As members of St Paul, we reach out in many ways to the community. Here are a few examples of how our members serve God, enjoy fellowship, learning and personal growth, and service in their lives. Below are brief descriptions of the many ministries provided by the faithful members, friends, and staff of the church. If you have any questions, or feel led to join in or if we can be of further assistance to you, please contact us at the office 860-540-0839.
We have recently become a part of New Start Ministries, a refugee resettlement ministry, in partnership with several local churches. Our area is the gathering of household goods and furniture, and we ask for prayers for the family that God has already chosen us to help, and for this community as we strive to live into our Matthew 25 mission.
Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…
September 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM | Madison, Hammonasset Youth Weekend 2015
A recent food drive by our confirmation kids, a big success.
Santa’s elves were hard at work once again at St Paul. Over 15 families had a little brighter Christmas 2014 as we filled many bags with clothing, and toys that were given to the community.
Through the continued efforts of Sharon Gray and many others at St Paul, we provided Thanksgiving boxes to the community. Pictured are part of our youth group decorating the boxes making the most out of the gift, hopefully brightening the day for someone less fortunate.
“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” — Barbara Bush
The St Paul congregation raised over $2,000 for a clean water drinkinng well. Learn more about it here – Wells for Burkina Faso with Hannah Foust http://youtu.be/bWIeO85OARE
“Giving is more than a responsibility—it is a privilege; more than an act of obedience—it is evidence of our faith.” — William Arthur Ward (1921-94), American educator
Sunday September 15, 2013 and September 13, 2015 we teamed up to package over 2000 meals that were sent to the Salvation Army, to Christian fellowship storehouse and Plymouth Food Pantry to support our local community. We set up a food packaging system for feeding those in need and were able in just over an hours time, to package the 2,000 meals, all while having a good time in the process. The hairnets of course were the major pull, but helping to feed hungry families was amazing too!
Plymouth Community Food Bank
We not only collect and send food weekly, our members shop on Wednesdays at the food distribution center in Waterbury. We stock shelves and provide staff on distribution days taking our turn with other congregations. The needs at the pantry are constant as it now supports about 300 people in need. We hope you will consider joining us in supporting neediest members of our community.
Pastor Lisa will be at McDonalds on Mondays from 10 to 12 – if you would like a less churchy place to meet up and chat – please stop by and visit! (NOTE: Pastor is on vacation 28 June to 13 July 2016)
It may be a stretch to call it outreach, but we will be at the fair this year selling fresh fruit and helping to spread the word of what God is doing in our community! Come see us there!
In April 2013, we helped sponsor a teen member for a week doing mission work in southern Honduras. He spent his time working with local contractors to build the walls and roof on a church, donating time and tools to the project. The group also sponsored a medical backpack, supplying a local nurse with needed supplies as she cares for many babies that need her assistance. It was a learning experience for this young man as he encountered the strength of the locals and seeing how they struggled with low incomes and yet cherished the Word of the Lord.
Out of the Darkness
In fall of 2012 & 2013, in Bristol’s Rockwell Park – our members participated in and raised money for a walk supporting suicide prevention. In its first year, the turnout was amazing with close to five hundred walkers from the community donating their time to this important cause,and bringing light to the issue of suicide. Suicide is far too common, yet remains one of those topics that just does not get enough public attention. The walk raised over $40,000 in 2012 and $25,000 in 2013. Funds will be used in various programs for prevention and awareness needed to help stop this needless tragedy.
Concerts on the Green
Each year we help sponsor a band for the free Terryville Green concerts held most Wednesdays during the summer. We also staff our Kielbasa and Sauerkraut sandwich table, selling food and soft drinks for attendees at the concerts.
High School Graduation
We annually donate to the Terryville High School Graduation, a drug free graduation night thereby helping to provide a safe and fun night for our graduates as they transition to the next chapter in their young lives.
Local Community Support
“Earn as much as you can. Save as much as you can. Invest as much as you can. Give as much as you can.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist
We have been a Mission “Santa” for families in need,we provide a helping hand adding a little help for those needing a little lift for Christmas. We also do Easter baskets each year. The past 8 years, at the start of the school year, we have joined with others to supply “Backpacks for Children” helping to provide school supplies inside a backpack.