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Monthly Devotions – St. Paul's Episcopal School
Monthly Devotion – November 2018
Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite days of the year. The meal is always abundant and delicious; turkey, dressing, warm rolls, green bean casserole (please excuse me while I wipe the saliva off my keyboard), gravy, stuffing and my mom’s world famous pecan pie. Each year I feel like the table gets bigger and […]
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:47:12 PM

You are Beautiful – Monthly Devotion
Have you ever heard someone say, “You are beautiful just the way you are?” Anytime we look in the mirror and doubt ourselves, others say this to lift our spirits. Why do we then continue to have self-doubt in our looks? A piece of the puzzle is missing. This saying is not complete. “You are […]
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:39:35 AM

When the going gets tough, the tough…
There is a statement that has been said many times. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” But here is the more important question, “How do the tough get tough when life gets tough?” Here is another phrase I would like to give you today. “When the going gets tough, the tough go […]
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:55:16 PM

Monthly Devotion – August 2018
Welcome back Saints! It is our hope that you and your family had a wonderful summer. As we begin the new school year, please join us in this prayer as we ask for God’s guidance in all that we do at St. Paul’s this year! Gracious God, we come to you at the beginning of […]
Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:09:05 AM

End of the School Year Prayer
O God of all beginnings and endings, We praise and thank you for the gift of this school year. It has been a time filled with grace and blessings, With challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows. The days have passed quickly, O Lord. The weeks, the months, the seasons, the holidays and holy days, The exams, […]
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 3:49:31 PM

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St. Paul's Prayers

Each school day at St. Paul’s Episcopal School begins with prayer. We usually alternate between the Lord’s Prayer and our school prayer. It is our hope to use prayers that every student knows so all who choose to can participate.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

School Prayer

Heavenly Father... Help us in St. Paul’s School to live together in love and peace, patient with each other’s faults, mindful of each other’s needs, gentle in words and helpful in deeds. And may this school be as a field which Thou hast blessed so that all that is true, pure, lovely, and of good report may grow here, filling our hearts with joy, and our hands with usefulness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Grades PreK-2

Dear God, please bless my open eyes that see the morning sun; and bless my feet throughout the day, wherever they walk or run. And bless my hands and find for them the kindest things to do: God bless my heart and all my thoughts, and keep them clean and true. Bless me, dear God, in all my play, and keep me safe from harm: And bless this little life of mine that rests within thine arms. Amen.

Athletic Prayer

The ability to gather as a community of faith is one of the things that unites us as a St. Paul’s family. Many of our athletic teams gather together to pray and worship before sporting events. For example, the clergy of St. Paul’s Church regularly leads worship for our football team before every game. The St. Paul’s chapel is open to students, parents, and faculty that want to utilize the facility for prayer and worship.

Growth and Community

Chapel

Chapel services are the heart of our Episcopal and Christian identity.  All students in PreK through 12th grade gather regularly for prayer, song, Scripture reading, and opportunity for reflection.  These chapel services are rooted in the Anglican tradition in both structure and approach.  Once a month, students in grades 5–12 also experience worship in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where the complete Episcopal liturgy and Eucharist are celebrated.
 
Student leadership is an integral part of every worship opportunity.  In grades preK-2 each week a different class closes worship with a group song on the red carpeted steps leading up to the altar. Singing on the “Red Steps” has become a St. Paul’s family tradition that students and parents cherish.  In grades 3-12 students serve as acolytes, cross bearers, Scripture readers and prayer leaders. The student chorus and strings ensemble also contribute to church services for grades 9-12. Parents are welcome to join us for worship anytime.

Community Service

There is no doubt that there is a spiritual component to all of our acts of service. In Matthew 10:8, Jesus exhorted the disciples, “Freely you have received; freely give.” We want students to understand that our community service program affords them many opportunities to freely give and in doing so they may change a life or even a corner of the world. For more information, please see our Community Service page or contact Leslie Lerner at llerner@stpaulsmobile.net.

Grade Level Opportunities

This I Know - PreK-2

This I Know is a weekly, Tuesday morning, bible story time for students in Grades PreK-2. It meets in the church undercroft on the lower school campus.

GEMS - Girls Enrichment Ministry - Grades 3-8

St. Paul’s Episcopal School is honored to offer GEMs, Girls' Enrichment Ministry, to third through eighth grade girls. It is a mom-led, non-denominational optional Bible study. GEMs is offered once a month during your daughter's lunch period. Our mission is to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to equip our girls to become women of God. We hope your daughter will join us as we study God's word each month. "Let sisterly love continue" Hebrews 13:1

DABS: Donuts and Bible Stories - 3-4
BUCS: Boys United in Christ - 3-8

BUCs, or Boys United in Christ, is a non-denominational optional Bible study for boys in grades 3-8 led by St. Paul's fathers during lunch. It is held twice a month in the cafeteria extension. Our mission is to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to equip our boys to become men of God. We hope your son will join us as we study God's word each month.

6th Grade Religion Course

St. Paul’s has such a unique opportunity to offer a religion course to our sixth graders through their history class. Because we are an Episcopal school, religion classes emphasize the core beliefs and elements experienced in the Episcopal Church, however, we honor diversity and recognize that many of our students come from various traditions. We hope to focus on what we have in common rather than the differences.

The curriculum challenges students in a loving, accepting, Christian environment to discover what they believe for themselves.  We focus on many of the Bible stories that shape the Christian community of faith despite denomination.

During their sixth grade year, students will learn the basics of the Bible, fully understand the Episcopal worship service, and be prepared to receive communion.  While all students must take religion, we feel you will find this opportunity addresses the spiritual needs of every student.

6th Grade Class Trip to Kanuga

The 6th grade class trip to the Mountain Trail Outdoor School at Kanuga Episcopal Camp and Conference Center each October is viewed as one of the most important trips at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. It is a perfect opportunity for students to grow together as a class and develop a lifelong bond.

The trip offers educational components that focus on spirituality, character building, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, outdoor living, and self-confidence. The students go to daily chapel services to experience God’s grace in the beautiful and picturesque Appalachian Mountains.

The spiritual component of the trip is highlighted by the students first Communion as a St. Paul’s Episcopal student. Students are also encouraged to journal during five days of their trip as a way to record their thoughts and strengthen the spiritual truths they are learning. This trip is just one of the many ways St. Paul's Episcopal School demonstrates its desire to nurture the spiritual and character development of every student.

Morning Campaigners - Grades 9-12

Campaigners is a weekly meeting for students who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through bible study. It's a place where we take on life's tough questions with a group of friends and leaders you can trust. We have a high school campaigner group for every grade and every gender that meets in a local home one morning a week. These groups are in partnership with the local ministry Young Life.

 

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