A bit about us...
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is both a community and a place of worship. We are seekers of the faith, and in that journey we invite the curious and the serious, we encourage questions and convictions. We are faithful participants in God's ministry through our church, and we support each person's path to deepening their relationship with God.
Our members include those who attend church occasionally and those who attend regularly. We are people who come to the altar to take communion, and people who stay in the pews in silent contemplation. Our community includes newcomers and old-timers, those who are new to church-going, those who are cradle-to-grave Episcopalians, and those who come through our doors from other faith traditions. We are singles, seniors, millennials, and families of many types. People of all ages, many cultures, and diverse backgrounds make up our parish family.
We are an Oasis parish: one that has formally declared itself to be inviting to individuals and families of LGBTIQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning) identification.
St. Paul’s also has a long tradition of being a church home to immigrant groups, including (in the past) Hmong, Vietnamese, and Cambodian immigrants, and (at present) Americans recently here from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and many other corners of the world.
Our parish is known for its exceptional music, both as part of the service, and as a concert venue. St. Paul’s is a long-established part of the Oakland community, with a contemporary vision for the place of spirituality and religion in the world today.
Social ministries at St. Paul’s include outreach in many directions, including programs for the homeless, low and fixed income neighbors, seniors, and twelve-step groups. Our congregation’s ministries include the Pantry of Hope, and the Thursday Food Co-op.
At our worship services, all are invited to join us in communion of the consecrated bread and wine.
We celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays two times: without music at 8:00am, and with choir and organ at 10:00am. In addition, we celebrate the Eucharist on Wednesdays at 12:10pm. We celebrate the service of Compline (sung candlelight service of prayers for the end of the day) on the fourth Sunday of every month at 8:00pm. Additionally, we celebrate Evensong on the first Sunday of the month at 4:00pm (Oct-June).
Please see the Contact page for more details on how to reach St. Paul's clergy, staff, and church leadership, and who to contact for a specific concern or program.
One visitor beautifully captured our community, noting the ...
“... sunshine coming through the stained glass, an adorable toddler walking very determinedly up and down the center aisle, a late-coming wedding guest changing seats multiple times, a lady in front of me who had magnificent hair and a very stylish chapeau..."
Read more about their experience here.
The sanctuary building is neo-English Gothic, of simple, graceful style, with a quiet demeanor, strong lines, and clean detail. The 1935 Austin organ is renowned for its classic, grand sound. The stained glass windows are beautiful; some more than 100 years old.