God Loves you. No exceptions – The Episcopal Church
We are located at 1802 Abercorn Street Savannah, Georgia 31401, on the south-east corner of 34th & Abercorn Streets. Parish Office hours are kept Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may call us at 912.232.0274.
On Sundays, you’ll experience Mass, said at 8 a.m., sung at 10 a.m., in Spanish at 12:15 p.m. and contemplative at 6:30 p.m. We offer a host of other worship opportunities, just click on the Weekly Mass Schedule link to learn more.
Latino Heritage Brunch: will be held on September 30th following the 10:00 a.m. mass. $10 per person. All funds raised will be used to support our seminarians Victor Moreno.
Convo: The second Convo: A Convocation Youth Gathering for grades 6-12 Sunday, will be held at St. Matthew’s October 7th, 6:00-7:30 pm beginning with dinner.
Fall Formation Program:
Our Fall Formation program on Wednesday evenings will kick off on September 12th. We will be working with a short, book-study format. Father Willoughby will begin the season using “Praying with St. Paul: Encountering God through the Ancient Tradition of Lectio Divina” on September 12, 19, & 26. Books are $10. See Fr. Willoughby to get your copy. Fr. Charles will lead the second study on Oc-tober 3, 10, & 17 using “Following the Way of Jesus” by our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. This book will be $12. See Fr. Charles to order.
Coffee Hour: Dear St. Paul’s Family,
Coffee Hour is a special opportunity each week for us to engage in the ministry of hospitality, to welcome visitors, to check in and have a conversation with other members of the Parish and to enjoy being together for a few moments before charging back into the rigors of life. We need YOU to help us with this important ministry. If you would like to sign up to host a coffee hour, we are trying to make that very simple and painless to do. If you will follow the link below, you can find an open date that works for your schedule. And if you sign up for one, but discover that that date won’t work for you then you can change your date online as well. Thank you for helping make St. Paul’s the best that we can be!! Coffee Hour Sign Up
Living Compass: A couple of years ago our Wonderful Wednesday group did a study using Fr. Scott Stoner’s book “Your Living Compass”. It’s set up as a personal retreat to help identify the things we are paying attention to and where we might need to pay attention to discover our wholeness. One aspect of the “retreat” is to take the “Self-Assessment Tool” and color your score in on the compass chart to help get a snapshot of where you are right now. There is nothing prescriptive nor determinative about the chart – it’s simply a snapshot. It could change in a day, a week, a month. However, if we are ever going to discover the wholeness God intends for us, we need to start somewhere.
The compass is set up to, first of all, focus on loving God with all our Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength. Then each of those four areas is subdivided Heart: Relationships and Emotions; Mind: Vocation and Organization; Soul: Spirituality and Rest & Play; and Strength: Care of the Body and Stress Resilience.
We are now seeking as a Parish to live into a more holistic approach to our ministry by helping one another discover our wholeness by sharing in communal activities from each of those areas. None of the activities we have planned require someone to be a member of St. Paul’s. Everyone is welcome to participate. Until the end of July, you can help us determine where everyone’s energy and interest are by participating in our survey. The survey has various activities that have been suggested in many of the eight areas. Other activities are being suggested. By participating in the survey you are not committing yourself to an activity, only expressing your possible interest in it. You will have other opportunities to sign up for specific activities. You may find out upcoming events through the Spiritus Gladius Newsletter, the weekly announcements, and both our Facebook Page and our Facebook group.
St. Paul’s Needs You
The most effective means of attracting newcomers to any church is a personal invitation from a parishioner. If this makes you nervous about being turned down, know that survey after survey shows that three-quarters of people say they would go to a church if a friend, neighbor, or co-worker invites them. The question is, “Do you have a church home?” And if the answer is no, just say, “St. Paul’s means so much to me and my family, I would love it if you would visit with us sometime.” It is that simple. In order to make the invitation even easier, we will have cards available which church members can share with those you want to invite to worship with you. The backside of the card will offer information about the church including the physical location, phone number, web address, and Sunday service times. We will bless the cards during Mass and invite members to pray about whom to invite and then take cards with them. As a parish priest, I have service times on the back of my card. That one small item often converts a conversation in the community to someone showing up for worship. We readily share restaurants, movies, and books with friends and co-workers. Why not also share your church with those you know and love. It is easier than you think. Fr. W
What is St. Paul’s?
St. Paul’s is a parish serving Savannah and the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in the fullness of the Catholic and Reformed faith of the Anglican Communion since 1852. As a Collegiate Church, we are a parish that maintains a cooperative model of ministry which employs the many capabilities of the baptized in the pursuit of God’s mission.
In particular, we are home to a community of priests and religious that maintains the classic round of worship commended by the Book of Common Prayer. This includes the public recitation of the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer and the complete round of Eucharistic celebrations, recommended by the Prayer Book Calendar and Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Furthermore, we provide extra opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist in the observance of Feast Days of our Lord.
Besides the College of Priests that serve our Altars and call St. Paul’s home, six members of the Parish belong to three religious communities; including the Oratory of the Good Shepherd and two Benedictine Fellowships: the Community of St. Joseph and the Episcopal Community of St. Benedict.
Established as the first Free Pew Parish in Savannah, St. Paul’s has attempted for 164 years to live into the sacramental and evangelistic implications of the recovery and continuing formation of Catholic tradition in the Episcopal Church.
We are Children of God committed to deepening our discipleship, adopting the Episcopal Church as the spiritual home where we live into the challenges of the Christian faith. We see the diversity of our religious histories, interests, and cultures as one of our strengths as a parish family. Primarily we are here because we find Jesus Christ in our worship, in our fellowship and in our ministry and service to others.