One of the most popular annual events at St. Paul's is the Parish Picnic which takes place in Rollins Park in June. 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 summertime treat of food, fellowship and fun.
St. Paul's first annual Rally Day took place on September 9, 2012. Following the 10:00 service, we had all kinds of fun events on the State House Lawn, including tasty home-made pies, balloons, games, entertainment, and much more, including a visit from our new Bishop!
Come join in the celebrations on September 8, 2013, as we launch another great year of programs and ministry.
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. In 2013 the service will be on October 6. 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 at which everyone is welcome – whether you have two feet or four, feathers or fur, skin or scales!
Every year an energetic group of volunteers puts together this extraordinary event that takes up the whole building. The 2012 Fair took place on October 20, with the usual great bargains in our wonderful Chapter Two thrift shop, at the Christmas table, the jewelry stand, the book sale, and all sorts of other tantalizing displays. Delicious lunches and other tasty treats were also available.
Look out for the 2013 Fall Fair on November 9!
Children’s Christmas Sale
St. Paul's first "Children's Christmas Sale” was held in December 2012 and will be incorporated into our Fall Fair on November 9. Here's how it works:
1. Children (ages 3-12) make out their gift list and gift tags.
2. Parents stay out of sight while their children shop. A “Santa Helper” will escort young children (with gift list and money) to help them buy presents, while older children can shop without escorts.
3. Children then go to the “Wrapping Station” where their gifts are wrapped, the tags are attached, and everything is placed in a shopping bag to take home.
4. Children return to their parents with their shopping treasures.
Thanksgiving is an important family holiday – and it is an important church family holiday too. In 2008 St. Paul's held its first Thanksgiving lunch and it has already become a much-loved tradition! On November 24, 2013, we will gather again to share turkey and pumpkin pie, to enjoy one another's company, and celebrate our pledge ingathering.
Parish PotluckHere'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!