The Choir of St Paul in the Desert
This choir consists of volunteer adults with a desire to share their musical talent through choral music at the 10:30 services, as well as other special Feast days and in concerts. Our repertoire consists of all periods of music from Bach to Rutter, Wesley to Near.
Rehearsals for this choir are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The Children’s Choir
This choir is open to all children of the parish ages four and older. In addition to singing once a month for the 10:30 service, this group is learning musical skills and how to work as a team.
The children rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 6:40 p.m.
St. Paul in the Desert Concert Series
Nathan Ensign, Director of Music
The series offers concerts during the school year as an outreach to the Desert community and a time for social interaction apart from regular church services. Performers include both local and national choirs, pianists, organists and small ensembles. A variety of musical styles are used to entertain and educate those attending. A generous group of donors allows these concerts to be offered at no charge.
This popular series is usually held on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.
The Altar Guild
Rick Tinsley, Director
This group of devout parishioners come together with the primary task of serving God at God’s altar, and in so doing praise God with hands and hearts. They are committed to diligent and reverent work. In general terms, the duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare everything necessary for the celebration of Holy Communion and the observance of the other Sacraments and Offices of the church. They feel it is an honor and privilege to serve God in the Sanctuary and at the altar.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs)
LEVs share in the pastoral and sacramental ministry of the church, by taking Holy Communion to persons unable to attend church. LEVs go each Sunday to Desert Hospital and on a rotational basis to those confined at home or in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Parishioners are encouraged to advise the office or clergy of their need for a LEV.
Ted Barajas, Program Coordinator
Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m. September through June and is featuring the “Godly Play” program. Godly play is a method of Christian Education and spiritual formation designed to teach children through the language of our sacred stories. Based on the Montessori method, Godly Play helps children become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
ECW’s goal as defined by the bylaws is “to unite all women of the church in worship, study, service and fellowship, to deepen and strengthen their own spiritual lives, to lead them into service of the church, parish, community, diocese, nation and the world.”
ECW accomplishes this by raising funds to support local, national and international missions and through monthly luncheon meetings with programs, which are open to all members of the church and guests.
The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK)
Bonnie Stroock, Chair
DOK is a women’s international religious order founded in 1885 by Episcopal women in New York City. Women who seek deeper spiritual life and inspiration in prayer and Christian fellowship are invited to attend a meeting where we study, pray and plan ways to serve the parish. Our group meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the homes of members. After members are installed, they receive a special silver cross with a motto in Latin, which reads “with heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” Our chapter was installed in July 2002 and is called Mary in the Desert. It is a joint chapter with our sister congregation at St Margaret’s, Palm Desert.
Craig Ewing, Chair
The ministry of stewardship is the joyful giving of time, talent and treasure in thanksgiving to God for all the countless gifts God gives us. The people of St Paul in the Desert are blessed with many gifts. Throughout the year there is ample opportunity to share these gifts with the community. Financial support for the ongoing ministry of St. Paul in the Desert is foremost. Volunteers for various ministries as well as various projects on the grounds practice their stewardship for the physical campus of the church and the administration of the parish.
Throughout the year, hospitality is provided by various groups and ministries. This includes snacks served during coffee hours following the two Sunday services. A sign up sheet is located in the Parish Hall.