Sunday School and Vacation Bible School
Godly Play is a program for children (Pre-K—3rd) that teaches them the art of using religious language by helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. Godly Play deepens the spiritual and creative side of children. It is Montessori based religious education allowing the children to enter into parables, sacred stories and scared liturgy in order to discover more about God, themselves, and one another. The Godly Play environment is both open and boundaried to be a safe place in which a creative encounter with God can flourish.
Lesson Plans that Work is for 4th-6th grade. Lesson Plans that work are lesson plans that are written by experienced church teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers. They are designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary and published by the Episcopal Church.
Rite-13 is used for our middle school students. For Grades 6-9, it celebrates the individuality of each young teen and their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God’s people. The Rite-13 liturgy (Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the community expression of this and serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood. This is a critical step in preparing youth for confirmation.
Vacation Bible School is offered during the summer school break. Held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a week each summer, it is a dynamic week that is choreographed through a new theme every year.
Coffee Hour is that portion of time immediately after the 10:00am Mass, and it is the perfect place to volunteer. How do you become a coffee hour volunteer and what do you do, you ask? First, it is so easy. All you have to do is sign up, be willing to pour a cup of coffee, and SMILE! (The best part is that someone ELSE prepares the coffee for you. All you have to do is pour!) Volunteers are grouped into twos so you are never alone. You and your partner will decide what finger food you would like to serve. This could be as simple as store bought cookies. But, if you like to bake and tryout new recipes, this would be the BEST place to get positive critiques. If being a Coffee Hour Volunteer sounds like your “cup of tea” … I mean “coffee” you can contact Susan Burch or call 912-224-3056
The Parish Choir
The Parish Choir’s main responsibility is to support the congregation, through music, in its worship of God at mass. The choir does this by leading hymns and Psalms as well as special music like the Introit and anthems. The Parish choir also performs Choral Evensong, concerts, and ordination masses from time to time. We meet for rehearsal on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 and Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30. We invite you to come help us “seek through music to perfect the praises offered by God’s people on earth”!
The Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is made up of special women and men who give of their time and talents, and who serve God by preparing His Altar. The work of the Altar Guild includes care of the altar vessels and linens, dusting, polishing brass and silver, arranging flowers, sewing on buttons, washing and ironing linens as well as setting up for Mass and other liturgical events including weddings and funerals.
Those who share in this service are rewarded in the knowledge that they are serving God by tending the place where He is worshiped.
If you would like to be part of the Altar Guild, please call the parish office at 912-232-0274 or Kay Saussy, 912-233-5586.
The Flower Guild
The flowers placed on the various altars in our church are arranged by members of the Flower Guild. The floral materials are purchased through donations given in memorium or in thanksgiving by parishioners. Teams of two or more are assigned to a weekend once every four to six weeks and are responsible for selecting the flowers and preparing the required arrangements for the week. Experience is not necessary as instruction is available. If you are interested in this ministry contact Bonnie Mandly Kane 404-444-1901.
The Thomas Park Food Pantry
The Thomas Park Food Pantry is an outreach mission of the church serving the immediate neighborhood. Our mission is to provide living witness of the Gospel to the lost and left out in our community by providing nutritional support through the distribution of groceries to the homeless and the needy. We prepare bags of groceries and distribute them on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 7am to 8:30am from the Pantry building located behind the church. In addition to handing out the bags, we need people to pack bags for approximately one hour, two Saturdays a month; procure, deliver, unload and sort food a few hours each month, maintain computerized records/statistics, write grant proposals, and fund raise. You may participate in any or all of these activities. If you are interested, please call Bonnie Mandly Kane at 404-444-1901 or Wendy Delano 912-925-057.
The Men’s Club
A voluntary Fraternal and Service organization of energetic and interesting men. Our membership is open to all men of St. Paul’s Church. Our activities include construction and repair projects on Church grounds and buildings; community outreach through sponsorship of bi-yearly Lunch-on-the Lawn picnics as well as hosting meals in conjunction with Feast Day services which provide a venue for community fellowship and producing funds to support our charitable contributions. Contact Alan Boulton or call 912-925-4609.
Ushers and Welcome
A group of dedicated volunteers who serve during assigned Masses on a quarterly schedule. Duties include: greeting all attendees and assisting them with seating as needed; personally making welcome all visitors and insuring they are provided with Mass Books, Calendar of Services, descriptions of our parochial and social activities and obtaining contact information for follow-up. Additionally we organize the collection and presentation of the Gifts at the Sunday Solemn and Evening Masses and insure the safety of attendees and security of their personal property. Contact Alan Boulton or call 912-925-4609.
The Acolytes at St. Paul’s are a group of dedicated people of all ages from elementary school children to adults. As acolytes we find joy in serving God by assisting the priests and deacons as they celebrate the Mass and perform other rights of the Church. Service at the Altar is a good way to learn the names of the items used during the Mass and helps children learn to participate in and follow the service. Each Sunday at the 10 O’clock service we would like to have at least six acolytes to do the functions which need to be done during the Mass but more are always welcome and we make every effort to never turn away a child who wants to serve. Training is usually done on the job and over time everyone is trained to do all of the tasks. Sometimes for the major celebrations a practice is held the Saturday before. Anyone who is interested in serving as an acolyte should contact Craig Hopkins after mass, or call 912-354-3368.
Episcopal Church Women
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Paul’s, open to all women in the parish, meets the second Saturday of each month at 10:00, September through May. ECW fosters community within the parish and supports parish social functions, including the Annual Dinner, funeral receptions, the Stewardship Dinner, and special events. The Mardi Gras party, organized for the last three years by ECW, supports multiple outreach programs including the Thomas Square Food Pantry and Backpack Buddies. Diverse programs at the monthly meetings encourage spiritual growth. Two luncheons are held each year. Officers for 2013 are Mary Ann Scott, President; Kay Tucker, Vice-President; Edie Schmidt, Secretary; Elizabeth Oliver, Treasurer; and Sue Gahagan, Pastoral Care.
Our Lady of Walsingham Chapter of the Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King (DOK) was founded by Margaret J. Franklin April 4, 1885 at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now Church of Resurrection, in New York City.
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an international religious order for Episcopal Women. We pledge ourselves to a lifelong program of prayer, service and personal evangelism. Our purpose is to bring others into a living, loving relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior and to help strengthen the spiritual life of our parishes and missions.
A Daughter must be a communicant in the Episcopal Church and be willing to participate in the preparation period and vow to accept the Rule of Life.
The DOK is not a social organization and we do not raise funds. We pay yearly dues to the National and make voluntary contributions to the various funds of the Order.
We meet every month on Saturday Morning which includes prayer and study.
President, Deanna Cross; Vice President, Jan Carter; Secretary, Lu Riley; Treasurer, Linda Welch and Chaplain, Deacon Sue Gahagan.