The Richmond Register

February 21, 2014

Annual St. Paul AME tea Sunday

Church member Edith Pinkston organizes annual fundraiser

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Most people think of a “tea” as an idle get-together to chat and socialize.

However, the annual tea Sunday sponsored by Edith Jean Pinkston is a “gathering with a purpose,” one that Pinkston has put a lot of time and work into, according to Saint Paul AME Church pastor William Hale.

“It’s something she enjoys each year,” he said.

Although Pinkston doesn’t really want her name in the event’s title, people in the church and throughout the community have come to associate the fundraiser as her project, Hale said.

The annual tea, which starts at 4 p.m., will have a formal service that includes singers. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor, editor of the AME Christian Recorder.

Afterward, punch, tea and light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall, Hale said.

The church is at 437 Francis St. in Richmond.

There is no cost to attend but guests are encouraged to donate to a cause that Pinkston selects each year. Sunday’s donations will be for the Saint Paul AME van ministry.

The van is used for multiple functions, including busing people to and from Sunday services and Bible study classes, taking the church’s visitation team every Tuesday to check on shut-ins and the ill, and transporting the church’s senior citizens on various outings, the pastor said.

The van also is used to take youth group members to out-of-town conventions and other events, he added.

The funds raised at the tea will go toward the van’s payments and maintenance costs.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.