Ministries Information

St. Paul's is blessed with many Ministries.

Helping Hands
Walton Guest House
The Stephen Ministry
Interfaith Hospitality


Helping Hands

Helping Hands was originally organized by June Hughes and other women of St. Paul's in 1967. Today, parishioners from St. Paul's are joined by volunteers from several other churches. These individuals are all committed to the work they do in serving hundreds of people each month, providing clothes, layettes, bedding and small items such as dishes and pots & pans to the needy. Everything used is donated and is provided to those in need at no charge. It is located at 1755 13th Street SE.

The Walton House

Walton Guest House provides a "home away from home" in a caring atmosphere for those who are from out of town and have relatives or friends in Salem Hospital, and who might otherwise be unable to obtain lodging at a time of personal crisis. The Salem Hospital Social Services Department coordinates eligibility and admissions.

The Walton House is the former rectory adjacent to St. Paul's. It is staffed by a resident manager who is supported by a large number of daily volunteers from within St. Paul's and from the community.

The Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministers provide Christian caring ministry to those in crisis or need. Lay people are trained, supervised, and supported as they assist those experiencing difficult times in their lives. This past year our 17 active Stephen Ministers spent over 800 hours with their care receivers plus attending monthly supervision and continuing education sessions. Two Stephen Ministers make hospital visits every week and several of our ministers have volunteered to assist the Chaplain's office when needed.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Interfaith Hospitality Network provides shelter for homeless persons in Salem as part of an interchurch consortium.