We have eight ministry teams at St. Paul's that 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 regular church-wide service projects include participating in the Burlington-Hampshire Crop Walk, collecting new gym shoes and school supplies for local kids in need and winter clothing for the homeless, hosting blood drives, and providing Christmas presents for Little Angels of Elgin and the Open Door Christmas Wishes program. We also volunteer every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at a local homeless shelter, PADS of Elgin, 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!  Along with Sunday worship and Sunday School class, kids at St. Paul's are involved in service. For example, pack school supplies and hygiene kits for people in need, help tend the church garden, make Christmas gifts for the home-bound, and walk in the Crop Walk. Our Christian Education leaders work to provide lessons and experiences that teach and model the Gospel call to love: To love God with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself, which also means loving yourself and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! 

  • Bible Study

    The next bible study at St. Paul's will start in January 2018. Our last study was 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. Free childcare is provided at the evening sessions. Contact study leader Linda Schambach for more information at stpauls4me@yahoo.com

  • 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. 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.


  • 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.

  • Lenten Retreat

    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.

  • Advent Workshop

    The Advent Workshop is an inter-generational gathering after church focused on song, story, crafts and a meal. We make gifts for our home-bound church members and a keepsake to help us prepare for the joy and promises of Christmas. Last year's workshop also hosted a delicious Chili Cook-Off!

  • tHE laDIES' aUXILIARY

    The Ladies' 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.


  • 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.

  • "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.

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                          

Missions - Barb Kamp

Calling & Caring - Ginny Mursewick                               

Evangelism - Polly Russel

Worship - Vern Knaak

Stewardship - JoAnn Pate

Fellowship/Hospitality - Janet Werner

Properties - Dan Heinrich