Toy Offering

Sunday, November 29

Toy Offering

Our annual Toy Offering, and first Advent Ingathering, will be held on Sunday, November 29.  That morning, children and families -- and all parishioners! -- are invited to bring new or like-new (unwrapped) toys to the service and place them in front of the Holy Table when the children process into church from Joyful Noise.  After the procession, the gifts will be blessed and later shared with children in our community.  This year we are once again partnering with the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, an outreach ministry of Region XV, for their annual St. Nicholas' Toy Drive (to be held December 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  Their toy drive is an effort to make Christmas more affordable for local families.  Money raised by the Thrift Shop goes to support PACEM, Habitat for Humanity, the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries, Ministry with the Aging, and the Gertrude Mitchell House.  Please help support their efforts by contributing to our toy offering.


Advent Ingatherings for 2015

  • Advent 1 - Sunday, November 29: Toy Offering for Schoolhouse Thrift Shop
  • Advent 2 - Sunday, December 6: Boxes of cereal for the Emergency Food Bank
  • Advent 3 - Sunday, December 13: Socks, underwear, razors and deodorant for the Haven
  • Angel Tree - Sunday, December 13: Please return your Angel Tree gifts by this Sunday


St. Nicholas Celebration

Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

Join us for this very special family event!  On Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m., we will hold our annual Celebration of St. Nicholas and hear some stories about ways he shared God's love throughout the world. We hope St. Nicholas will join us and give us one of his special blessings, as he has in the past. If you feel up to making (or buying) some holiday cookies to be handed out to the children that night or for helping to gather the cookies into baggies, please let E.D. Rambo know: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 6th, join us at 5:30 p.m. for our annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols.  Inspired by medieval vigil services, this blend of Scripture, choral anthems, and hymn-singing is a beautiful way to calm our hearts and minds during the busy Advent season, as we prepare with joy for the Lord’s return!  A festive reception will be held in the Parish Hall immediately following the service.


St. Paul's Youth Group

Sundays at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 7 p.m.

St. Paul's has a thriving youth group for teenagers in grades 6-12, with activities throughout the week. Our main youth group meeting each week is Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where we meet up for food, fellowship, and fun! Every meeting has something new, whether it's games, a service opportunity, a scavenger hunt around Charlottesville, or a time for our youth to explore their spirituality. On Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m., Grace leads a small group where youth have an opportunity to share what's been going on in their lives and talk about the exciting parts and the challenges of being a teen. On Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., Joe leads our youth age Sunday School class, where we connect the stories of the Bible to our world today. Come check out all these opportunities—we'll hope to see you there!


Transition News

Read a letter from the Senior Warden dated October 11, 2015 here.

Read the biographies of the Rector Search Committee here.

Read a letter from the vestry dated June 18, 2015 here.

Read a letter from our former rector Jim Richardson dated June 12, 2015 here.


Koinonia of Charlottesville presents


led by

The Rev. Marilu Thomas,

Associate Rector, Christ Episcopal Church


The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas,

Associate Rector, St. Paul’s Memorial Church

Saturday, December 5, 2015
9:00 am - noon

at St. Paul's Memorial Church

Advent Retreat

Advent is a time of waiting, a time of preparation, a time to remember who and whose we are. Set aside some time to listen for God’s invitation into this holy season. Through meditative walking, art, writing, scripture, and silence, we will tune our hearts to hear God calling us each by name.

This retreat is free and open to all.


Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 13 at 10 a.m.

This year, we are taking a different, simpler approach that requires little to no rehearsal time and can include any child who shows up and wants to participate on the day of the pageant. And that day is Sunday, December 13.


PrayerSmall Group Prayer and Bible Study Opportunities

St. Paul's offers a number of weekly opportunities for learning and fellowship in small groups. They include:



Vestry News

We now publish a monthly Vestry News article on our website. Typically included are a summary article, minutes and financial reports. See the link on the menu to the left or click here.


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Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion with Choir, Joyful Noise worship for God's Children
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:00 p.m.
Chanted Compline
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion

Christmas Services
Christmas Eve Thursday, December 24
5 p.m. Child-friendly service with Friendly Beasts and Holy Eucharist
8 p.m. Quiet service with Holy Eucharist
10:30 p.m. Caroling
11 p.m. Festal Eucharist
Christmas Day, Friday December 25
11 a.m. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

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