Get Rooted and Grow at GSP!
We offer lots of good things for folks of all ages. We welcome and encourage everyone to participate in the wide range of opportunities to get rooted and grow at GSP!
Amy Cormode
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Catherine Penn Williams
Convener, Adult Spiritual Formation Team
Programs for Children, Youth & Families
(& Everyone Else)
Planning Your Summer?

As an expression of our commitment to our children and youth here at Grace St. Paul's, we are providing two incredible summer camp opportunities this year.

1. Our very own GSP Summer Camp!

  • The theme this year is "Who is My Neighbor?": Discovering the Neighbors Among Us.  We will be exploring the Story of the Good Samaritan through drama, art, games and service. 
  • June 5-9, 9am-12pm
  • Ages 4-14
  • Tuition - FREE

2. Join other youth from all over Arizona at Chapel Rock, our Diocesan church camp in Prescott!

  • June 19-23 or June 25-July 1
  • For children who have finished 3, 4, 5th or 6th grade
  • Jump down the rabbit hole with Alice, the Mad Hatter, and all her friends as we have Adventures in Wonderland: Encountering the Impossible

  • June 25-July 1
  • Running alongside the elementary camp, ABC Camp is for ages Kinder through 2nd grade. Parent or guardian must accompany children the first three days.

  • June 11-18
  • For youth who have finished 6th through 12th grades
  • Theme to be announced

  • Important Information:
  • Tuition is taken care of through GSP's generosity, in support of our church family.
  • Transportation to and from camp will be coordinated by Amy Cormode.
  • Go to www.chapelrock.net to sign up. Spaces are filling fast. On the payment screen, choose pay by check, then contact the church office at 520-327-6857 to add your child's name to our list.
  • Donations to support a camper will be gratefully accepted. Please note "Chapel Rock" in the memo line of all checks.
All questions should be directed to Amy Cormode, Minister of Spiritual Formation for Children, Youth and Families.  She can be reached at amy@grace-stpauls.org or by phone or text at 520-232-2297.


Sunday Mornings for Children & Youth

  • Nursery care is available from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. for children ages 3 and under and is located in the Theresa of Avila Room.
  • Preschool-5th grade children’s formation in the Godly Play circle happens during the 10 a.m. service in the Mary of Bethany Room. Children join the church family at The Peace for the Liturgy of the Table.
  • Youth Spiritual Formation class is held at 9 a.m. for middle school youth and older, and is located in the St. Francis Room.
  • Youth group for middle school and high school students meets on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Bloom Room to share in a meal and discussion/activity.
  • Nursery care, children and youth spiritual formation classes are all located in the Education Center, below the sanctuary.  
Spirit Song: A Monthly
Contemporary Worship Service
Sundays for Adults at 9:00 am & 11:45 am
Have an idea for a class or group? Would you like to present a class
for Adult Spiritual Formation  at GSP? Please email us here.
We welcome all suggestions!
Islamic Mystics: The History and Significance of the Sufis
Sunday, May 7 at 9:00 am in the Bloom Room

This session will provide a brief review of the key teachings of Islam, explain how and why its mystical tradition developed, and introduce the beautiful writings of several individual Sufis. The works of Medieval poet Rumi remain among the world's best sellers.

Suzanne Morrison describes herself as a “spiritual mutt”, having been a Protestant, an atheist, an agnostic, a Buddhist, and simply an individual who is fascinated by many of the diverse religions found on this planet. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and currently teaches Religion courses at Pima Community College.
The Case for Universal Salvation
Sunday, May 14 at 9:00 am in the Bloom Room

This class will examine evidence, both biblical and theological, for universal salvation. We do this first by exploring the purpose of hell in the NT (asking whether divine justice is meant to be retributive or restorative) and then by examining gospel passages supporting the notion of ultimate salvation for all people.

