new friends.

Sunday Morning Forum 

From time to time - often weekly - we have a different “speaker” come to share an interest or information about an organization, program, or upcoming event. The speakers will be parishioners or individuals from the community. Come learn more about others’ special talents. These are held on Sundays in Gardner Hall following the Principal Service.