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|St. Paul’s Episcopal Church|
|St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a traditional church seeking to build a community of faith and to continue to grow in the love of Christ. The church is located in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, the county seat of Armstrong County forty miles north of Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River. We are in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in nearby Worthington.
This is one of the earliest churches to be founded west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1828, and it had several locations, before acquiring the land and building our present beautiful Gothic building in 1912.
In addition to the town of Kittanning, St. Paul’s draws from surrounding communities including Ford City, Templeton, Elderton and Rural Valley. The average attendance on Sunday is approximately forty. The river provides summer activities such as boating, fishing and jet skiing, and the amphitheater and park beside it are often used for activities such as movies, singing groups and the annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival in August. Recently, our congregation participated in “Christock” in the park, a celebration sponsored by the Salvation Army for several churches to provide Christian entertainment and activities for the children of the area. Our group helped children to make puppets and handed out healthy treats to the hundreds of children that attended.
Kittanning has recently opened a new state-of-the-art junior-senior high school for the Kittanning and Ford City Area. It also has an up-to-date hospital complex with a cancer center and senior day care center. These are the two biggest employers in the area. There are two shopping malls as well as small shops in town, and many restaurants.
The congregation of St. Paul’s is actively doing outreach in the community. Every third month our Kitchen Crew (consisting of anyone who would like to help!) serves a free meal to people in the area. We are glad to fill a need in the community, and it also affords members of the congregation an opportunity to get to know each other better as we work together. In Lent, the Kittanning Ministerium has noonday services and a meal each Wednesday. Our Kitchen Crew cooks for one of those each year.
We have held community organ and piano concerts in the church, as well as World Day of Prayer services, and at Christmas our choir combines with others in the area to provide a concert before the Christmas Eve service begins. Our parish house is used by a local chapter of AA, and we sponsor a Boy Scout Troop in the church. During the Folk Festival, we run the Riverside Café in the parish house and lend our front lawn to the Festival Committee to use as the entertainment stage for those four days. We recently had a picnic for three other Episcopal churches and our sister church in Worthington.
We have a web site which posts pictures of our activities, as well as a professional photographer who is in charge of taking those pictures. The web site includes a short history of the church, too, and pictures of the parish organizations such as vestry, Altar Guild, choir, acolytes and lay readers.
Members of the church are active in the community in groups outside of the church, too. Several serve on boards of local organizations. Some do prison ministry and tutoring of students. Some of our members have a ministry to the shut-ins of the church, taking communion to them. One month a year, the congregation participates in the local food bank distribution. We adopt a family for Christmas and several of our members have adopted children from the Mustard Seed Babies’ Home in Uganda. We contribute to the Salvation Army, the local veterans’ home and soldiers who are currently deployed in the Middle East.
We have an active church school, but would like to be able to begin a Youth Group for high school children. Our congregation is made up largely of older parishioners, and we would like to be able to attract more of the younger generation. We have a mid-week healing service and Bible study, after which participants enjoy lunch together. We are currently using The Church Teaching Series as our study guide.
We try to be an active “presence” in the community. In the front of our Sunday bulletin is the following statement which sums that up:
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|Contact the Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler 412-414-3337|