Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

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generally listed in chronological order.

  • St. PAul's Hours

    Office Hours: Monday-Thursday

    10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Please use the Mitchell Street door.  Appointments are encouraged year-round as staff may make be off-site or busy with pastoral visits, evening meetings, confidential counseling sessions, BWC conference-level events, or work from home hours. Find email and phone contact information on our Meet the Staff page.

    We follow Montgomery County Public Schools for inclement weather delays, early dismissals, or closures. Click here to read more about weather-related schedule changes.

    For the 2023 Holiday Schedule of planned office closures, please click here.

    Worship in-person: Sundays 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM

    Read more on our Worship page.

    Please contact the leader of your group or the church office if you have questions about a particular event or activity. Many groups have returned to in-person meetings, some with covid-related precautions.

  • Meal Train

    Please help welcome Baby Jacob to the Kallen Family as Lauren, Ben, and big brother Miles (2.5) adjust to being a family of four! Our 2x4s Group (for folks in the roughly 20s-to-40s age range) has setup a meal train for the Kallens and hope you all can participate as they acclimate to life with a newborn (again!). Please follow the Meal Train link to sign up to bring them a meal or send a gift card! Meals run through March 3.


  • NEw Directory Updates WAnted!

    Submit photos or info by Feb. 1

    There is still time to submit updates for our next church directory. Please email Erin in the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org). You can submit a photo of your choosing, if you were unable to have a new one taken at the blue curtain by our volunteer photographers. Please also send any address, phone, or email changes. The deadline is February 1. We will be printing a new directory of members and friends next month!

  • Sipping Ministry

    St. Paul's Stephen Ministry team will host a Sipping Ministry (formerly known as “coffee hour”) following our Fifth Sunday / One Community worship service on January 29, 2023. Please join us for coffee, juice, and sweet treats!

    The 2x4s Group (for people in their 20s-to-40s) will be hosting Sipping Ministry after the 10:30 worship service on February 19.

    Any group - or group of friends! - can sponsor the Sipping Ministry and serve drinks and snacks. Contact Erin in the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org if you'd like to select a Sunday and facilitate this time of fellowship.

    To learn more about the Stephen Ministers, click here!

  • Yarn Ministry

    7:00 PM

    Twice a month

    All crafters welcome at these meetings in person at the church, with covid precautions in place, or via Zoom during winter months. Bring your knitting, crochet, or other work. Please contact Karen Codner directly or email the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) for details. 

    Meeting Schedule for 2023:

    Jan 23

    Feb 13 and 27

    March 13 and 27

    April 10 (Easter Monday, on Zoom), 24

    May 8 and 22

    June 12 and 26

    July 10 and 24

    Aug 14 and 28

    Sept 11 and 25

    Oct 9 and 23

    Nov 13 and 27

    Dec 11

    The Yarn Ministry's 2022 Craft Fair was a great success! All proceeds from the Craft Fair are donated to charity. 

  • Flower Chart Available

    The flowers that grace our Sanctuary each Sunday are sponsored by members and friends of St. Paul’s. The flower chart is now back up in the office! You may select open dates and make dedications in memory, honor, or celebration. You may also contact Erin Steele in the office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org to inquire about sponsoring flowers. The cost is $45.  Following 10:30 AM worship, you may take home your flower arrangement.

  • Men's Bible and Brew

    According to Ben Franklin, beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy. About once a month, SPUMC’s men are invited to get together for an engaging and informal Bible study while enjoying some craft beer or other beverage. Stay tuned for our next scripture reading and location! Please contact Travis Stalcup with questions.

  • UMM Driver Service

    The United Methodist Men's group now offers a driver service to take adult St. Paul’s members to medical-related appointments in and around Montgomery County at no charge. A list of volunteer drivers is posted in the church office. Please keep in mind you may have to make more than one call to find a driver who is available for the specific day and time you need a ride. Contact Rich Higgins at rgh1954@verizon.net if you have UMM questions.

