Dear Friends,

Welcome to the St. Paul’s, Brunswick, Maine Website!

GOD IS LOVE, PANDEMIC OR NOT!

“God is love; he who dwells in love is dwelling in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4.16) The most important thing the people of St. Paul’s want you to remember about Christianity is this passage of scripture. Our goal at St. Paul’s Church is to be a parish that dwells in God’s love, loving each other and our neighbor.

LOVING AND ADAPTING IS GOD’S WAY IN A PANDEMIC!

We have been committed to loving God and our neighbor for over 175 years. In the current climate of this dangerous pandemic, our commitment to love has been strengthened even more. Because of this love we desire that no one be exposed to the coronavirus. That’s why we choose not to offer in-person worship until we are reasonably assured that we can do so safely.

The beauty of our vitality and love means that we have adapted and learned to utilize digital platforms, making devices and training available, offering multiple opportunities for you to join us for worship and fellowship and for in-person outdoor events. I invite you to visit the Parish Calendar page to discover the many opportunities for spiritual nourishment and fellowship.

LOVE IN WORSHIP AND ACTS OF MERCY

We put God’s love into action strengthening our relationship with to God. You will find that there are multiple opportunities to gather in small Zoom groups for conversation about scripture, to pray together and to worship. Check out our Worship Page where you will find inspiring sermons, beautiful music offered by our music minister Randy Day, prayers and gatherings that strengthen our community of faith. Our preachers are excellent. The sermons are based on the Sunday lessons and connect to the challenges and joys of modern day living.

Families with small children and youth are inspired by Zoom Family Worship time that includes moments of sharing for the week, custom videos created by our assistant rector, the Rev. Katie Holicky. You will also find an abundance of outdoor in-person youth and family times scheduled in the memorial garden, sometimes even in the snow! If you are a parent with young children, or someone simply seeking a non-traditional church experience, I invite you to share in the joy of 9:30 a.m. Sunday family worship.

Our parish has been committed to outreach for over 175 years. You might be interested to learn that the entire net proceeds of the annual Christmas Fair are given to organizations that help the most in need of Brunswick and beyond. We joyfully work in the neighborhood by helping with housing, sharing food, sponsoring community builds of winter window inserts, sponsoring Red Cross blood drives and offering our building for many 12-Step meetings and presenting community forums when, of course, we are in person! As a parish, we have made a special commitment to studying in-depth the effects of systemic racism through a 10-session program offered by The Episcopal Church.

On this website please find our parish calendar to find God in the spiritual nourishment or involvement God is calling you to. Please join us.  My desire for you is that there is a place for you to grow in love and friendship in Christ at St. Paul’s.

The spirit of St. Paul’s is vibrant, joyous and loving. I am pleased to invite you to experience the love and mercy of God with the people of St. Paul’s.

Your friend in Christ,

The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund, Rector

December 2020