PARISH EVENTS - December 17, 2014



The Seamen’s Church Institute needs your coats! This time of year, seafarers come into the Port of Philadelphia from warmer climates and have no idea what they’re in for with our winter days. SCI is always looking for gently used winter coats to be given out to seafarers to help them bear the cold. A winter coat can make all the difference in the life of a seafarer. Donations can be mailed to: 475 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, or dropped off at your convenience to the same address. Thank you in advance for your help!

Reading is one of the most pleasurable and inexpensive ways to learn, travel, and escape the harshness and pressures of life. This past September, The Rev. K. Brewster Hastings, Rector of St. Anne’s Church, Abington, PA, published a collection of short stories entitled “A Certain Kind of Affection.” Each story captures moments in the lives of ordinary people as they cope with restlessness and desire. The stories invite the reader to ask the questions, “What satisfies me? Where is my peace?” The book is available for sale at all major internet booksellers, a perfect Christmas gift!”

Trinity Church, Solebury Christmas Cookies
are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Order forms can be found online at

Faith at Five: "Come as you are, and be as you are.”
This is a new service at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. This is an informal 45 minute service with a diversity of music and all ages are welcome. This service is convenient for those who may be working on Sunday mornings or have other commitments. On the last Sunday of each month Choral Evensong will be held. This new service will be held Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Trinity Thrift Shop, Trinity Church, Swarthmore,
301 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA is open the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Donations are welcomed and can be dropped off on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. They do not accept any computer equipment or TV's.

On the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Swarthmore will be having an evening of Healing service and prayers. This event is open to all in the community as a way for you to come and receive prayers for health, situations, for a way to express your concern for events in the world, and for all those who hold a genuine concern for someone else or for events in the community, nation and the world. The church welcomes everyone. For more information contact the event organizer direct at: 610-544-2297 or email at:

The Redeemer Thrift Shop, Church of the Redeemer
, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are welcomed and can be dropped off on Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please come by and shop and see what bargains you can get especially with the holidays approaching. For more information, please call the church office at 610-544-8113.

St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Sugartown
, has joined with the Malvern Farmer’s Market and the West Chester Food Cupboard to address hunger in our community. Members of the parish will be on site at the Farmer’s Market on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month to collect and deliver food and cash donations to the West Chester Food Cupboard. This Outreach Initiative supplements the St. Francis Community Garden and our other Outreach Programs.

St. Francis-in-the-Fields
is pleased to announce two online and email Adult Spiritual Formation opportunities. “Food for the Journey” at and “With Grateful Hearts” at “Food for the Journey”, the Rector’s commentary on the Gospel for the coming week is published each Tuesday. “With Grateful Hearts” is a daily prayer and study offering based on the Sunday Lectionary. Both are also available by email subscription.  If you would like to receive these mailings by email, contact The Rev. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk at Audio versions of the Sunday Sermon are also online at the parish website:

What's New in Godly Play? Godly Play meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at Cathedral Offices in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor. In Godly Play each week we "get ready" for our story, which can be a profound spiritual practice. It is not just the children who are at times not ready - in fact, who of us is ready to come into the presence of God's word?




The 2014 Christmas Spectacular Concert Event held at: The Kimmel Center located Broad and Spruce Street, Philadelphia. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, 3 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3 p.m. Performances with featured artist: Guest Conductor, David Charles Abell; Guest Soloist, Hugh Panaro, from the NY Phantom of the Opera; Guest Organist, Peter Conte; The Philadelphia Pops Festival Choir; The Philadelphia Boys Choir; and The St. Thomas Gospel Choir from the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. Directed by: Waltier Blocker. Tickets may be purchased through or by phone at 215-893-1999.

St. Matthew’s Church, Maple Glen
, Trinity Church, Ambler and St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh are beginning a joint ministry for young adults. Our next 20-30 something’s gathering will be Wednesday, December 17th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Guiseppe’s Pizza Restaurant, 46 S Bethlehem Pike, Ambler. Last month, 15 people joined us, and we are hoping for more this month. Wednesday’s are $5 hamburger nights so why not join us for dinner!

The monthly Taize service at Christ Episcopal Church, Media will be held Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Rev. Randy Williamson. Everyone is invited to take a break from the” hustle and bustle” of Christmas preparations and enjoy the peace of the Taize Service. We also welcome musicians of all levels of ability to join us – the music is very easy. Christ Episcopal Church is located at 311 S. Orange St. Media.

