» Safe Church Training

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Safeguarding God’s People: Sat, Sept 29 from 9am-noon in the Gathering Space

Safeguarding God’s Children: Sun, Sept 30 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Fireside Rm

RSVP to the office at 651-228-1172 x10 or church@stjohnsstpaul.org .


In the Episcopal Church, we provide a safe and welcoming environment for all who participate in our worship, programs, ministries and any other church supported activities. We especially strive to maintain a safe place for children, youth and vulnerable adults with an awareness that everyone can be vulnerable at certain times. Safe Church Training is required for

• Clergy & All paid employees
• Vestry
• Youth leaders, teachers & volunteers
• Lay leaders
• Ministry leaders
• Volunteers involved with vulnerable adults
• All key holders

If you fall into one or more of these roles and you have not taken Safe Church training in the past five years, then it’s time to sign up! (You can contact the church office to look up the date of your last training.)

» Handbell and Youth Choir Rehearsals resume

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Singing or ringing in a choir is a wonderful way to praise God! You are always welcome to try it out and make music with us. Handbell and Youth Choir rehearsals were postponed one week but will begin soon!

Handbell Choir: 5:45pm Tuesdays, beginning September 25.

Youth Choir (grades 7-12): 5:30pm Wednesdays, beginning September 26.

To join a choir or learn more: richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org


» Stateless, Stuck and Syrian:  Lessons from a Refugee Camp

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Monday, September 24 from 7–9pm in the St. John’s Fireside Room.

In this panel “Stateless, Stuck and Syrian:  How an 8 Year Civil War Has Devastated a People – Lessons from a Refugee Camp,” Minnesotans Malia Remackel and Mohamad Khouli will speak about their unforgettable experiences volunteering with the Syrian American Medical Society in refugee camps at the Syrian/Lebanon border. They will tell the stories of Syrian refugees who experienced the horrors of war and are now stuck in limbo at the border. They will also talk about what we can do to help. Free of charge. Open to adults and teens. Sponsored by Twin Cities Nonviolent.

» Faith Formation for Youth & Adults

Posted on: September 20, 2018

9am Sundays in the Fireside Room

Differing stances on issues such as immigration, poverty, race relations, and climate change have appealed to the Bible for support. Yet some of these so egregiously oppose the overarching themes of the Bible that it seems Scripture has been held captive to serve an agenda. In this series, local scholars will examine how Scripture is deployed in our society to support a wide variety of causes, and offer resources for interpreting the Bible as it addresses topics that shape our contemporary world.

Sept. 9: Immigration – Dr. Ruben Rivera, Bethel University
Sept. 16: Gender Issues – Dr. Amy Marga, Luther Seminary
Sept. 23: Race Relations – Dr. Paula Cooey, Macalester College (Emerita)
Sept. 30: Climate Change – Dr. Cara Anthony, University of St. Thomas
Oct. 7: Poverty – Dr. Amy Levad, University of St. Thomas
Oct. 14: Reflections and Connections: A Community Dialogue for Interpreting Scripture (facilitated by Dr. Neil Elliott)

» Young Adult Events

Posted on: September 13, 2018

Our Young Adults group is active and growing! They will be meeting for brunch after 10am worship this Sunday, September 16 at Bon Vie Cafe on Selby. They will also be gathering at 7pm on Wednesday, September 19 for “Sharing Our Sacred Stories,” led by the Rev. Craig Lemming. If you identify as a Young Adult, come drop in at either or both events and see what this group is all about!

Contact Jayan Nair about the brunches, or get in touch with Kevin Seitz-Paquette to talk about all other young adult activities.