More About the People and Community of St Paul’s
People of Holy Hospitality and Welcome —We welcome over 1,000 people every week to St Paul’s, and we welcome you!
People of Diversity—St Paul’s is one of the most diverse congregations in eastern Bergen County, gathering a faith community from more than 17 countries of origin, an intergenerational span of ages, with members from nearly every continent of the world, and many ethnic backgrounds. The richness of our Parish Family is one of the jewels of our community life.
A Parish Family—For over 150 years, we have gathered households to worship God, experience loving community and minister to those in need. We share in worship and joyous gatherings through the depths of our Anglican tradition and our unique heritage. Our Parish includes households from as far away as Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa, and as close Lydecker Street or Teaneck.
People of Worship—We welcome all for worship. As a community of faith, the people of St. Paul’s find our center in the worship, and regular worship is at the heart of our Parish Family and community. As part of the global Anglican Communion, our worship follows the form of the Book of Common Prayer. All Parish services are open to the public and span a diversity of styles—formal and informal, spoken and musical, intimate and large. In addition to regular weekly services, St.Paul’s is home to special worship opportunities throughout the year. These services are in observance of major feasts and Church seasons, as well as those connected to the larger Englewood and east Bergen County communities.
People of Prayer— We depend on God for everything for this life and the next. Within the embrace of God’ grace, we find strength, comfort, provision, and healing. St. Paul’s offers a regular Prayer Ministry Team who are ready to listen to your particular need, hurt, or concern, and pray with you. Every Wednesday we gather Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers, 6:30 pm in the Chapel.
A Place for Families, Children, Youth— We are committed to raise and guide even youngest generations of God’s children in living our faith with Christ’s hope and grace. We gather children, youth, and families for regular activities like our weekly Sunday Kids’ Mass-Awake My Soul, our monthly youth night out, special events for families, household formation resources, our after-school Choir School, service projects, serving as acolytes and lay readers in worship, our annual Summer Day Camp.
A Place for Community Transformation—Outreach is essential to our life together. Here are a few of the ways your can join Christ’s work in the world: our regular in-gatherings for the Center for Food Action; providing dinner for the Hoboken Clergy Coalition Soup Kitchen; hosting at-risk and transitioning families with Family Promise of Bergen County; serving our annual Thanksgiving Community Supper; helping young men of color through our Timothy Project Mentoring Ministry; or offering health and medical resources through our Health Ministry.
A Place of Music—Music is an integral part of our life and worship together, as well as an essential way that many share their gifts and talents. We have many ways to share and receive God’s grace in music. The St Paul’s Choir is a semi-professional ensemble that provides choral leadership on Sundays and Holy Days. Anyone who can read music is cordially invited to join us The Summer months offer a another way to sing with the casual rhythm of our Summer Choir. In additional the St Paul’s Choir School for ages 8 through high school is a comprehensive program in which students learn music theory and ear-training. Piano and voice lessons are also offered. The Choir School sings once a month as well as Evensongs and many other events. We also offer and host Community Concerts throughout the year.
A Place for Faith Formation—We deepen our faith through many opportunities, the Sunday morning Adult Forum, Wednesday Night Bible Study, Book Club, Big Screen Theology (intersection of faith and cinema), Contemplative Prayer, seminars and workshops, special programs for Advent and Lent, and more.
A Place for Life’s Celebrations—St Paul’s welcomes the opportunity to serve both parishioners and non-parishioners in need of elegant weddings and respectful funerals honoring the persons involved. There are no membership requirements for weddings or funerals.
People of Compassion—Community and Pastoral Care is provided for those who are hospitalized or homebound with visits from clergy and fellow parishioners. Communion is provided on a regular basis. Please call the parish office to let us know if you or a friend should be visited.