WELCOME to ST. PAUL’S!
Thank you for visiting St. Paul’s Episcopal Church! We hope
this website will tell you more about the mission, ministries, programs,
fellowship, and worship of our parish. We are excited about what God is doing
at St. Paul’s and hope you will join us for worship soon!
St. Paul’s is warm and welcoming and made up of many; we are
young and old, singles and families, widows and widowers, active and retired.
Some of us are life-long Episcopalians, while many of us came from different
faith traditions or had no church background at all.
We’ve all found St. Paul’s to be a place where inclusion is
expected and all are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where
people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journeys.
Here is a little about St. Paul’s:
Our Nursery is available for all children infant
to five years old during the 10:00 am Service. The nursery is located in
the lower level adjacent to the Parish Hall.
What does the word "Episcopal" mean?
The word "Episcopal" comes from the Greek
"episkopos" which means "to be ruled by Bishops." We
are members of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia and are governed by a
Diocesan Bishop. We use the Book of Common Prayer in our worship which
has its roots in ancient history.
What will you find at St. Paul’s?
At St. Paul’s you will find a community of faithful
Christians who gather together on Sunday mornings to give praise to
God. You will find our worship service
to be both ancient and modern. It is
grounded in Scripture and patterned after the worship of the early church,
while it is made relevant for our lives today. You will find ministries
available for all age groups, and we welcome you in the love of Christ.
How will I know what to do?
As you enter the church you will be given a weekly service
leaflet by an usher. This will contain the order of the service, the
Bible readings, news and announcements for the week ahead. The service is
found in the Book of Common Prayer and the hymns in the Hymnal 1982.
What is Holy Communion?
The core of the Episcopal service is Holy Communion, also
known as the Eucharist. Holy Communion is the giving out of bread and
wine which has been consecrated, or made holy.
It is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of
his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.
As a Visitor can I
participate in Communion?
All Baptized Christians are welcome to come to the altar for
communion. Please hold your hands palms up so the celebrant may place a
host on your hand. You can take it into your mouth and wait for the
chalice to come to you. If you desire to drink from the chalice grasp it
at the base and guide it to your lips. You may also intinct, or dip, the wafer
into the wine and place in your mouth.
Please direct your comments or questions to the church
office at 540-389-9307, or simply fill in the contact information below and we
will promptly answer your request.