Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Circle for Grief and Loss

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Grief and Loss Healing Circle
Facilitated by Kat Denton and Nanette Saha, this series offers connection and healing for those experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Open to new and continuing participants. 

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again. We need to grieve in order to do this. The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life. When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 13, March 27, and April 10 ■ 6:30–8 pm (optional social time at 6:15 pm)
Location: Fellers Room (S-312)

Register online: www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

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Jan
24
9:15 AM09:15

The Power of Prayer: A St. Paul's School Parent Education Event

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One of the most important roles of parents is to pray for and with our children.

St. Paul’s School presents Lacey Webster, a St. Paul’s member and St. Paul’s School mom, who will teach a class on this topic.

Based on Mark Batterson’s Praying Circles around Your Children, participants will walk through the five “circles” of prayer, learning practical methods that will transform the way you pray.

The class will meet on Thursday, January 24, at 9:15 am in J-204 It is free of charge, and childcare is available with RSVP by January 22 to stpaulschool@stpaulshouston.org.

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Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Iconoclast Sessions ft. Leslie Contreras Schwartz & Xach Blunt

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Tonight’s Iconoclast Session will feature academic poet Leslie Contreras Schwartz and community poet Xach Blunt with DJ Yung Chris. Iconoclast Sessions are quarterly performance gatherings free and open to the public.

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is an accomplished multi-genre writer from Houston whose work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, including people with mental illness, sex workers, trafficked women, and children in custody. A 2018 Houston Poet Laureate finalist, Schwarz was also a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. She is a graduate of Rice University and of the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Schwartz is currently a poetry editor at Four Way Review and lectures at the University of Houston. 

Xach Blunt is one of Iconoclast Artists' distinguished teaching fellows and a gifted performance poet, who competes at major slam events throughout the year. Poetry informs how Blunt sees the world, whether zooming out to observe how society functions, or focusing inward to interrogate his own personal relationships. Through poetry, his goal is to encourage others to embrace the human experience and its range of emotions, which allows us to recognize that we have more in common than we realize. In 2018, Blunt and his four teammates placed 5th in the nation at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago.

This event will take place in Fondren Hall. Free parking is available across the street on the corner of Fannin and Binz. For more information, visit IconoclastArtists.org

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

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Theme: Glow in the Dark

Theme: Glow in the Dark

Our popular Friday-night program for children 4 months to 5th grade includes a full schedule of games, crafts, play, snacks and supervised activities from 6 to 10:30 pm while parents enjoy an evening on their own. The cost is $25/child/night ($5/each additional sibling).  A light supper is served around 6:30. During December, this activity becomes Kids Day Out.

Kids Night/Day Out is available for families of St. Paul’s Church and School. Reservations, which are required due to limited space and staff, are accepted for each date up to two weeks in advance.

Please use this secure link to register and pay. For questions or special needs, please contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org.

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Jan
27
12:15 PM12:15

Opening reception of 'Healing Landscapes' art show

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Join us for the opening reception of “Healing Landscapes: Investigations into the Art of Healing” on Sunday, January 27 at 12:15 pm in the Open Heart Studio (S-300). Created by artist Helen Spaw, these mixed media pieces capture moments of healing, hope, joy, peace, and wisdom. The art show will be on display until March 8.

More about the artist: Helen Spaw studied art, psychology, and art therapy at The College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and at Pratt Institute in New York. Her art is on display in the Robert B. Green Campus Hospital in San Antonio as part of the Salud-Arte: Art of Healing collection.

Helen co-leads Healing Art Circles as the Diversity Vision Coordinator. She is also the Special Needs Ministry Coordinator and the Fine Arts Academy Coordinator at St. Paul’s. Contact her at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org for more information.

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Jan
27
5:30 PM17:30

"Setting Priorities, Obtaining Goals" with Evan Weinberger and Angela Koreth

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Motivating kids and teens at home and school can be complex, even challenging. Parents often wonder how they can provide guidance for their kids and implement effective structure for their families.

