The St. Paul's Westfield Community
St. Paul's is a community of faith and friendship. We warmly encourage people to explore friendships within the community and as such we have created several groups to help you connect.
The Hospitality Committee’s mission is to love one another as Christ loves us by welcoming and embracing all newcomers and members, by nurturing our parish relationships through coffee hours, receptions and social events and by providing meals and support to parish families going through crisis. These programs are all enriched by the enthusiastic participation of the parish and the support of our generous volunteers. For more information please call the parish office: (908) 232-8506, ext. 10.
Get involved by joining a committee
- Newcomer’s Ministry
- Welcoming Committee
- Newcomer’s Fall Reception
- Social Committee
- Sunday Church Greeters
- Coffee Hours
- Special Receptions
- Welcome Back Picnic
- Adult Socials
- Community-wide Gatherings
- Spring Auction-Dinner
- Spring Progressive Dinner
- Cookies with Santa
- Helping Hands
As we move through Covid, some events may be canceled.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Our festive Pancake Supper is held in the day before Ash Wednesday. Pancakes were traditionally eaten on the day before Ash Wednesday because they were a way to use up eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Liturgical fasting during Lent emphasizes eating plainer food and refraining from “pleasurable” foods such as meat, dairy and eggs.
Easter Egg Hunt
Held on the playground after the 9:30am service. Bring your basket and hunt for eggs. The Easter Bunny will be there to meet the children!
Blessing of the Backpacks
Always held on the first day of Sunday School in September, children bring their backpacks to the front of the church for a special blessing.
Welcome Back Picnic
The picnic is held in early September immediately after the 9:30am church service. Current and new church members get together for a bbq with delicious side dishes, salads and desserts! This is a perfect way to meet new friends!
The celebration held in October – in honor of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment – welcomes all pet owners to bring their pets. This fun afternoon includes individual animal blessings, a free petting zoo, dog/cat adoptions, and a bake sale with human and dog treats!
Before the nights get too cold, we meet to make no-sew fleece blankets to give to a local charity for distribution to homeless or needy families. This occurs in November or December.
Cookies with Santa
Children put their letters in Santa’s mailbox, tell Santa what is on their list and take some great pictures. Santa gives each child a small party favor and some cookies. This is a great way to kick off the Christmas Season!
Advent Wreath Making
Come make your own Advent wreath with members of the Flower Guild. No experience necessary! Held in early December so that you have your wreath to observe Advent.
We meet at different parishioners’ homes to have a multiple course dinner and dessert. This occurs every other spring.
Connections is a weekly playgroup for pre-school-age parish families. Whether you are new to St. Paul’s, a current parish member, or even a friend of a friend, we would love to hear from you! If you are interested in joining this group when it resumes, please contact the Parish Office at 908-232-8506 x10. This group is not currently meeting due to Covid.
St. Paul’s Book Group
We are an informal group with no required commitment to a membership. The book selections are chosen as a group decision and the discussion leadership at meetings is rotating and voluntary.
We choose titles anywhere from the classics, The Scarlet Letter, to current prize-winners, Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. We’ve read poetry by Billy Collins, and Dead Wake about the sinking of the Lusitania.
Our planned schedule is to meet in the lounge during odd months of the year on a Sunday after the 10:00 service. Occasionally, this changes.
All information about meetings appears in the Epistle more than a month in advance.
If the book looks interesting, enjoy it; then please join us for the discussion!