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St. Paul's offers a wide variety of ministries fostering spiritual connection and growth.

  For more details, please use the contact information at the bottom of the page and visit our events page for upcoming activities. 

  • 2x4 (20s-40s) Ministry

    St. Paul's friends in the 20s-to-40s age range gather for monthly meals, service, and fellowship. Second Sunday Lunch meets on site at the church, in homes, and at local restaurants. Third Thursday Book Club convenes to discuss faith through the lens of fiction and nonfiction. All are welcome! Contact Rev. Claire Matheny for more information. (

  • Adult formation

    The Adult Sunday School Class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Newcomers are welcome any time.

    The Adult Education Committee sponsors short-term and long-term evening study sessions for adults, one in the fall and one in the spring; three or four classes are offered each session on a range of thought-provoking topics. Fall Study classes for 2017 begin September 11.


    Lectionary Bible Study meets every Tuesday (September-June) to discuss the Scripture focus for the coming Sunday's worship. Drop in for a class any time. The hour-long study begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Church Library. 

  • food with friends

    The Food With Friends monthly dinner series is a fellowship opportunity to visit participants’ homes, meet new people, and dine with friends in an informal setting. New sign-ups are welcome any time and the large-group dinners are open to all. Large group dinners are held in September (to kickoff the new season), in December for Advent Celebration, and in May (when data is gathered for the fall rotation).  For all other months, groups gather for dinner at the home of a group participant host. The host provides the main course while all who attend provide other parts of the meal (appetizers, salad, side dishes, beverage, breads, dessert, etc.) – all coordinated by the host. Typical group sizes vary from 6 to 12 based on the host’s capacity and desire. For more information, contact Jim Hitchcock (


  • older adult ministry

    By long tradition, the community-wide Friendship Club meets in St. Paul's Heavener Hall. They kickoff their meetings at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (October-May). This is an ecumenical community of seniors representing over a dozen local congregations. Bring your favorite dish for a potluck meal, and stay to enjoy entertainment from local singers, musicians, and actors. Special outings are often arranged for June; in the past this has included a popular day trip to the Chesapeake Bay.

  • United methodist men

    The United Methodist Men (UMM) of St. Paul's serve the church and community through a wide range of activities. Among the many organizations they support are Boy Scout Troop #439 and Venture Crew. UMM fund-raising efforts benefit a host of local, national, and international ministries. Information about their current projects can be found each month in the Epistle newsletter.

    The UMM conducts regular meetings and relies upon volunteers to staff their popular events: Pancake Breakfasts (September-June), the Fall Apple Sale, Christmas Tree Sale, and Bi-annual Yard Sales. Click here for the minutes and highlights from the most recent meeting and contact the church office if you wish to receive minutes from past meetings.

    Remember, "We include all male members and friends of St. Paul's as members of The United Methodist Men. There are no dues or fees to join - so come and be with us!"

    Click here for more information on the UMM's denomination-wide history and activities. 


  • united methodist women

    St. Paul's has three active women's circles that gather regularly for faith-filled fellowship: 

    Martha Circle gathers the first Wednesday morning of the month (September-May) in the church's Octagon room.

    Lydia Circle meets the first Wednesday evening of the month (September-May), in the church's Octagon room.

    Jochebed Circle meets with a different time and location each month, sometimes in the homes of members.

  • yarn ministry

    Drop-in the Church Library on the second and fourth Mondays of the month to join fellow busy fingers and prayerful hearts at work knitting and crocheting. The Yarn Ministry supplies St. Paul's with baptismal blankets and homebound shawls. Participants are invited to contribute these items to the care ministry of the church and bring along their own projects. Beginners welcome.

  • Tuesdays Together

    Tuesdays Together, held on the third Tuesday of the month (September-June), is open to friends of all ages, especially older adults. The group begins in the Sanctuary at noon for brief worship with Communion before transitioning to the Octagon room for lively fellowship and lunch. 

for more information on any of the above ministries:

Please contact the church office via the below phone or email.