WHO WE ARE
Have you ever walked away from a conversation with a Christian, or watched what Christians say and do in public to demean or belittle others who are different, and said, "I'm done! I've had it with Christianity!"?
So have we. And that's why we're here. We're a church trying to undo the church, to recover the church. To live and practice the Gospel.
We are a theologically progressive, liturgically traditional, extravagantly welcoming, inter-generationally affirming, and inclusive religious community. We choose to worship in a beautiful sanctuary with stained glass windows, and we use hymnals: we affirm the traditions of the church, but we are not exclusively tethered to them.
We're not for everyone. The mixture of traditional church structure with progressive, LGBTQ+ affirming values is unusual in our area. We might be for you.
We're a smaller-sized church than big churches in our area. You're not going to be anonymous at St. Paul's, you'll be welcomed and included.
We do not require our community members to sign a statement of faith, but to covenant on a faith journey with us. We acknowledge the historic creeds of the church as what they are, historic creeds, and we believe that the greatest works of the God of scripture are yet to come, that "God is still speaking," still speaking through the church.
So no matter who you are, or what you are, or where you've been on life's journey, you are welcome here!
This inclusive message is offensive to many. We preach an offensive faith: forward-moving, future-affirming, tradition-embracing, un-traditionally inclusive, unapologetically exorcising racism, homophobia, and systems of hate.
We are operating on a modified schedule because of COVID-19.
Our live, in-person Sunday worship service is at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary. We are taking health precautions, and you'll get some instructions when you arrive. We will not provide child care or activities at this time for the safety of the children.
Online, digital worship is at NOON on ZOOM, and can be found by following this link. The online service is more contemporary and we provide it for families with children and members who are not ready to return to church because of the pandemic.
We will resume the 9:45 prayer service and children's programming as it is safe to do so.
Emmanuel's Closet: Food and Clothing Pantry
Emmanuel's Closet is a community ministry shared and staffed by local churches of the Dallastown Ministerium, and is housed at St. Paul's UCC. The pantry is for residents of Dallastown and Red Lion School Districts, and is open Saturday mornings year-round (except on holiday weekends).
An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ
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A QUICK LOOK
9:45 AM Prayer Service
10:30 AM Worship Service (announcements start at 10:25 AM)
During the church hour, we offer a nursery and Sunday School for toddlers to grade 6. A youth group is separately available for teens grade 6 and up.
11:30 AM Fellowship hour
Regular Communion schedule
Usually the first Sunday of the Month. All are welcome to the table. We offer non-alcoholic and gluten-free sacrament (explained in our weekly bulletin).
What to expect when you visit
You should expect to be greeted at the door, we will give you a first-time visitor packet. Other members of the church will welcome you and you will be received by the pastor.
Children arrive with parents or guardians and stay in the worship service until a children's time, when they are dismissed for children's church.
As an Open and Affirming congregation, we welcome individuals with developmental, intellectual, or physical disabilities into our worship space.
Average Sunday worship attendance
65, typical range from 65-80. We have roughly 30 children registered for Sunday School.
Deeper worship experiences
The Sacred/Profane Community
Lent & Holy Week services
Interfaith Thanksgiving observances
Religious Education opportunities
Children's Sunday School
Child care during worship
Seasonal adult classes
Summer programs for children
Youth and Adult Confirmation Classes
Adult Vacation Beer & Bible School
Community and justice opportunities
Emmanuel's Closet (community pantry)
Congregational Social Justice Ministries
NA Meetings (Wed. evenings)
National Night Out
Interfaith and Ecumenical ministries
Annual fundraiser dinners
Weekly fellowship hour
Outdoor Ministries through Penn Central Conference