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During the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services, acolytes (5th through 12th-graders) carry the candles (torchbearer) or the cross (crucifer) in the procession while older youth assist the clergy in setting the Eucharistic table. Adult acolytes serve as crucifer and server at the 7:45 a.m. service.
Questions? Contact Heidi Schneble

The St. Paul’s Altar Guild works to prepare the altar for worship services, including baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals. The altar guild is also responsible for the care of vestments, altar hangings, linens, candles, silver/brass, and flowers. Altar Guild members are grouped into teams that serve for a two-week period approximately six times per year.
Questions? Contact Catherine and Wesley Schmidt

Anyone may donate altar flowers to honor a loved one, celebrate a birth, baptism, confirmation or mark other special occasions. Learn more about this special Altar Guild program or schedule a donation by contacting Jane Cole at 703-780-0204 or via email.

Chalice bearers, also referred to as lay eucharistic ministers, are licensed by the Bishop, administer the chalice on Sundays, and are commissioned to take consecrated communion to parishioners who are unable to attend regular worship services.
Questions? Contact Heidi Schneble

Intercessors read the Prayers of the People at the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services.
Questions? Contact Heidi Schneble

Lectors assist in the worship services by reading the appointed lessons.
Questions? Contact Heidi Schneble

St. Paul’s is host to a developing Southern Sudanese congregation. The Rev. Thon Moses celebrates at the Sudanese service at 2:00 p.m. every Sunday.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Alyse Viggiano or the Rev. Thon Moses 

Adults serve as ushers at the 7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services, while families serve as ushers at the 9 a.m. service. Ushers assist with seating, distribute the worship bulletins, and guide parishioners to communion.
Questions? Contact Heidi Schneble


Angel Choir (age 4 through grade 2) meets weekly on Wednesdays during the choir year from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. Spiritual formation, learning to belong, and musical fun are all included. The Angel Choir sings on the first Sunday of each month at the 9 a.m. service and also at the 4 p.m. service on Christmas Eve.
Questions? Contact Grant Hellmers – 703-549-3312 x17

St. Cecilia Choir (grade 3 through changed voices) leads worship at the 9 a.m. service on the first and third Sundays from September through May, as well as at the 4 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. Choristers meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Questions? Contact Grant Hellmers – 703-549-3312 x17

St. Paul’s Adult Choir (changed voices through adult) meets weekly on Thursdays during the choir year from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Choir leads the 11 a.m. Sunday liturgy from September through mid-June in addition to Thanksgiving Eve, Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Choral Evensong services. Service preparation begins at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday for the 11 a.m. liturgy; 6:30 p.m. for weeknight services (9:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve); and 3:15 p.m. for Choral Evensong.
Questions? Contact Grant Hellmers – 703-549-3312 x17

Hand Bell Choir (teens and adults) rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:45 to 9 p.m. It will play at the 11 a.m. service on All Saints’ Day, Advent Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve and Easter services.
Questions? Contact Grant Hellmers – 703-549-3312 x17

The Damascus Road Dogs is an eclectic instrumental ensemble which presents fresh arrangements of hymn tunes and other songs drawn from diverse styles. They participate weekly in the 9 a.m. service and periodically for other services.
Questions? Contact Eric Schnobrick

Instrumentalists are invited to play for 9 a.m. services for some of the hymns and/or to play communion music for 11 a.m. services. Musical instrumentalists from the congregation often make melody to the Lord in liturgies with their musical instruments as soloists, in ensembles, and with congregational singing.
Questions? Contact Eric Schnobrick

Singers and music makers are invited to consider making a commitment to singing or playing an instrument (or both!) for our Faith@5 service. The singers and music makers will help support congregational singing and will sometimes present a song or hymn as an ensemble.
Questions? Contact Eric Schnobrick

Keyboard Scholars are dedicated members of a St. Paul’s Choir who apply for organ or piano study each choir year. In addition to regular participation in a musical ensemble, scholars agree to participate in one weekly lesson to advance their music skills. A limited number of scholarships is available each season.
Questions? Contact Grant Hellmers – 703-549-3312 x17

St. Paul’s Saints and Singers supports the music ministries of St. Paul’s by offering logistic and financial support. If you are interested in supporting the ongoing work of the choirs, please consider making a financial contribution payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with Saints and Singers clearly marked in the memo line. All are invited to volunteer to aid in the logistics of the program.
Questions? Contact Grant Hellmers – 703-549-3312 x17


Members over 60 are invited to be a part of the Aging Gracefully With Spirit fellowship group. The group meets monthly over lunch and with a speaker on a topic of interest. Check the Events Calendar to see the next meeting’s details.
Questions? Contact Barbara Beach

