“...so that all may learn and all be encouraged...”
1 Corinthians 14.31
At 9:35 a.m. from the second Sunday in September to late May nearly
every corner of the church is filled with folks of all ages engaged
in studying God’s Word for their lives.
- Sunday Church School ministry
is available for children age 3 through sixth grade. Children
gather in age based groups for learning activities.
- Confirmation Ministry.
Young people in seventh and eighth grades are encouraged
to participate in the Sunday morning class which focuses on the
Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism in alternating
years. This class is one dimension of a wider Confirmation Ministry
which prepares young people to identify more fully with the community
of the church and to understand how the Christian faith gives
shape and meaning to their lives. Other aspects of this ministry
include retreats, social events, servant events, and establishing
a mentoring relationship with another adult in the congregation.
- High School Donuts & Devotion
– an opportunity to chat, discuss faith and what is going on inour lives.
- Adult Forum. Adults
are invited to participate in this opportunity to explore God’s
Word revealed in Scripture and issues relating to faith and life.
- Sunday Intergenerational
Events. On occasional Sundays during the year,
intergenerational events focusing on a special theme or holy-day
Small group ministry at St.
A growing number of small
groups provide opportunities for members of St. Paul and of the
surrounding community to gather for study, conversation, support,
friendship and nurture in the faith.
Some of the current groups are:
Wednesday Morning Breakfast
This group of early risers
gathers at the church at 6 a.m. each Wednesday morning to share
a meal and to study the Scripture lessons for the upcoming Sunday.
New participants are always welcome! They even continue through
the summer months. Earl Simoneau (860-767-2289) coordinator.
Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Bible
This group meets weekly for
lunch, prayer and conversation over Scripture. You are invited to
join this group at any time. Carol Voigt (860-388-3213) coordinator.
September through May.
Vacation Bible School
Since the summer of 2000,
the "Most Fantastic Week for Children in the Old Saybrook Area"
has been right here at St. Paul Church. Storytelling, worship, singing,
crafts, recreation and loads of fun for five special mornings. Watch
for more details to come.
First Communion Preparation
Children in second grade and
above are invited to participate in a special series of workshops
to help prepare them to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
These workshops are held during Lent and are done cooperatively
with Trinity Lutheran Church in Centerbrook. Parents are also expected
to attend. Whether a child is ready to participate in these workshops
is the decision of the parents in consultation with the pastor.
Ministries of high school age youth are alive at St. Paul. In addition
to regular activities of study and service through the school year,
other rich opportunities abound for youth at St. Paul including:
- annual weekend at Camp Calumet in the beautiful While Mountains
of New Hampshire
- annual Camp Out weekend in September with nearly 1,000 other
youth from New England at Hammonasset Beach.
- summer "mission trips" to places of need where St.
Paul youth who will be entering the 9th grade or higher join with
other young people from around the country to serve and discover
new dimensions of self and selfless serving. These trips have
taken our youth all over the needy U.S.!
In addition to all the above, you will find St. Paul youth involved
in a variety of serving and worship ministries of the congregation.
Special fellowship events for the whole congregation are held almost
monthly. These events provide a wonderful opportunity for folks
of all ages to gather for a pleasant evening, informal conversation,
almost always over food. Some of the highlights of the year include
a summer Ice Cream Social and Hymn Sing, pre-Christmas potluck and
party following the children’s program, a Valentine's Day
party and talent show, and Mothers Day supper. Lenten soup suppers
are held on Wednesday evenings during Lent preceding a Lenten study
and worship. Small informal dinner groups, "Dinner for 8 or
9," that meet occasionally during the year are also arranged
and encouraged so that folks can get to know one another within
Summer Softball Team...The St.
Every summer is softball time for folks at St. Paul. "The
Disciples" play in the Old Saybrook Park and Recreation Co-ed
League. It is low-key and lots of fun for everyone! Get your arms,
legs, gloves, bats, etc. ready! Charlie Brown (860-388-9444) is
coach. Practices begin in May and games begin in mid-June.
For further ministries that
nurture and support growth in faith and community, see our "Serving"