MORE ABOUT US
At St. Paul’s we seek to be a biblically functioning community under the headship of Jesus Christ. We do this as we follow the three c’s as outlined in Matthew’s Gospel.
The Three C’s
The Great Commandment – Matthew 22: 34
We are a people who are deeply interested in serving those in our local community. We want to let people know that St. Paul’s means acceptance and assistance. This is to live out the Great Commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind . . You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
The Great Confession – Matthew 15: 13
We offer many opportunities for those in our midst to grow in their faith. St. Paul’s is a place where you can explore ultimate questions in a safe environment. Jesus asked his followers: Who do you say that I am. Peter answered: You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.
The Great Commission – Matthew 28: 16
Able to care for one another and certain about the core of our Christian identity, we can embrace our Lord’s call in the Great Commission. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them. . . .. The parish church is meant to be a vibrant and dynamic place. We want to grow! To grow both in numbers and to grow more fully into the image of the God who created us.
SUPPORTING THE DAVID BUSBY CENTRE
The David Busby Centre produces a brochure – One in 2200 which summarizes their Mission and Vision as follows:
Mission: Driven by a philosophy of empowerment, David Busby Street Centre is a community not-for-profit organization working from a non-judgemental approach to advocate for and improve conditions for individuals and families within the County of Simcoe who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Vision: Safe, comfortable housing, appropriate supports and adequate resources to ensure healthy and fulfilling lives for every citizen of the City of Barrie as well as the County of Simcoe.
St. Paul’s has chosen The Busby Centre to be the major recipient of our outreach efforts this coming year. We want to give everyone an opportunity to contribute so five times each year we have a “Busby Sunday”. If every family is able to help in some small way, we can make a difference. We alternate between supplying coffee supplies and personal care items. Ms. Catherine Johnson, staff person responsible for partnerships, indicated that, depending on the time of the year, the Busby Centre uses up to twenty 920 gram containers of coffee per week! Those who drop in often use the Basic Needs Program which supplies: travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap for showers, razors, chap stick, suntan lotion, socks, feminine hygiene products, underwear, toothpaste and deodorant. We believe cans of coffee and bars of soap can be a way to put our faith into action.
St. Paul’s now has three teams of volunteers who prepare sandwiches for clients of the David Busby Centre.
CHRISTMAS COUNTRY CRAFT BAZAAR
This initiative is one of the most important in the life of St. Paul’s. Not only is it a significant fundraiser with our members and their friends working throughout the year making items to donate for sale. It is also an important time of community building as people who attend our three different worship services work together.
On a Saturday after Remembrance Day, our Christmas Bazaar is attended by several hundred people from the local community who know they will get good value and find beautiful and unique gift items. Our Silent Auction and Penny Table are big hits.
In 2010 we added a pie sale to our baking and Christmas treats.
ST. PAUL’S PARISH DINNERS AND CATERING TEAM
St. Paul’s is well known for its delicious dinners held for special occasions, such as a Fall Re-gathering, Christmas Turkey Supper, Mother’s Day Roast Beef Dinner and June Strawberry Festival. Phyllis Crews and her faithful catering team work together to offer a wonderful meal, attractively presented and often there is entertainment too.
Phyllis and George Crews
Willing helpers, Gladys, Wendy and Janet
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON DARTS CLUB SENIORS’ SOCIAL GROUP
Join others from St. Paul’s for a game of darts and good food. No special skill is required just a good sense of humour! Contact Mr. Frank Little
LAST THURSDAY EVENING MEN’S CLUB
Every month there is a Mens’ Dinner at 6:30 pm in the parish hall. There is a catered dinner for a very reasonable cost. Participants are asked to register in advance so dinner guarantee can be made.
The Men’s Club also assists with parish fundraising for specific projects for the Property Committee and plans and organzied various parish special events. The weekly bulletin keeps you informed.
CONTACT MR. FRANK LITTLE
APRONS AND BRIEFCASES
Join other busy women balancing careers and family for a time of quiet, study and reflection the second Saturday morning of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Child care can be arranged.
TAI CHI GROUP
Georgina Duggan, a parish member and certified Tai Chi Instructor leads a group in the main hall most Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. People attending enjoy fellowship and the opportunity to improve their health and flexibility through a combination of slow movements, meditation and breathing.