Nestled in the heart of Essex, Ontario, the congregation of St. Paul’s is an affirming group of individuals committed to finding creative ways to engage with the wider community, lift up local heroes, create awareness about justice and actively live the Marks of Mission.
Proclaim the Good News:
St. Paul’s has developed a wonderful relationship with Community Living Essex opening the doors to programming and creating space where groups feel welcomed to church events like our pasta dinners.
Thrive! our youth and family program offers a creative way for individuals across the generations to engage in issues relevant to today. Click here for more information.
Our yearly Legacy of Heroes event seeks to highlight and give thanks to individuals and groups who use their God-given gifts to make a difference in our community.
In an effort to Proclaim the Good News to the LGBTQ2+ community, St. Paul’s flies a variety of Pride Flags at significant moments and offers worship services including a Pride Service and a service on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Pride and Transgender flags are typically in the sanctuary as a reminder of our commitment to reach out in love to this community.
Service: In an effort to care for individuals and families who are struggling financially, St. Paul’s has developed a strong relationship with local food banks in an effort to offer free clothing thanks to generous donations to our clothing cupboard. The cupboard is typically open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-1pm. Generous donations to our Thank You Bank at the end of worship have also supported a variety of ministries.
Transforming Society: In an effort to raise awareness about a variety of issues, St. Paul’s has Fun with Flags! Paying attention to the calendar, St. Paul’s honours moments like the Season of Creation, Orange Shirt Day, Remembrance Day, Transgender awareness week, World Food Day and more by flying appropriate flags and offering information about these moments through signage and Facebook posts.
St. Paul’s also offers support for local entrepreneurs through regular market days and occasional “cash mobs” where we gather together and shop, dine and/or otherwise enjoy a local business.
Safeguard Creation: There is ongoing exploration to find ways to reduce waste, single use plastics and paper. In 2019, the Confirmation Class planted an oak tree in the centre of the front yard as a reminder of our call to care for creation. The community continues to honour the Season of Creation through worship and programming.