St. Paul’s UMC Online Worship!

St Paul’s will continue to offer online only worship, as well as religious and non-religious activities. In person worship may not be possible for quite some time. See the information below from the Re-Entering Well Task Force. Starting 7-6 Gaither will be holding in-person outdoor worship with social distancing. Bring your own lawn chairs and elements for Communion. Masks encouraged but not required.

Online Worship

Join us on Facebook Live and this website at 9:15 and 11am for a message, some music, and prayer. Please feel free to comment live, we will be responding in real time! You do not need a Facebook account to view, just follow the link on Sunday morning, and click through if you would like to participate in real time.

Welcome to the 9:15 am service on August 9th.



Check out all the videos of our services on the Sermon Podcast page under Worship With Us!

Online Sunday School

Check out our Sunday School page for this week’s kids’ worship pages.

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Worship with us in beautiful, downtown Sykesville, Maryland. America’s coolest small town!

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is Christ-centered, dedicated to modeling and teaching the love of God in an ever changing world. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, we seek to serve our community through local and global ministries. We will nurture the physical and spiritual well-being of those entrusted to our care. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will be able to grow and change in response the needs of our community.

New and Noteworthy:

Outdoor Worship at Gaither

sun-1443875591Ea5The 9:30 service at Gaither will be held in person and outdoors on Sunday! We will be practicing social distancing; bring your own lawn chairs and elements for Communion. Masks are encouraged but not required.



Welcome Pastor Tiffany Patterson!

Pastor Tiffany pic (573x800)We welcome Pastor Tiffany as she begins her service to our congregation on July 1st, and offer our support and prayers for her ministry.

Rev. Tiffany Patterson is very excited to be in ministry with the wonderful people of St. Paul’s UMC and Gaither UMC! She brings to the church a joy and love for serving God, the church and community. She values collaboration, creativity and forming partnerships in ministry to work together in making disciples of Jesus Christ. In particular, she has experience serving children and families in the foster care system, along with partnering with local schools to help meet the needs of the community’s most vulnerable children.  She is co-author of the resource Out of the Depths: Your Companion After Pregnancy and Infant Loss, and has had the honor over the years to minister to numerous families grieving the loss of a baby or child. She sees her calling from God as two-fold: as a pastor and as a mother of three beautiful children (two in her arms and one in heaven). 

An ordained Elder in the UMC, Tiffany has served as a pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Conference for over 10 years. She is a graduate of Florida Southern College and received her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  Tiffany loves spending time with her kids and her dog. She loves art, writing, yoga, going on adventures and Broadway musicals. She looks forward to meeting you and partnering with you ministry!


Sketchnoting by Wade Forbes from 8/9/2020



Re-Entering Well Task Force Information

Members and Friends of St. Paul’s UMC,

In coordination with the UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference recommendations, we have formed a “Re-Entering Well” task force. The purpose of this task force is to monitor and coordinate any activities with respect to re-entering the church’s physical spaces for activities such as worship, small group meetings, funerals, etc.
There are a few KEY points we would like everyone to understand:

* This will be a long process.  In-Person worship will not resume for quite some time, most likely months from now.  Through this process, our priority is the safety and health of every person.

* Virtual “on-line” worship has been very successful.  We will likely ALWAYS have “on-line” worship going forward as an alternative to in-person worship.

* Virtual worship is a blessing and pleasing to God.  No one should return to any physical meetings until they are truly ready.

* There is no schedule for our return to in-person services, as the dynamics of COVID-19 are uncertain and healthcare recommendations may change as we are learning about this virus.

Please continue to be an active community of Christ through your acts of Service, Giving, and Worship.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know that may be challenged to receive communications from the Church.


St. Paul’s UMC Re-Entering Well Task Force


2020 VBS

We are getting ready for Vacation Bible School! Check out the VBS page under the Christian Education link at the top of the page.


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St. Paul’s is hiring!

musical-notesSt. Paul’s is current hiring for an Organist/Choir Accompanist for our 11am Sunday service, Wednesday evening rehearsals, and other special services. Click the link for detailed information, job description, and application directions.


Grace and Addiction Dinner

Breakfast!Twice a month, on the first and third Saturday, the Grace & Addiction committee sponsors a dinner for those facing addiction.  We make every effort to reach out to area churches, support groups, and rehabilitation/sober living facilities hoping God will lead through our doors all those in need of spiritual or physical nourishment. Dinners are held at St. Paul’s Social Hall.  Food prep and setup begins 3:00, dinner served at 6:00. Dinner is always free of charge. Family and friends are welcome. Contact Lisa Shifflet at or 410-960-4590

Grace and Addiction will not be holding in person dinners until the building is fully reopened. The ministry is still working to support those battling addiction during the closure with donations, activities, and virtual engagement. Please contact Lisa if you or your facility would like to participate!


Magazine Collection for Carroll Hospital

St Paul’s UMC collects magazines to be donated to Carroll Hospital Center. Donations (packed in bags or boxes) can be left in the foyer of the Church. Please only donate magazines (no catalogs) that are in good condition and no more than two months old. We are no longer accepting calendar donations. If you have any questions please contact Judy Cruetzer at

Magazine donations are temporarily on hold due to the coronavirus.


Small Group Ministries in the Sykesville Parrish

imageIt never too late to join one of our small groups.  Our groups are open and we are always looking forward to seeing new faces!

Men’s Studies Each Monday at 7:00PM.  Meet in room 202/204 of the St Paul’s Sunday school building.

We will come together to study Christ word with 6-8 week bible studies. Learn more about being a man of Christ and enjoy some good fellowship.

For more information contact Jay Fetterman ( or Brian Williams.

Higher Steps-A walking/jogging group that meets every other Wednesdays at 12:30 at Millard Cooper Park.  Contact Charlene Williams at 410-3821696 or
Lunch Bunch-A weekly lunchtime bible study that meets on Thursdays from 11:30-1 in rooms 202/204.  Contact Barb Rodean at
Prayer Circle– A weekly prayer meeting on Monday night in the cry room at 7:00pm  Contact Jean Luebke at
Prayer Shawl Ministry-Those who knit, crochet, quilt or want to learn are welcome! Meets at 2:00 the second Monday of every other month at St. Pauls.  Contact Jackie Talley at 410-795-8692
Grace and Addiction-A monthly prayer meeting at St Paul’s rm 202/204 the 4th Thursday of each month at 7pm. Twice a month, on the first and third Saturday the Grace & Addiction committee sponsors a dinner for those facing addiction.  We make every effort to reach out to area churches, support groups, and rehabilitation/sober living facilities hoping God will lead through our doors all those in need of spiritual or physical nourishment. Dinners are held at St. Paul’s, dates to be determined.  Food prep and setup begins 3:00, dinner served at 6:00. Contact Lisa Shifflet at or 410-960-4590
Transitions Healthcare Patients’ Craft – Meeting 2nd Tuesdays @6:30 pm, at Transitions Healthcare – contact Cindy Shea –


New Ministry: United Methodist Young Adults UMYA


Are you recently (or not so recently) out of high school, but missing the community of your UMYF days? St. Paul’s is starting a young adult ministry to continue the spirit of Youth Group for the post youth group population. Contact Kim Donnelly (Ms. Kim, contact information at the bottom of the website) for more information.



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