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COVID-19 Response

As of July 20, we are returning to online worship through Labor Day.

The service consists of Rite II Morning Prayer, and is streamed on our Facebook page & posted to our Vimeo channel later in the day.

We are continuing to host many events on Zoom for all ages – subscribe to our e-newsletter for information and links.

What We Do

St. Paul’s welcomes all to celebrate God’s love through faith and action.

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Children & Youth Activities
Right now our usual activities have been adapted to digital formats.

We are offering digital Sunday School & digital Youth group.  You can find the schedule on the calendar and the Zoom links in our weekly e-newsletterContact Pastor Vicki for more information.

We have prepared Sunday School lessons for the month of August that families can do at home. Here are the lessons for August for download.

In addition, you can download a brochure that includes a number of different prayers you can use with your family.

We are doing a virtual Mission Camp in July & August.

Mission Camp is a way for individuals and families to come together and help our community.

Our August Mission Camp is focusing on issues of hunger in our region.

You can download the August Mission Camp activity packet here.  If you would like to have one mailed to you call the church office at 632-8221 or email us at paulspals@gmail.com.  There four activities in the packet, one for each of the 4 weeks of August, each focuses on a different aspect of hunger.  At the end of each activity, there is a donation & an advocacy action suggested.

We will have a kick-off on Tuesday August 4 at 6 pm.  We will be joined by a representative of FeedMoreWNY to discuss hunger in our region.  Contact the office if you would like the Zoom link for the kick-off meeting.

In August we will be doing VBS in a bag.  We have designed two versions, one for younger children and one for tweens & teens.

The bags will be available the week of August 16 and will have a week’s worth of activities, most of which the kids can do on their own if they choose.

Fill out the form by August 4 to reserve your VBS bags.

Creepy (Virtual) Escape Room – Our youth group discovered a, really very creepy, skeleton while cleaning out the church attic.  He has become something of a mascot for the youth group, who call themselves the Creepy Club.  This virtual escape room is based around Creepy and his club.  Huge thanks to Peters Township Public Library, and Youth Librarian Sydney Krawiec, for the tutorial on which this room is based!

 

Adult Education
Right now our usual activities have been adapted to digital formats.

Our weekly Bible Study continues to happen at 10 am on Wednesday mornings.  Contact Pastor Vicki for the Zoom link.  A recording of the session is posted to our Podcast site each week.

We have moved our Pub Theology gathering to Zoom too.  Bring your favorite beverage and join in conversations about God, faith, life and what it all means.  You can find the schedule on the calendar and Zoom links in our weekly e-newsletter.

On Thursday August 27 at 7 pm we will have a book group.  This is a traditional book group.  We will be reading The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth.

 

Parish Events
Right now all our parish social events have been suspended.  We hope and pray that we will be able to resume gathering safely soon.

We miss Sundae Sunday, Parish Family Dinners, Trips to Darien Lake, Tourist in our Hometown Events and all the other ways that we gather, have fun and learn together.  We miss each other’s company and look forward to the time when we can be back together.

 

Outreach Opportunities
Right now many of our outreach activities have been adapted or suspended because of the pandemic.  Check out our e-newsletter for updates on how you can help our neighbors.

One of the ways we are supporting our community right now is providing a puzzle exchange.  There is a box in front of the church where people can pick up a new puzzle and drop off puzzles they are finished with.  It’s a small way to help keep spirits up in our neighborhood.

We are partners with the Buffalo Elementary School of Technology.  We collect school supplies and hygiene items for students, help in the classrooms and provide the hands and feet for the weekend food distribution among other services to the school.

We are also partners with Harris Hill Elementary School.  We serve as the evacuation site for the school, help in classroom and with PTA and school events.

We are supporters of Hearts and Hands Faith in Action, which connects volunteers to seniors in our community to provide rides to appointments, shopping help and home repair services.

We have other Outreach projects through the year, depending on what is going on in our neighborhood, our region, and the world.