  • Lay Readers for 9:00 AM

    We are welcoming new Lay Readers (to read the scripture) who would like to assist in the first worship service, 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. There are dates available throughout the year! To sign up, simply click the button below and add your name and email address to the spreadsheet next to your chosen date. 

    9:00 Lay Readers

    If you have questions, please contact the church office or Dr. Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org).

  • Daily Breath


    9:00 AM

    These live online sessions happen once a week and provide a morning time of sharing, prayer, or music led by St. Paul’s clergy, staff, or volunteer leaders. It's usually between 10 and 20 minutes designed to help keep us calm and connected in a social online space.

    Visit facebook.com/stpaulskensington - no Facebook account required.

  • Tuesdays Together with Friends

    Third Tuesday of each month

    11:00 AM

    The group formerly known as the Martha Circle has a new name, date, meeting time, and mission. All women and men are welcome to join us for Tuesday Together with Friends. We will meet once a month, on the third Tuesday of each month, at 11:00 AM at the church. We will continue to study interesting topics. Those who wish to stay may enjoy Taste & Sing and lunch afterward. For more information about Tuesday Together, contact Ginny Hagberg at 301-770-7624.

  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    The Lydia Circle sisters will begin meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 2:30 PM for Spring 2023. 

    Any woman who would like to join us can email Susan Schwarz (contact the office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org if you need Susan's personal email address) or call 301-339-8242 for details. 

    Plans could change month to month, so be sure to get on the Lydia Circle list for updates.

  • New Member information

    If you are not yet a full member of St. Paul’s but are interested in what it would mean to become one, we would be delighted to answer your questions. Visit the Pastor's Page for information about organized conversation sessions with the pastors, or contact Pastor Pat for a one-on-one chat if you prefer.

  • Card Ministry

    The Card Ministry will assess whether in-person card distribution can continue during the renovation or if we need to take a temporary pause.

    On typical Sundays, anyone can stop by the Welcome Desk to pick up a pre-addressed, pre-stamped card! You can write a personal note or simply sign the card and drop it in the mail. We know the card recipients are truly thankful for the notes that come their way.

    Want to send your own card later, or to spend some time in prayer for our members and friends? When someone experiences illness, grief, or a joyous life change and wants to share that news, we include them on the Congregational Care list. You can find a fresh copy of the full Congregational Care list at the Welcome Desk each week. 

  • Sunday School

    Christian Education programming for children in Grade 5 and younger is an important part of the life of St. Paul's. We are adapting to serve the needs and interests of our parents and teachers for 2022, to offer service-based projects during the summer, and to keep everyone as safe as possible while we navigate covid. Please see our Children's Page for current information. If you have additional questions, please contact Meg Baker, mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 104. 

  • Church Directory

    Have you moved lately? Please send fresh addresses, new photos, updated telephone numbers or email addresses, or other updates to Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.

    The next edition of the directory of members and friends will be printed for Winter 2023.

    If you know someone who would like a copy but cannot come to the church in person, please email the office to request a copy be sent by mail. 

  • Giving your time and Talents

    We can’t get “back to normal” without our volunteers! Many of our groups are welcoming new and returning volunteers. These are all great ways to reconnect with St. Paul's and give of your time and talents. Schedules are flexible. Here's a short list sharing some of the types of tasks involved:

    • Welcome Ministry: Greet those arriving at the main door of the church on Sunday morning, remind them to sign in, and direct guests to the Sanctuary.
    • Sunday Office Volunteers: Sit in the main church office during 10:30 worship and direct worshipers to the Sanctuary or restrooms, and leave notes for the weekday staff. There is an audio feed of the Sunday 10:30 service.
    • Hunger Ministry: Inventory food supplies, pack bags, assist with distribution, drive and drop off groceries in the 20895 ZIP code. SSL hours are available!

    Other opportunities are available! Contact Erin Steele in the office for more info: stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.

