The Hospitality Guild invites members for short-term commitments to assist with preparing for celebrations, receptions and events. And the two-member Coffee Hour teams also plan and manage coffee hour following the 10:00 am service one Sunday a quarter.
God calls us to serve hurting people inside and outside of the church. The Prayer Shawl Ministry both benefits those in need as well as providing a ministry for the participants. PSM offers a place for knitters to use their gifts of handwork in the service of others.
Shawls are available for members of the parish to give to their loved ones near and far. The PSM exists to bring the comfort and healing from God through the gift of a hand knitted shawl and accompanying prayer. The ministry also offers an opportunity for service by the members of the PSM. The PSM acknowledges that serving is mutual. Members of the PSM are as served as are the persons they are serving. The purpose of the PSM complements St. Paul’s purpose.
The mission of St. Paul’s Memorial Church is to celebrate and bear witness to God’s love in our community, the University of Virginia, the region and the world beyond us. By our worship, our teaching and our outreach, we seek to make known God in Christ, equipping our members for service in the world.
Members of the ministry knit the shawls with prayerful intention for those who will receive them as a tangible sign of God’s embrace. We acknowledge the mystery of healing. We see our church as a congregational hospice that welcomes all to God’s healing grace. Healing is God’s work. We open ourselves to healing. St. Paul’s offers healing prayers during communion at its 10:00 service.
St. Paul's Memorial Church is one of more than 10,000 congregations in 150 Christian denominations throughout North America that have developed active Stephen Ministries. Begun in 1975 by Dr. Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist, Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-to-one care by trained laypersons.
The ministry of caring for others who are suffering may be led by clergy in a congregation, but all baptized Christians share this responsibility as ministers in the Body of Christ. While clergy provide pastoral care in crisis, a Stephen Minister can complement and extend that care in a unique way by supporting someone as long as there is a need.
Stephen Ministers can help in difficult times, including:
The Stephen Ministry team includes:
Stephen Leaders--clergy and laypersons who take a week-long intensive leadership course in order to train Stephen Ministers in their congregations.
Stephen Ministers--laypersons who receive 50 hours of training in caregiving skills such as listening, bereavement, boundaries, crisis care, when and how to refer to professional help and more.
After training, the Stephen Ministers are carefully matched one-to-one with Care Receivers. This relationship typically involves one hour per week of time devoted by the Stephen Minister to the Care Receiver in supportive listening oriented to caring, not results or fixing. Stephen Ministers meet bimonthly for confidential supervision by the Stephen Leaders to ensure continued health of the caring relationship.
The Stephen Ministry's distinctly Christian caregiving is modeled on Christ's inclusive love and may utilize prayer, scripture, or other spiritual resources, depending on the wishes of the Care Receiver.
While Stephen Ministers are the caregivers, God is the curegiver.
Stephen Ministry is not therapy, professional counseling, or proselytizing. Stephen Ministers are trained to recognize when referral to a mental health professional may be warranted.
For more information, or if you are interested in this ministry, please contact
Update on Pollinator Sanctuary
The Stewardship of Creation Committee (formerly the Green Team) has been working behind the scenes to arrive at a suitable design and location for the Pollinator Sanctuary Garden.
As part of this effort, St. Paul’s engaged a professional landscape architect to asses all the landscape features on our grounds, with a special eye to how the garden project could fit in and enhance existing plantings.
Please contact us if you would like to join in or be notified of any of these activities.
For information about the Diocese of Virginia's Committee on the Stewardship ofCreation, please click here.
The two planting plateaus as viewed from University Avenue. The pollinator sanctuary is designed to blend with the more traditional landscape across from Jefferson's university.
Two garden plots approx. 10 ft by 20 ft will be accessible from the lawn in front of the church (drawing by Anne Russell)
Ecological modeling is used to select native plants suited to soils and site conditions (Ix Gardens in Charlottesville by Center for Urban Habitats).
Imagine a sanctuary of similar plantings providing food and shelter for moths, butterflies, and bees in all life cycle stages in all seasons.
See how the Center for Urban Habitats has transformed traditional sidewalk plantings into a variety of plantings representing our local "piedmont prairie" ecosystem at a main intersection in the Belmont neighborhood. Our pollinator sanctuary will transform the grassy monoculture to an ecologically diverse habitat.
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