About St. Paul’s Family
“With God’s help, walking the spiritual journey of faith, we will be, and lead others to be, committed followers of Jesus Christ.”
You might be wondering “Who are St. Paul’s?” The giant cross in the sanctuary will answer the question. No matter where you come from, whoever you are, whatever the past you may have, we embrace you in your search for God’s love. Our giant cross in the sanctuary is a symbol of our many personal encounters, communal faith journey, and the full presence of Christ in every aspect of our lives–good, bad, and ugly. No matter what difference we may have among us, we embrace our diversity as a gift and not a hindrance. As we gather and break bread, we pray for each other and love one another as Christ loved us. We have been carrying God’s love story since 1834!
Our parish stays strong since the beginning. The original site was on the west side of 6th Street and the north side of Walnut (now called Mohammed Ali) where the State Office Building is now located. The impressively designed Gothic edifice was completed in 1839. A fire destroyed that St. Paul’s building on St. Paul’s Day—January 25, 1894. The second location for St. Paul’s was built on the corner of Fourth and Victoria Place (now called Magnolia). This location in the St. James Court area was considered suburban and the center of the population where most of the families of St. Paul’s lived. The new building completed in 1895 was of Tudor-English Gothic design. St. Paul’s continued to grow and prosper for many years. In the 1950s membership started to decline as members started moving out to the east end of Jefferson County. Because of this migration, St. Paul’s decided to move the parish to the suburbs. The present location of St. Paul’s is 4700 Lowe Road. The first worship was held in 1957.
Throughout the years, we actively ministered to the needs of the community. The women of St. Paul’s founded Norton Hospital, and our members were instrumental in creating The Home of the Innocents. Our Preschool has been serving the need of families for over fifty years. A dedicated core group of women quilt “Prayer Blankets” which are given to patients at Norton Hospital and all the graduates of our preschool.
When you join the St. Paul’s family, you will feel that stability from the depth of history, the courage to be in a fully present, and adventurous mind for the future, in which God continues to reveal His Love. This is how we love God, and God’s people. This is how we embrace YOU. So many faith journeys have been authored here, and we’d love for you to be part of it as we continue to serve Christ.