Video of St. Paul's Youth Immersion Trip Summer 2016, June 12-18

The St. Paul's youth group went on a week-long immersion trip in Wise County, Virginia with 14 participants over the week of June 12-18! They stayed at Grace House on the Mountain, a mission of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia that serves folks living in the coal country of Appalachia.

In drafting her report about the youth group trip to the Vestry, Pastor Elaine realized "I believe that this video compilation does far greater justice to the transformational opportunity our youth had along with their leaders and chaperones."

We are exceedingly grateful to Grace and Joe for the careful shepherding of our young people, demonstrating in word and deed the love of God for each and every one of them.

Before the trip, Grace described the undertaking: "We're calling it an 'immersion trip' instead of a 'mission trip' to invite folks to think more about why we, as Christians, do mission. Instead of thinking, 'We’re going to go into this community and help all these unfortunate people because we have a lot to give them,' we are trying to go into the trip with the mindset of immersing ourselves in a community that’s very different than ours (but not very far away!) in order to be transformed ourselves."



Good News for the Hearing Impaired

Hearing Technologies has completed the challenging installation of a hearing loop in the St. Paul's nave (They worked on ours at the same time they were installing a hearing loop at the Rotunda). The hearing loop allows hearing aids equipped with a T-coil to pick up the sounds spoken into the PA system's microphones. For those without hearing aids, we also have portable receivers available. For more information look for the handout in the narthex or speak with Tony Potter or John Reid.




EfM Openings for Fall 2016

EfM Openings for Fall 2016 – Are you seeking to deepen and grow your faith? Education for Ministry (EfM) just celebrated its 40th anniversary and uses a curriculum designed by the University of the South - Sewanee.  Trained mentors facilitate the EfM small seminar group of no more than 12 participants. EfM helps participants develop the skills and insights to understand their lives through a theological lens that can help shape their actions and ministry. EfM participants commit to one year at a time, and the full curriculum is covered over four years. There is a tuition fee. We meet on Monday mornings at St. Paul’s from September to May.  For more information contact Karen Mawyer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 434-906-9841, or visit the Sewanee EfM website at



Lifting High the Cross


Read Pastor Elaine's article Lifting High the Cross on page 10 of the Spring issue of the Virginia Episcopalian here.



Vestry News

We now publish a monthly Vestry News article on our website. Typically included are a summary article, minutes and financial reports. See the link on the menu to the left or click here.


Summer Choir

Attention, lovers of singing—now is your chance!  The Chancel Choir warmly extends an invitation to everyone who enjoys singing in choirs to join us as you are able all summer long.  During the months of June through August, we sing a variety of relaxed repertoire, designed to be low-stress but beautiful and worshipful.  Whether you are visiting town, or too busy during the year to commit the rehearsal time, or former members of the choir—any and all are welcome to join us!

Rehearsals are Sundays at 9:00 a.m., when we prepare for that day’s 10:00 service and take a look at the next week’s anthem.  Grab a cup of coffee from the Parish Hall and come join a fun-loving and friendly bunch.  Questions? Feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or simply show up at 9 any given Sunday.  We will be delighted to have you join us, be it once or all summer!



Transition News

Read an update from the Search Committee dated June 29, 2016 here.

Read an update from the Search Committee dated April 22, 2016 here.

Read a message from the Search Committee dated January 2016 here.

Read a letter from the Search Committee dated December 20, 2015 here.

Read a letter from the Senior Warden dated October 11, 2015 here.

Read the biographies of the Rector Search Committee here.

Read a letter from the vestry dated June 18, 2015 here.

Read a letter from our former rector Jim Richardson dated June 12, 2015 here.



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