Who We Are

Radical Welcome

St. Paul’s on the Green offers a radical welcome to all in Norwalk, in greater Connecticut, and beyond.  No matter who you are or where you are on your own faith journey, you are welcome here.  We proclaim the Gospel promise of liberation in our preaching and are a congregation whose members are embodied in justice, hospitality, and love. We offer a safe space where you will hear an unfailing message of God’s outrageous and unconditional love for you.

We welcome, affirm, and include in every aspect of our church life persons from all walks of life.  We invite all those who experience prejudice and oppression because of their identity and who have been profoundly hurt – even by the church – to join us and experience an environment of healing, reconciliation, sanctuary, empowerment and peace.  We strive not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk.

We are a diverse, affirming, inclusive Anglo-Catholic parish with a rich history of outstanding worship, music, preaching and social action.  We are fond of saying that while the Christian Church is over 2,000 years old, our thinking here is not–and we encourage you to visit soon, to experience our radical welcome from the church steps to the communion table!


Your First Visit

Hours, directions, and parking

Please consult this page for information on when to visit, how to get here, and where to park!

Our campus

Our grounds include our beautiful twentieth-century stone church, the historic Chittim-Howell House, our labyrinth and memorial gardens, a restored, centuries-old cemetery, and more.  For more about what you’ll find on our campus, please click here.

Greeting

When you arrive at one of our Sunday services, you will be greeted and welcomed by members of the clergy and lay ministers of hospitality. Name tag ministers will make you a name tag (and when you return again, will help you find it!).  By wearing a nametag, our clergy can welcome you at God’s Table by name when you come to receive the Holy Eucharist.  Praying over you by name is also an important component of our Healing Ministry, if you wish to avail yourself of that.  Finally, wearing a name tag will help our congregation to greet and welcome you to St. Paul’s.

Children

Children are an important and welcome part of life in our community, and St. Paul’s values the presence and participation of children in worship.  Children are involved in our communal and worship life in many ways:

  • at the Gospel procession on Sunday mornings, children ages 4-8 are invited to a time of Children’s Worship with their friends and an adult leader, before all return to the church for the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Parents and guardians are welcome to attend with their children.
  • for children younger than four, or for those children who wish to remain with their families, the Chapel of the Angels on the right side of the church is available as a quiet, comfortable space during worship.  Busy bags can be found in the back of the church.
  • children interested in participating more actively in the worship life of St. Paul’s can join in our many worship ministries.
  • all children in grades 2-12 with a love of music and a desire to join a supportive, welcoming community are eligible for the St. Paul’s Chorister program, which offers weekly rehearsals, incredible musical opportunities, and a life-changing network of friends and musicians to all its members.

For more opportunities for children at St. Paul’s, including our seasonal gatherings and educational events, click here to see our children’s education page.

Worship and accessibility

Our worship, though rooted in ancient traditions of the church, remains vibrant, alive, and ever-changing.  We print our service bulletins so that you don’t have to juggle hymnals and prayer books.  A variety of sources for texts, prayers, and hymns keeps our liturgy fresh.  And, while you are never obliged, you are always invited to participate in all aspects of any worship service, whether it is singing out, partaking of the Eucharist, or following the movement of worship.  Participate only as much as feels comfortable and authentic for you.

Here at St. Paul’s, we believe firmly that all people are welcome at God’s table–no exceptions. If mobility is difficult for you, then please tell one of our ushers, and the Eucharist will be brought to you. Freshly baked bread is used at the 9:00am & 11:00am services, and gluten-free wafers are available as well.  Consecrated grape juice (in glass chalices) is offered for those who prefer not to have wine (in silver chalices).

For a full schedule and explanation of our services, please click here.

Music

Music is an integral part of our worship life, from our priests who chant the Eucharistic Prayers, to our boisterously singing congregation, to our many opportunities for choral singing, available to all ages and all people.  For more information, or to learn how to be involved in the arts and music programming at St. Paul’s, please click here.

Coffee Hour

After worship is over, we invite you down into the parish hall located immediately underneath the church for coffee, refreshments, and an opportunity to meet your fellow worshipers and our clergy.  We will be delighted to greet you and to get to know you better!

Adult Education

St. Paul’s offers many opportunities for deepening your religious and spiritual knowledge throughout the year.

  • Our seasonal Adult Forum series offers discussions and presentations on a wide range of topics, led by interested and knowledgeable members of our church and the broader community.  All forums are held at 10:10am on Sunday mornings, so that attendees of both morning services might join in.
  • Our Young Adults group, for the young in age and young at heart, meets frequently for discussion, fellowship, and fun.
  • Our Outreach groups and Race and Social Justice Coalition meet to discuss the most pressing societal issues of the day, and to work to address them in our own community.

For more Adult Education opportunities, as well as a full calendar of upcoming events, click here.  For more ways to get involved at St. Paul’s, click here.

Church Leadership

Our church is led by the clergy, governed by the vestry and wardens, and run by a dedicated lay staff.  All would be delighted to meet you and welcome you to our community.  To get to know them better, please visit our page on church leadership.


Getting to know you better

We hope that your first visit to St. Paul’s on the Green is wonderful. Take a moment before you leave to fill out a Welcome Card and give it to one of greeters or place it in the offering collection. You may also email usor call the parish office at 203-847-2806, for more information.  A staff member or parish volunteer will follow up with you to answer any questions that you may have about St. Paul’s. If you need to speak with a priest, or have a pastoral emergency, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and you will be put in touch with one of the clergy of St. Paul’s.