Category: Parish Life

Event Information

When:
December 10th, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Where:
Online (Zoom)

St. Paul’s is co-hosting with Second Presbyterian Church a Faith on Tap Series that meets monthly online through Zoom. Faith on Tap is an opportunity for people to gather with their beverage of choice and discuss topics with one another through a faith-based lens.

When: Thursday, December 10th @ 5:00 p.m.

For our final “Faith on Tap” of the year, we will be learning about the Insight Garden Program. Insight Garden Program helps transform the lives of incarcerated people through cultivating gardens in prison yards and other property. The gardens provide a sense of connectedness to Creation, their fellow inmates, and to the Creator. Many walls have come down and the men who participate start to see that they can create friendships and work together across demographic lines. Come hear about this amazing program!


Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93294631190?pwd=dXQ0WGcxRUNZV2IwTTdiRzYrdm12QT09

Meeting ID: 932 9463 1190
Passcode: 164092

Please contact Keli Shipley Cooper by e-mail with any questions.

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Event Information

When:
December 24th, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Where:
ONLINE | Facebook and Website

Join Us Online for a Special Christmas Eve/Christmas Celebration!

You can find our Service Bulletin with the order of service HERE.

We wanted to capture the spirit of Christmas in a meaningful way during this season when we are unable to all gather together in person. We know it is hard not to gather in person but hope this offering will invite you and your family into the holiness and joy of this season, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and his message of hope, peace, and love for our world.

Join us as we usher in the Christmas Season with the premiere of our Christmas Eve/Christmas film. Below are a couple of ways you can watch the service:

  • Participate with the St. Paul’s family! We will host a viewing or “Watch” party on Facebook. This option is similar to Facebook Live and allows you to watch this pre-recorded video in real-time with others from St. Paul’s at the appointed times below. (Note: this is the same service just viewed at different times) – www.facebook.com/stpaulsrva.
    • Christmas Eve, December 24th @ 4:00 p.m. on Facebook
    • Christmas Eve, December 24th @ 9:00 p.m. on Facebook
    • Christmas Day, December 25th @ 10:00 a.m. on Facebook
  • Watch anytime! The Christmas video will be accessible on our YouTube Channel, on Facebook, and above on our website starting at 3:55 p.m. on Christmas Eve through the entire Christmas Season. Pop popcorn, mull some cider or make a little hot cocoa and gather around the Christmas tree to watch at a time that is convenient for you or re-watch whenever you want.
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Event Information

When:
December 21st, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Where:
Online - Live Stream

Liturgy of the Longest Night, Live-streamed Holy Eucharist | Monday, December 21st @ 7 p.m.

This year, we will experience the Advent-Christmas season like no other as the covid-19 pandemic continues, disrupting our traditions and limiting our ability to travel and gather with our families and loved ones. For those for whom Christmas is already a painful, difficult and lonely time of year, this will be an especially hard Christmas. The Liturgy of the Longest Night, also known as “Blue Christmas,” is symbolically held on the Winter Solstice (December 21st or thereabouts), coinciding with the Feast Day for St. Thomas the Apostle (“Doubting Thomas”). This service creates a space to recognize and hold space for our own Thomist-like struggles of doubt during the darkness before Christmas faced by those living with loss and grief as we together wait in hope and longing for the Eternal Word Made Flesh to be born anew in our weary hearts and world. Please join us for this special live-streamed service (link to the video and live stream will be posted here on the day of service).

Bulletin for Liturgy of the Longest Night

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Event Information

When:
December 5th, 2020 at 10:00 am
Where:
Meet at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Memorial Garden. Prayer Walk will happen at Capitol Square.
815 E. Grace Street

Please join us, Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m., as we walk, watch and wait, witness and pray to God for Christ to be born anew into our hearts, our community, and all creation this Advent season. We will meet in St. Paul’s Memorial Garden, and we will walk quietly together to and around Capitol Square, stopping at designated prayer stations to read poems and prayers, concluding on the front steps of St. Paul’s. The walk will be easy with some hills and about 1.25 miles in length.

Prayer Walk Route Map | Prayer Walk Booklet w/Prayers

Limit 15 people and reservation required. You can reserve your spot HERE.

*Note change of location from the location named in Advent Calendar.

In the case of inclement weather, alternative date will be Saturday, December 12th at 10 a.m. Contact Rev. Gwynn for additional information HERE.

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St. Francis

by Rev. Charlie Dupree Francis is one of my favorite saints. He is typically associated with animals and creation. Underlying these associations with nature is humility – a stepping aside from the “ways of the world.” St. Francis was doing his thing in the latter part of the twelfth century. It was a time when […]

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