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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.

Young Adults in Fall 2020

We are excited to announce two great fellowship opportunities this fall for young adults at St. Paul’s.

We will continue our popular monthly Taco Tuesdays. New for fall, we will be meeting in person at 7 pm with a socially distanced backyard hangout in the backyards of different group members. The September meet up will be September 29. Additional dates are October 27 and November 24  (will not meet in December).

Small-Group Bible Study for Young Adults, which began in August, will continue through the remainder of the year. Meetings begin at 7 pm and is offered via Zoom. Dates for the study are August 13 & 27, September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19, and December 3.

For more information on either of these opportunities and to connect with the young adults ministry, please email the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves at


Small Group Info for St. Paul’s 2020-2021

St. Ruth’s Circle
Meets 2nd Monday of the month on Zoom
Contact Michelle Krell at and Megan Marshall-Wicker at to join

St. Lucy’s Circle
Meets monthly on Zoom
Contact Tricia Vaughn at to join

St. Margaret’s Circle
Meets Wednesday evenings once a month
Contact Elizabeth Foley at to join

St. Mary’s Circle
Contact Toni Corpening at to join

St. Anne’s Circle
Meets for lunch on the 2nd Monday of the month
Contact Lynn Holtzclaw at and Peggy Slater at

Young Adults small group
Studying liberation theology using the book The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar Romero.
Meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm, in the Ardrey-Graves backyard
Contact Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves at to join

St. Paul’s is forming a new support group for military families.   The group will meet regularly with the intent to form a community that provides resources and support for its members.     If you are interested in being a part of this community, please contact Margie Hodgin at

St. Paul’s Caring in Community Ministry Group has the mission of raising awareness and promoting mental health and well-being through ongoing communication, education,  support, and spiritual practice and care.  The steering team meets every other Wednesday at 4:00, and we are currently meeting on Zoom.   If you are interested in joining our efforts, please contact Nancy Montgomery at

St. Paul’s Walking Group:  Our Caring in Community committee invites all for every other Friday walks.    Our 40 minute walks begin at 9:30 am in a shaded area in Reynolda Village.   We practice social distancing and wear masks.    Email Anne Rahn  to be added to the email list.   You will receive an email before each walk with details and you simply reply to confirm if you will participate that week.   Do join in for exercise and to reconnect with your parish family!    Even if you feel you can only join in occasionally, we would love to have you.

St. Paul’s Widows Group (Let’s Get Crackin):    Sponsored by the Caring in Community Committee, this is a small group supporting each other from grief to growth.  Facilitated by Sandy Seeber and Anne Rahn the group meets on patios every 4 weeks.    Contact Anne Rahn at for more information.

Lucy Paynter’s small group
Studying The Wisdom Pattern by Richard Rohr
Fridays from 10-11:30 in the Paynter backyard
Contact to join

GLADS group for LGBTQ members and allies
Studying The Mystic in You by Bruce Epperly
Meets Thursdays at 7pm in members’ backyards
Contact Lynn Parsley at to join

EFM (Education for Ministry)
Studies Scripture, Christian history and theology through program of study through Sewanee, The University of the South. Learn about registration at
Meets weekly on Sunday evenings from September-May
Contact David Tamer at

Enneagram Group
Studies the Enneagram using a variety of texts
Group starting anew in October
Contact Julie Smith at and Nancy Dunn at to join

Faith & Justice committee
Sponsors’ presentations are on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12:15-1:15 pm on Zoom
Meets the first Monday of each month from 12:15-1:15 pm on Zoom
Contact Kathy Ausen at or 336-918-7839 to get involved

ROSES Group:  ROSES (Reach Out and Serve Episcopal Seniors) visitors provide friendship to a homebound parishioner in their home or care facility.   Currently by phone, mail, or outside with a mask.   This group is sponsored by the Senior Adults Ministry and facilitated by Stephen Ministry.   The group meets every six weeks to discuss their experiences, obtain resource materials and pray for the ministry.  Meeting currently on ZOOM.  Contact leader, Pat Marquardt, ( or 336-923-8089) or Senior Adult Minister, Anne Rahn, or 336-749-4906, for more information.

Centering Prayer
5:00-6:15 PM, Wednesdays via Zoom or Google Meet
Centering Prayer is a gentle form of silent prayer grounded in the monastic contemplative tradition. After reading and reflecting on a brief passage or chapter, the group observes 20 minutes of silence.
Readings are often drawn from the works of Thomas Keating.
Contact: Gail Phillips at (336) 970-1700 or

Men’s Ministry Small Group
Meet once a month on Zoom
Contact Warren Allan at or the Rev. Nick VanHorn at for more info

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Meets Friday morning at 7:00 AM via Zoom
We review the New Testament lesson and Gospel for the upcoming Sunday and one of our members takes a turn in leading the discussion
Contact Jonathan Engram at or (336) 918-3710. 

Outreach Update: 9/10

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

1. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter throughout the summer. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve. Here are the current signups:

September Dinners:

October Dinners:

November Dinners:

2. We will once again be providing lunch for students at the Winston-Salem Street School this fall. The Winston Salem Street School is a non-profit high school for alternative students, and is our neighbor just down the street on 6th St. While we cannot stay and serve due to pandemic restrictions, we will be dropping of meals for their students in October, November and December. The Sign-Up links are below, and please let me know if you have any questions.

October 6th:

November 10th:

December 8th:

3. We anticipate crisis financial needs in our community to steadily increase during this time. Job and food insecurities are a byproduct of the necessary precautionary measures taking place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and assisting those with acute financial needs is an important part of our outreach ministries. We continue to offer financial assistance to those in crisis via phone interviews and referrals. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about our financial assistance program, please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries

Seeing White Discussion Group Signups

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens
Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen

This class, available on Tuesdays this fall at either 12 pm or 7 pm, will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day lens. You are welcome whether you were a part of the Waking Up White Book Study or whether you are just joining us.  We hope you’ll be a part of these important, interesting, difficult, and thought-provoking sessions.

Sign up here:

  • There are two sections; 12 pm and 7 pm. Dates are the same for both.