The St. Paul’s Beefeaters is a group of individuals who share membership in St. Paul’s and the need to occasionally lift, haul, demolish, build, or repair objects with the express purpose of improving the surroundings of their beloved church. The group also enjoys roasting meat and imbibing an occasional spirit; bartending church events; and endlessly quoting classic movie lines. If you are interested in joining this majestic group of fellows (and ladies), please contact Anthony Marasco. You can also follow us on Facebook at The St. Paul’s Beefeaters. The St. Paul’s Beefeaters: Shine as a light, and replace the bulb as needed.
Questions? Contact Anthony Marasco

Collection counters gather every Monday morning to count and deposit the Sunday collection. Substitutes are sometimes needed.
Questions? Contact Betty Livingston (703-379-4112) or Ann Kavaljian (703-549-4980)

The Daughters of the King (DOK), established in 1885, is a lay Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. Every Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service, and personal evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of the parish. We also have a Junior Daughters of the King chapter for young women.
Questions? Contact Carolyn Backus

Dinner groups are small groups of adults who sign up to meet with fellow parishioners for a social evening and dinner on a monthly basis from September to June. The groups are a fun and relaxed way to get to know other members of St. Paul’s. We encourage new members to join as a way of becoming involved in the life of the parish.
Questions? Contact Shannon Watson

First Friday offers families a way to gather for a casual potluck supper and fellowship on the first Friday of each month. All meet in Norton Hall at 6 p.m. First Friday has no formal program and is a great way to wind down after a long week, meet new friends, and reconnect with others. Babysitting is provided by weeSIT, a professional nursery and childcare service.
Questions? Contact Laura Rose

Lay Eucharist Ministers (LEM) assist the clergy by taking Holy Communion to those in our parish who are homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise unable to attend Sunday services. LEMs help maintain the connection between the congregation and the person being visited. Time commitments vary, but usually LEMs will make one visit a month. Special training and licensing by the Diocese of Virginia are provided for those who are part of this ministry team.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Sam Mason – 703-314-1665

St. Paul’s Meals Ministry provides meals to St. Paul’s parishioners who are experiencing a time of illness, bereavement, or other emergency. By providing meals to parishioners at home, we hope to ease one of life’s daily burdens and provide a chance for individuals and families to focus on healing, both physically and spiritually. The time commitment for the meals ministry involves making or purchasing a meal or light fare and delivering the meal at a mutually agreeable time.
Questions? Contact Talley Fulghum – 703-768-8232

Memorial flowers are a nice way to remember family and friends and to give thanks for various blessings in life. The flowers decorate the nave and chapel on Sundays.
Questions? Contact Jane Cole – 703-780-0204

St. Paul’s New Baby Ministry assists St. Paul’s families who have a new baby in their lives by providing respite care and meals and offering other assistance as needed. Ministry volunteers also welcome each new child and give a gift of a hand-crafted “cradle-cross” in the name of the congregation.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Alyse Viggiano

Volunteers are needed in the parish office Monday through Friday (especially from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m.) Volunteer duties include answering the phone and helping with various mailings and special projects as needed. Let us know if you have time one or more days a week or would like to be on the list of parishioners able to help out when needed.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Hooff – 703-549-3312 x11

St. Paul’s parish picnic is held early in the summer one Sunday following the 10:00 a.m. service. Wear your picnic clothes to church and then join us at the grove on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary for food and fun. You don’t have to bring a thing except a picnic blanket or chairs. Food and drinks are provided for a small fee. There are outdoor games, a visit from a fire engine, water activities, and plenty of shade trees.
Questions? Contact Donna Lefeve – 703-549-3312 x14

Every spring, St. Paul’s parishioners head to the Diocesan retreat center in the mountains of western Virginia for a weekend of fun. The weekend includes programs for adults and youth. Parishioners are welcome to participate in as much or as little as they like.
Questions? Contact Tara Foscato (703-684-0543) or Lynn O’Connell 

Every year on the night before Ash Wednesday, parishioners gather in Norton Hall for a pancake supper. Live music and entertainment are included. Come discover why this pre-Lent pancake supper is a parish favorite for church members of all ages. Children of all ages are also welcome.
Questions? Contact Talley Fulghum – 703-768-8232

The Welcome Committee focuses on visitors and new members. We enjoy hosting a coffee for parishioners and newcomers each Sunday. All are welcome to join us for this informal coffee in the Johnston Room after the 9 and 11 a.m. services. It is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and get questions answered, meet people, and pick up a welcome packet. The committee also works with the clergy and staff to contact those who have visited St. Paul’s and welcome them to our community. We strive to help these visitors become parishioners.
Questions? Contact Leslie Golden or Susan Crowley