beneath these very branches
This year's stewardship initiative invites us to remember what God has done beneath these very branches—in the shade of the majestic trees and towering cathedral at St. Paul's. It is beneath these very branches that so many sacred memories have been made. It is beneath these very branches that we anticipate many more years of fruitfulness and ministry together.
Your financial support through pledged giving ensures more of God’s children, young and old alike, find their lives rooted at St. Paul’s.May God bless you and our future together as St. Paul’s strives to be a cathedral for the city!
deeply rooted in our mission
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality, and faith formation for all peoples and communities.
Worship | Traditional worship excellence has continued and expanded as we offer deeply enriching services on Sundays and Wednesdays each week. Choral Evensong is now offered more regularly, and we’ve added “Holy Women, Holy Men” prayer services on feast days to highlight a diverse set of faithful saints of the church.
Mission | The Emergency Aid Coalition serves 350+ lunches, six days a week. Our After School Program supports 32 children. St. Paul’s supplied flood relief to Louisiana. Mitzvah Day brought together 75+ volunteers to work at our partner school, MacGregor. Summer trip to Bolivia sent
24 adults and youth to serve.
Hospitality | More than 35 visitor contacts are made weekly, as well as countless hospital, homebound, and care facility visits. New in 2016: Healing Circles in English and Spanish offer care and community-building and an Employment Encouragement Group supports those seeking jobs or experiencing job transitions.
Faith Formation | Youth missions at home and abroad involved more than 100 youth in 2016. Vacation Bible School reached 200 children. Iconoclast connects with 400+ at-risk teens at our church and all over the city. Fall 2016 saw the launch of four new neighborhood groups (birthed out of Fellowship Fridays) and several on-campus groups.
branching out through our vision
To be a cathedral for Houston that embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities.
As we further live into God’s vision for St. Paul’s, here are some ways we plan to branch out into Houston’s beautiful and growing ethnic and cultural diversity. These are exciting times to be a cathedral for the city!
- Deeper financial investment in Project CURATE which brings together people all across our city for theological formation and relationship building for the sake of reconciliation.
- New opportunities through Iconoclast, an innovative program working with at-risk teens in our community and connecting St. Paul’s with our Latino/a neighbors.
- An emerging ministry partnership with Westbury UMC – the most ethnically diverse United Methodist congregation in our city. There, the Fondren Apartment Ministry connects with refugees from around the world through hospitality and justice work.
- Developing ministries in East Houston. A learning group is meeting to discern the ways God is calling us to presence, prayer, hospitality, and justice on the East Side of Houston.