We hope your visit to this website helps you better understand St. Paul's, and the Episcopal church. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you individually -- in person or by phone -- to answer any questions you may have about the life and worship practices of this church.
Nationally recognized for its contemporary architecture, St. Paul's is a local landmark along Peoria's War Memorial Drive. Our liturgy is traditional and comforting. It is the perfect middle, some would say, between Catholic and mainline Protestant worship. Our congregation is diverse, devoted to our faith and proud of our 100 plus year history in Peoria.
When this church says "all are welcome" we mean it. So please accept our invitation to visit us on Sunday. We have multiple worship times to accommodate busy schedules.
"The mission of St. Paul's is to nurture, love, teach, and grow a loving community in Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others."
Rector’s Corner: Gearing Up for Fall
Dear Saints of St. Paul,
We are off to a great start this fall! Our parish family gathered in the Garth on September 7th to kick off our program year with bubbly Mimosas and a delicious brunch served up by our Vestry, Wardens and Clergy. Many thanks to our lay leadership and to Chris Carlile and Connie Iverson, planners of this successful parish wide event. We are all encouraged to get involved with the many offerings for engagement, worship and study this fall and winter at St. Paul’s.
So here are some opportunities and offerings!
This past month we held a Lay Readers workshop to welcome new readers and experienced ones as well, brushing up on ways to bring meaning to the reading of the Word in worship. We also hosted two workshops for our new Greeters/Ushers program chaired by Mark Berkow with a fabulous turnout as we find new ways to welcome all who come to St. Paul’s. We have new Acolytes being trained to serve on Sunday mornings. On Oct. 5th we will hold a Chalice Bearer workshop for all wanting to become part of this ministry.
Our Sunday morning Christian Formation Hour is in place with program offerings for all ages. These are wonderful ways to deepen our spiritual growth, becoming more of whom Christ has called us to be. The Covenant Bible Study meets in the Hedberg Room while the younger children participate in Godly Play and the middle school youth have Middler Sunday School and busy creating their own space with paint and new furniture.
Our Vestry has been busy looking ahead and how best to help St. Paul’s connect with the Diocese of Chicago and the National Church. They voted for us to become members of Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) for 2015. This is a group of Episcopal parishes around the country that have endowments of $2 Million or more. I encourage you to visit the CEEP website at http://www.endowedparishes.org/ and see what great resources and new relationships are available to St. Paul’s as we grow our church and our presence in the community.
The Vestry also approved our membership in the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). This member-ship will provide us with a number of resources and consultants as we explore whether it is feasible to start an Episcopal school at St. Paul’s sometime in the future. We will be forming an Exploratory Committee in the next couple of weeks to study this issue.
As our recent CAT survey revealed our worship on Sunday is the core of our life at St. Paul’s and deserves the very best we have to offer. In response we are forming a Worship Committee that welcomes all to meet monthly as we work together, laity and clergy, to plan and craft our Sunday morning and evening services.
Things are happening at St. Paul’s and the Holy Spirit is on the move! So plan to join us – we are waiting for you!
Please Join Us This Sunday
Fall Service Schedule