Join us for “Setting Priorities, Obtaining Goals,” a 2-part presentation by Evan Weinberger, an academic coach, and Angela Koreth, a mental health professional. These presenters have devoted their work to helping families improve relationships, maximize communication, and create a healthy culture of performance.

In Part I on January 27, speakers will address topics related to life at home, such as:

  • creating healthy positive and negative reinforcement systems

  • establishing productive habits and routines

  • setting appropriate TV/gaming rules

  • identifying and addressing at-risk behaviors

  • engaging in acceptable parent-child negotiation

  • knowing when to seek professional help

In Part II on February 24, speakers will address topics related to academics, such as:

  • setting meaningful academic goals

  • achieving a healthy, school-life balance

  • managing school-related stress

  • understanding the impact of learning differences

  • supporting your children through successes and failures

  • being an effective cheerleader (motivator) for your kids

  • assisting your kids in creating organization and time-management systems

All participants will leave with helpful information, as well as resources to take action immediately. If you cannot join us for both Part I and Part II, come when you can.

Register online: www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings. Childcare available upon request to childcare@stpaulshouston.org

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Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Training for Lay Visitation Team

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St. Paul’s Lay Visitation Team shares the gifts of caring, compassion, and presence with those in the hospital, in hospice, or who are homebound.

Rev. Andrew Wolfe and Rod Kotenbrink will offer a comprehensive 3-part training for those currently serving and those who wish to serve on the visitation team. Volunteers will be equipped to provide care on behalf of the church by developing active listening skills, learning how to pray for people in various situations, and more.

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 & 27
■ 6:30–8 pm
Location: J-204 (Jones Building)
Details: Free; childcare provided with RSVP to childcare@stpaulshouston.org

Register online: www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

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Feb
3
12:15 PM12:15

Retirement Reception for Ken Coleman

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Ken Coleman, longtime organist at St. Paul’s, is retiring. Join us for a reception in his honor on Sunday, February 3, at 12:15 pm, in Fondren Hall.

Ken holds degrees in music education and organ from the University of Houston (UH). He began singing in St. Paul’s Choir in 1979 while still at UH. It also was at UH where he first heard a pipe organ. His response was “Wow!”

“Wow!” also is the response to his many contributions to St. Paul’s, especially the music department. 

“In addition to playing the organ on Sundays and for many special services, performances, weddings, funerals, and on choir tours, Kenny has worked tirelessly in front of and behind the scenes,” noted Director of Music Christopher Betts. 

“He has helped with choir rehearsals and sectionals, the music library, service planning, receptions and choir gatherings, the pastoral care of choir members, and as the driving force behind our annual St. Paul’s Choir Gingerbread Bake Sale. His greatest strength is his servant’s heart. He will be sorely missed.”

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Feb
5
9:00 AM09:00

Memory Training Course

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Amazing Place presents a 4-week Memory Training Course designed by Gary Small, M.D., and Linda Ercoli, Ph.D., of the UCLA Longevity Center. Through this training, participants will learn strategies for:

  • Remembering names and faces

  • Recalling appointments, messages and plans

  • Avoiding misplacing objects

  • Overcoming “tip of the tongue” memory slips

Dates: Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26
Time: 9–11 am
Location: Youth Center (Sanctuary Building)
Trainer:  Susan Giles, UCLA Certified Memory Trainer and Amazing Place  Community & Church Liaison
Cost: $80, payable to Amazing Place

Organizers say that nine out of 10 participants report improvements in their memory! Sign up via email to trainyourbrain@amazingplacehouston.org or call Sally Davis at 713-552-0420.

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Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

Fellowship Friday: Spring 2019

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We hope you’ll come to Fellowship Friday. For one evening each fall and spring, the people of St. Paul’s gather in neighbors’ homes all over the greater Houston area.

Look at the map, and pick the location closest to you. We will notify you with the address when we receive your RSVP. 