“A Ray of Hope with a Crumb of Dickens”
to be performed on Friday, December 19, 2014 at  7:00 p.m. at Resurrection Episcopal Church, Rockdale, 667 Mount Road, Aston. The show takes place in a retirement home with several ladies sitting down to their Christmas Eve dinner. There’s tension with humor . . . there’s smaltz with humor . . . and there’s humor with humor! So, I guess you could say it’s a Comedy with a Dickens Christmas Theme. Fun for all ages 8 to 108! Call the Church Office for further info at 610-459-2013. Cost: $5.00 donation to Resurrection Episcopal Church. Production by:  Parishioner, Bruce Warren.

Grace Epiphany Church
is having an indoor Flea Market on December 20th. The Flea Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors can set up as early as 7 a.m. Spaces and tables are $10 each and are available on a first come first serve basis. For additional information contact the church office at 215-248-2950 Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or E-mail

Christmas Caroling - Saturday, December 20th
at 5:00 p.m. on the front steps of The Church of The Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, 1904 Walnut Street. Song Booklets with Lyrics, Hot Cider & Cookies. All Are Welcome!!! The more the merrier!

Labyrinth Walk: Journey to Bethlehem, Let Us Go and See.
Create a space of serenity in the weeks leading up to Christmas by walking the labyrinth at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, December 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Parish Hall, 800 St. Martin Lane, Chestnut Hill. The Rev. Scott Robinson will facilitate the program, titled “Journey to Bethlehem: Let Us Go and See.” Fee is $25. The program is offered through Wellspring, an outreach of spiritual growth and care at St. Martin’s. To learn more and to register, click on the Wellspring link at

Advent Lessons & Carols
on Sunday, December 21, 4:00 p.m., at Saint Clement’s Church, 2013 Appletree St., Center City. In the winter twilight, join us in the quiet, candlelit Saint Clement's Church to hear the prophecies and great music of Advent. The renowned Saint Clement's Choir, conducted by Organist & Choirmaster Peter Richard Conte, sings Adam lay ybounden, Boris Ord, Rorate Coeli desuper, G. P. da Palestrina, A Hymn to the Virgin, Benjamin Britten, Ave Maria (á 8), Tomás Luis de Victoria, Vigilate, William Byrd, E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, Paul Manz, and O Thou, the Central Orb, Charles Wood. All donations will benefit the Helping Others Fund. For more information call: 215-563-1876. Website:

A Service of Light in the Darkness - Sunday, December 21
at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 4 p.m. - Holy Eucharist. The Very Rev. Judith A. Sullivan, Presider & Homilist. Suzanne DuPlantis, Soloist. This quiet, candlelight service is a time set apart from the frenzied pace of the popular culture when we may acknowledge feelings of sadness, grief, anger, or disappointment and offer them to God for healing. May we find hope and comfort in knowing that we are not alone. For more information go to the website at

Caroling at the Carillon
at Washington Memorial Chapel, Route 23 in Valley Forge Park on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along accompanied by Doug Gefvert playing the 58-bell carillon. This outdoor event takes place in front of the carillon tower, so dress warmly! This event is free and open to the public. Further info: 610-783-0120, 610-265-5211;

Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville
, will hold the annual Christmas pageant depicting the birth of Jesus at the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday, December 21. All children are invited to participate as angels and shepherds, with costumes available. Greening of the church will take place after the service. Child care is available 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. Christmas Eve services on Wednesday will include: an 11 a.m. Eucharist service with the Rev. Robert Coble of Harleysville presiding, a 5:30 p.m. service for families with small children, featuring caroling, a Nativity play and the children's choirs singing; and a 9 p.m. traditional festive Eucharist service with choir music, candlelighting and a special message by the rector, the Rev. Kathy Andonian. For more info, call the church at 215-234-8020.

Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
at Church of the Redeemer, Springfield – All are welcome! 3:30 p.m. - Meditative service; Holy Communion. 5:30 p.m. - Family service; carols; children’s pageant (no sermon); Holy Communion. 9:30 p.m. - Traditional candlelight service; Holy Communion.

