Our Ministries & Service

Many hands make light work

Church Ministries

Our congregation has many talents and a variety of projects which minister to those within and around the community of St Paul’s.

Mattress Project – This is a clever use of time and recycled materials to create soft bedding for those less fortunate than ourselves. The recipients of these mattresses are children living in the rural areas and others who live in extreme poverty. The ministry, which started many years ago, rolls plastic bags to stuff simple canvas covers. Hundreds of mattresses have been created over the years by both members and visitors. We continually need help to purchase material for the mattress cover and deliver finished mattresses. Bring your clean plastic bags to the church, and join us making mattresses on Wednesdays, 10:00 am.  For more information contact Claudia Stuart: gypsygems@gmail.com

Prayer Shawl Ministry – See our Video 
If you are a knitter or would like to learn, join this group each week and make prayers shawls. Yarn is provided and the pattern is simple. After being blessed at a Sunday liturgy the shawls are then given to those who are ill, in the hospital, or suffering from grief, or simply need a soft gift of love and caring.   Meet: Wednesday, 10:30 – Noon in the Conference Room. Things you could do: Knit; Bring yarn from the States or Canada; Help deliver finished shawls. Contact stpaulsrectorsma@gmail.com to get in touch with Jackie White

Medical Equipment Loan Program – Cobblestone streets or accidents in life can lead you to our Medical Closet. We loan quality medical equipment to assist members of the congregation or our San Miguel community free of charge. Items such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc. are available. Our needs for participation are ongoing so if you have any gently used medical equipment or appliances please donate them to this well known and important ministry. Contact Sunni Putnam: slpsma42@gmail.com

Care Committee – This committee keeps in touch with St. Paul’s members when they are ill, suffering the loss of a loved one, or in need of support. In conjunction with the Rector, they provide whatever support the member needs. They do not meet on a regular basis. If you are able to provide a meal, transportation to a doctor’s appointment, time for visit to the house bound, or assist with other personal needs. Contact Karen O’Malia: preachitsister1@gmail.com

Danny Fund – Born in 2010, Danny has been unofficially adopted by St. Paul’s. Parishioners make donations on the first Sunday of the month to pay for Daniel’s school, clothes, food, and medicines. They do not meet on a regular basis. To pledge your support, contact Bonnie Eriksmoen: deriksmoen@aol.com

Green Team – The Green Team’s purpose is to understand our scriptural call to care for creation by establishing an environment of awareness, and concern for conserving it’s resources. We organize presentations by local and international experts on relevant issues such as San Miguel’s water shortage. We meet as needed. We welcome your involvement by depositing your clean, plastic bags for our Mattress Project in the container basket by the parish hall doorway. We encourage all people everywhere in the world to be good stewards of God’s creation. To join contact Mary Jane Miller: millericons@gmail.com or Paul Escott: pescott73@gmail.com

Community Ministries

We are involved in the larger community, making partners and friendships with our neighbors through service, and we seek to help heal the world through our advocacy activities.

Centro Infantil de los Ángeles – Has been a mission of St. Paul’s church for almost 20 years.Centro Infantil provides free, high-quality daycare and preschool education to children from the most financially challenged families in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Our programs care for over 160 children a day between the ages of 3 months and 6 years.  We afford working parents (mostly single mothers) the comfort of knowing that their children are fed, nurtured, and taught in a safe and caring environment.  Free childcare enables parents to work and make a better life for their children, who are more prepared to succeed in primary school and beyond.
St. Paul’s parishioners can support a child with an annual sponsorship of $500 USD ($42 USD per month). Sponsors receive regular updates by email and may come to the school to meet their sponsored child.
For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit www.centroinfantil.org, or contact Lee Daneker, who is the Centro Infantil liason to St. Paul’s, at leedaneker@comcast.net.

Feed the Hungry – The mission of Feed the Hungry is well established in San Miguel Allende. The organization provides children with balanced nutrition. Begun in St. Paul’s kitchen in 1984, the program has grown, providing 4,000 meals each school day through its school kitchens. When a new school kitchen is opened, attendance increases 15% to 20% as children enjoy a healthy meal while attending school at the same time. Volunteer opportunities include helping our warehouse, driving to schools and by participation in fund raising events. 
Visit: feedthehungrysma.org or contact Tony Adlerbert: adlerbert@gmail.com or Jonna Stratton at jonnainmex@gmail.com

San Miguel Icons – We have a resident iconograpgher, Mary Jane Miller, exhibiting some of her finest work which is on display throughout the church for all members and visitors to view and appreciate.
Mary Jane offers classes http://sacrediconretreat.com/ and welcomes visitors to her studio: http://www.sanmiguelicons.com/

Ensamble San Miguel – This very talented and versatile group brings together the best musicians in San Miguel to perform at concerts, weddings, and events at St. Paul’s and throughout the community. This group features songs of Mexico as well as international favorites. Xavier Herandez, also leads a thirty voice community choir, Voces Unidads. 
For more information visit: http://www.ensamblesma.com/ Contact Xavier Herandez: xazmer@live.com.mx

Pro Musica – Pro Musica is a long-standing concert series featuring internationally-known musicians, held at St. Paul’s from September through March. Each season comprises of around 25 concerts, ranging from solo piano, violin and classical guitar recitals, through string quartets, to orchestra and opera.
For more information visit: http://www.promusicasma.org 

Patronato Pro Niños – Founded in 1970, Pro Niños was able to provide medical care to only 20 children in our first year of operation. Since then, we have grown in size and scope so that we now provide dental care to over 9,000 children, and medical care to 2,500 children in and around San Miguel de Allende. In total, we give more than 23,000 treatments a year. To serve these children, we have on staff four dentists, a doctor, a full time social worker and eight support staff.
Contact stpaulsrectorsma@gmail.com or visit www.patronatoproninos.org