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Music at St. Paul's

The congregation is the largest choir at St. Paul's. There is no rehearsal, but you are invited to sing with spirit and enthusiasm! St. Paul's Choirs include: The Trinity Choir (adults); Primary Choir (K-2), Advent Choir and Advent Bell Choir (3-5th grade), Grace Notes (6-12th grade), Canterbury Ensemble and St. Paul’s Ringers. The church has a beautiful pipe organ, two grand pianos and excellent acoustics. Evensong is presented once a month with a concert immediately following. The choir ensembles pray, study scripture through music and lead the congregation in song.

 

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The Primary Choir is composed of kindergarten-grade 2 children who sing monthly for the 10 am Sunday service.
Co-directors: Leslie Dinsdale and Glenda Blanchard.

 
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The Advent Choir sings once a month at the 10 am Sunday service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, from 4:15-5:00 pm. The Advent Bell Choir plays once a month at the 10 am Sunday service. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:30 pm. Membership is composed of boys and girls in grades 3-5. 
Director: Paul Klemme
 

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Grace Notes is composed of high school students grades 9-12. 
Rehearsals are on Sundays, 5:30-6:30 pm. Director: Paul Klemme

 

Community of Welcoming Congregations

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EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EFM)

Education for Ministry program through Sewanee University of the South’s School of Theology is a study program led by Gwendolyn Gowing and Carolyn Jones. They meet weekly to study, share readings from their assignments and to work together. 

Upcoming Event: 
Annual EfM Retreat - Saturday, March 10

 
KNIT, PRAY, CROCHET
We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in classroom 108. We donate all our prayer shawls and baby blankets and hats to Salem Hospital. We also give prayer shawls to members of St. Paul's who are in need. All are welcome to join in. All skill levels are welcome. Just bring a desire to knit or crochet for others.
 
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
The morning men’s Bible study group meets every Wednesday morning from 8:00 am - 9:00 am for breakfast and Bible study. The group was established in the late 1970’s / early 1980’s and over the years has studied various books of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Typically, our daily lesson covers one chapter of a biblical book. However, we will occasionally focus on a current religious book or publication. We often reference material from the Internet, St. Paul’s library, or popular or current religious publications. We rotate our lesson leadership weekly on a volunteer basis. Occasionally, we have also invited guest speakers to join our meetings. 
 
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

We meet every Tuesday morning from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in Room 108. Our group size varies from 6-15 women. The group determines our area of study and our facilitators vary from within. The Women's Bible Study has grown in popularity, so an evening group for working women is being considered for the fall.

You will meet women of faith who are intelligent, funny, interesting and anything but boring. As we study we grow closer to God and to each other. Come, join us on our journey exploring God's word. Please bring your curiosity. All are welcome!

Events & Volunteer

In addition to classes and worship, our Children’s ministry presents special activities geared to the seasons of the Episcopal Church year, including:

  • St. Nicholas Brunch
  • Epiphany Pageant
  • Shrove Pancake Supper and Lent preparation
  • A Journey Through Holy Week
  • Maundy Thursday Soup Supper
  • Pentecost Jazz Service and Party
  • Summer Vacation Bible School
  • Summer Art Camp
  • Parish Picnic with face painting, games, crafts a bounce house and more
  • Blessing of the Animals
  • Service projects for our church, community and the world.

Volunteering:

Our volunteer teachers and classroom helpers are parents, grandparents and adult church members, occasionally assisted by middle and high school youth.

Teachers teach once a month on Sundays or Wednesdays. Scheduling is done at the beginning of the school year.

We know that volunteers’ time is valuable and so we allow for flexibility in teaching schedules.

Since new church school volunteers work with more experienced teachers as part of a team, previous teaching experience is not expected.

All teachers/helpers attend a SAFE class required by the Episcopal Church which teaches techniques for providing a church environment that discourages predators, for recognizing signs of abuse, and for taking action to protect our children. All teachers must also pass a background check.

Our coordinators and clergy provide support and encouragement to our teaching staff, and the church provides curricula, resources and supplies.

 
 
Music at St. Paul's

The congregation is the largest choir at St. Paul's. There is no rehearsal, but you are invited to sing with spirit and enthusiasm! St. Paul's Choirs include: The Trinity Choir (adults); Primary Choir (K-2), Advent Choir and Advent Bell Choir (3-5th grade), Grace Notes (6-12th grade), Canterbury Ensemble and St. Paul’s Ringers. The church has a beautiful pipe organ, two grand pianos and excellent acoustics. Evensong is presented once a month with a concert immediately following. The choir ensembles pray, study scripture through music and lead the congregation in song.

 
St. Paul's Music Guild

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St. Paul's Music Guild is the cornerstone of financial support for Evensong services and concerts at St. Paul's Church. The mission of the guild is to enable the continuation of the great heritage of Anglican Evensong worship along with programs of music outreach to the Salem community. Patronage comes from both inside and outside the Parish.

 

Children's Choir

Sing. Learn. Grow!

Do you want some fabulous music education for your child or grandchild grades K-5? Would you like them to meet new friends from different neighborhoods? Wouldn’t it be great if they could experience a high level of music and have FUN at the same time? We have the answer—St. Paul’s Music Program!

  • Primary Choir (Grades K-2) 3:45-4:30 pm
  • Advent Choir (Grades 3-5) 4:15-5:15 pm
  • Advent Bells (Grades 3-5) 3:45-4:15 pm

We offer supervised gym play, art activities, snacks and Christian Formation all between 3:30-5:30 pm each Wednesday. All groups sing/ring the first Sunday of the month, October-June. Transportation a problem? Don’t let it stop you—we can help connect families and carpools. Questions? Contact us!

  • Leslie Dinsdale 503-931-1324
  • Glenda Blanchard 503-580-7058
  • Dr. Paul Klemme 503-362-3661

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1444 Liberty St. SE Salem, 97302
503-362-3661