Plan a Visit to St Paul
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve racking. We want to help make your first experience at St Paul a great one, so we've taken the time to answer a few questions anyone would have when visiting St Paul for the first time.
Where is St Paul AME?
We are located at 1201 Day St in Des Moines, 3 blocks south (towards I-235) of 13th & University Ave.
What time does service begin?
Adult Church School
8:30 a.m. Sunday
11 a.m. Sunday
10 a.m. Sunday
How long is worship service?
Typically, our service last 90 - 100 minutes with the exception of the 1st Sunday of the month. We take Holy Communion then, so service lasts about 20 minutes longer. All are welcome to the Communion Table.
Is off-street parking available?
Yes. We also have ushers who monitor the parking lot during service.
Where should I sit?
We don't have assigned seating. You may sit wherever you like.
What's the service like?
Upon arriving at At St Paul, an usher will hand you a bulletin which contains our Order of Service and will allow you to follow along in our Spirit filled AME worship involving congregational singing, a praise team as well as the featured choir of the week, a responsive style reading of scripture which is also printed in the bulletin, announcements, acknowledgment of visitors, one offering, voluntary individual prayer at the altar rail (Hour of Power), a bible based sermon, a Call to Christian Discipleship, then ending with a benediction.
How should I dress?
Dress however you feel is appropriate for worship service. If you feel comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, or perhaps you just got off work and don't have time to change out of your work uniform, or maybe you prefer to wear a shirt and tie or a blouse and skirt, makes no difference to us as we gather to worship the Lord!
Where are the restrooms?
The restrooms are located just off the vestibule in the hallway next to the water fountain.
From the sanctuary:
Once you leave the sanctuary, turn to the left. When you enter the vestibule, look to the right and you will see them.
From the front doors:
Just look to your left.
There are restrooms in the lower level of the church as well.
What about my children?
At St Paul, we believe children are the life of the church. You are more than welcome to bring children to our service. They are also welcome to the Communion Table as well as Children's Church for ages 4 and up, which is held in the lower level in the Fellowship Hall typically right after the Hour of Power, a Children's Church teacher will come ask you if you'd like for them to attend.
St. Paul is a family church, not in the sense that we are biologically related, but we are related by blood of Christ, and therefore we love and care for one another. One visit to St. Paul and you are welcome to become part of this loving family.