  • The Upper Room Mailing List

    If you would like to regularly receive copies of The Upper Room devotionals booklets through the mail, we can add you to the mailing list. Contact Erin Steele in the church office. Then, as  our shipment of books arrives every two  months, we'll send the latest issue to you. 

    Please email Erin at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org with your name, current mailing address, and whether you prefer the pocket-size booklet or large print.

  • Scammers

    Multiple churches throughout the UMC and the Baltimore-Washington region have had reports of scammers, posing as churches or church leaders, attempting to scam members of the church community by requesting money or gift cards. 

    Often, scammers will create fake email accounts, copying the name of a pastor or using the name of the church (which is public information). Some scammers will send text messages, social media posts, or phone calls. 

    Please know that all our online and e-giving options can all be found through our website: stpaulsk.org/giving, and we will not ask you to use another donation method or send donations to an individual. 

    Donations by check or grocery store cards for the Hunger Ministry should only be mailed to the church's physical address (10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington MD 20895). 

    If you receive a suspicious request for money or gifts, please disregard it or, if you have questions, contact Erin Steele at the church office to double check (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org).

  • Still WEdnesday Still Meeting

    Still Wednesday is gathering in-person at St. Paul's through the winter and will continue to meet using ZOOM. Click here for more information. We take breaks during the summer but have weekly meeting the rest of the year

    Still Wednesday meets on Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm to create a sacred space full of quiet, peace, and opportunities for reflection. For more information, visit the Still Wednesday page.

  • Weekly News & other announcements

    Want to stay on top of events at St. Paul's? Please visit our Epistle & Weekly News page to sign up for the email newsletter. The form couldn't be simpler - you'll provide your name, email address, check a box, and click a button. That's all! If you have trouble, contact the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org. You can also check out our guidelines for submitting material if you have an event or activity to share. Our policies about sharing photos and contact information is also available here.

  • PrayerWaves

    You can join a time of prayer by phone on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we lift the prayers of the people over the airwaves. Visit our Prayer Requests page to learn how.

  • Changes to Food collection and distribution

    Our Hunger Ministry served recipients who live in the 20895 ZIP code.

    To help re-stock the pantry, pick up a shopping list from the Narthex or visit https://stpaulsk.org/service/hunger-ministry. Monetary donations to support the Hunger Ministry are always welcome and may be mailed to the church office or can be made securely online.

    Please read more at our Hunger Ministry page!

    The Hunger Ministry's monthly Communion Collect takes place the first Sunday of the month when our generous donors provide nonperishable food and sort and pack supplies. Families facing food insecurity are welcomed to the Fellowship Hall on the second Monday of the month to receive grocery items and a meal to-go provided by our partners at Campus Kitchens. 

    We look forward to continuing distribution with some extra covid-precautions in place.

  • History & Heritage

    If our Heritage Sunday celebration in April sparked your interest, you can purchase a copy of The Spirit of Methodism in Kensington, 1885-2007 for $10.00. Contact the church office or Jack Lipscomb of the St. Paul's History Committee. The St. Paul's history book is an award-winning trove of information about our church from its founding to recent years, and is full of historical photos and interesting stories recounting everything from musical performances at the White House to cream pies being thrown at a former pastor.

Weather  POLicy

St. Paul's building and all St. Paul's activities (except for Worship) follow the Montgomery County Public Schools announcements for weather-related delays, closures, and cancellations. 

When Montgomery County Public Schools are on a "2-hour delay" day, the church office opens at 11:30 a.m. and any activities meant to begin before 11:30 a.m. will be canceled or rescheduled. When Montgomery County Public Schools are closed or weekend activities are canceled due to weather events, St. Paul's is also closed and activities will be canceled or rescheduled. 

The exception to this is Sunday worship: if Montgomery County Schools closes or cancels events on a Sunday, the pastors will assess whether it is safe to travel and make a decision about worship services by 7:00 a.m.

We update this web page with information regularly but you may also refer to http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/ or contact the leader of a specific activity for more information. 

Your safety is the first priority – please use your own best judgment before venturing out in any inclement weather conditions.