St. Paul’s Church has a number of outreach programmes:
St. Paul’s Home
Via its Board of Management. Currently, St. Paul’s Home owns seven homes (including the original Tower Road building) in residential areas, within which specialized programs for troubled youth take place. Most of these homes serve as small group home residences for youth who would otherwise have nowhere to live. Phoenix Centre for Youth is an exception, and consists of a walk in center for street youth who require services and are trying to exit the street.
FISH Coffee House
The FISH Coffeehouse was established in 2002 and serves the downtown community of Halifax with patrons of all ages coming from throughout Halifax and Dartmouth. It provides a quiet place to enjoy coffee, snacks, games and conversation. It is located in St. Paul’s Parish House. Saturday evenings 6-8 PM! All ages are welcomed.
The Rector’s Lunch
During the unusual COVID days, our Lunch Team has been preparing take-away lunches (sandwiches, home-made desserts, drinks). People line up outside and wait for their invitation to enter (please wear a mask before coming in the building, we have disposables if you have none). The Rector is on-site as well to greet people and chat.
The Rector’s Lunch has been a part of parish life and one of the parish missions of St. Paul’s Church since the summer of 2007. The only advertisement it has ever posted remains at the church porch, announcing the weekly time—and an invitation with the words, “There is such a thing as a Free Lunch! No cost. No sermons. No strings attached.” But the word has gotten around. In fact, the rector of St. Paul’s is hardly the centre of the Rector’s Lunch, though he treasures the seat he is guaranteed as its host, every Wednesday at noon in the church’s Memorial Room, just after the ‘firing of the noon gun’ on Citadel Hill above St. Paul’s.
Currently in Recess: Newcomers Sponsorship Committee
St. Paul’s Parish Council formed a Refugee Sponsorship Committee to proceed with plans to bring a refugee family to Halifax. The motion was coupled with commitment and support for the task. We have all become aware of the plight of refugees in several nations, but most especially from Syria, now in the fifth year of a brutal civil war. The UN tells us that there are 4 million refugees outside the country with little hope of returning to Syria safely. Half of these uprooted are children who have been traumatised by war, robbed of an education, forced from their homes and living in exile.
For details about any of our Outreach programmes or other occasional outreach events,
please contact the parish office at