Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90:1
Welcome to St. Paul United Church of Christ Taylor, Michigan
As a visitor, here are a dozen things which you might like to know:
1. A Non-Creedal Church
We are a self-governing Protestant Christian congregation of approximately 700 members which belongs to a non-creedal family of churches called the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1883, we have a blended Lutheran and Reformed Christian heritage.
2. Sunday Worship Schedule
Our Sunday morning services September - June are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Our summer Sunday services are held
at 9:30 a.m.
3. Nursery and Christian Education
Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available during all worship services. Christian education classes are offered for young people pre-K to college age on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Summer Sunday School classes are provided for children ages 4- 12. All Christian education classes are held in well-equipped upstairs classrooms which are accessible by means of stairways in the east and west side lobbies of the church building. An usher can direct you and family members to our Christian education classrooms. Adult Christian education classes are often held on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and Tuesday mornings.
4. Families with Infants
Our Ushers' Room near the front entrance to the church serves as a "cry room" for parents with infants. Please feel free to use the Ushers' Room as needed. Our ushers will be glad to assist you in response to any request.
5. Order of Worship and Bulletins
Our congregation follows a printed order of service for worship. Included in the worship bulletin is a Morning Tide insert detailing upcoming church programs and events. Please feel free to speak with an usher or the pastor after the service if you have any questions regarding upcoming events announced by the Morning Tide.
6. Morning Offering
During the morning worship services, an offering plate is passed among worshipers in the pews. Contributions made support our church's ministries and outreach to the community. Offering envelopes are available in the pew holders nest to the hymnals and pew bibles. But we welcome all first-time visitors as our guests: no donation is expected or necessary.
7. Greeting Fellow Worshipers
As the morning worship service begins, members and friends join in a "Passing of the Peace" and the "Ministry of Friendship." The "Passing of the Peace" is usually expressed by means of a handshake with those seated near us in the pews. As part of the "ministry of Friendship," those attending worshop are asked to sign a register that is passed along each pew. We invite visitors to join in both activities.
8. Sacrament of Holy Communion
Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month at 9 a.m. and seven times per year at the 10:30 a.m. service. Our congregation practices an "open communion." All adult baptized Christians, regardless of church affiliation, are invited to share in the sacramental meal begun by Jesus in an upper room with his apostles.
9. Fellowship and Refreshments
From 10 to 10:40 a.m. each Sunday, various church groups host a friendly and informal fellowship period in Fellowship Hall, directly beyond the sanctuary through the east front archway. At the sculpture courtyard, turn left, then immediately right. The Fellowship Hall is directly ahead through the double doors.
10. Location of Lavatories
Lavatories are located near the east and west side lobbies of our church facilities. To reach the lavatory closest to the sanctuary, exit through the east front archway. Turn right at the sculpture courtyard. The lavatory is two doors down ti the right. Since our first floor lavatory facilities are unisex, we encourage you to "knock and lock."
11. Church Office and Staff
The St. Paul Church office is located just off the west side lobby of the church building. It can also be reached from the sanctuary through the arched door at the front left side. The church office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. To contact office staff or to make an appointment with the pastor, please call 313-291-1221.
12. Additional Information Available
A "Welcome Center" for visitors and newcomers is located in the narthex before you enter the sanctuary. Informational brochures about St. Paul Church, plus recent sermons by our pastor, are available at the "Welcome Center" table.
A Congregation Gathered in Jesus Christ from Every Direction
One of the favorite Christian hymns regularly sung at St. Paul United Church of Christ reminds us that “In Christ, there is no east or west; in him no south or north.” The words are especially apt for the St. Paul congregation. Since its formal chartering in 1883, it has gathered its members from different communities throughout the Downriver area, particularly Taylor, Romulus, Southgate, and Allen Park. Those communities remain well represented within our congregation. But with greater mobility the geographical spread of our membership has also increased. Today, our church’s active members also come from Belleville, Brownstown
Township, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Gibraltar, Grosse Isle, Huron Town-ship, Lincoln Park, New Boston, Riverview, Rockwood, Trenton, Wyandotte, Wayne, Westland, and, even more distantly, Farmington Hills, Beverly Hills, and Milan. In many instances, our church members travel long distances from the four points of the compass because they find something special at St. Paul United Church—a caring congregation truly committed to living out Christian faith in everyday life. Wherever you live, we invite you to make St. Paul United Church your spiritual home.
St Paul United Church of Christ
24158 Goddard Road,
Taylor, Michigan 48180