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St. Paul's Episcopal | Ventura, CA
S P I R I T U A L | G R O W T H
CHRISTIAN FORMATION FOR ALL 
Sunday After-Service Christian Education

     A range of Christian Education topics are presented with interactive learning and group discussion from 11:30am-noon every Sunday. Children meet in Room 12.  Youth meet in Youth Center.  Adults meet in Kahler Hall.  All are welcome to explore christian faith!


Wednesday Bible Study

   The Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets from 10:30 am - Noon in the library, led by Rev. Susan. The study resumed January 27th.  All are welcome to join at anytime.  The group will continue studying the book Conversations with Scripture-Acts of the Apostles by C.K. Robertson through lent.  The study flows at a pace according where the discussion takes the group.


Small Group Study

    All are invited to our Small Group Study.  Topics we study are taken from the Via Media resources bringing about discussion of our Anglican/Episcopal Faith and the world today.  We are a friendly and casual small group that enjoys fellowship and support on the journey of faith, meeting Wednesdays 10:30 am-noon in the Library.


Exploring our Faith

   Exploring our Faith developed from a preparation for Confirmation study.  In this study we explore our faith, enjoy some fellowship and support one another on the journey.  This coming month we will explore the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina.  This is a form of Bible Study that helps us cultivate skills in listening, meditation, prayer and contemplation.  We meet next on Tuesday, June 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Gooden Center.  All are welcome!  We hope you will join us!


WOMEN'S FORMATION 
Field Trip | Women's Bible Study Group | May 29, 2015
Women's Bible Study

     The Women’s Bible Study group meets weekly on Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the Gooden Center at St. Paul’s.  We gather for fellowship accompanied by delicious snacks, and then join in bible study.  There are typically between ten to fifteen women on any given Friday.  We began studying together over eight years ago and are delighted to welcome newcomers.

Beginning in May, the group begins the next study: All Things New by Kelly Minter

    The city of ancient Corinth was much like our own modern-day cities: a melting pot of electrifying cultural experiences to be had, along with the myriad pitfalls of spiritual depravity. Still, Paul wrote to the church of God in Corinth. Meaning God’s church is meant to thrive in any city and every circumstance in which we find ourselves. Over 8 sessions, Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians, exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come.

     We are a group of women from St. Paul’s and the local Ventura Christian community led in study by Suzanne McCombs. Our members are at all stages of life, but the common thread we share is our love of the Lord and the Bible. Come join us for study and fellowship. Even if you can’t attend, we welcome your participation by following along in the study independently as several members of the congregation have for previous studies.

Prior Studies include:

Children of the Day 1&2 Thessalonions by Beth Moore, Stronger: Finding Hope in Fragile Places by Angela Thomas; Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman ;Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life; Beth Moore, To Live is Christ; Michael Schut, Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective; Angela Thomas, Living Your Life as a Beautiful Offering; Beth Moore, Jesus the One and Only; Kelly Minter, Nehemiah: A Heart that Can Break; Beth Moore, Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy; Beth Moore: James: Mercy Triumphs; Max Lucado, Out Live Your Life; Beth Moore, Living Beyond Yourself; Kelly Minter, Ruth, Loss, Love and Legacy; John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat; Kelly Minter, What is Love; and Rowan Williams, Meeting God in Paul

     If you are interested in joining our study, please contact Suzanne McCombs or the Parish office (805)643-5033


     The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is an international and spiritual sisterhood of women devoted to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We are an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate.

    The Bishop Gooden Memorial Chapter at St. Paul's is approaching its 40 year anniversary.  The twenty-two active members pray daily for healing, support and guidance from requests by parishioners and members.  We come together to serve at Baptism and Funeral receptions.  Members also serve on the Altar Guild, Welcome Commitee, Choir, Hospitality Team, Outreach Committee and take up leadership roles as Vestry member, Congregational Garden leader, Public Librarian, Usher, and Lay Eucharistic Minister to name a few.  All members serve as they are called.  Our members support evangelism with contributions to funds for the national order's sponsorship or overseas missionaries.  We also wear our crosses daily to encourage conversations with those around us and host annual retreats  or assemblies on campus. 

   Contact current President Paula Robertson for more information or if you are interested in joining this amazing, diverse, spiritual, joyful group.