Your host will provide the main course; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Families with children are welcome, or you may opt to register them for Kids’ Night Out at the church via www.stpaulshouston.org/kids-night-out

Our Spring 2019 Host Homes
We’re still looking for hosts for Zones 6 and 9. If you’re interested in hosting, contact Nina Hall via nina@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

  • 01  Shirley and Larry Roberts

  • 02  Biddie and David Webb

  • 03  Jim and Jeff Benton-Henningsen

  • 04  Jeff Johnston

  • 05  Sherry Beeman and Bill Kerley

  • 06  TBA: Med Center or Westbury/Meyerland

  • 07  Eileen and John Stultz 

  • 08  Jennifer and Shawn West

  • 09  TBA: Pearland

  • 10  Hattie and Jim McKinley

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Feb
14
10:30 AM10:30

St. Paul's Primetimers: February program and day trip

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Senior adults who are interested in lifelong learning attend programs and day trips on cultural, historical, and social issues, as well as local topics of interest. RSVP for lunch within two weekdays prior to the program to Nina Hall via 713-528-0527 or nina@stpaulshouston.org.

Presentation by Claudia Gee Vassar, St. Paul’s member & president of Houston Botanic Garden
Thursday, Feb. 14
10:30 am–1 pm in Fondren Hall
Free program; lunch available for purchase with RSVP

Day Trip to St. George Orthodox Christian Church in West University Place
Thursday, Feb. 21
9 am–3 pm
Free tour; optional self-pay lunch at Cleburne Cafeteria

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Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

Harvey Recovery Team

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Have you ever had a checklist that seems never-ending? Let's help our neighbors still recovering from Harvey get some things checked off. 

You’re invited to serve on St. Paul's Harvey Recovery Team on Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 am-4 pm. Work may include:

- install insulation
- hang drywall
- paint walls and trim
- clean up debris from storm damage
- do yard work (mow, weed, etc.)

Come for any part of the day. We will train you on the job; ages 13 and older welcome. More details via www.stpaulshouston.org/harvey or contact Amy Taylor, Director of Missions, via ataylor@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Chapter One Book Group

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The book for discussion January 15 is Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town by Mardi LInk.

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Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in J-203 (previously in J-202).

To be added to the email list for group notifications, please contact Linda Harmes at hblinda@hibit.com.

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Feb
23
12:30 PM12:30

Table for Six: The Beloved Community

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Table for Six is an event organized by St. Paul’s Health Ministry. Enjoy lunch and conversation related to community health initiatives in Houston. You’ll sit at a table with the professional of your choice (see list below). This unique format creates space for in-depth questions and answers with experts in the field.

Date: Saturday, February 23 ■ 12:30–2 pm
Location: Carrabba’s (3115 Kirby Dr)
Cost: $40/person

Whose table would you like to sit at? Choose from among these community health professionals:

  • LINDA JENKINS - FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE (RN, IRNPA)

  • JANICE FINDER - DIRECTOR OF POPULATION HEALTH AT M.D. ANDERSON (RN, MSN)

  • STEWART C. NELSON - VICE-PRESIDENT AT THE INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER

  • DR. SHAINY VARGHESE - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER (PHD, RN, CPNP)

  • DR. SANDRA TYSON - SENIOR POLICY PLANNER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH AT HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

  • STACI LOFTON - HEALTH EQUITY STRATEGIST AND ATTORNEY (J.D., M.P.H.)

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Sep
16
to Sep 27

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

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Discover the Holy Land with a group from St. Paul’s who will be taking a pilgrimage September 16-27, 2019. This transformational experience will include visits to many of the places we’ve read about in the Bible and to understand them with greater depth and appreciation. Our group will walk in the footsteps of Jesus, touring the Galilee region (Nazareth, Tiberias, Capernaum, and Mount Hermon). We will travel south to the Dead Sea and visit Masada and Qumran (site of the Dead Sea scrolls). In Jerusalem, we will visit the Mount of Olives, walk the Palm Sunday Road, visit the Upper Room, as well as the House of Caiaphas, and the Via Dolorosa. We’ll spend time at the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Pool of Bethesda in the City of David. On our last day, we will visit Bethlehem, the Herodian, and Yad Veshem (Israel’s Holocaust Museum).

