Community Ministry

At St. Paul’s the goal of Community Ministry is to encourage each member to put their time and talents towards helping those outside our own walls. This strengthens not only the local and worldwide community but also deepens our own Christian growth. We support several projects and strive to facilitate each member’s own Community Ministry interests by offering to share willing hands and our building whenever possible. We call this “The Mission at Our Doorstep.”

Thanks to the Hunger Heroes at St. Paul's!

To the Parishioners at St Paul’s,
WOW!! Once again … THANK YOU! Through thick and thin, St. Paul’s has always been there for NourishNC and our kids. I sincerely can’t thank you enough. Your dedication to NNC, Snipes, and fighting child hunger is amazing. Your donation will feed 22 students at Snipes for an entire year! Our community is a better place because y’all are in it.

We can’t wait to have y’all come pack with us again.
Thank You!

Steve McCrossan, Director
NourishNC

Help Hub

St. Paul’s has joined forces with other area churches to support the Help Hub at the Harrelson Center with volunteers and funds. The Help Hub provides short-term or emergency assistance to individuals and families in need. Bringing together community churches in one location with the same mission eliminates the need for traveling from church to church for those seeking funds. The Harrelson Center is home to other ministries that can offer a “hand up.”

Contact Merrilie Crafts. Want to volunteer? Please fill out the volunteer interest form here.
If you have an urgent need for assistance, please contact the Help Hub directly by clicking on the link here: Help Hub or by calling (910) 769-5357.

Backpack Buddies

This mission and outreach project provides food assistance to chronically hungry children in the Wilmington area. Working with schools and a nonprofit agency, Nourish NC, this program provides food for children when none is available to them. Nourish NC, oversees the packing and distribution of the food. Each weekend and holiday break, identified children are able to take home a backpack with nourishing food.

The St. Paul’s chapter of ECW (Episcopal Churchwomen), St. Agnes Guild supports this program by working with the children of Snipes Academy and provides the funds for 16 students to be enrolled in the Backpack Program. The funds we raise to support the kids comes from working at the Belk’s Charity Sale event held twice a year. All of the money raised goes to feed the children. Because of the growth in our commitment, the entire parish is now involved in raising the funds for this endeavor. We welcome everyone to become part of this important ministry for our community’s children.
Contact Barbara Bucci

Belk Charity Spring Sale

Ticket sale proceeds will go to NourishNC for the Backpack Buddies Program, designed to put healthy food in the hands of elementary school children. We sponsor 22 children year round!

Purchase $5 tickets at the reception following church services. Give $5  > You Get $5 > St. Paul’s Gets $5

Men, women, and couples teams are invited to provide the additional resources needed to sell spring sale tickets at Independence Mall. Information and a sign-up sheet will be in the Parish Hall during the sale event.
Contact Sandy Poore for questions and additional information.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

This program serves those who are hungry in the Wilmington area through distribution of emergency food. This service is provided by volunteers in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served. Once a month, a needy individual or family may come to Mother Hubbard’s to receive a 3-5 day supply of groceries. People without stoves receive a smaller bag and are served once weekly. People requesting food are asked to show identification and self-declare their need.

Needs: All sizes of baby disposal diapers and feminine hygiene products. All types of canned vegetables, meats, and fruits. Monetary donations are also accepted. Drop off donations at St. Paul’s in The Red Wagon at the Narthex/Market Street door.

St. Paul’s staffs Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard on these days:

  • Second Monday of each month, 12:30-3 p.m.  Contact Peg Brunton
  • Second Friday of each month, 12:30-3 p.m. Contact Steve Bucci
Good Shepherd

Members of St. Paul’s volunteer at the Good Shephard Center, where they feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing. This is accomplished through a hot meal, a warm bed, and a return path to housing. Find out more about volunteering at the Good Shepherd Center here.

Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network

This ministry unites communities of faith in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. On a rotating basis, 13 host congregations provide accommodations and meals for up to four families for one week, four times a year. St Paul’s has supported this mission for more than 10 years and has now made the transition from host church to support church. This ministry provides many opportunities for parishioner involvement.
Contact Nancy Bray to get involved.
Click here to find out how to help every time you buy your own groceries!

Ormond Center

St. Paul’s community outreach center, the Ormond Center, is located at the corner of 17th and Princess streets. The building provides meeting space for St. Paul’s youth and affordable rental office space for diverse community groups, including:

  • Aging In Place. An agency serving senior citizens and those who want to look ahead and prepare for their retirement and aging needs.
  • Frank Harr Foundation. An agency providing education, counseling and support for LGBTQ persons and for parents of young people struggling with sexual identity issues.
  • Seeds of Healing. An agency providing support and education to people newly diagnosed with HIV who are committed to handling the disease and coping with the changes in regimens that promote health.  The main focus group is composed of African American women who compose the largest percentage of new infections in the southeast.
  • Support the Port. An agency that provides assistance to people who are coping with tragedies and lack the resources and/or knowledge of available assistance programs.

Contact Jan Vick for more information.

Clara Barton Hill Memorial Chapel
  • Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Clara Barton Hill Memorial Chapel, located on the church grounds off of 16th Street, is open to the public Monday through Friday. This space is offered to the community as a space for solitude and prayer. All are welcome.