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.

Love All the People

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

As we continue to work our way through Matthew during these weeks after Pentecost, we come to the ending of the 10th chapter and Jesus making some startling claims to his disciples.  Sending them out to do the work of the Kingdom of Heaven, he also promises them they will have a terrible time doing it and will constantly be persecuted.  Then, after that rousing encouragement, he ends chapter 10 with words on welcome that are not only meant for those disciples long ago, but also for us present-day disciples.  We’ll read from Matthew 10:40-42 and we’ll also the other lectionary passage for this week: Psalm 13, as we explore the gift of welcome and receiving people.  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship together on YouTube at 10:30am on Sunday morning!

 

Sunday’s Service—if 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 the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/28/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. This week’s meeting is at a different time and place than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Masks will be required, and a meal will not be served during this socially-distanced youth group return!  See Kraig’s by email for more directions if you are interested.

 

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 office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


Bishop Carter, Guest Preacher

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

Sunday’s service will be a bit different as we let Bishop Carter and the Cabinet of the Florida Conference lead us in worship.  In recognition of the increased workload in local churches during the pandemic, the Bishop and Cabinet wanted to help everyone take a bit of time off as we all edit video, try to do worship online, and various other things we weren’t doing in February!  You’ll get to hear voices from all across the United Methodist Connection here In Florida, celebrating together and worshipping God with us!  We’ve also got an exciting announcement from the Trustees about some upcoming steps in our re-launch plan coming soon!  I hope you all have a Happy Father’s Day and we all find a way to honor our fathers (or dads) this weekend.  

 

Sunday’s Service—if 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 the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/21/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday evening at 4:30pm as part of our re-launch plan approved by the trustees. This week’s meeting is at a different time and place than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Masks will be required, and a meal will not be served during this socially-distanced youth group return!  See Kraig’s email for more directions if you are interested.

 

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 office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.

 


See All the People

 

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

As we continue to celebrate the Spirit and the mission of the church during Pentecost, we join the Gospel according to Matthew, reading from 9:35-10:15, noticing how Jesus paused from his frenetic action-packed miracles in Chapters 8 & 9 to see the crowd around him.  What does it mean to see the people? To really see them? Not to prejudge or categorize, but simply to see. To see them as people worthy of compassion and care? We might see that the people around us are indeed harassed and helpless, suffering from the lack of a savior. But we won’t know that is what we will see until we look. Oh, sure we can assume, but what do we see?

Sunday’s Service—if 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 the YouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 6/14/20 Online Service.  The premier page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend!

We have introductions to both our SPKidz Church and iClub lessons on our YouTube channel. After you watch the introductions to the lesson, be sure to download the packet with discussion questions and activities to do at home!

We will also have a special lesson and learning for our iClub at 10:00 on Sundays, just as we would if we were together!  You will be able to access this through Zoom, which is an online conferencing tool. Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this.

Check our YouTube channel for the SPKidz & iClub Video introductions: St. Paul’s YouTube

SPKidz Packet

iClub Packet

 

The Youth will be meeting and doing a lesson on Sunday evening at 4:30pm using the Zoom online conferencing tool. This week’s meeting is at a different time than usual, so please remember 4:30!  Contact Kraig by email for directions on how to access this if you are interested.

 

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 office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.