Welcome to St. Paul’s UCC

Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ is a part of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which encompasses a total of over 230 churches. Since its official founding in 1765, the St. Paul’s congregation has been worshipping at its current location since the mid-19th century.

We stand on the premises of the Reformation through our heritage in the German Reformed Church and the later Evangelical and Reformed Church. In 1957, the Evangelical Reformed Church merged with the Congregational Christian Church to form the UCC, which is a united and uniting church. The UCC’s motto is taken directly from scripture: “that they all may be one” (from the Gospel of John, ch.17, v.21).

Our mission statement directs that “St. Paul’s is being called to plant seeds and water them, faithfully believing God will provide.” We are led to plant seeds of faith throughout our communities, via ministries and personal interactions. Our mission is drawn in part from Scripture: the apostle Paul’s direction to the church at Corinth that we are all servants of God and, although we, like the namesake of our congregation, plant the seeds, God is the one who makes them grow (I Cor. ch. 6, vv. 5–8). The allusion to water also references our town’s historic roots, as Schaefferstown is home to the oldest chartered waterworks in the United States.

Historic Wedding Chapel

If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Lebanon, Myerstown, Lititz, or any surrounding communities in Lebanon, Berks, or Lancaster Counties, check out all that St. Paul’s UCC can offer you. We have a beautiful historic church which can provide a gorgeous background for traditional and contemporary services alike. Our staff is friendly and easy to work with: no messy forms or stringent requirements, and it’s surprisingly affordable. We also have several facilities on campus if you need extra room to get ready. If you’re worried about keeping that bride and groom separated before the ceremony, don’t worry! We have a separate building for each group to get prepared.

Our goal is to make your wedding the perfect day for you. So if you need a venue for your wedding ceremony, contact St. Paul’s in Schaefferstown today to schedule a visit.

St. Paul’s is also available to host other events, such as birthday parties. Check with the office for details: (717) 949-3632.

Godly Play

Are you searching for a new and unique way for both you and your children to worship God? Consider St. Paul’s Godly Play program for children ages 4 to 12. While adults worship in our beautiful historic sanctuary, children can experience Bible stories and incorporate them into their daily lives through this Montessori-style learning environment.

What is Godly Play? The Godly Play Foundation describes its concept as “[teaching] children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – [and] helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.” In plain words, Godly Play provides for children the same resources that St. Paul’s church provides for adults: interpretation and connection of Biblical stories and passages which allows them to better understand the truths of God’s Word and the actions He takes in our lives every day.

Church Events

St. Paul’s hosts a variety of events for members of our community: not just Schaefferstown, but other localities such as Lebanon, Myerstown, and Lititz. You can check out our events calendar to find out about such on-campus events as:

  • Exercise classes
  • Weddings
  • Yard sales
  • Bazaars
  • …and more!

We also host a variety of off-campus events, many involving trips or missions. These events will also be referenced on the calendar. Check it out!

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

To read more about the church history, find information about our location and doctrines, view photographs and our events list, or meet our staff, we invite you to visit any of the links in the menu bar at the top of the page.