ST. PAUL’S PARISH POINT OF ROCKS, MARYLAND
Toni Lake, Sr. Warden
Garrett Evans, Jr. Warden
Anne Slater, Head
Mark Huston, Director
Peter Roebuck, Associate
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Parish is a small, historic church and cemetery in southern Frederick County. The building was constructed in 1842 using bricks that were made on the property and timbers cut from trees on the land. It is of the late Federal style, and features a Dutch gable with a Palladian window. During the Civil War, St. Paul’s was used by Union Army troops as a hospital and then barracks. Closed in 1960 do to deterioration, the church building was restored and reopened in 1969. Hickman Hall was added in 1983.
The people of St. Paul’s Parish live in the town of Point of Rocks, Maryland, as well as in the surrounding region, once the farmland of Frederick County, now increasingly a part of the growing suburban area of metropolitan Washington. While preserving our historical roots, we seek to be a lively network of Christian friends sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and serving those among whom we live and work.
The Mission of St. Paul’s Parish is to bear witness to Jesus Christ as a Church family of faith, proclaiming the Gospel in word and action through ministries of reconciliation, justice, and love. We gather together to worship, sing praises, celebrate the Eucharist; welcoming all and believing all are loved by God. As members, we strive to carry Christ’s mission into the world by living as Christ in the world. We serve Christ and one another through prayer and community outreach, hoping to restore all people to unity with God and with each other.
The members of our congregation are Christ’s missionaries in each area of our daily lives: home, work, school, volunteer projects, the local community, the wider world, our leisure time and church time. God’s characteristic work is reconciliation, justice and love. Reconciliation works to restore broken relationships. Justice concerns fair and dignified treatment of all. Love fosters genuine friendship for the purpose of building up others and helping them grow toward maturity in God. The leaders of the congregation, clergy and lay, work to help the members discern their mission in each area and how to draw on the power of God to cary it out.
Our goal is to build on and strengthen the existing networks of friendship and mutual care in the congregation.