St. Paul’s UMC Online Worship!

St Paul’s and Gaither 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.

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 11 am service on June 28.


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:

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


Who is Zooming at St. Paul’s and Gaither?

There are a number of ways groups are meeting virtually in the Sykesville Parish community. Please contact the person noted for information on getting in on the fun!

  • Pastor Doug is holding Zoom lunches on Wednesdays at noon
  • Pastor EunJoung is holding Bible and book studies
  • The UMW (United Methodist Women) are meeting (Contact Dawn Whittfelt)
  • the UMM (Men’s Group) is meeting for book study (Contact Duane Doxen)
  • Grace and Addiction is meeting to plan and deliver outreach (Contact Lisa Shiflett)
  • The Youth Group and the Young Adult Group are meeting for fun and fellowship (Contact Kim Donnelly). UMYF will meet Tuesday at 7, UMYA will meet Monday at 7.
  • The Prayer Group is meeting on Monday evenings at 7pm. Contact Jean Luebke for more information.

Want to have your meeting added to the list? Contact Katie Birger at


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.



Wade’s sketching from the May 26 11am service.



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Deep Blue Sunday School Curriculum

Imagine if a child could hear a Bible lesson Sunday morning and later that week at home have the lessons that were taught in Sunday school be reinforced through games and videos.

While playing, children would not only have fun but learn while they experience Bible truths. Children would associate God’s Word in a positive way that would encourage them to share it with friends.

Parent dashboard feature

• Check what your child is learning each week.


• Scripture jumble: A fun maze mini-game that allows a child to search and find scripture fragments from the weekly lesson.

• Trivia mini-game: Trivia with questions from the weekly Bible lesson.

• Breakout mini-game: reinforce the Anchor Point for each month.

Video wall

• Shows the videos from last week.

Check out our kids’ worship coloring pages on the Sunday School page!


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 –
Fresh Perspectives Book Club – For ladies seeking fresh perspectives through literature and refreshment for the soul.  The group will meet the second Wednesday of each month beginning June 11 from 7-8 PM (location will be forthcoming).  Contact Mandy Tzan (


pray-2558490_960_720Ephesians 6:18 — In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. 

The Grace and Addiction Committee is looking for parishioners who will lift our guests in prayer after each dinner and throughout the month ahead.  At dinner, we invite our guests to fill out prayer cards, and so many of them do.   There’s no doubt that this community needs our prayers.  They’re up against extreme odds; they’re in ill health; they’re exhausted; they’re confused; some have never been inside a church; some don’t know how to begin to pray; many seek our help in reaching out to the Lord on their behalf. 

There are many examples of intercessory prayer in the Bible and many reasons the Scriptures give for why we should pray for one another.  The most obvious reason – prayer works.

After each monthly Saturday dinner, the prayer cards will be copied, stapled, and handed out at Sunday church services.  Please consider being a Prayer Warrior on behalf of Grace and Addiction’s guests.  Contact Lisa Shifflett, if you would like to be a part of this ministry.  


Pastoral Letter and Sermon on the Special Session of the General Conference 2019


You can find Pastor Doug’s sermon and message to the parish on the Sermon Podcast page. The podcasts are only set up for streaming listening, so I don’t think it is possible to download and listen offline. We will check and see if this can be done. You can also find a Pastoral letter under the What’s Happening tab at the top of the page.


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.


Sermon Podcasts, Now Online!


Did you know that we now are putting our sermons online? Under Worship With Us you will find a link to a number of recent sermons. We are still testing out the format, so let us know what you think!


Pray With Us

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Join us every Monday evening at 7pm in St. Paul’s cry room (inside the sanctuary) for our community prayer group. Bring your own prayer requests or pray for others. We welcome all members of the community for an hour of prayer and reflection. To submit a prayer request you can fill out a card in the pews and leave it in the offering plate, or contact Jean Luebke at, or one of the pastors. Mark your request public or private. Public requests will be shared with the congregation on Sunday mornings, private requests will stay between the pastors and the prayer circle.

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