Getting Involved

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Newcomers often ask how they can get involved in the life of the parish. Here are some concrete suggestions:

  1. Attend Sunday worship and Coffee Hour or social time after worship with enough regularity to settle and get to know a group of people. For us, the Mass has within it the entirety of the Christian life and in order to feel connected to others, it’s also important to have a chance to connect to other people in a low-key social setting.
  2. Engage in other forms of prayer by attending Evening Prayer one day a week in the Chapel at 5:30 PM or praying one of the daily forms of prayer at home such as Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, or Compline (all found in the Book of Common Prayer). This again connects you to a broader prayer community and grounds you in God.
  3. Come to a Newcomers’ Gathering or attend St. Paul’s 101 as a way to make social connections or get a chance to ask any question you want about our liturgy or our way of life.
  4. Sign up for and attend one of our many classes. You’ll learn more about our form of Christian faith and you’ll meet new people.
  5. Get involved in doing something with others in the parish. This could be volunteering in our once-a-month Fatted Calf Café program or could be serving as a reader, greeter, or server in the liturgy or a teacher in our Godly Play program. You can also offer to volunteer in our very leanly-staffed office. Doing things with others creates bonds that help newcomers feel a part of things quickly.
  6. Make a financial pledge to the parish. While you may reason that you should feel strongly affiliated before making a financial pledge, the opposite is the case, that is, that making a financial commitment creates and strengthens a sense of affiliation.

Contact information for some of the activities/ways to be come involved