Supplies for Unaccompanied Central American Children, Refugee Families Arriving in Houston

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As unaccompanied children and refugee families fleeing Central American violence are now arriving in Houston for scheduled detention hearings, St. Paul’s will be prepared to help in diverse ways. Attorneys will be trained at St. Paul’s on August 9 to provide legal aid. Supplies also will be needed for support during this period; collection barrels will be at the church entrances to receive them through the month of August. Suggestions:

  • Non-perishable food & beverages (ex: juice boxes, snack bars)
  • Toiletries (ex: soap, deodorant, toothbrush/paste)
  • Spanish & bi-lingual children’s books, (small) toys, coloring books, crayons
  • Baby formula, diapers 
  • Small blankets for children
  • Small Bibles in Spanish or bi-lingual
  • Clothing  (ex: t-shirts, sweatshirts)
  • Duffle bags 

For more about this situation, please see the video by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Central American Refugees Flee Violence.

Register for Children's Choirs

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St. Paul's has a comprehensive program of music for children, with emphasis on choral music. Below is a brief description of each Register for Wesley Singers or Choristers at church this Sunday.

Wesley Singers (Girls and boys in the 1st and 2nd grades)
Wesley Singers are introduced to the concepts of singing in an ensemble and how to read and understand music, with emphasis placed on music in worship. They rehearse Sunday mornings at 10:45, starting September 7. The Wesley Singers sing special events and services such as the Blessing of the Animals, Palm Sunday, the Children’s Candlelight Service, Holly Hall, and “Sights, Sounds and Smells of Christmas.”

Choristers (Grades 3 through 8)
The Choristers follow the “Voice for Life” program sponsored by the Royal School of Church Music in America. They rehearse Sunday mornings, attending the 11:05 worship service and exiting during the second hymn. Emphasis is on developing the individual voice and excellence in ensemble singing.


Other Children's Music Opportunities

Musikgarten (Infants through Kindergarten; call for schedule of classes)
Through the St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy, St. Paul’s offers Musikgarten classes of music and movement for infants through kindergartners. A parent or other adult participates with each child and receives a CD and rhythm instrument to use at home. These classes follow the Musikgarten curriculum, and there is a fee for materials. For information about these classes, contact Ellen Edwards

Joyful Noise (Ages 3 through Kindergarten)
Joyful Noise is a children’s worship time primarily focusing on learning and singing children’s worship songs. One of the primary goals of this choir is to build a foundation and love of music and singing.

Treble Choir (Girls; ages 10 to 18)
This is a select group of girls that are interested in advancing their musical skills, both as individuals and as an ensemble. The Treble Choir rehearses with the Girl Choristers on Sunday mornings in addition to their own Wednesday rehearsals. The Treble Choir sings periodically with the Saint Paul’s Choir throughout the year and on other appropriate occasions.

For more information regarding Children’s Choirs, contact Anna Teagarden.

Register for St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy

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St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy offers high-quality instruction with classes in dance, art, Musikgarten, and handbells plus individual lessons in piano, guitar, and voice.

Registration is now open for the new school year, and there's something for all ages, talent, and interests.

Some classes in art, dance, and music are held at 2:30 for the convenience of St. Paul's School families; other times vary through the week.

Musikgarten offers classes for newborns (with a parent or caregiver) through younger elementary ages.

Older children and adult learners are welcome to sign up for piano, guitar, voice, or handbells.

If you don't see your area of interest on the brochure, please ask. New times or classes may be arranged to fit your needs. For more information about the program, schedule, or fees, please contact Helen Reynolds at

Nursery Tours Sunday Mornings August 24 + September 7 and 14

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Families with infants and toddlers are invited to tour the nursery rooms and playground, visit with other families, and meet St. Paul’s professional childcare staff. Information will be provided about the care of the children and activities for them, along with the policies designed for safety and hygiene. Staff members also will answer your specific questions and get to know your child.

Enter the Jones Building and look for the signs. 

Expectant parents and extended families are welcome, too.

Questions? Ellen Edwards at

Locomotion Promotion - Promotion Sunday

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Locomotion Promotion Train

Train rides on the Plaza all morning.

Children, ages three years though first grade: Come to Jones Building Foyer by 9:45 a.m. 
for classroom assignments.Questions? Ellen Edwards at

GROW 2nd-5th-graders: Come to the Jones Building Basement by 9:45 a.m. for classroom assignments. Questions? Jane Williams at

6th-12th-graders: Come to the Youth Center at 9:30 a.m. 

6th-12th-graders: Come back at 3:30 for Back to School Bash pool party. Wear swim suits to party, bring own towel and change of clothes, including dry shoes. Expect to be back at church by 7 p.m. for parent pick-up Questions? Tiffin Wilsford at

Volunteer Training for Spanish-English Interpreters

The Texas Annual Conference (TAC) is providing a volunteer training opportunity for bilingual Spanish-English speakers to interpret for pro bono attorneys during detention hearings in Karnes County, Texas. The training will be Saturday, September 6, at First UMC, 1320 Main, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch provided. For more information, or to register: see the TAC website or contact shirley Broome at or 713-521-9383

Master Miao Tsan

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Venerable Master Miao Tsan

Venerable Master Miao Tsan returns to the Ordinary Life class on Sunday, September 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In his latest book, Living Truth, he explains why we have problems and teaches us how to resolve them. Similar to the philosophy of the Ordinary Life class, he says that "before we can begin to think of bettering any aspect of life, we must accept reality as it is, not as we have chosen to define it."

Bankston Green Dedication September 14

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Bankston Green - from 4th floor

St. Paul’s gift to the city — the Bankston Green — that also honors our retired senior minister, Dr. L. James (Jim) Bankston, and his wife Sandy, will be dedicated on Sunday, September 14. The service will be held on the Green at 12:15 p.m. 

Connecting with the City’s Museum Walk, this provides another place for spiritual renewal in the heart of Houston. With its wider sidewalks, better lighting and seating area, the walk also has encouraged pedestrian traffic into the church. St. Paul’s use of the Labyrinth on the Green also has expanded for worship, prayer, and other programming.

This project has been designated to receive the Landmark Award in the 30th Annual Mayor’s Proud Partners program of Keep Houston Beautiful. Awards will be October 27. Last year's winners.

Thanks to all who made this possible. Planning committee members: Dottie Burge, Camille Cunningham, Vic Driscoll, Judy Leatherwood Smith, Sherry and Roy Ogburn, Karen Peck, Dick Rentz, Richard Spaw, Rev. Tommy Williams, and Rev. Gail Williford. Merriman Holt, represented by Jim Powell, was the architect, W.S. Bellows the contractor, and SWA Group landscape architects.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein..

Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in J-202. To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Harmes at