Dr. Karen O. Borek teaches courses in religious studies at the University of Arizona and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Sermons on Tap
Sunday, May 14 at 11:45 am in the Bloom Room

Ever leave worship on Sunday and wish you could talk about the sermon with others? Why not join like-minded folks for an open discussion of the day's sermon over beer and sandwiches? This small group is for anyone with a desire to connect more deeply with others and a willingness to explore their own questions about how we live into the "good news" as preached at GSP. The setting will be informal and relaxed. No need to register, come anytime. All are welcome! Beer, iced tea, and a light lunch will be available. Donations will be accepted to cover the costs of lunch.
Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language
Sunday, May 21 at 9:00 am in the Bloom Room

Are you curious about the meaning of your dreams? In this class we will look at the role of dreams in the Bible, discuss various forms of dream interpretation, and provide techniques to cultivate a practice of recognizing and experiencing the Spirit in these phenomena of everyday life.

Catherine Penn Williams has been working with her dreams for over 25 years and has previously led dream groups at GSP. She is a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice.
GSP Readers Group
GSP Readers Group: The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony
Friday, May 12 at 9:30 am  in the Bloom Room

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony's unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere. All are welcome. No registration necessary.

For more information, please contact Vicki Stefani at 520-743-3978.
3rd Friday Film Series for Spring 2017
Priests on Film: The Struggle to Serve
Adam’s Apples (Danish, 2005)
Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm in the Bloom Room (Note: There is no potluck before this film)

The ministry of priesthood has varied widely for those who have served in that capacity throughout human religious history. This spring our film series offers a look at three different cinematic examples of priestly service—and struggle. In the black comedy-drama Adam’s Apples (Danish, 2005) Ivan, a priest in a rural church where the rectory serves as a halfway house for paroled convicts, sees the world through rose-colored glasses. When Adam, a neo-Nazi, arrives for 12 weeks, he is baffled by the priest’s optimism and vows to break Ivan's faith. Join us for this modern and unique nod to the Book of Job.

Hosts Vicki and Joe Stefani are involved in a variety of ministries at GSP; Joe also serves on the vestry. Both are retired from the University of Arizona, where each taught writing and Vicki also taught literature and film. Click here for a downloadable flyer.
Understanding Scripture
For Everyone: Coffee, Bagels
and Bible Stuff
Every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 am in the Weeks Room

Join a diverse group in a discussion of the Bible. In our second year many are attending their first bible study and are enjoying the attempt to put the weekly readings into historical prospective while finding current application. 

All materials are provided. Drop-ins are welcome, and we start and end on time.

Facilitated by Bill Moore, GSP Junior Warden.

Bible Women
2 Fridays, May 5 & 19 from 10:30-11:30 am in the Weeks Room

What do the voices of women in scripture have to say to us about our own lives, regardless of our gender? This class studies the Bible through the words of women in the Old and New Testaments. The focus is on actual scripture and its contexts; an optional text, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman is available through Amazon.

The group meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Friday. No registration is necessary and participants are welcome to join the group at any time.

For more information contact Vicki Stefani at 520-743-3978.
Weekly Small Group Discussions
Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys
Every Monday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Bloom Room
[No meeting on Monday, May 29]

Each week, in this small discussion group, we focus on a different intersection between spirituality, religion, and culture. We view short videos (10-15 min) by scholars and authors such as Richard Rohr, Marcus Borg, Diana Butler Bass, Christena Cleveland and other innovative church thinkers. The conversation is always a surprise and takes us where the Spirit guides.

Each session stands alone and participants are welcome anytime. 

Co-facilitated by Brian Arthur, Jim Franks and Catherine Penn Williams.
Saturday Java Jive:
Coffee & Conversation
Every Saturday from 8:30-11:00 am
at Epic Cafe (745 N 4th Ave, at University Blvd)

Want to meet and get to know folks in a relaxed and friendly environment? All are welcome to join this long-running motley crew that meets every Saturday morning for coffee and conversation. We never know who will show up, the topic is always up for grabs, and hilarity often ensues.