Outreach Ministries

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected most outreach ministries.

Backpack Project

Backpack Project distributes school supplies to the children of the St. Paul’s neighborhood as well as other children in need.   The Breakfast Club purchases backpacks and school supplies, and it also organizes the execution of this ministry.   Each child receives a backpack full of all of the school supplies that the child will need for the upcoming school year.  The supplies distributed are specified by the class at the school each child will attend. 

Backpack Project distributes the school supplies on the last Saturday in July.  Distribution of school supplies begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at Noon.  Backpack Project takes place at the same time as Neighborhood Brunch, so people utilizing the school supply ministry may also enjoy a hearty meal.

Hope’s Closet – temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

Hope’s Closet is open the last Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM-12 Noon in conjunction with The Breakfast Club’s Neighborhood Brunch.  Hope’s Closet helps to meet the clothing needs of children in the St. Paul’s neighborhood.  It is staffed by adult and Senior High youth volunteers.

Neighborhood Lunch – take out only due to COVID-19

The Breakfast Club serves a Neighborhood Lunch on the last Saturday of every month.  A variety of hearty food is served free of charge to not only the people in the neighborhoods surrounding St. Paul’s, but also to anyone else who needs or would like to eat a delicious meal.

Open Gym 

Open Gym provides children and youth from Kindergarten through the 12th grade an opportunity to learn and play in a safe environment.  It operates during the school year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  In the summer months, Open Gym operates in a modified format from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on the same days.  Visit the Open Gym page for more information and to obtain the forms required for participation.

Parish Nursing

Our Parish Nursing ministry is committed to the health and well-being of St. Paul’s members and the community at large.  Parish Nursing offers free Blood Pressure Screenings on the first Sunday of every month in our library.  The group also writes educational articles for the Messenger, our church newsletter.  Parish Nursing also maintains a large inventory of home health aids such as walkers, shower chairs, wheel chairs, and more.  The equipment is available for the members of St. Paul’s, and their families and friends.

Prayer Shawl

The Prayer Shawl ministry was started by St. Paul’s members who enjoyed knitting or crocheting.  Prayer shawls are distributed to the sick, injured, or to anyone who has a need.   If you or someone you know would like to have a prayer shawl, please contact the church office at 812-425-1522.

Shut-In Visitation Team – temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

The Shut-In Visitation Team is a committee of compassionate and caring people.  The Team visits our elderly and home-bound members and lets them know that they are being prayed for and cared for in the body of Christ.  If you know of a Shut-In and would like to add them to the Shut-In List, please call the church office at 812-425-1522.

Sunday Morning Breakfast – take out only due to COVID-19

Sunday Morning Breakfast is prepared by The Breakfast Club every week.  Breakfast is served free of charge; however, donations are welcome.  The Breakfast Club exists because of the generosity of the people of St. Paul’s.   

The Breakfast Club uses any monetary donations it receives to fund and provide meals for the Open Gym ministry, to prepare the food for the Neighborhood Brunch on the last Saturday of every month, and to fund the distribution of school supplies for the neighborhood children at the beginning of every school year through Backpack Project.

Thanksgiving Dinner – status for 2021 not yet determined

For many years, St. Paul’s has served a traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner to the community people around St. Paul’s. This FREE Thanksgiving meal is typically offered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Church members and Friends of St. Paul’s join together to prepare a meal of home made turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and pumpkin and apple pies.