Summer at St. Paul’s

As the weather warms, life at St. Paul’s takes on new routines.  

Service Schedule
Our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist shifts to 9:00am beginning June 27. This earlier start takes advantage of cooler morning temperatures, and gives parishioners more time to enjoy the fullness of the day.

  • Our June 27 service will be outside in the Memorial Garden at 9:00am, with guest musician Tony Parkes.
  • We will not have an in-person or livestreamed service on July 4. We will post and share a sermon from the Right Rev. Gayle Harris, our suffragan bishop, that morning.
  • Beginning July 11, we will welcome parishioners back to the pews inside the sanctuary! Please see our Summer Worship Protocols for more information on what to expect on Sundays in July and August. 

We will return to our 10:00am Eucharist schedule on September 5. 

Altar Ministers
Lectors and soloists will be scheduled throughout the summer. If you are scheduled on a Sunday when you can’t serve, please find a substitute and let the parish office know about the change.

Music
We will continue with please contact Michael in advance (music@stpaulsbedford.org). We’d love to have you!

Outdoor Coffee Hour
We will have coffee hour outdoors in the courtyard garden after the service each Sunday, weather permitting. Summer coffee hour is a more casual affair, with lemonade and light snacks on most Sundays.

Office Hours
Beginning the week of Tuesday, June 29, the parish office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Additional closures may take place occasionally to accommodate some staff vacation. Please check the parish calendar online or call the office if you are unsure whether there is a planned closure on a particular day. Regular office hours will resume the week of Tuesday, August 31.

Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer will continue to be offered at 8:30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays via Zoom during the summer months. If we have to cancel, we will post a “no morning prayer” calendar update on the Google calendar. Please join us if you are free!

Clergy Sabbatical
Throughout the summer there are always clergy available to respond if you need immediate pastoral care. Rev. Chris will be on sabbatical from August through November, and Rev. Rachel will be fulltime during those months. We ask that you call the parish office for any urgent pastoral needs (rather than calling/texting the clergy, who may not be checking their phones while away). The church voicemail will indicate who is on call to respond to your need. 

We look forward to worshipping with you this summer!