Still wednesday

Join us for a time of candlelight meditation and still reflection.

Still Wednesday will meet via ZOOM each week at our normal time 7:00-8:00 p.m. to provide a time of calm, reflective worship, and quiet prayer. Email and our organizers will send you an email invitation with the link to join the Zoom session.

All in-person church gatherings and activities are suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Check back here for information about resuming this weekly gathering in person in the Sanctuary & Octagon at a later date.

Normal operations:


St. Paul's UMC

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Feeling called to quiet, stillness, and community in a world that is all too loud? Still Wednesday offers prayer and silence in a variety of formats: walking meditation, lectio divina, poetry, journaling, art or music, all dependent on who is facilitating. Most evenings will include about 20 minutes of silent prayer. No need to RSVP, simply come as you are able. Each session will have a different focus or form of moving closer to the divine. Still Wednesday is held September through June, usually in either the Sanctuary or Octagon Room.

Previous Events


January 12, 2019

Guided meditations, individual reflections, and shared ritual invite us to remember and release 2019 and set our intentions for the coming year, led by Terri Lynn Simpsons, retreat director for the National Cathedral.


November 6, 2019

Renowned drummer Katy Gaughan led a form of contemplative prayer that invites us to listen and play the drums, experiencing the One pulse that gives rise to all the rhythms of life. 


March 23, 2019

The Still Wednesday team offered an full afternoon workshop with centering prayer, a labyrinth, art-making, lectio divina, reflection, and fellowship for all those interested in seeing what a deeper, calmer prayer experience could feel like.


Jan 5 - Feb 9, 2019

A 6-week series of informal gatherings for contemplative prayer and reflective art journaling in the Chatfield home on Saturday mornings.


January 9, 2019

By simply following the path laid out on the floor, we are led to the center and back out again. By walking one step at a time along the calming pattern, we give the body and mind space for meditation or prayer. It’s a way of praying with the body that invites God into an active conversation with the heart and soul.


October 19-21, 2018

Dayspring Silent Retreat Center, Germantown MD

Still Weekend at the Dayspring Silent Retreat Center in Germantown MD allowed those in attendance to explore 200+ acres of forest and meadow, walk the labyrinth, use materials for creative expression, share meals peacefully, or simply be still without a cloud of daily noise. 

Come, come whoever you are,

wanderer worshiper, lover of leaving--it doesn't matter.

Ours is no caravan for despair.

Come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.

Come, once again come.

                                                                                                                                           - Jalal al-Din Rumi, 13th Century Poet and Sufi Mystic

Wherever you are in the journey, candlelight meditation and exhalation await.