Small Group Ministries
Small Groups are the bedrock of faith building and faith-filled relations in the United Methodist Church. United Methodist’s members and friends are encouraged to participate in small groups for study, fellowship, support, and mission. Small Groups meet at a variety of times during the week and year and vary in focus and duration. Some Small Groups are ongoing and meet weekly all year or during the school year. Others meet for a series of sessions (usually 4-6) . All Small Groups are open and welcome newcomers. A Small Groups brochure is published in late summer and December each year. Copies are available at the Connection Center in the church gathering areas.
Disciples Diner serves supper in Fellowship Hall on Disciples Night from 5:30-6:00 PM during the school year. Each week of the month has a different menu prepared and served by members and friends of St. Paul’s. The cost for adults/youth is $3.75, children is $2.75, family of 4 and above is $12. College students eat free. A great way to enjoy great food and good fellowship. See the Disciples Diner.
We meet the 2nd Friday at 2 pm in the Church Library to knit, crochet and talk. We make scarves, hats and mittens for the mitten tree, prayer shawls, baby shawls, caps and preemie caps for new babies for the hospitals, lap robes for the Veterans’ Hospital at Tomah, baby sweaters for the UMCOR layettes. We are always happy to welcome any knitters and/or crocheters who would like to join. Knitters who prefer to knit only at home are welcome to join our ministry. See our brochure for more information.
United Methodist Campus Ministry—UWSP
UM Campus Ministry is the official presence of The United Methodist Church on the college and university campuses of the world. The Wesley Society of University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, a student led group, offers students opportunities for fellowship, study and service, both locally and nationally…more…and Facebook
Each Wednesday afternoon, beginning at 2:30 PM, people come together, and with prayer and love, make quilts for those who are in need of the warmth of God’s love and strength in their lives. When a quilt is completed, it is displayed on Sunday morning in the gathering area, where people may tie a knot on it and say a prayer for the person to whom it will go. For more information about this ministry email Quilt Ministry, call the church office at 715-344-3557, or see the Quilting Ministry.
The Men’s Group meets for a hearty breakfast and fellowship one Saturday morning per month to encourage one another to embrace the values that Jesus Christ brought to us and take those values into our homes, workplaces, and community. Through the fun of fellowship and accountability, we grow together into the men of GOD that Jesus has called each of us to be. We serve each other by listening, talking, laughing and sharing in a Godly atmosphere. Bring a friend and join us as we build a Men’s Group that is committed to meeting the needs of committed Christian men who will be equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Men of all ages are welcome to join us for a manly breakfast, prayer, and devotion. Men’s Group meeting schedule
Women In Action
Women In Action is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. WIA has three Circles which meet September—May. For more information, contact WIA President Bonnie Lund at the church office email or call 715-344-3557.
Mary Martha Circle: Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, evenings.
Contact Person: Jean Hayden
Rachel Circle: Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Contact Person: Bonnie Lund
The Book Explorers: Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:15 p.m.
Contact Person: JoAnn Tucker
Stephen Ministry is a world-wide caring ministry lay persons trained to serve the needs of others. A person must apply to be a Stephen Minister, and when approved, take part in a multi-session training program. After completing the training, the Stephen Minister will be connected with a care-receiver, and together they establish the care setting and schedule. The care for care-receivers within in this ministry is primarily one of listening and encouraging.
To explore becoming a Stephen Minister or to have a Stephen Minister connect with you, a family member, or friend, call or email the Stephen Minister Coordinator Randy Hermes , through the church office, 715-344-3557, or Pastor Howard Hintzman.
Once or twice a year, a day-apart or overnight retreat is held on an emergent spiritual theme that has been identified within the congregation. Guest presenters, educators, or pastors are often invited to lead. Most retreats are held off-site at one of the WI’s many retreat settings. Stay tuned to this website for future retreat events.
Methodists have long been known as “a singing people”, and we believe that designation remains apt today. We love music of all forms. For more information see Music at St. Paul’s
PREPARE/ENRICH is the leading relationship inventory and couples’ assessment tool and is scientifically validated as a foundational program for premarital counseling, marriage enrichment, and marriage education. St. Paul’s pastors are trained in the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. The goals of the program include the following:
- Explore your relationship strengths and growth areas as a couple
- Strengthen your communication skills, including assertiveness and active listening, and the resolving of conflict
- Develop personal, couple and family goals, including financial
For more information, contact Pastor Howard Hintzman.
Conference Camping Program
Outdoor activities and camping are key ways to experience the wonder of God’s love and creation. The WI Conference of the United Methodist Church owns and operates several camping and retreat settings. For more information on WI Conference Camping
A great way to serve others, as an individual, a couple, and as a family! To find out more see St. Paul’s Mission Ministries.