Welcome to Saint Paul’s!

St. Paul’s is a different kind of church.  We’re not a large megachurch with a sound stage and a suped-up production machine, but we strive to be a church full of authentic followers of Jesus.  No matter how you come to visit us, we pray you’ll find clear examples of God’s love, whether through us or through our ministries – but hopefully both!

You might be excited about finding a church to belong to, or you might be a bit fearful from bad church experiences in the past. Either way, if you are looking for a church that focuses on creating spiritual fruits, not religious nuts, then you have come to the right place!

I hope the information on this website will help you get to know us, whether you’re an online or in-person visitor. Feel free to email me if you have any further questions that are not covered here.
 
Our Mission statement at St. Paul’s says a lot about who we are and what we do:

 

As a Christian family of faith,
Saint Paul’s affirms God’s love by
transforming lives,
connecting generations,
impacting our community & world,
and
making disciples for Jesus Christ.

Touch and See

Happy Week 3 of Easter! 

This Easter, as we engage and learn from scripture, we look at ways we can live the resurrection in our lives and be ambassadors of that resurrection to the world.  This Sunday is a continuation of the previous week’s theme. The story of Thomas from last week had an emphasis on seeing; here it is on touching.  

In our reading for today, taken from Luke 24:36b-48, Jesus is trying to ground the disciples’ faith in the reality of his presence, in the concreteness of his being.  He reaches their hearts, not through magic tricks, a dramatic stage performance, and spectacle, but instead He tells them to touch him; he eats in front of them. In doing this, He is announcing that he is real, not pie in the sky by and by.  

The question for us is: What can we provide, what hands-on proof can we give that Jesus is alive among us?  With the remnants of the pandemic around us still, touching might be problematic.  Perhaps making contact or making an impact would be a way of understanding touching in this new world in which we live.  What are the communities around us in which we can make an impact for Christ? Where can we connect with real people with real needs, people who are on the margins of our society?  Where can we connect with communities looked down upon by many, but that could be lifted by our attention, our touch?  We’ll explore that as we read from the Gospel of Luke’s Easter stories. 

 

Sunday’s Livestream ServiceWe recommend logging into your Facebook account about 10-15 minutes early, so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can find a direct link to our Facebook page at stpaulsworship.org You will be able to chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at stpaulsworship.org without the chat feature. There will be a pop-up asking you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. We will also post the Livestream service to YouTube after the service is over. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.   We are asking everyone to register at this link: cometoworship.org so that we don’t go over our maximum capacity. We ask everyone to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Temperatures will be taken before entering the building, and communion elements will be provided as you enter the sanctuary to worship on the first Sunday of the month.  

 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible. 

 
 


Unless I See

Happy Week 2 of Easter! 

As we worship on the Sunday after Easter, we’ll read from John 20:19-31 and hear from voices around the Florida Annual Conference who will lead us in worship.  In this last Sunday on YouTube, I hope you’ll enjoy this treat as we join with the other churches of the Annual Conference and worship together!   

Sunday’s YouTube ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 4/11/2021 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!   

Sunday’s In-Person Service –Our in-person indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 9:00am through this Sunday, April 11th.   We are asking everyone to register at this link: cometoworship.org so that we don’t go over our maximum capacity. We ask everyone to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Temperatures will be taken before entering the building, and communion elements will be provided as you enter the sanctuary to worship on the first Sunday of the month.  

 

Exciting announcement!—we are looking forward to April 18th when our in-person service will move to 10:30am (still with limited capacity, mask-wearing, and required registration) and we will be livestreaming our service on Facebook. If you have any questions about this change or need some help accessing Facebook please call the church office. We will be discontinuing the YouTube premiere service at that time, but hope to still post the livestream service on YouTube for those who can’t access Facebook. Please register to attend the upcoming 10:30 service at cometoworship.org 

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible. 

 


Terror and Amazement

Happy Easter! 

I’ll bet you a cup of coffee that you didn’t expect to see “Terror and Amazement” with these beautiful pastel colors on an Easter Sunday blog post.  No, those aren’t the words we normally associate with Easter, but that’s what Mark gives us.  He’s a horrible storyteller, ending his account of Jesus’s life with the women fleeing from the empty tomb and telling no one because they were so afraid.  Where’s the Thomas moment?  Fish for breakfast by the seashore?  A walk to Emmaus anyone?  But alas, this is the way Mark chose to tell us his story, and it has so unnerved the church that they tried at least twice, according to most Biblical scholars, to amend the end of the story after verse 8.  What’s the deal with this terrible ending…or is it one at all?  We’ll find out on Sunday as we open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles in worship! 

Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 4/4/2021 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!   

Sunday’s In-Person Services On Easter Sunday we’ll have two outdoor, in-person services in our church courtyard between the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall: 

  • 7am Sunrise Worship: We’ll worship outsidephysically distanced and masked.  This Service will also include Holy Communion.  If you have it available, please bring your own chair, blanket, or something to sit on as we worship! 
  • 9am Easter Celebration: We’ll worship outside, physically distanced and masked here as well.  This service will not have Holy Communion. If you have it available, please bring your own chair, blanket, or something to sit on as we worship! 

Registration is not needed for either outdoor service.  

Our Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. This week the nursery will be open for the 9:00am service and after the service and children or families are invited to come down to the Fellowship Hall to pick up a special Easter surprise! 

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday. This week they aren’t meeting so they can spend time with their family. 

Exciting announcement—we are looking forward to April 18th when our in-person service will move to 10:30am (still with limited capacity, mask-wearing, and required registration) and we will be livestreaming our service on Facebook. If you have any questions about this change or need some help accessing Facebook please call the church office. We will be discontinuing the YouTube premiere service at that time, but hope to still post the livestream service on YouTube for those who can’t access Facebook. Please register for the upcoming 10:30 service at cometoworship.org. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.