We love because God first loved us.

Nobody wants to go through hard times, but we all do. If you’re struggling, we want to be there for you in Christian love. This is a congregation of people who need each other and care about each other in all circumstances and needs. Below are some of our support/care ministries. Please let us know how we can help! 


Alcoholics Anonymousat St. Paul’s Rochester meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. in Rooms 120-123 (back of building, east end/education wing)

cancer support

Cancer Support Group

In the midst of darkness, there is hope

Ourwinter 2017 session meets on Thursdays, January 26 – March 9 at 7 p.m. in Rooms 131 & 132.

The Cancer Support Group meets the needs of those with cancer or who have ever had cancer, as well as family members and friends of those with cancer.

compassionate friends


Compassionate Friends is an international self-help organization open to all bereaved parents and siblings. The purpose is to support and aid parents in the positive resolution of the grief they experience when their child dies.

Faith Questions/Life Crises

Please feel free to make an appointment with any of our pastors by calling the church at 248-651-9361 or email Karen Rider. We are here to assist, as well as direct you to other places that can help. Spiritual direction is available through all the pastors.

Grief Support

This support group is for those who are recovering from the loss of a loved one. We provide support and friendship during the healing process. Our sharing time provides an opportunity to reach out to each other with love, understanding and hope. For additional information, please contact the church office at 248-651-9361 or email Karen Rider.

Health ministries


Health Ministries

Fostering Physical health, as Well as Spiritual Health

St. Paul’s has a Health Ministry that provides health education for the congregation and serves as a liaison to community resources.

Homebound Ministries

Our church is committed to staying in touch with those who can no longer attend church due to health restrictions or other reasons. Rev. Dwayne Kelsey is Pastor of Visitation. Call the church office at 248-651-9361 or email Karen Rider if you would like a visit.


Hospital Visits

Please call the church office if you are ill, hospitalized, facing surgery, etc. Our pastors are committed to serving as messengers of God’s love during these times. Sometimes difficult situations lead to faith questions. We are here to help.


Prayer Requests

Please call the church office if you have specific prayer requests for family or friends.  Your request will be forwarded to our clergy.

United Methodist Women’s Prayer Chain

The UMW has a traditional telephone prayer chain and an email prayer chain. The email prayer chain quickly relays prayer concerns. Email your prayer requests to UMWPrayer@stpaulsrochester.org. For those who do not use email, prayer concerns can be given to the church office at 248-651-9361. Please specify that the prayer concern is for the UMW Prayer Chain.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Many of the knitters in our congregation got together and began knitting prayer shawls to be given to those who wanted to be reminded of the community they have at St. Paul’s. They are a cozy reminder of the support and love that they have in our community.

Prayer Bear Ministry

If you know someone who is going through difficult times, please feel free to take them a “Prayer Bear” from our cart in the Narthex outside the Sanctuary. We ask that children select bears under the supervision of an adult.

These bears which are donated to St. Paul’s have been prayed over by our Intercessory Prayer Group and serve as visual reminders of God’s love. Bears may also be picked up or donated through the church office during business hours.

Stephen ministries
Stephen Ministry

Ministering in Visible and Invisible ways

Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one, lay caregiving ministry.  If you, or someone you know, is facing life changes, loss, illness, or other difficulties, a Stephen Minister can provide confidential, caring, Christian support.

Quilt Ministry

Quilt Ministry creates lap size quilts as gifts for those facing catastrophic difficulties in their lives.  Quilts are a reminder of the support and love from the St. Paul’s.

See our Quilt Ministry brochure