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St. Paul's Brighton, MI Scroll to learn MORE about US as we search for a new rector

ALL ARE WELCOME

Welcome to St. Paul's! No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We believe that every person is a beloved child of God, and all are welcome in God's loving embrace.

If you are young or old, you are welcome. If you have dark skin, medium skin or light skin, you are welcome. If you are married or single, dating, divorced, engaged or widowed, you are welcome. If you are gay or straight, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, you are welcome.

If you are happy or sad, you are welcome. If you are poor or rich, powerful or weak, you are welcome. If you need to be forgiven, or if you need to forgive someone else, you are welcome. If you believe in God some of the time, none of the time, or all of the time, you are welcome.

Come with your gifts, your pain, your hope, your fears. Come with the traditions that have helped you and hurt you. Come with your experiences that have built you and those that have broken you down.

Come and listen for the Sacred Spirit calling you to love your neighbor wholeheartedly, seek justice, create peace, and practice compassion.

ALL ARE WELCOME

We are located in the city of Brighton, in Livingston County, Michigan. We have approximately 280 communicants in good standing, with approximately 100 people attending services each Sunday.

We come together as a family to help our community
We come together to share in life's important moments
We pray together, play together, sing together, and support each other
We hold events that invite multiple generations to participate together

We are seeking a new Rector who will be a strong spiritual leader.......

who will join us in building beloved community, both in our parish and in our surrounding area....

work for social justice and equity.....

and help us grow our community of faith for the years to come....

Our Strengths

Our main mission is to know and experience God in Jesus Christ. We want to connect with Him and with each other.

We are Transformational. According to our 2021 CAT Survey, we score extremely high in both Satisfaction (Wholeness, Fulfillment, Peace, Belonging) and Energy (Engagement, Passion with Intention, Purpose)

We are flexible, adaptable, and progressive. We are ready for growth and increased external impact

HOSPITALITY

We are a warm, friendly place! We greet visitors and new members enthusiastically, we gather after services to socialize, and the Sign of Peace tends to take a while at our services...

"When I first came to St. Paul's everyone was so welcoming and friendly! It made me want to come back again!"

"You don't have to be anyone except who you are to be accepted here!"

"We have a small, intimate congregation-- you aren’t lost in the crowd" (from a parishioner in our Holy Conversations)

We proudly fly the rainbow flag in front of our church, in support of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters

OUTREACH

We gather together to help those in need through donations to local charities. We support our local food pantries, and offer free meals to our community

Our primary Outreach activities are providing meals through the Fish and Loaves program (which a former Rector at St. Paul's started over 20 years ago), and supporting Bountiful Harvest Food Bank. We have also participated in special projects such as Blessing Bags, Adopt-a-Family, and Coats for Kids. While our focus is in our local community, we have also donated through the Heifer Project and provided funds for a well in Malawi.

"Boots on the Ground. We don't just talk the talk. We walk the walk." (from a parishioner during "Holy Conversations")

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… I needed clothes and you clothed me.” -Matthew 25:35-36

JUSTICE AND CHANGE

We believe that together we can foster a world of justice, love and the mercy of God. We commit to this work and we invite those who would do likewise to join us in the work ahead.

We have participated in community events with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Brighton Allies for Racial Justice, and the Livingston County Diversity Council. We are a go-to resource for cooperative diversity programming in our community. We take part in Pride Day. We have recently formed a partnership with the Church of the Messiah in downtown Detroit, a sister Episcopal parish, with a mission to foster racial equity and justice.

"Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" - Matthew 25:40

Our Challenges and Our Hopes for the Future

Our music ministry is in transition. We need a permanent Music Director to strengthen and deepen our worship

We need more young families to join our parish. About 50% of our members are currently over age 65. We also need to strengthen our programming for children and young families.

We look forward to coming back together physically after all COVID restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. We look forward to rekindling our connections to each other and to our community. We are eager to welcome back those who have temporarily stepped away.

We look forward to growing our community, inviting others to see why we love it so much. We want to reach out to those in need in new and different ways, and we hope to enrich our relationships with our brothers and sisters from all walks of life

Our mission is to connect with God and with each other. We seek a leader who wants to join us on this journey of faith - guiding, connecting, challenging, laughing, crying, learning and growing with us. Together, as beloved children of God, we seek to walk the way of love toward a strong, vibrant, beautiful future.

The following is a visual depiction of the most important qualities of leadership at Saint Paul's, according to a survey of the congregation. The larger the word, the more often that word was mentioned.

We hope you have enjoyed learning about our "little church on the hill." Please see below links for more information!

Please explore the following links from St. Paul's website

Learn more about our diocese here

Learn more about Brighton and Livingston County at the links below

To apply to be our next Rector, please click here!