Reserve your spot today as they will fill up quickly! If you have questions about the trip, please contact Rev. Andrew Wolfe via awolfe@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

NEW! Go to the booking site for pricing information and more detailed itinerary. Scroll down to the trip named: “Wolfe/St. Paul’s.”

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Jan
20
12:15 PM12:15

New Member Connection

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Enjoy lunch while clergy, staff, and St. Paul’s members share the story of St. Paul’s vision. You’ll learn how you can engage in worship, hospitality, mission, and faith formation in this cathedral for the city.

DATE: Sunday, Jan. 20 ■ 12:15–2:15 pm
LOCATION: Fondren Hall (Jones Building, 2nd floor)
CONTACT: Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan: krichards-kuan@stpaulshouston.org

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Jan
20
9:45 AM09:45

Rev. Tommy Williams to share updates on 'Way Forward'

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In late February, representatives from across the United Methodist denomination will gather in St. Louis for a Special Session of the General Conference. The purpose of this session will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward. This commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops. Members of the commission were tasked with examining paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church. Several proposals from the commission will be considered by the assembly of 864 delegates, both laity and clergy from all around the globe. 

Rev. Tommy Williams will continue to visit St. Paul’s Sunday school classes to share some context and history about this process and how decision-making happens within the UMC’s broad connection. The invitation is open to all, whether or not you regularly attend a Sunday school class.

Having visited the Journeys class last month, Rev. Williams will share updates with these classes in the coming weeks:

  • Sunday, Jan. 20, 9:45 am: Living Faith in J-220

  • Sunday, Jan. 27, 9:45 am: Roundtable in S-301

  • Sunday, Feb. 3, 9:45 am: Special Studies in J-203

  • Sunday, Feb. 10, 9:45 am: Connections in J-202

  • Sunday, Feb. 17, 9:45 am: Candlelighters in J-211

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Jan
19
to Jan 20

RSCM Winter Festival 2019

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The 2019 RSCM Winter Festival is a fun-filled weekend of singing for boys and girls 3rd grade and up. This rich musical experience in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) tradition engages young singers with sacred repertoire. The cost is $25/chorister, which includes lunch on Saturday. Register at www.rscmgulfcoast.org.

REPERTOIRE

Led by Anna Teagarden and Christopher Betts.

  • “Listen Sweet Dove” – Katie Burke

  • Psalm 36: 5-10, The Anglican Chant Psalter

  • “O, Colored Earth” – Heitzig

  • “Gloria” fr. Messe du Grand Depart – Daniel Justin

  • Hymns to be distributed at Festival

SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 19 (9:30 AM - 4 PM)

  • 9:30 AM: Check-In, Fondren Hall 

  • 10 - 11:30: Rehearsal, Fondren Hall

  • 11:30 - 11:45: Recreation, Fondren Hall & outside weather permitting

  • 11:45 - 12:45: Rehearsal, Fondren Hall

  • 12:45 - 1:45: Lunch and Recreation, Youth Activity Center

  • 1:45 - 2:45: Rehearsal, Choir Room

  • 3 - 4 : Rehearsal, Sanctuary

  • 4 PM: Pick-up

Sunday, January 20

  • 10 AM: Call time, St. Paul's Choir Room

  • 11:05 AM: Festival Choir will sing in worship

  • 12:15 PM: Choristers dismissed

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Jan
19
8:00 AM08:00

Harvey Recovery Team

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Have you ever had a checklist that seems never-ending? Let's help our neighbors still recovering from Harvey get some things checked off. 

You’re invited to serve on St. Paul's Harvey Recovery Team on Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 am-4 pm. Work may include:

- install insulation
- hang drywall
- paint walls and trim
- clean up debris from storm damage
- do yard work (mow, weed, etc.)

Come for any part of the day. We will train you on the job; ages 13 and older welcome. More details via www.stpaulshouston.org/harvey or contact Amy Taylor, Director of Missions, via ataylor@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

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Jan
15
4:30 PM16:30

SEARCH Coming Home

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SEARCH Coming Home is 24-week program of SEARCH Homeless Services hosted at St. Paul’s. This weekly gathering builds community through a shared meal among those new to living in permanent housing. Volunteer to help prepare and serve dinner, dine with participants, and/or serve as a mentor. To volunteer or for more info, contact Merlene McAlevy via mfmcalevy@gmail.com.