Christmas at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
- Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Festival Eucharist with The Very Reverend Judith A. Sullivan, Presider and Preacher. Choral Anthems: O Come Emmanuel – arr. by Thomas Lloyd; Sussex Carol - arr. by David Willcocks; “The Blessed Son of God” from Hodie - Ralph Vaughan Williams; Wexford Carol – arr. by Thomas Lloyd; The Christ-child lay (Chesterton) - John Joubert. Christmas Day – Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with The Reverend Dr. Phillip C. Bennett, Presider and Homilist. First Sunday After Christmas – Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. – Christmas Lessons and Carols with The Reverend Robert L. Tate, Officiant.

Sunday, December 28 – 1st Sunday of Christmas at Church of the Redeemer, Springfield – All are welcome! One Service at 9:30 a.m. – Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion.

Start the New Year on a meditative, musical note with a New Year’s Eve Kirtan Service at 7 p.m. at the Sanctuary at Church St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St Martin’s Lane, Chestnut Hill. Kirtan is an ancient chant tradition, with prayers sung in a call-and-response style. An annual tradition at St. Martin’s, Scott Robinson and his band, Mandala, will lead this free, enchanting, participative devotion. Suggested Donation: $10. To learn more and to register, click on the Wellspring link at

The Epiphany (transferred) Sunday – January 4, 2015
at Church of the Redeemer, Springfield, – All are welcome! 8:00 a.m.- Holy Eucharist; 10:15 a.m. - An Epiphany Celebration with children’s pageant, and Holy Communion; 11:30 a.m.Clean-up from Christmas.

The Montgomery deanery
is hosting a Youth Lock on January 23rd from 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. at Philadelphia Athletic Club in Chalfont, PA. All youth from 6th to 12th grades are invited to attend. The event will include swimming, laser tag, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and all other indoor sports the club offers. For more information please contact The Rev. Jay Walton from St. Matthew’s Church @

Washington Memorial National Carillon
, Valley Forge, will participate in the Worldwide Carillons 100th Anniversary of the 1914 World War I Christmas Truce on Christmas Eve 2014. The concert by Doug Gefvert, Chapel Carillonneur, will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to coincide with Belgian time. “Silent Night” will be played at exactly 1:14 p.m., joining carillons around the world in this historic event. The half-hour concert on the 58-bell carillon will include carols from England, France and Germany.

Save the Date: A Diocesan Service Celebrating The Life and Ministry of
Blessed Absalom Jones on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at9:30 a.m.Preacher: The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, D.Min, Bishop of North Carolina. Absalom Jones Award Recipient Canon Jill P. Mathis, Canon for Transition Ministry. Clergy - Albs, Festive Stoles. Reception.



St. Martin’s Church, Radnor, a historic, small, and transforming community, is seeking a part time Music Director (organist/choirmaster). The right candidate for this position is enthusiastic, personable, and fully competent in traditional Episcopal hymnody and choir development, and able as well to bring fresh possibilities to this musically diverse parish. Please send all materials and resumes, or make inquiries to Maggie O'Malley, Parish Administrator, St. Martin's Church, 400 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087, (610) 688-4830.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Phoenixville
seeks a part-time energetic Organist / Choir Director. St. Peter's is a vibrant parish, with choirs of adults and youth. Director will work with the rector in planning worship. The ability to communicate effectively with staff and volunteers is an essential characteristic of this position. Candidate should possess a strong knowledge of traditional Anglican liturgical and choral music. Gifts in teaching and creativity will help us to grow into our music vision. Annual salary: $18,000. For more information about St. Peter's please visit Interested candidates should email their resumes to Interviews will begin in January 2015.

All Saints Rhawnhurst
is looking for an organist to play at 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. The job is 1 1/2 hours a week with a choir rehearsal at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Please call either Fr. Tim @ 214-342-6310 or Diane @ 267-934-0110.

Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC)
is recruiting a person interested in serving as the volunteer coordinator for Province III. The role is to help identify and empower leaders to build the RMEC recovery network at diocesan and parishes levels. The Province Representative will work with the local recovery community within the church and beyond, to help further the mission of RMEC to address the effects of addiction, in all its forms, in relation to the church's mission. Each term is for a three year period and reappointment is allowed, with approval from the board of directors. In line with our bylaws representatives may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors in office. To be considered for the Province III Representative position or for more infromation, please contact our Board of Directors at Applicants will be reviewed and selected by the Board of Directors. It will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to fill any Province Representative vacancies.

