At the core of our community is giving. We have a long history of outreach that has made a difference in New Haven and the world.
We believe all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God and that God has entrusted us to be stewards of God’s gifts. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we faithfully respond to grow God’s Kingdom here on earth.
How do we know this is the Holy Spirit at work? Two ways we know this is the work of the Holy Spirit are the joy and gratitude we receive from giving. We encourage all our parishioners to be joyful in giving back to God.
“Giving back” takes many forms here at St. Paul and St. James. It always involves seeking greater insight into spiritual growth and should bring us closer to God. We encourage you to explore this section on ways that you can give back to St. Paul & St. James and deepen your relationship with God.
One of the easiest ways to give to help us continue our mission to transform New Haven and the world around us is by giving financially. You can send a check or give right now online.
Opportunities to Give Back
We have a very active group for those ages 21-39ish. This group sponsors many events though out the year and also has had an active Bible Study. Many of their activities are social and a great way to meet other parishioners in this age group.
Volunteer and/or Make Donations for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Loaves and Fishes has been a steadfast ministry of St Paul & St. James for over 25 years, providing a bag of groceries every Saturday morning to every person in need who comes through our doors. Its sister ministry, the Clothes Closet, is open to guests on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Volunteers welcome guests and sort and distribute food as well as clothes.
Loaves and Fishes always welcomes new volunteers, including those whose schedules allow them to volunteer just one time or on an intermittent basis. Volunteers meet in the church undercroft (using the back entrance) by 8:00 a.m. each Saturday and generally finish by about 11:00 am. Volunteers are also occasionally needed to transport and organize food items at other times, and you can bring donations of non-perishable food and clothing to St Paul & St. James anytime. Contact the Rev. Keith Voets (firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-562-2691) for more information.
Host a Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour is a wonderful tradition at St Paul & St. James, held each Sunday after the later service. Hosts provide tasty treats to supplement the drinks, crackers, and cookies provided by the church. They also set up and clean up. You can host with friends or by yourself. Sign up on the sheet in the parish hall. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
Help make lunch at Chapel on the Green
Founded by our Priest-in-Charge, Chapel on the Green happens every Sunday at 2:00 pm on New Haven’s Upper Green (directly behind Trinity Episcopal Church). The brief (25-30 minute) service attracts the homeless, community members interested in social justice, and folks who may not be comfortable worshiping inside church buildings. Come any Sunday to participate in this unusual worship experience. St Paul & St. James is also among those churches who take a turn providing the lunch served after the time of worship, so watch for opportunities to contribute in that way as well.
Opportunities that Require 1 Hour or Less Per Week
Give a Ride to Church
Many of our members needing a ride are only a 5-10 minute drive from church. Contact the parish office to schedule a ride for a Sunday service or other St Paul & St. James events.
Join the Altar Guild.
This group does the behind the scenes to prepare for Sunday worship. Contact the Rev. Alex Dyer (email@example.com).
Serve as a Liturgical Assistant
Liturgical Assistants help the clergy with Sunday worship and administer the chalice. Contact the Rev. Alex Dyer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Serve as an Usher
Offer a warm welcome to parishioners and visitors alike, and help our services (on Sundays as well as other times) to run smoothly.
Serve on one special committees or task forces
Most committees meet once per month. Contact one of the church warden Susan Yates or any member of the vestry to talk about how you can best bring your talents to the table.
St. Paul & St. James welcomes onetime gifts from those who wish to assist us in our ministry to New Haven and beyond. Your gifts are especially appreciated at this time in our history. We hope you are visiting this website because you care about the wonderful work that St. Paul & St. James is doing in New Haven. We touch people’s lives in profound ways. You can help us to continue to proclaim God’s radical love in new ways by sending a check to the parish office.
We strongly encourage all our members to consider pledging. A pledge is proclaiming to God what you intend to give for the coming year. Pledges allow the leaders of our church to prayerfully discern a budget and use our resources wisely. Obviously the more you pledge, the more we can accomplish as a community.
The ideal pledge for any Christian is a tithe (10%) of your annual income. Every year, we encourage all our members to take an intentional look at the percentage of income they are actually giving, or are able to give, to the church.\