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 15–June 25 ■ 4:30–7 pm

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Jan
13
5:00 PM17:00

Financial Peace University

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Financial Peace® University is a 9-week curriculum from Dave Ramsey on money management. Throughout this course you will go through the basics of budgeting, debt reduction, planning for the future, and more. 

Dates: Sundays, Jan. 13–March 10 ■ 5–6:30 pm
Location: J-204

Register online: www.fpu.com/1079095 ($109 for curriculum and yearlong access); childcare available upon request to childcare@stpaulshouston.org.

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Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Night Out

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Theme: Starry, Starry Night

Theme: Starry, Starry Night

Our popular Friday-night program for children 4 months to 5th grade includes a full schedule of games, crafts, play, snacks and supervised activities from 6 to 10:30 pm while parents enjoy an evening on their own. The cost is $25/child/night ($5/each additional sibling).  A light supper is served around 6:30. During December, this activity becomes Kids Day Out.

Kids Night/Day Out is available for families of St. Paul’s Church and School. Reservations, which are required due to limited space and staff, are accepted for each date up to two weeks in advance.

Please use this secure link to register and pay. For questions or special needs, please contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org.

 

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Jan
9
9:30 AM09:30

St. Paul's Moms resumes

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St. Paul’s Moms will kick off the new year with a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, January 9, at 9:30 am, along with an introduction to the group’s new study, Becoming Heart Sisters.

Description from publisher: “Let’s get together to catch up!” How many times have you and your women friends made this exchange? And how many times did you follow up? Despite being more connected than ever before, we struggle to feel connected. And yet, our friendships with other women are not only something we want, they’re something we, as women, need.

In this six-week DVD Bible study, author Natalie Chambers Snapp teaches how to develop and nurture the kind of enriching and satisfying friendships that build up the body of Christ and bring honor to God. Includes five daily lessons for each week combining study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer.

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Dec
24
10:00 AM10:00

Worship on Christmas Eve

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Monday, December 24, 2018, is Christmas Eve. You’re invited to attend any of St. Paul’s worship services:

  • Noon. Service of Holy Communion | Sung by St. Paul’s Treble Choir with music including Malcolm Archer’s Christchurch Mass

  • 4 pm. Service of Lessons and Carols | Sung by St. Paul’s Choir with music by Mack Wilberg, William Dawson, Benjamin Britten and Arvo Pärt 

  • 6 pm. Service of Lessons and Carols | Sung by St. Paul’s Choir with music by Mack Wilberg, William Dawson, Benjamin Britten and Arvo Pärt 

  • 8 pm. Service of Holy Communion | Sung by St. Paul’s Chamber Choir with music by Herbert Howells and T. L. da Victoria    

  • 10 pm. Service of Las Posadas (dual language English/Spanish, starting on the outdoor labyrinth); Led by the Fe y Esperanza community

Nursery care and children's activities are provided in the Jones Building for all worship services. For those arriving after the Sanctuary is full, each service will be simulcast into the Chapel and the first-floor Gallery. For those unable to attend in person, these services are live streamed.

Christmas Eve Parking. To help ensure parking spaces for our many Christmas Eve visitors, to the extent you are able, please park in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, garage across Binz from St. Paul's large lot. Thanks to the MFAH for making the garage available from 9 am to midnight for those services.

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Dec
16
4:30 PM16:30

Children's Christmas Candlelight Service

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The Children’s Christmas Candlelight worship service will be on Sunday, December 16, at 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary. People of all ages are invited to attend this service led by the Children’s Choirs, as children also read and re-enact the Christmas story.

This service begins with St. Paul’s Youth Strings, an ensemble of seven violinists, four cellists, and two violists from age five to high school, directed by Antoine Plante. 

