A faithful member of the Church Universal
St. Paul’s UCC in Amityville began in 1764 among German residents. For many years it was a union church, sharing space with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. When they separated, the UCC congregation bought the Lutheran congregation’s portion of the church building and the Lutheran congregation built a new facility in Douglassville. The main building is the fourth to stand on the site, replacing the third structure, which was reduced to rubble by a tornado in 1922.
A two-story wing for offices and classrooms was added to the gothic revival sanctuary in the 1960s and a new Family Life Mission Center with a large fellowship hall and kitchen, library, entryway, classrooms and gym were added in 2006. The campus also features a renovated chapel which houses a food pantry on the lower level. The campus allows the church to play host to MANY community groups, including numerous scout groups, a chess club, a children’s choir, Narcotics Anonymous, sports groups, piano recitals, benefit dinners, and Weight Watchers.
St. Paul’s is known in the area for its strong Christian Education program. Twelve Sunday School classes meet each week including five adult classes and a confirmation class. A week of VBS in June typically has an enrollment of over 150 with a staff of over 40. An after school program was begun in 2011 to take advantage of the fact that the church building is walking distance from the local middle school. Many of the classes meet outside the classroom for fellowship and shared mission. There is a strong youth group that meets Wednesday nights and hosts a 30-Hour Famine event with other local youth groups in March.
St. Paul’s is a missions-minded congregation making a difference in many people’s lives through a variety of local, regional, and overseas missions. Food Pantry, Community Table, Opportunity House, Veterans Making a Difference, Wish Tree, Kid’s Closet, and local Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are local missions that involve many church members in big and small ways. St. Paul’s also partners with CROP Walk, Heifer International, Lifewater International, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Habitat for Humanity. The church has sent missions team to Kenya and in January 2013 to El Salvador.
In November and in April St. Paul’s puts on its famous turkey supper and in August hosts a Peach Festival. An annual Easter Egg Hunt attracts many local children.