One of the most popular annual events at St. Paul's is the Parish Picnic which takes place at a local park in June (June 26, 2016 at White's Park in Concord). It starts with an outdoor service of Holy Eucharist – which may even include baptisms! – after which the grills are fired up and hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie-burgers are served. Everyone brings salads, chips and desserts to share, and we all relax on our lawn chairs and blankets for a summer time treat of food, fellowship and fun.
St. Paul's first annual Rally Day took place in 2012. Following the 10:00 service, we had all kinds of fun events on the State House Lawn, including tasting many delicious homemade pies (prizes for best pies in many categories were awarded) and learning more from each other about all of our wonderful ministries. Raffles, prizes - who could ask for more! We have continued the tradition, and will celebrate together again this fall.
Blessing of the Animals
At St. Paul's we know that the animals in our lives are important and beloved. Every year, on a Sunday in early October (on or close to October 4, the day we remember St. Francis) there is a service to bless our pets. Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, even fish, are brought to church and every one of them receives a special prayer of blessing. Owners of animals who prefer to stay home bring photographs of their pets and they too are blessed. And of course there are always prayers for animals who have died. Even stuffed animals can be blessed at this service - everyone is welcome – whether you have two feet or four, feathers or fur, skin or scales!
Most years an energetic group of volunteers puts together this extraordinary event that takes up the whole building. There are the usual great bargains in our wonderful Chapter Two thrift shop, a Christmas table, the jewelry stand, book sale, and all sorts of other tantalizing displays. Delicious lunches and other tasty treats are also available.
Look for more information later in 2016 on our plans for this year!
Thanksgiving is an important family holiday – and it is an important church family holiday too. Each November since 2008, we have gathered as a church family to remember all that we are thankful for here in this community of faith.
Here's how it works:
Every third Tuesday members of St. Paul's, along with their families and friends, gather in the Upper Parish Hall to share a meal together. Everyone brings a contribution of food and there is always plenty to go around. There are some excellent cooks at St. Paul's – and those of us who are better at eating than cooking simply bring bread or cookies so everyone is happy!