St. Paul’s – FAQ

WHERE CAN I PARK ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?

Free on-street parking is available on the streets near the church on Sunday mornings. The parking meters and 2-hour limit on Aurora and Tioga Streets are not in effect over the weekend. Many local businesses allow St. Paulians to park in their lots on Sundays – click HERE to view a map showing parking options. Please do not park in the Pastor’s driveway on Court Street, nor in the gravel lot on Aurora St. halfway toward Farm St.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO FOR MY CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN SUNDAY MORNING CHILDCARE OR ANY OF THE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS?

We offer childcare every Sunday morning from 9:15 am -12:00 pm. You can drop your children (infants – 4 years of age) off in the childcare room which is down the central hallway to the left.

Faith Discovery Group (preschool class) meets in the big classroom on the main floor, right after Time with Young Christians in the church service. Children can be picked up there after the service.

Faith Explorers (grades K-6) meets downstairs in the Carpenters Shop, right after Time with Young Christians in the church service. Children in this class meet their parents in the Memorial Room after the service.

New and visiting children are always welcome in any of these programs.

For more information about any of our children’s programs, contact our Children’s Ministries Coordinator Laura Dolch, (273-5971, lauradolch@stpaulsithaca.org).

WHAT DOES MY TEENAGER NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH PROGRAMS?

For Middle School youth (grades 6-8), we offer an afternoon Youth Group, approximately every other Sunday from noon to 2:00pm.

For Senior High youth (grades 9-12), we offer a Youth Group that meets most Sundays from 4:00-6:00 pm. Every other year, we offer Confirmation Class for youth in grades 9 and 10.

Unless otherwise noted, all the youth programs take place upstairs in the youth rooms above the sanctuary.

New and visiting youth are always welcome in any of these programs.

For youth to participate in any activities away from the church, parents must complete our emergency health form and a permission form. Contact Youth Ministries Coordinator Rue Keagle (rkeagle@stpaulsithaca.org), for copies of these forms or for additional information about any of our youth programs.

HOW DO I GET A PRINTED NAME TAG?

Near the church office, you will find a small table with a name tag request form. Just fill it out and look for your name tag the following Sunday, alphabetized by last name.

HOW DO I ADD SOMEONE TO THE PRAYER LIST (printed in the newsletter and bulletin) AND/OR PRAYER CHAIN? (prayer request is sent through a chain of St. Paulians who have volunteered to pray for those in need)

For Prayer Requests to be added to the weekly church bulletin and newsletter, please contact the church office (273-5971 or office@stpaulsithaca.org) by Wednesday at noon, for that week’s bulletin. Please note that to add a name, the person in need of prayer needs to give his/her permission. To send items around the Prayer Chain, contact Pastor Kate at 607-232-1435, or koneal@stpaulsithaca.org. The Prayer Chain is kept confidential and not shared with the wider community. You may contact either the church office, or Pastor Kate, to share Gratitudes for prayer in the church bulletin.

To contact Loving Care Ministries Coordinator Pastor Kate O’Neal you can call the church office, send her an EMAIL at koneal@stpaulsithaca.org or call her cell phone, (607) 232-1435.

HOW DO I CONTACT PASTOR JOHN DIRECTLY?

Senior Pastor John McNeill can be reached directly via EMAIL at jmcneill@stpaulsithaca.org. You may also call the church office (273-5971), and ask to speak with him. If the office is closed, simply leave a message for John with your name and number on the voicemail, and he will be in touch as soon as possible. In case of a time-sensitive concern, you may phone or text message 218-7348.

WHAT IS A SMALL GROUP AND HOW DO I FIND ONE?

Small groups provide an opportunity for us to connect as a compassionate community for meaningful conversation, study, prayer, service, and fun in a more intimate setting. Groups of 6-10 people may form for short periods to focus on a certain topic, or they may meet regularly for many years. They help us to deepen our spiritual life, to grow with others, and to feel like we are part of something larger than ourselves. Click HERE to see the small groups that are currently meeting. For more information or to check on small group openings, contact the church office (273-5971, office@stpaulsithaca.org).

WHERE IS THE INDOOR LABYRINTH? HOW AND WHEN CAN I USE IT?

St. Paul’s 37-foot, 11-circuit labyrinth is painted on the floor of the gym, which is located on the second floor of the church. You can access the gym via the stairs near the Durham Room, on the north side of the church. The labyrinth is available each week on Sunday mornings, 9:15–10:15 am, Wednesday afternoons, 1:00–4:00 pm, and other times, by previous arrangement with the church office (273-5971 or office@stpaulsithaca.org). Click HERE to read more information about the St. Paul’s labyrinth.

IS THE CHURCH AVAILABLE FOR USE BY NON-ST. PAUL’S GROUPS?

Yes, inquiries can be made by calling or emailing the Administrative Ministries Coordinator in the church office (273-5971, office@stpaulsithaca.org). Outside groups pay fees to use the space.

For questions about weddings, baptisms and funerals, click HERE.

For questions about the use of our facilities, click HERE.

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