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Halloween 2020 at St. Paul’s

Join us on October 31 for a range of activities.

Activities for Children

Join us for a Saint Scavenger Hunt at the Church finishing with a party bag of candy! Come in costume!  The Scavenger Hunt will be set up outside on October 31 from 3:00-5:30 pm, so you can come any time during that time. Then walk through the Daring Disciples “Haunted Playground” for families. At the Scavenger Hunt, families will have an opportunity to learn about some saints and “find’ them in the field by the playground.  All who find the saints, receive a bag of candy.  The Haunted Playground will be family friendly (and not too scary).

Youth-Led Activities

On Saturday, Oct 31 from 7 – 8:30 pm, the St. Paul’s EYC leaders will be sponsoring a drive-through experience inspired by one of the greatest movies of all time – Ghostbusters!  Families are invited to drive through the portico any time from 7 – 8:30 pm to see some of the most famous scenes from this cinematic masterpiece.  At the end, and youth or children in cars, will receive a goody bag.  For many who are not planning on participating in a traditional trick-or-treat, this is a great way to celebrate!

If you have any questions, please email Deacon Lauren at

St. Paul’s Enters Stage 2

Stage 2

The Diocese of North Carolina moved to Stage 2 on October 1, which means that we are permitted to have indoor worship again at St. Paul’s. The permissions of Stage 2 are not a blanket condition. Parishes must ensure that two specific public health criteria have been met. The first is that the rolling average of positive tests in your county is at 6.5% or lower, and the second is that the rate of new cases in your county remains flat. Forsyth County meets both of these conditions and so St. Paul’s is permitted to enter Stage 2.

What this means primarily is that we can begin worshipping indoors again with up to 25 people in the space. Our first indoor service will take place at 8:00 am this Sunday and will be in the chapel. The Morning Prayer live-stream will remain in the nave and the 5:00 pm Holy Eucharist will stay under the porte-cochere while the weather remains pleasant.

Stay tuned to our regular parish channels for any adjustments to this schedule and for announcements of additional indoor services.

Honoring the Rev. Darby Oliver Everhard

As you know, our dear priest Rev. Darby Everhard is leaving at the end of this month to serve as the interim rector of St. Mary’s in High Point. Darby’s last Sunday at St. Paul’s will be October 11, and she will celebrate both Eucharists and co-officiating the live stream on that day. To celebrate her, we have two offerings in which I hope you’ll participate.

First, there will be a drive-by celebration to give thanks for Darby’s ministry at St. Paul’s on Sunday, October 18. The event will happen from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm under the porte-cochere where Darby will greet parishioners in their vehicles.

Second, it is customary for the parish to offer a departing priest something called “a pursue.” This is a collection of free will offerings given directly to a cleric as an expression of gratitude and to assist them with any transition expenses they may have. We will be collecting offerings for Darby at the St. Paul’s office through October 31. We can accept cash and checks out to Darby directly with “purse” in the memo line. Thank you.

Socktober Drive 2020

St. Ruth’s Circle is collecting socks during the month of October for the first annual Socktober Drive to benefit the Center of Hope. Looking to fill a perennial need at the Center of Hope, Socktober aims to get a pair of new, warm socks on the feet of the residents at the shelter as we transition to winter. Socks for men, women, and children are needed. Socks can be purchased through the Amazon Wish List here: or you are welcome to purchase socks and drop them off at the bin at the Goodheart Entrance at St. Paul’s. For any questions, please reach out to Kathryn Vernon at or at 336-408-8029.