A Message from Father Paul
God has blessed our parish family with great diversity, and so we believe we have been called by God to be an intentionally multicultural church.
We are more than multiracial — we are African, South American, European, Caribbean, Canadian, and Black-White-Brown-born-in-the-USA, and we look forward to adding the rest of the world to our family!
You will hear many accents here. We love our differences, and we love learning each other’s stories.
When you get to know our parish family, you will find that we grew up Baptist, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Jewish, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Independent Bible Church, Quaker, Episcopalian (and other worldwide churches of the Anglican Communion), spiritual-but-not-religious, and more – and some of us used to call our religion “None.”
Some of us have a strong, simple and clear faith, and some of us have come the hard way to a progressive understanding – and we love that difference in our parish family, too. We all hunger for the Spirit to move in our lives.
We have learned that the weeks of our lives can be more joyful, and our burdens are carried more easily when we worship together on a Sunday – and we work together as a family to make our worship ever more spiritually powerful. Our 10:00 family Communion has many kinds of music and contemporary language, but with timeless spiritual depth. Our spoken 8:00 traditional Holy Eucharist (Rite I or Rite II, depending on the season) is held in one of our two chapels. Both services are growing!
Currently, due to COVID-19, we are holding one service on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom, followed by our virtual coffee hour for fellowship, until we are able to resume in-person worship. To join in, click the “Watch Live” button at the top of the page.
Traditional Eucharist, Sunday 8:00 am
Our spoken, traditional Holy Eucharist (Rite I or Rite II, depending on the season) is held in one of our two chapels.
Family Communion, Sunday 10:00am
Our Family Communion has many kinds of music and uses contemporary language, but with timeless spiritual depth.
Who are you? What is St. Paul’s Elkins Park all about?
We believe that God worked very hard to make us all different, and we celebrate God’s success! We are people of many colors, cultures, languages, and faith backgrounds. But there are also many ways that the people of St. Paul’s are all the same. We are articulate, spiritual, lively, fun-loving, sensitive, questioning, and devout Christians, who believe that we are called to be God’s hands in the world. We strive to walk His walk in this world; to follow the call of compassion and service to others. We worship using ancient and beautiful Christian traditions, but with our eyes fixed firmly on the issues and concerns of today’s broken world.
How do I follow along with the service?
What happens after the service?
Is it okay to take Communion even if I’m not Episcopalian?
Are children welcome?
Yes, of course! There is free daycare available during the 10 a.m. Family Communion, and children of all ages also stay for services.
What if I would like to become a member?
How can I get updated information on activities, special events, concerts, and outreach?
I have additional questions…Where can I go for answers?