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Sunday Morning Ministries of Learning and Growing in the Faith at St. Paul Church
“...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 & Devotionan 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 are held.

Small Group Ministries

Small group ministry at St. Paul Church
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 Club
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 Study
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.

More Great Ministries for Children

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.

Youth Ministries

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.

Fellowship Events at St. Paul

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 the congregation.

Summer Softball Team...The St. Paul Disciples!
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" section.