Neighborhood School

Connecting with local kids

Prayer, time, energy, and love for kids fuse into friendship for this ministry. The Neighborhood School Partnership connects St. Paul with a school across the street from the church campus. Whether once a week or once-in-a-while, volunteers are the extra hands and hearts for children and staff at Madison Elementary School.

Ways to serve

Teachers and kids know they can count on St. Paul friends.

Pray: Life is challenging for many of these families. Your prayer is the extra grace they need to hold on, move forward, or be lifted up.

Read: Children love to be read to. They also love to read to someone else. Delight in a favorite picture book or explore adventures in a chapter book.

Make: Whatever you love to do, they love to receive. Neighborhood school volunteers bake, create, plant, build, paint, and fix. Garden, knit, design, dream. The schools receive these gifts with arms opened wide.

Help: When staff can’t be everywhere at once, we step in. We set up, serve meals, chaperone events, lead games, take tickets, greet families, work in the classroom. Faith shines bright in the hallways.

Mentor: Enjoy time with a child, usually during the lunch hour. Relationships are formed while playing games, laughing over a puzzle, finishing a craft. The library provides a quiet haven to get to know each other. If shooting basketball is your thing, the gym beckons!

Madison Market: Hungry kids have a hard time learning. Madison Market, a River Bend Foodbank pantry, offers families a chance to shop every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Volunteers shop, transport, and stock this food pantry that offers fresh produce (some from St. Paul’s Community Gardens), frozen meat and seafood, milk, eggs, and a wide selection of boxed and canned food.  St. Paul ministries intersect and also provide toiletries, diapers, and feminine care products for neighborhood families.

Neighborhood Schools Partnership: Dana Welser

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.