SAVE THE DATE!
All God's Critters Weekend Bible Camp is scheduled for September 18th - 20th! It's sure to be a weekend full of family fun, kid discovery, and community connection! This incredible weekend will include an adapted VBS and our 2nd Annual Fall Faith Festival! Click here to register your children. Looking for more information? Find the schedule here, or contact Rebekah with questions.
ONLINE MINISTRIES & UPDATES
As we adapt to the changing times, we've moved many of our ministries and programming online! Read our latest updates including links to our virtual programming and worship services, the latest news from the church office, tips for getting through this period of transition, and a weekly devotional. Get access to all our virtual gatherings and updates here!
If you’re in need of pastoral care during this time, please contact Pastor Chris in the church office at (406) 549-4141 or by email.
We invite you to worship with us online live on Sundays at 10:00 am followed by Kids' Time at approximately 11:00 am following worship! To connect, go to https://www.stpaulmissoulamt.org/watch-live for a link to the video, bulletin, and a way to make an offering online.
More information on our Virtual Gatherings and Programming and all weekly updates regarding our online ministries can be found here.
At this time, we intend to continue worshiping virtually through July 31st. The safety of all is our primary focus. We continue to monitor and review the situation in light of potentially re-opening in-person worship in the future with the intent of continuing a form of virtual worship. Stay tuned to our announcements for more information.
RECONCILING IN CHRIST
Following a training last fall, we've started a Reconciling In Christ (RIC) team to explore how we as a church can be more welcoming to all peoples and particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+ in addition to those who feel excluded due to race or economic status.
Our RIC training focused on the journey of creating safe, nurturing, and affirming communities for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to truly welcome all to worship and learn in our faith community. As a team, we are interested in promoting this inclusive welcome and possibly becoming RIC-rostered (as are Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Billings and our own Emmaus Campus Ministry).
To become part of the RIC roster, a congregation must make a public, specific indication of its welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This is typically done by passing an Affirmation of Welcome or Welcome Statement at a congregational meeting. Beforehand, we're interested in lots of discussion and education around these topics.
We would love to hear your questions, thoughts, and feedback or to have you join our team. Contact Pastor Chris or Rebekah Cochrane in the church office at (406) 549-4141 (or email Pastor Chris here or Rebekah here).
ST. PAUL CORE TEAMS
Nine of our members recently completed training with the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) and 35 other non-profit organizations and faith communities in Missoula to launch our very own "Core Team." This team will be reaching out to our community members to have one-on-one, confidential conversations to learn more about each person's vision for St. Paul's work as a church and in the greater Missoula community.
If you would like to participate in either our Core Team or in a confidential, one-on-one conversation with one of our Core Team members, please contact Ann Bailey at (406) 369-5649 or Vicke Schend at (406) 390-6074) or email Ann here or email Vicke here.
We love to give our younger children a special place in our church family and Sunday worship, so we literally put them first! Our PrayGround is a space at the front of the sanctuary designed for children to be active participants in every worship service. This space features quiet activities for kids during worship, and our youth director is present to guide them through the rhythms of worship in ways they can understand. Kids are invited to sing and pray with the whole congregation. A children’s lesson helps them connect to the Bible stories that shape our faith, and playing is always an option! All children are welcome, and parents can feel free to stay with their children at the PrayGround or sit in a nearby pew. We hope that the PrayGround is an engaging place for children to be present in the worshiping community and is of service to parents who want to direct their focus toward participating more fully on Sunday mornings. Questions? Contact Youth Director Rebekah Cochrane.