Cathy Henry, Director of Eucharistic Ministers & Readers
We have a dedicated group of Eucharistic Ministers here at St. Paul's and I am happy to share in this service with them. The EM's at St. Paul's don't just help serve communion; they are an active part of every service. One of the things I enjoy about St. Paul's is the willingness to try new things - including new services. Sometimes that creates challenges for the EM's - the order of things changed, or there's an extra collect, or the Prayers of the People change. Or a different priest comes to celebrate and they aren't familiar with the service. The Eucharistic Ministers can work together with the priest so that everyone is comfortable and confident with their role and the service is meaningful and enjoyable for everyone.
Christie, Choir Director
As director of St. Paul's Choir, Christie oversees the choir's contribution to the worship service, from its role as a "guide" during the congregational singing to its bi-weekly performances of literature of a wide range of styles and traditions. St. Paul's Choir, in its Sunday anthems, helps the congregation to focus its ears and heart on a range of different messages and themes, while also inspiring both singers and listeners in their spiritual walks. Participation in the choir is voluntary and a relaxing, fun, and encouraging way to spend one's Tuesday evenings (in rehearsal) and Sunday mornings.
James O'Hearn was born and raised in Bakersfield, starting his love of music at an early age with piano study from age 7 onwards. He attended Biola University from 2012 to 2016 and graduated with a BA in Journalism. His interests include musical theatre, gaming, and writing short and surreal stories for his blog. He has many fond memories of St. Paul's from the organ concerts he attended with his grandmother when he was young, and hopes to make many more for as long as he is in Bakersfield.
Lori, Children's Ministries
Lori Toia has taken on the challenge of directing our children's ministries. Children's ministries includes training and organizing acolytes to serve during Sunday 10am service. First Friday of each month is "Movie Night" at St. Paul's from 6-9pm. Children will gather in the forum for movie and popcorn. Children may come in their PJs with pillow and blankets. First Saturday of the month from 6-9pm is Teen Game Night, 12-18 year old jr high and high school students are invited to bring their favorite board game (any game) to play.