Ministries at St. Paul's

Our ministry and mission teams focus on service and community-building: within the church, in our neighborhood, and in the world. Where there is an opportunity to share Christ's love and build caring community, we want to try. Where there is a need or a program trying to bring opportunity and hope to those with none, we want to help.

Some of our seasonal projects and Mission in Action (Fifth) Sundays include participating in the Hampshire Crop Walk, making Hygiene Kits for Church World Service, collecting new gym shoes and school supplies for local kids in need and winter clothing for the homeless, hosting a blood drive, and providing Christmas presents for Little Angels of Elgin and the Open Door Christmas Wishes program. We also volunteer at PADS of Elgin twice a month, making and serving meals.

  • ACTS (Active Christians to Serve)

    The ACTS group plans gatherings around service and outreach including seasonal decorating and spring clean-up at the church, cleaning up along Plank Road with Adopt A Highway, planting and tending the church vegetable garden for Food For Greater Elgin, hosting a concession stand at Elgin Summer Movie Nights, caroling to the housebound, build-a-meal food collection for the Elgin Interfaith Food Pantry, and helping run our annual Heritage Fest.

  • Children's Ministries

    At St. Paul's we believe children should be seen and heard in church! We organize activities for kids and families, as well as inter-generational events. Along with weekly church and Sunday School, kids at St. Paul's are involved in service. For example, the kids host a pancake breakfast, make cards for shut-ins at the Advent workshop, pack school supplies and hygiene kits for people in need, help tend the church garden, and walk in the Crop Walk. There is also seasonal participation in worship, an annual Easter Egg Hunt, and a summer camp program (VBS).

  • Bible Study

    The next bible study at St. Paul's is a 5-week women's study based on Shauna Niequist's book Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Life. The 5-week study will meet on Thursdays beginning September 7. Day session at 9 AM and evening session at 6:30 PM. Free childcare will be provided at the evening session. Please include the number of children and their ages with your RSVP. Cost of the study is $10. RSVP to Linda Schambach at

  • Choir & Music Ministry

    Music ministry at St. Paul's is an important part of our worship experience and is a mix of hymns and contemporary songs, ensembles, sing-a-longs, and solos. The choir is a group that comes together for the privilege of offering thanks and praise to God through song. Under the direction of Jon Kobel, the choir leads opening songs and performs special music. Jon regularly invites guest musicians - vocalists and instrumentalists - to participate as well. In some cases, a small stipend is available. New voices age 12 and up are always welcome! Rehearsal is Wed 7-8:30 PM.

  • The Knitting GroUp

    The Knitters, a part of the Calling and Caring Ministry, have been knitting for more than ten years. This past year, the group knitted three prayers shawls (over 300 to date), 111 baby hats for the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign, and 17 baby blankets for the nursery at Sherman Hospital. They are always open to more knitters and stitchers. The Knitters meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at St. Paul's Ministry House from 10-11 AM.

  • Advent Workshop

    The Advent Workshop is an inter-generational gathering after church focused on making ornaments, cards, and gifts for shut-ins. Last year's workshop also hosted a delicious Chili Cook-Off!

  • Lenten Retreat 2017

    The Lenten Retreat is a half-day Saturday gathering for reflection - in discussion and in private - on the costs and joys, questions and challenges of discipleship. We spend time together in prayer. We share our stories. And we end with independent reflection at activity stations. This year's retreat was based on the UCC Lent Devotional Diving Lessons.

  • KIDS Holy Week Walk (with Easter Egg Hunt!)

    Kids learn about Jesus and the disciples' walk through Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday with storytelling, crafts, and song stops along the way. We end our walk with an Easter Egg Hunt, a recognition and celebration of Easter joy! For children ages 12 & under. The Saturday before Palm Sunday.

  • "Page Turners" Book Club

    The "Page Turners" is a group that meets every 2nd Thursday in a 2nd floor study room at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin. Books are chosen from the library's "Book Club" inventory. The September book is My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

  • The Women's Auxiliary

    The Women's Auxiliary is led and organized by the women of St. Paul's. The auxiliary raises money and organizes projects to meet the needs of the church and the community including donations to UCC special missions offerings and Elgin Crisis Center. They also collect Campbell Soup labels and "Education" Box Tops for schools in Elgin. The women meet the 1st Thursday of each month at St. Paul's Ministry House and gather for seasonal luncheons as well.

Some of the organizations we support:

PADS of Elgin                    

Crop Walk                  

Little Angels, Elgin               

Feed My Starving Children           

Church World Services            

Crisis Center, Elgin

Back Bay Mission   

Step It Up Ministry, Elgin

Open Door Christmas Wishes                 

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up

School Supplies for local students in need

Local Food Pantries    

2017 Ministry Team Leaders

Christian Education - Karen Smith

Mission - Barb Kemp

Calling & Caring - Ginny Mursewick

Evangelism - Polly Russel

Worship - Vernon Knaak

Stewardship - JoAnn Pate

Fellowship/Hospitality - Janet Werner

Properties - Dan Heinrich