The atmosphere at St. Paul's is so welcoming. I've never walked into a happier, more inviting place.“
St. Paul's regards stewardship as contributing to the work of the Kingdom out of a sense of thanksgiving and caring for the resources with which we have been entrusted. Fellowship ministries offer parishioners a variety of opportunities to offer their time, talent, and money. We try always to recognize that: "All things come of thee O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee." To volunteer for one of these fellowship ministries, please contact the leader listed in the information below.
The St. Paul's Beefeaters is a group of individuals who share membership in St. Paul's and the need to occasionally lift, haul, demolish, build, or repair objects with the express purpose of improving the surroundings of their beloved church. The group also enjoys roasting meat and imbibing an occasional spirit; bartending church events; and endlessly quoting classic movie lines. If you are interested in joining this majestic group of fellows (and ladies), please contact Anthony Marasco or Pierce Prior. You can also follow us on Facebook at The St. Paul's Beefeaters. The St. Paul’s Beefeaters - Shine as a light, and replace the bulb as needed.
Collection counters gather every Monday morning to count and deposit the Sunday collection. Substitutes are sometimes needed. If you are interested in helping, please contact Betty Livingston at (703) 379-4112 or Ann Kavaljian at (703) 549-4980.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King (DOK), established in 1885, is a lay Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. Every Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service, and personal evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of the parish. For more information, please contact Carolyn Backus.
Dinner groups are small groups of adults who sign up to meet with fellow parishioners for a social evening and dinner on a monthly basis from September to June. The groups are a fun and relaxed way to get to know other members of St. Paul's. We encourage new members to join as a way of becoming involved in the life of the parish. If you are interested in joining a group, please contact Francine Gemmill at (703) 548-3584.
First Friday offers families a way to gather for a casual potluck supper and fellowship on the first Friday of each month. All meet in Norton Hall at 6:00 p.m. First Friday has no formal program and is a great way to wind down after a long week, meet new friends, and reconnect with others. Babysitting is provided by weeSIT, a professional nursery and childcare service. If you do require babysitting services, please email the names and ages of your children so the weeSIT folks are prepared. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
Lay Eucharist Ministers (LEM) assist the clergy by taking Holy Communion to those in our parish who are homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise unable to attend Sunday services. LEMs help maintain the connection between the congregation and the person being visited. Time commitments vary, but usually LEMs will make one visit a month. Special training and licensing by the Diocese of Virginia are provided for those who are part of this ministry team. For more information or to join this ministry, please contact the Rev. Sam Mason at (703) 314-1665.
St. Paul's meals ministry provides meals to St. Paul's parishioners who are experiencing a time of illness, bereavement, or other emergency. By providing meals to parishioners at home, we hope to ease one of life's daily burdens and provide a chance for individuals and families to focus on healing, both physically and spiritually. The time commitment for the meals ministry involves making or purchasing a meal or light fare and delivering the meal at a mutually agreeable time. For more information or to join this ministry, please contact Talley Fulghum at (703) 768-8232.
Memorial flowers are a nice way to remember family and friends and to give thanks for various blessings in life. The flowers decorate the nave and chapel on Sundays. If you would like to give memorial flowers, please contact Jane Cole at (703) 780-0204.
New Baby Ministry
St. Paul's New Baby Ministry assists St. Paul's families who have a new baby in their lives by providing respite care and meals and offering other assistance as needed. Ministry volunteers also welcome each new child and give a gift of a hand-crafted "cradle-cross" in the name of the congregation. For more information or to join this ministry, please contact Leslie Golden.
Volunteers are needed in the parish office Monday through Friday (especially from 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.) Volunteer duties include answering the phone and helping with various mailings and special projects as needed. If you have time one or more days a week or would like to be on the list of parishioners able to help out when needed, please contact Donna Lefeve at (703) 549-3312 x14.
St. Paul's parish picnic is held early in the summer one Sunday following the 10:00 a.m. service. Wear your picnic clothes to church and then join us at the grove on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary for food and fun. You don't have to bring a thing except a picnic blanket or chairs. Food and drinks are provided for a small fee. There are outdoor games, a visit from a fire engine, water activities, and plenty of shade trees. For more information, please contact Donna Lefeve at (703) 549-3312 x14.
Shrine Mont Parish Weekend
Every September, St. Paul's parishioners head to the Diocesan retreat center in the mountains of western Virginia for a weekend of fun. The weekend includes programs for adults and youth. Parishioners are welcome to participate in as much or as little as they like. For more information, contact Tara Foscato at (703) 684-0543 or Lynn O'Connell.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Every year, on the night before Ash Wednesday, parishioners gather in Norton Hall for a pancake supper. Live music and entertainment are included. Come discover why this pre-Lent pancake supper is a parish favorite for church members of all ages. Children of all ages are also welcome. For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Talley Fulghum at (703) 768-8232.
The Welcome Committee focuses on visitors and new members. We enjoy hosting a coffee for parishioners and newcomers each Sunday. All are welcome to join us for this informal coffee between the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services in the Johnston Room. It is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and get questions answered, meet people, and pick up a welcome packet. The committee also works with the clergy and staff to contact those who have visited St. Paul's and welcome them to our community. We strive to help these visitors become parishioners. For more information, please contact Nicole Morrell or Mia Bass.