Spirituality Resources

Monthly Devotions – St. Paul's Episcopal School
Give Thanks! – December Devotion
What sentiments do you feel as you anticipate the approaching holiday season? Thankfulness, Peace, and Joy? Or does the Thanksgiving and Christmas season mean extra cooking, exhausting travel, hectic schedules, last minute shopping and stress? We all need to be reminded of the true spirit of the holiday season. This year, I encourage you to […]
Friday, December 01, 2017 5:00:15 AM

The Storms of Life
What a month! I feel like every time we turn around we hear about another hurricane. At first it affected our friends to the West in Texas and next it was to our East in Florida.  Then this past week it went right over the Gulf Coast. There is something about a large storm that […]
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:10:07 AM

September Devotional – Personal to You
Hey everyone! It is now September which means school is officially back in session; whether you take that as a good thing or a bad thing is up to you, but hey at least we’re all in this together! Since the beginning of this summer, I have really been focusing on the love of Jesus. […]
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 9:53:11 AM

Prayer for My Intellect – August 2017
Welcome back Saints! It is our hope that your time away from school was restful and fulfilling and that the year ahead is filled with joy and learning. This summer I found a beautiful prayer that was written by French Theologian Fernand Lelotte in 1958. As I read the prayer I couldn’t help but think about our […]
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:49:57 AM

The Homestretch!
Can you believe that we are down to our last month of the year? It seems like just yesterday we were back on campus welcoming new students and catching up on our summer activities. A lot has changed since early August but one thing that has remained the same is that I am continually in […]
Thursday, May 04, 2017 2:12:28 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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