St. Paul’s Book Group is an excellent opportunity to get to know others at St. Paul’s through conversation and a mutual love of reading. We meet monthly (the first Wednesday of the month), discussing a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, religious works, classics and many more. No commitment is required—come to one meeting or come to them all. Kick back and relax with a glass of wine and talk more intimately with new friends at St. Paul’s! St. Paul’s book group meets in the Rectory (the yellow building next to the church).
Here’s a sampling of books that we’ve read recently:
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
- Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Domonic Smith
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris
- The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke
- The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
Plus a Lenten Study of Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
The Blue Bunny has the book in stock with a 20% discount if you mention St. Paul’s Book Group. You can also borrow a copy through the library or order it through Amazon. All are welcome to drop in to this friendly group, especially if you haven’t attended before. Please let Jen Luszcz know if she can help with books, rides or anything else.
Contact: Jen Luszcz or 617-803-6504
Movie Reflection Group
If you enjoy the movies….this is the group for you. Once a month (late Sunday afternoon) we venture to the Dedham Community Theatre at 580 High Street to see a movie. No need to RSVP, simply arrive for the movie and look for Reverend McCarley. Following the movie we enjoy dinner and a discussion reflecting on the themes, acting and directing of the movie. Join us for lively discussion and entertainment that supports our local community.
Tuesday Bible Study Group
This group of twelve meets each Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from October to May in Sally Burt’s apartment at Fox Hill for an hour of reading and discussion of the Bible, using Kerygma Bible study resource guides.
Contact: Sally Burt
We start off the fall with a special fellowship hour where you can talk with the leaders of various church groups while eating some amazing sundaes.
Blessing of the Animals
Once a year, usually in the fall after the 10:00 service, parishioner's pets are welcomed to receive a blessing. Many stuffed animals and pictures of pets are blessed as well. It's always fun to meet these furry family members typically at home on Sunday mornings!
Wardens Welcome Back Social
Every October, St. Paul's hosts a candlelit Friday evening cocktail party to welcome everyone back from their summer travels and start the academic year. Childcare is provided in the church school classrooms.
Trick-or-treating in the pews
Started in 2016, this fun tradition that helps mix the generations has our littlest ghosts and goblins process into the church, getting treats from parishioners.
Get ready for some old fashioned Halloween fun! Toilet paper mummy wrap, donuts on strings, graveyard scavenger hunt, costume parade - fun for all ages!
Potluck Thanksgiving dinner
The Saturday afternoon before Thanksgiving, parishioners of all ages gather to share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and gratitude.
Lessons and Carols
On a Sunday afternoon in December, we invite the community in for the Episcopal tradition of Lessons and Carols. With a five piece brass ensemble, the children's and adult choirs, the church fills with the Christmas spirit. A reception follows in the parish hall.
The Saturday before Christmas during the 10:00 service, hockey stick wielding shepherds, adorable little sheep and a feminist-before-her-time innkeepers wife join a cast of St. Paul's church school kids to tell the classic Christmas story interspersed with favorite Christmas carols.
The Tuesday before Lent, the tradition is to purge the pantry of all decadent foods. We combine this with a touch of Mardi Gras and pancake races for a celebration not to be missed.
The Saturday afternoon before Easter, dedicated volunteers fill and hide hundreds of Easter eggs around the church and rectory grounds while the kids play games and make crafts in the parish hall. At the end of a dramatic countdown, the egg hunting frenzy is something these kids will never forget.
Look Who's Coming to Dinner!
This special event starts with a cocktail hour in the parish hall where you find out who will be hosting your dinner that evening. From the church, small groups go to parishioners homes for an intimate dinner with a cross section of the church you might not otherwise have met. This evening is a great opportunity to make new friends who also call St. Paul's home.
Church School Picnic
We cap off the church school year with an afternoon of fun and games at a local playground. Egg races, water balloon toss, and other classic picnic games make this a wonderful celebration of all our church school achieves every year.