First Monday Book Club
Meet the first Monday of the Month | 5:30 p.m. | Panera Bread Restaurant, Telephone Road

    A new Small Group was launched in March.   All women of the parish and their friends are invited for a night out, the first Monday of the month.  Meet at Panera Bread on Telephone Rd (near Barnes & Noble) at 5:00pm for no-host snacks/dinner and begin the book discussion at 5:30pm. One book is chosen each month to be read and discussed at the following month's get together. Read a little or read it all - come and enjoy new friends, food and a lively discussion.

The reading 'assignment' for June was  Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler.  Previous studies included: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.  Contact Paula at 805-643-5033 with questions.  Sponsored by the Daughters of the King.


CHILD FORMATION 
Sunday School

     Each Sunday at 10:15 am, children from pre-school through fifth grade meet in a Worship Space consecrated as a children's chapel. 

    Taught by a core team off a half dozen volunteers, the mission of the Sunday School is to enable our children to grow into a realization that they, too, are part of this ongoing sacred story and that they are not only the future of the Church, but its very vital present.

     Children take part in all aspects of the worship service from cutting and arranging flowers for the altar to reading aloud the parts of the liturgy such as "The Call to Worship," "The Lord's Prayer" and  "The Creed."  

     They join the adults during communion in the 'big' church.  After church they gather for labyrinth games outside the church entrance and then meet for a crafts or other activities.  During the year they are also involved in various, changing activities for festival days including sermonizing during the Christmas Creche service and an Epiphany Pageant.

     In all of their activities, they are gratefull for the ongoing support from the Alfriend Family Sunday School fund, the St. Paul's vestry and congregation, and the parents of the Sunday School children.


 

YOUTH FORMATION 

Where you can ask your questions, explore your faith and make a real difference in the world.                      

 …because we believe in you!

   The Youth Group will begin a new, "My Faith, My Life" guest series. They will be interviewing a variety of special guests from the congregation about their faith and their life. In addition to our "My Faith, My Life" guest series, youth will also be engaging in a new program for Bible study. The program is called "Colaborate." It’s a fun and interesting curriculum that invites students to bring their questions and engage in compelling conversation about God and what it means to follow Jesus, as they dig into the Bible.  The group meets in the youth center starting at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.  See more information on the Youth Group page.


MEN'S FORMATION 
Men's Group

   The men's group of St. Paul's pray daily and meet weekly to study the upcoming Sunday's Gospel lesson. The group is a key contributor to our hospitality and fellowship ministries. They host the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, St. Patrick's Dinner, the Hoedown for Hope fundraiser and are called on throughout the year for their amazing barbeque.

  Meet them every Friday morning at 6:30 for breakfast at Main Street Steakhouse at 3159 E. Main Street, Ventura, to study the weekly scripture readings.  All men are welcome to the fellowship.  If you are interested in joining us, just show up or contact the St. Paul's office (805.643.5033) for more details.


Scholarships

     Supporting seminarians through our Scholarship Fund,  has been a long standing tradition at St. Paul's.  We have most recently supported Gethin Wied, son of Doug Wied and a Postulant for Holy Orders from the L.A. Diocese in is his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and are supporting Mr. Alex Ababio Chicka Morgan student of the Virginia Theological Seminary in the Diocese of Wiawso in Ghana for four years at the recommendation of The Rev. Canon Doug Edwards.  We provide ongoing support for the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont (Bloy House). 

   Contact Rev. Susan or our Parish Administrator, Paula Robertson, with requests for for education support.  Requests will be brought before the vestry for authorization.


Child Formation

Infants and Toddlers (Nursery Care)

  

     The infant and toddler group enjoy age appropriate activities in the nursery.


Children (K-5th grades) - Sunday School

     The Cave Quest Vacation Bible school program runs from 10:00 a.m.-noon on Sundays through August 28th.  Teachers in training, Ana Barnaby and Sarah Jackson are leading the program and assembled the sets and props. This Sunday's program theme was "Jesus Gives us Love."  The children follow and sing along with the DVD program, particpate in theme activites and enjoy a special treat.


Youth Formation

Youth (6th -12th grades)
 
      The youth group program was "A Silent Lesson."  Silence can be oppresive, silence can be a disability, silence can also be chose; embraced as a spiritual discipline.
 
Adult Formation

    Adults and youth met in Kahler Hall for a refreshments and fellowship.