The community is invited to join in the 50-year anniversary celebration at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1800 Louisville Rd., on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.
On the 29th there will be games for all ages, inflatable bouncers for the children, face painting and music. A barbeque dinner will be served at 4 p.m., followed by live gospel music featuring The Polston Family from 5-7.
Then on Sunday the 30th, fellowship will begin at 9 a.m. for reunion time. A special worship service will begin at 10:30 led by Frankfort District Superintendent Rev. Jean Hawxhurst, with a reception to follow.
St. Paul was started in 1962 after the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Church recognized a need for a church in west Frankfort. The first service was on Oct. 7 and was held in the library at Berry Hill. Rev. Edward C. Coleman led the service with 34 in attendance.
The church quickly began work to build a place of its own. A chapel was constructed on a five-acre plot adjacent to the Game Farm on Louisville Road. The first service in the new building was held on Feb. 10, 1963. An educational building was added in 1966, and a new and larger sanctuary replaced the chapel in 1988.
Rev. Coleman served St. Paul for six years. There have been 10 pastors to serve in the last 50 years. Rev. Elvyn Hamilton is the current pastor. St. Paul has had four individuals commit to going into the ministry since its founding, including three this year.
St. Paul is home to one of the longest running fall bazaars in this area. The bazaar was first held in 1968, and has continued every year since. Burgoo was added a few years later. The bazaar and burgoo event is held on the first Saturday in November. The church has also published a new cookbook entitled “Coming Home” and ordered T-shirts to commemorate the 50th anniversary. Both are available for sale at the church.
St. Paul offers a variety of worship, study and ministry opportunities. Sunday school is at 9 and worship service is at 11 each Sunday morning. Fellowship time takes place before Sunday school. There are several groups meeting at St. Paul including a prayer shawl ministry, a growing youth program, small group Bible study, Young at Heart group that ministers to the elderly and homebound, Wednesday night Bible study, and both United Methodist Men’s and Women’s groups.
The adult choir, children’s choir, bell choir, One Accord quartet, liturgical dance and drama are part of the worship experience. The congregation also works to support ministries such as the community food pantry, Kings Center, KSU Wesley Foundation and Mountain Mission.
Leading up to the homecoming weekend, St. Paul has a few other special events planned. On Sept. 16, Rev. Coleman will be honored while leading the 11 a.m. service. On Sept. 23, Bishop Lindsey Davis of the Kentucky Conference will be guest speaker. A reception will follow each service.
The church office is open from 9-11 on weekdays.
For more information call 223-5605.