There is a place for everyone
Worship and Music Ministry
Altar and Flower Guilds. Prepares the worship space for services and celebrations of the Eucharist. Includes setting up chalices and tableware for communion and polishing and changing altar linens.
Acolytes. Youth in grades 3 – 12 who lead processions by carrying the cross and torches and creating an atmosphere of celebration. Assist the clergy in preparing the altar for communion
Healing Team. Trained Healing Team members offer prayers to individuals as they leave the altar after receiving the Eucharist.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs). Lay Eucharistic Ministers or LEMs are lay persons who assist the priest in administering the sacraments of Holy Communion. LEMs administer the chalice during the communion service and read the prayers of the people. Under the canons of the Episcopal church, a LEM must be a confirmed, active member of the church, at least 16 years of age. Being a LEM is usually a one Sunday a month commitment, the exception being Christmas, Lent and Easter when there are additional services.
Lay Readers. Read the lessons during the Sunday morning services. Youth are welcome to become lectors.
Ushers. Welcome people upon entry to the church and provide bulletins and other materials needed for worship. Guide the congregation at communion, and gather the offerings of the people.
Welcome Team Sunday welcomers stand at the door of the church before and after the 10am service, welcoming people to St. Paul's.
Children’s Christian Formation Please see the following pages for full information Church School
Adult Education A variety of topics are discussed on Sunday morning at 9:15 am during the Adult Ed time, this is led by The Rev. Chris Visminas.
Bible Study This is a weekly group that meets on Wednesday at noon to discuss the upcoming Sunday lessons. From September to June.
Centering Prayer This small group meets on Monday at 7:00 P.M. (September to June) to reflect and center themselves with meditation and reading.
Coffee Hour Coordinates the bounty of treats that make our Sunday coffee hour special!
Kitchen Care The care and upkeep of the Sherrill Hall Kitchen.
Newcomer’s Group Shepherds newcomers of St. Paul’s through the first few months.
Men’s Group Meets every Saturday morning at 8:00 A.M. for readings and discussion.
Mom’s Group This group gathers in the Spring and Fall (six sessions each season) for a light meal, reflection, fellowship and stories that help deepen individual spirituality.
Women’s Retreat Now in its 15th year! This is an annual Lenten Retreat open to all women of St. Paul’s. It is held at The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center.
Women’s Spirituality Meets on the first Friday of each month in the home of a parishioner for sharing, support, discussion, and prayer.
Pastoral Care Ministry
Pastoral Care Comprised of lay people in several ministries within the church, with advice and counsel from clergy. We try to check in on Mondays through email regarding pastoral care needs in the parish and work together as needed.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are lay people who have been trained to give the Holy Eucharist to those who are unable to attend church services. At St. Paul’s we use a short service which was adapted from the Book of Common Prayer.
Meals A volunteer coordinates this program in which meals and other support are provided to parishioners in need or crisis. Paula prefers that requests for meals be filtered through the Pastoral Care Coordinator or clergy. She then contacts the parishioner in need and sets up a Sign-up Genius and the volunteers provide the meals as needed.
Prayer Shawl Group. A volunteer coordinates a group of women who knit the prayer shawls and supply them to parishioners in need. Anyone is welcome, please contact the office for a pattern.
Family Promise Metrowest (Formerly “Interfaith Hospitality Network’”). Collaborates with other religious communities to provide lodging, food, and companionship for homeless families. St. Paul's hosts guests for four separate weeks each year, supported by over 50 Saint Paul's volunteers.
St. Paul’s has many strong Outreach Ministries that it is involved with: B-Safe, Coats for Kids, Deanery Delegates, Dioceasen Convention, Family Promise, Haiti Partnership, Natick Service Council Food Pantry, Pinestreet Inn, Outreach Holiday Fair and Fall Rummage Sale to financial support other organizations.
Administrative - Finance - Property Ministries
Vestry. Nine members, three of whom are elected every three years to three-year terms. Additionally, there is a junior and senior warden, a treasurer and assistant treasurer, and a clerk. Vestry members provide leadership and guidance for all of our ministries.
Finance Committee. Meets monthly to examine the financial health of the church, advising on responsible uses of church funds, setting correct procedures, and overseeing investments.
Stewardship Committee. Works to educate and encourage parishioners to make meaningful contributions to the St. Paul’s community using our time, treasure, and talent.
Property Committee. Overseas and arranges for the care adn maintainance of our buildings and properties.
Communications. Manages St. Paul’s website and social media channels, provides communications consulting to other ministries, and assists with parish strategic communications planning.
Parish Historian. Gathers, organizes, and archives the permanent records of the parish.