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.

Where Will the Spirit Go Next?

Happy Pentecost!  

As we end the Easter season, a new reality arrives, just as Jesus promised.  You can read the story in Acts Chapter 2, where the promised Holy Spirit comes and invigorates God’s ministry to the world through Jesus and the Disciples.  It is here that the church begins: the gathered followers of Jesus sent out on mission to be his presence to the world.  This is when it all begins to come together, and the Disciples, together with the newly baptized believers, begin to usher in the new reality of the Kingdom of God. 

And so here we sit, some 2,000 years later, wondering what to do with ourselves.  We hear dire predictions of church involvement; we see a decline of church culture into special interest groups who would rather win a victory than tell the world about Jesus’s victory, and we can despair of all the people that gave up on church during the pandemic.  We also have a season of transition going on at St. Paul’s! 

But there is still good news.  Things have looked bleak for Christians before, and they will again.  The question we must really ask ourselves is the question of Pentecost: “Where will the Spirit go next?”  Because there is always something just around the corner if only we are ready to receive it like those disciples during the Day of Pentecost.  Intrigued yet? 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 



Self-Control

Happy Seventh Sunday of Easter!  

As we continue our study of the Fruit of the Spirit, we come to the final fruit in the list that ties everything together: Self Control.  We’ll read from Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 6:39-49 and hear Jesus give a series of parables that asks us deep questions about what our lives are built on.  Giving the message on Sunday will be Jack Ladd, a covenant brother and good friend of mine who has served as pastor of Wakulla UMC and First UMC Williston, and is now getting his doctorate in Fresh Expressions, working with Living Room Church online.  I know you’ll enjoy his preaching and I pray you’re blessed by the message God brings through him! 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

 Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 



Gentleness and Faithfulness: The Small Voice of God

Happy Sixth Sunday of Easter!  

You probably know the story – and if you don’t, read 1 Kings, chapters 18 and 19 all the way through.  It’s a story filled with drama, action, and even some locker room smack-talking put in for good measure.   On Sunday we’ll read Elijah’s encounter with Jezebel and look at Faithfulness and Gentleness, two of the strongest things in the world that appear to be the weakest.  These Fruits of the Spirit are powerful reminders of the character of God and how different it is from what is assumed to be “strength” nowadays.  We’ll look at this classic story of faithfulness, gentleness, and listening to the small voice of God, so come and worship with us as we continue in our study of the Fruit of the Spirit. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update.  Masks are optional at worship, but there is still a section of pews in front of the sound booth reserved for those who wish to mask and keep a distance from others during worship. 

Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:30—You can now watch the Livestream on YouTube! We recommend logging into your account a few minutes before 10:30 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the YouTube livestream at stpaulsworship.org or you can log into your Facebook account and see the Livestream on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. You can chat once the Livestream service has started on either Facebook or YouTube.  

Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Check the calendar at childrenandyouthcalendar.org for updated information on our SPYouth meetings. 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us. You may 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. We will get back to you as soon as possible.