Churches are very important parts of communities. Years ago, everyone in any community was affiliated with a church. Indeed, it was the centre of their life.
Today’s churches are also centres of activity in any community and you don’t have to look hard around the loop to see this. The signs are everywhere…monthly church suppers, garden parties, dinner theatres, plant sales, flea markets, community gardens…. The list goes on. Notice the ad in this paper for St. Paul’s Fall Fair on September 22. Attending any of these events is a good way to feel part of the community because you are sure to see some of your neighbours there and to meet some you don’t yet know.
While all of this is true, it is not the main reason churches exist. Their purpose is to be places of worship. We at St. Paul’s United Church in Spryfield, work to fit a variety of worship styles. Our mission statement is the result of a serious look at where we are as a church and the direction we wish to take for the future. St. Paul’s United Church is a welcoming, caring Christian community of faith and love. As a congregation we strive to live God-inspired lives through worship, spiritual growth, stewardship, and outreach. Take a look at our fall programs to see what might fit your worship life.
At 10:00 on Sunday morning, the Prayer Circle meets in the minister’s study. This is an opportunity for collective and individual prayer and people are invited to come as often as they wish but there is no commitment to attend regularly.
We are very excited to have a new team of Sunday School teachers this year. Sunday School students attend the beginning of the regular Sunday worship at 11:00 am and then leave for their lessons.
Monday evening is Choir Practice at 7:30 in the church. This is led by our organist June Bates.
Every second Tuesday, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the United Church Women meet in the Ladies Parlour. New members are always welcome.
On Wednesdays, the Bible Study group meets in the Ladies Parlour at 2:00 pm. This is led by the Minister, Reverend Jeanne Manning-Stright and is a great discussion group rather than a lecture format.
Wednesday evenings see the Bell Choir practicing in the church. June Bates, the choir director, assures us that you don’t have to read music to be part of this group.
On Thursday evenings, the intergenerational Worship Band meets. This group frequently provides more contemporary music at Sunday worship.
St. Paul’s also has an outreach ministry called the Family Resources Institute, usually referred to as FRI. The community garden, food bank, collective kitchens, book buddies, and volunteer income tax services are all part of FRI.
We invite anyone interested in any or all of these activities to join in. Feel free to call the church at 477-3937 or FRI at 479-1015.