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Outreach Programs at St. Paul's

St. Paul's is committed to serving its community through a wide range of local ministries.


Saint Paul's sponsors a Boy Scout troop. Scouting has been a part of St. Paulís program for many years.


St. Paul's Nursery School

Group learning in a caring atmosphere for children two - four years old. Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


ICCC After School Program

This community program provides afternoon supervision for children grades K-6. Program provides craft activities five days a week and daily after school snack. In addition children are picked up at school and transported to St. Paul's by a the Ithaca City School District.


Volunteers In Mission

The Volunteer In Missions group of St. Paul's supports Habitiat for Humanity and takes part in local efforts to build homes for those who qualify. This group also works on numerous other projects both locally and worldwide.


Partnership with Calvary Baptist

The congregation of St. Paul's United Methodist Church believes race relations remain the great unresolved issue of our time. Since 2000, St. Paul's has had a proactive partnership with another downtown Ithaca church, Calvary Baptist, a predominantly African-American congregation. For the last several years, choirs and soloists from the two churches have combined their talents for a community concert that draws hundreds of Tompkins County residents and raises money for the Village at Ithaca, a local non-profit organization designed to empower low-income minority students in the Ithaca City School District. Other joint projects between the two churches involve working on city homes in disrepair, forums on race and religion, and simple fellowship, ranging from an annual picnic to gingerbread-making workshops for children. The two congregations have received media recognition and awards for their special partnership, including the Martin Luther King. Jr. Peacemaker Award from Ithaca's Community Dispute Resolution Center in 2004. A guiding principle of this work is reflected in Rev. Dolch's drumbeat slogan: "You can't deal with race relations without relationships."


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Last Updated: 11/15/2004