Congregational Life

Building, supporting and enabling community is central to our faith life. At St. Paul's we've emphasized "turning the church inside out" for the sake of the community as a way to enhance our community life and the broader community.

 
 

Click here to view our weekly newsletter, Life and Work of the St. Paul's Community.

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hospitality

A dedicated Hospitality Team volunteers to staff our kitchen for meal and reception preparation, service and cleanup. This provides community at the table for all to enjoy.

Hospitality includes meals and funeral receptions.  

 

stewardship

The Stewardship team continues to strive to inspire our faith community to pro-actively and generously give of our time, talents and treasure as part of our commitment to St. Paul's. A Volunteer of the Month  program highlights the contributions of time and talent of individuals and groups. A series of in-home coffee parties in the fall give us the opportunity to meet and get to know each other and celebrate all that we love about St. Paul's.

 

pastoral care

The Pastoral Care team connects with parishioners on a regular basis about church events. They visit and conduct services at seniors' residences, monitor the Prayer Chain, talk on the phone and personally visit shut-ins, and visit patients in the hospital. Each year in December they lead a Candlelight Service of Love and Remembrance for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

 

special productions

At least once a year, St. Paul's puts on a special production such as a musical play or drama. For the 150th birthday of Orillia (coming up in 2017), Jim Lewis has written/composed Orillia is Born, which is now in rehearsal for presentation in January 2017. This fictional story imagines how the Town of Orillia might have been formed in 1867 with the help of Canada's founding Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald. This production is a cooperative venture with the Mariposa Arts Theatre group, and also involves our Hospitality Team providing dinners before three of the performances. Click here to see the poster for this show.

 

property

The Property team looks after the nuts and bolts of our large building. From the roof to the basement, from stem to stern, they keep us warm and dry, clean and safe. Are you handy with tools or a mop? 

 

cleaning bees

Once a month a group of about ten dedicated volunteers gather to give St. Paul's some extra polish, supporting the ongoing work of our custodian Stan Lippert. They "sweep" into action at 9:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month, and always welcome new recruits!