In addition to leading congregational music, the Children’s Choirs sing carols such as Once in Royal David’s City, featuring a soloist in the tradition established in 1919 by the King’s College Chapel Cambridge. 

The service concludes with the acolytes passing light from the altar candles into the congregation while worshipers sing Silent Night.

Emulating the Wise Men, attendees are asked to bring to the altar gifts of food, clothing, toys, or money to be distributed though the Emergency Aid Coalition and other outreach ministries.

“Every role is highly valued, and children learn that they have gifts to offer in the worshiping community,” said Edwards. “Because this service is so reverent and beautiful, the congregation always includes many people without children of their own.”

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Dec
16
9:45 AM09:45

Youth Strings perform

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St. Paul's Youth Strings will be in the Jones Building Lobby playing from 9:45–10 am on Sunday, December 16. Under the direction of Antoine Plante, the ensemble includes string players from age five through high school.

Come listen to this special St. Paul's ensemble. They will play again at the Children's Christmas Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 4:30 that afternoon.

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Dec
9
12:15 PM12:15

Holding Hope: Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

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Holding Hope is a four-week Advent series, co-facilitated by Rev. Andrew Wolfe and Helen Spaw, intended for those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss.

Each Sunday of Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 12:15-1:30 pm), we will gather in the Fellers Room, S-312, to reflect on scripture passages and an accompanying devotion. In the midst of grief, we will offer a safe space where you can find support and comfort and open ourselves to the possibility of hope.

Whether parent or grandparent, we invite adults grieving the loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or other complications of premature births.

For more details, contact Helen Spaw via hspaw@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.

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Dec
8
9:30 AM09:30

Kids Day Out

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Our popular Friday-night program for children 4 months to 5th grade becomes Kids Day Out during December. It includes a full schedule of games, crafts, play, snacks, lunch, and supervised activities from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm while parents enjoy an day on their own. The cost is $25/child/day ($5/each additional sibling). A light supper is served around 6:30. 

Kids Night/Day Out is available for families of St. Paul’s Church and School. Reservations, which are required due to limited space and staff, are accepted for each date up to two weeks in advance.

Please use this secure link to register and pay. For questions or special needs, please contact Ellen Edwards via eedwards@stpaulshouston.org.

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Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Service of Advent Lessons and Carols

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Advent—the first season in the Christian calendar—is a time of expectation and preparation. This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 2, and ends on Christmas Eve.

St. Paul’s annual Service of Advent Lessons and Carols takes us on a journey. We begin by recognizing the separation that we can sometimes feel from God (traditionally depicted as the expulsion from the Garden of Eden) but, as the service progresses, the scripture and music move us through words of encouragement and God’s promise of redemption to joyful anticipation of the coming of Christ into the world and into our hearts.

Interspersed between the beautiful and poetic scripture readings of the Advent season, St. Paul’s Choir and St. Paul’s Treble Choir will be singing music spanning five centuries of composition. Choral anthems will include:

  • Drop down, ye heavens – Richard Lloyd

  • Canite tuba – Francisco Guerrero

  • Never weather-beaten sail – Charles Wood

  • E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come – Paul Manz

  • Song of Peace – Charles Stanford

  • Angelus ad Virginem – Andrew Carter

Hymns sung by the whole congregation will include:

  • Prepare the way, O Zion

  • Come, thou long-expected Jesus

  • Hark, the glad sound

The service will end with Charles Wesley’s exuberant affirmation of the coming of Christ: “Lo, he comes with clouds descending.”

All are welcome. Following the service, St. Paul’s Youth and families are hosting a dessert reception in the Youth Center.

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Dec
2
12:15 PM12:15

Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids

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Does your child have developmental, emotional, medical or learning differences? This parent group is designed to provide a time of connection and mutual support.  

First Sunday of every month 12:15-1:30 pm in J-204. Childcare is provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch. You do not have to be a member of St. Paul’s to attend.

The group is led by co-facilitators Helen Spaw, who holds a Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity from New York's Pratt Institute, and Jennifer West, who is working on a graduate degree in counseling.

RSVP and questions to Helen Spaw at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org

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