Upcoming Activities & CHURCH NEWS

We are all about building community, enjoying fellowship, and reaching beyond our walls to serve God's wider world.

Please SCROLL DOWN to read about church events and activities, 

generally listed in chronological order.

  • St. PAul's Hours

    Drop-in Office Hours Sept-May: 

    Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Note - we are closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of the holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Please use the Mitchell Street door.  Appointments are encouraged year-round so you can meet the person you most want to see. Staff may be off-site or busy with pastoral care visits, meetings, confidential counseling, BWC conference events, or even work from home hours. Find email and phone contact information on our Meet the Staff page: https://stpaulsk.org/community/meet-the-staff

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

    Worship most Sundays (Sept.-May) at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM

    Read more on our Worship 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.

  • Meal Train for the Bui-Dodson Family

    We celebrate the birth of new baby Beckett, son of Thinh Bui & Leah Dodson, born March 19. You can share the love of St. Paul's by providing a meal for the family during these joyous but sleepless early days. Please find Meal Train instructions and sign up at https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/e219w1

  • UMM Supper & Meeting

    March 20, 2024

    6:15-8:30 PM

    Fellowship Hall. 

    For the first time since covid, the United Methodist Men are having a General Meeting & Supper ($7). The supper is $7 and will featuring chili, salad, beverages, and desserts. Following the meal we will have a short business meeting to discuss ways to re-boot UMM programs. 

    Following the meeting, Jim Heins will share a presentation Winter and Dogsledding in Alaska. The presentation is open to all; women and other friends are invited to join the group starting at 7:15 PM for the presentation.

  • SAM Church Leadership Meetings

    Church leaders serving in the SAM - Simplified Accountability Model - including the Ministry Table and the Strategy, Accountability, and Leadership Table, hold open meetings. All may attend. 

    Contact chairperson Rachel Stalcup for the meeting schedule and the Zoom link, or if you have questions. If you need Rachel's contact information, please check in the Weekly News message, or email the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org

  • Yarn Ministry

    All crafters welcome! Bring your knitting, crochet, or other project to St. Paul's and craft alongside friends in fellowship. The Yarn Ministry group meets once or twice a month during the programming year, usually in-person in the Library at St. Paul's. If the weather is poor, Yarn Ministry may switch to Zoom. To receive Yarn Ministry updates, please contact Karen Codner directly or email the church office (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) for Karen's contact information.

    Meeting Schedule for 2024:

    7:00-8:00 PM on Mondays:

    Jan 22

    Feb 12 and 26

    March 11 and 25

    April 8 and 22

    May 13

    We break over summer! No meetings scheduled for June, July or August

    Sept 9 and 23

    Oct 14 and 28

    Nov 11 and 25

    Dec 9

    Many thanks to everyone who donated craft items and who "shopped" the annual Craft Fair! All proceeds collected by St. Paul's Yarn Ministry will be donated to charities. Look for a report in the upcoming February edition of The Epistle.

  • Oxon Hill Elementary Library

    Help support students at Oxon Hill Elementary School! The school's library is struggling to purchase new books and many of the shelves are bare. The librarians are seeking some specific titles to help fill the shelves with books. You can help by purchasing some books from the library's Amazon wish list: 


    Purchasing from the wish list is easy; just log into Amazon as usual and click on the link above. From there, place items in your cart and checkout. Make sure to choose "Jannie Cobb's Gift Registry Address" otherwise Amazon will ship the books to your home. 

  • Receiving New Members

    If you would like to discuss joining St. Paul's and the UMC and have not already contacted the pastors, please contact Pastor Pat directly (pallen@stpaulsk.org) to begin a conversation about membership.

  • 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).

  • Special Announcement!

    Journey to Israel

    St. Paul's will offer a special interfaith Journey to Israel trip in collaboration with Temple Emanuel, coming in 2025. We earnestly pray for peace in the region, and are hopeful that our trip may occur as scheduled. Click here to go to our Journey to Israel webpage for dates, tentative trip itinerary, cost, and other details.

  • Daily Breath


    9:00 AM


    These 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.

  • Lydia Circle Meetings

    The Lydia Circle sisters will begin meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 2:30 PM. In December, Lydia Circle Sisters will enjoy a Christmas luncheon at the home of one of our members.

    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.

  • Sunday School

    Please see our Children's Page for current information about Sunday School and other children's programming! If you have additional questions, please contact Meg Baker, mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext 104. 

  • Still WEdnesday Still Meeting

    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.

  • 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.

  • Feeding hungry neighbors

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

    To help stock the pantry, visit https://stpaulsk.org/service/hunger-ministry for the list of needed items. Monetary donations to support the Hunger Ministry are always welcome and may be mailed to the church office, placed in the offering plate, or can be made securely online. If donating by check, please make it payable to St. Paul's with "Hunger Ministry" in the memo line.

    Please read more at our Hunger Ministry page!

    St. Paul's generous donors provide nonperishable food, sort and pack supplies, and provide drop-off for households with special circumstances. 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. 

Ongoing activities and news

These activities and events may not meet regularly, but they are available to enhance the lives of St. Paul's friends and the communities where we live and serve.

  • Sipping Ministry (AKA "Coffee Hour")

    St. Paul's Sipping Ministry (formerly known as “coffee hour”) is offered whenever groups from the church feel able to sponsor and host a fellowship time after worship! Any group - or family or group of friends! - can sponsor and host the Sipping Ministry and serve drinks and snacks of their choice after worship in the Octagon or Narthex. 

    You might serve the ever-popular coffee and cookies... or it might be lemonade and cheese crackers, tea and crumpets, cider and donuts, cocoa and candy canes... you decide! 

    Hosts: Please click here to download the Sipping Ministry Instructions, or pick up a paper copy in the office when you sign up to adopt a Sunday. 

    To reserve your Sunday, add your name or group to the chart on the office bulletin board, or email stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org before 12:00 on Wednesday and Erin can write your name on the chart for you.

  • Flower Sponsors

    The flowers that grace our Sanctuary each Sunday are sponsored by members and friends of St. Paul’s. The flower chart for 2024 is now available in the main office on the bulletin board. 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.

  • Directory

    Copies of the updated Winter 2024 church directory are available for pick-up. Visit the Epistle stand by the Narthex exterior doors or the wall rack by the main office door. Please take one. 

    If you know someone who would appreciate a copy but may be unable to pick up in-person, please email Erin Steele in the office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org to request a copy by mail.

    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.

  • scam alert!

    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).

  • 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. You can also request a copy of the list from the office by emailing Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org. 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.

  • Card MinIstry & Congregational Care List

    When someone experiences illness, grief, or a joyous life change and wants to share that news, we include them on the Congregational Care list. 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? The congregational care list if good for that, too. You can find a fresh copy of the full Congregational Care list at the Welcome Desk each week. 

    Please note, the congregational care list is a list of members, but is not necessarily all-inclusive or a full list of all of our members' individual circumstances or needs. We only add names to the list when we are given permission by the person or immediate family. In some situations, the Prayer List may be a more appropriate place to share requests for prayer in a time of need. To add yourself or a loved one to one of these lists, please contact Meg Baker, Minister of Spiritual Care and Formation, at mbaker@stpaulsk.org. 

  • Our History Book

    If our Heritage Sunday celebration each April sparks your interest, you can purchase a copy of The Spirit of Methodism in Kensington, 1885-2007 for $5.00. Contact the church office. 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.