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?
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. Our Sunday School children meet every Sunday of the month at 10:00 a.m. service. They use Godly Play to reflect on Bible stories, pray and sing together, and then rejoin their families for Communion. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.
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.
Here is what we currently offer: During both Advent and Lent we offer Sunday morning series between services, that meet for 4-5 weeks, each exploring a different theme, book, or Gospel. We have a book study group that meets monthly on Wednesday morning. We have a "Bible Brunch" study group that meets every Thursday 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. where we have lunch and have a bible study. Every Wednesday night there is an evening bible study at the Church as 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our parishioners who live in Pine, meet there every 2 weeks for a Wednesday evening bible study. We have had one-time workshops and retreats that have included spiritual gifts and the arts. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.
Ministry of Presence
The Ministry of Presence team consists of Clergy, our Order of St. Luke, and other dedicated Eucharistic and Non-Eucharistic visitors who provide company and comfort to those who are in the hospital, retirement communities, or are homebound. The Order of St. Luke meets monthly for prayer and bible study. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.
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. Our choir, and accompanists serve at the 10:00 am Sunday services as well as all Christmas and Easter services, and other events. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.
Worship & Liturgy
St. Paul’s Worship and Liturgy Ministry incorporates parishioners into our worship services. Lectors (responsible for reading scripture and prayer), Eucharistic Ministers (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. Greeters and Ushers are also available to welcome everyone to St. Paul's. You are welcome to contact the office for more information.
St. Paul’s Ministry of Hospitality is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who walks through our door is warmly welcomed into our fellowship. Following the 10:00 service, we serve coffee, donuts and other refreshments in the Parish Hall to provide a relaxed social space for parishioners and guests to visit. Hospitality ministers also coordinate events such as our Seder Dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner, and other dinners and events during the year where parishioners enjoy a festive and delicious meal together. 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.
Connection with Other Local Faith Communities
St. Paul’s clergy are dedicated to ecumenical and interfaith collaboration in the Payson community. Several denominations meet monthly for lunch and participate in interdenominational Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Thanksgiving services — these are just a few of the ways St. Paul’s is proud to be integrated with other faith communities within Payson.
Welcoming Support GroupsSt. 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 Scouts 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.