Welcome!

St. Paul's is a family-friendly, all-in-English parish of the Orthodox Church in AmericaDiocese of the Midwest.

If you are new to the area, looking for a church home, interested in the Orthodox Church or just beginning your exploration, you will find a warm welcome here.

If you are interested in visiting during this time of restricted attendance, contact Fr. Gregory, so we can work with you to find a spot.

Face coverings are required at all services. Thanks for your care for those around you.

Your First Visit

+ Greeters at the door can answer your questions and show you where to go.

+ Many at St Paul's have come to Orthodoxy from other traditions. We remember making that first visit ourselves and would love to help you find your way around.

 

+ Our children stay with us in the service - yours are most welcome.

Please plan to join us after the service for Fellowship Hour, a light meal free to all

Life of the Parish

Our Next FB Live Service:

Morning Prayer 8 AM

Friday, August 14

Distanced yet Together

Despite the pandemic we are still gathering online and in person as a community to worship God and pray for the world. Please join us!

Weekday Liturgies and Festal services are open to online sign-up, maximum 40. Sunday Divine Liturgy is attended by pre-assigned rotating groups of 40 parishioners and is also livestreamedSaturday Vespers, Morning Prayer, and some other services are livestream-only.

Live on Facebook this week:

Paraklisis to Theotokos W 6 PM

Saturday Vespers 5 PM

Sunday Divine Liturgy  9:30 AM Morning Prayers  T W F  8 AM

 

In person by sign-up this week:

Paraklisis to Theotokos W 6 PM

Thursday Divine Liturgy 9 AM

Vespers Dormition Fri 6 PM,

Divine Liturgy Dormition Sat 9 AM

Resources for Home

Parish Covid-19 Update

July 28

Dear St. Paul’s Parishioners, 

Glory to Jesus Christ!

I hope and pray that everyone is having a safe and pleasant summer. 

I’m writing to remind everyone of St. Paul’s reopening process and what we have done to give everyone a chance to attend Divine Liturgy, both on Sundays and weekdays. 

Timeline

  • At the end of March St. Paul’s Church closed to the public at the direction of our hierarch, His Eminence, Archbishop Paul. 

  • In April His Eminence allowed us to begin holding services again at the church but only with three people: the priest, one choir singer, and a third person to manage the livestream.

  • It wasn’t until May that His Eminence gave us permission to have ten people at church services. At this point, I worked with St. Paul’s Parish Council to implement our current attendance system: Sunday Divine Liturgies on a rotating basis, while all other non-Sunday services on a signup basis. For Sunday Liturgies, all people who attend St. Paul’s Church were randomly selected and assigned to groups. I was very surprised to find out that there are more than 240 people who consider St. Paul’s their church home. Rotating such a large group of people at six per Sunday (the other four were the priest, deacon, a singer, and person to manage streaming) would mean that a parishioner would potentially only attend Sunday liturgy twice in a calendar year. 

  • By the grace of God and with the blessing of Archbishop Paul, in June this small group of six was augmented to 20, and then in July from 20 to 40. 

Both times the groups were augmented, the people who had already been to a Sunday Divine Liturgy were not reintegrated into the rotation. These parishioners were kept at the end of the list, and we continued rotating those who had not yet been to a Sunday Divine Liturgy.

 

Non-Sunday Services & Liturgies

In addition to the Sunday rotation, we have weekday liturgies that you can attend on a signup basis. In August, in addition to our normal Thursday liturgies, we will have liturgies for two major feasts: Transfiguration (August 6) and Dormition (August 15). Vespers for both of these Feasts will be served at church the evening before. Please consult St. Paul’s calendar for all services and times and use the signup sheet to attend: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1efsLaDmZI-tWAbyXue_pNCXUudD6IPqhWkKQnreX2d0/edit

If there is anyone whom we have missed and have not included in the rotation, please let me know. By Sunday, August 9, all St. Paul’s parishioners should have had a chance to attend a Sunday Divine Liturgy. If you haven’t yet, and would like to, please contact the office (office@stpdayton.org) or me (frgregory@stpdayton.org) and we will include you in the rotation as soon as possible. Also, if there are ways you feel we can improve this attendance process, please contact me.

 

Finally, thank you for your support and love since we first arrived in November, and especially since the middle of March. At times it hasn’t been easy, but I believe that, as a community focused on Christ and his Gospel, we can overcome all adversity. Even in today’s reading to the Corinthians we hear the Apostle Paul say, “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” It’s only when the content of our life becomes Christ and his gospel are we able find a way forward and healing. 

In Christ’s mercy and love,

Fr Gregory

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St. Paul Orthodox Church

4451 Wagner Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45440

937-320-9977

Fr Gregory Ealy,  Rector
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