|Date Posted||February 22, 2021|
Ohio (Percy Grant)
|Communicants in Good Standing||178|
|Average Sunday Attendance||78|
Throughout its 204 year history, St. Paul’s has exhibited a leadership role in the community and Diocese of Ohio. We sponsor a number of outreach programs headlined by our Free Framers Market for food challenged individuals, and the Battered Women’s Shelter as well as housing the Media Diversity Group. We sponsor several long-standing community activities including St. Patrick’s Last Gasp in March and Oktoberfest on our grounds the last weekend in September each year. An active Youth Program as well as a diligent group of Lay Eucharistic Ministries, Lectors, Acolytes and a choral music program. Our people are our strength contributing to an active parish in the community and Diocese, offering a hope for future generations to continue to thrive.
St. Paul’s recently celebrated our 200th Anniversary in 2017 and our many fine past accomplishments, but we also recognizes a future that will be tested. With General Church attendance down throughout all denominations, our present situation follows that trend. So, we look to try to use several methods to attract new members. Medina is predominantly a transient community. We need to be more flexible in our service, and use our strong Youth group to attract new families by being more interactive and creating activities that appeal to families. We need to become better at promoting ourselves, evangelists per se, and more ready to be inviting which is presently provided by activities we sponsor as well as through community outreach. Our aging building will need upgrades to heating and roofing, which will probably call for a capital campaign. We need to work on a 3-5 year plan that will feed our future and work on an endowment plan. We will work on a Pastoral Care Ministry, which will assist our new Rector, as well as take care of our congregation. Although this may seem like a daunting future, we have the all-important willing and able parishioners, but we need the leadership and direction of a Rector to assist us in these endeavors.
We look forward to welcoming new leadership to St. Paul’s and to hearing from those interested in helping us maximize the potential of our parish and parishioners spiritually as well as pastorally.
The Rev. Percy Grant, Canon for Ministry: Pgrant@dohio.org