St. Luke’s Church, Germantown
Recreational Ministry is looking for Youth Basketball teams ages 15-18 sponsored by Episcopal Church’s for its upcoming Christian Winter Basketball League. Games will be played on Monday evenings. We are also looking for teams comprised of youth ages 14 and under who are looking additional games or scrimmages. For more information contact Andrew Lofton @ 267-230-7675 or

St. James School
, the only Episcopal grade school in Philadelphia, is looking for your help! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available in the classroom, after school, in the library, on campus and off. To inquire about how you or your church group can make a difference in the lives of under-resourced students, contact Noah Stansbury at 215.226.1276 or

Redemption Episcopal Church, Southampton, PA
is seeking a part-time minister of music to play for our Sunday services and to direct the choir. The position will begin January 1,, 2015. Please contact Fr. Emmanuel Williamson @ or 215.357.0303 with any questions or to apply.

Pre-Kindergarten teacher wanted, requires a degreed professional in a Preschool environment. Send resumes to All Saints School Board, All Saints Episcopal Church, 9601 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 19114. No phone calls will be accepted.

St. Paul's Elkins Park
, a multicultural and inclusive Episcopal Church, is looking for two paid Sunday School teachers to teach two classes - Ages 5 to 10 and ages 11 to 15. Present attendance is 4-5 per class but we are growing. Syllabus & all material is online (, augmented with our own multicultural material. Hours 10 a.m. to about 12 noon Sundays till end of May, days off by arrangement, no Sunday School on major feast days. Up to $50 per session (including any meetings) depending on experience. This is an exciting spirit-led opportunity at a unique parish. Call Rev. Paul Reid 610-937-9801 or email

Looking for Outreach Opportunities? St. Gabriel's Church, a mission parish in Philadelphia, offers hands on outreach ministry opportunities for youths and adults. Make a difference by calling Rev. Carol at 215-329-3807.

Youth Group Director, All Hallows Church, Wyncote.
This position provides general oversight and direction of the Christian Education program for the parish youth group (6th- 12th graders). The primary responsibility of this part-time position (10-15 hrs. per week) is to provide direction to a Christian Education program specific to adolescents, identifying, implementing and supervising weekly activities of the group that aims to lead youth into becoming faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.Please contact the Rev. Mark Ainsworth if interested. rector@allhallowswyncote.orgor 215-885-1641.



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Weight Watchers at Calvary St. Augustine
: We are on a mission to get healthy at Calvary St. Augustine and you’re invited to join us. We’d like to start an onsite weekly Weight Watchers group and are in need of at least 20 people to register. If you are interested in joining or would like additional information please contact the church at 215-222-2070.

Free 12' Conference Table
. If interested please contact Christ Church, Ithan at 610-688-1110.

Washington Memorial Chapel
has an extensive amount of choral music that is available for purchase. There are approximately 2,800 choral titles representing about 65,000 separate pieces of music. To search for available titles, go to Music is sold at face value however to minimize our retrieval labor costs there is a minimum total purchase of $50.00. Shipping and handling is a flat charge of $5.00. Look for a Saturday date when the inventory will be available for inspection and sale at the Chapel at Valley Forge National Park. Contact: Neal Basile at 610-783-0120.

The Gift Shop at St. David's
is able to offer the opportunity to all churches in our parish and beyond services such as ordering Prayer books for Confirmation or your pews, Bibles, Hymnals, other books, Wall Kalendars, desk calendars, inspirational gifts for all occasions and many fair traded goods from around the world. We have been open for 13 years and although not on the web as yet you can read about us at or call 484-580-8486. We are open most days but Monday but if we are not here please leave a message and we will be happy to return your call and help you.

St. Alban’s, Newtown Square, offers parish hall as “Alban’s Garden” for party rental space, Friday nights and Saturdays.
Accommodates a maximum of 130 for sit-down or buffet meal. Adjoining kitchen is commercial facility enjoyed by many a caterer. French doors open from hall onto patio onto country setting of expansive grounds with shrubs and trees…lovely and green late spring through early fall. Contact Patti Carr, 610-356-0459, x21,

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