Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Traditional Episcopal worship has lots of music, scripture, prayer and reflection. We draw liturgy and music from around the globe.
During the summer months, when life is less structured, the questions and wiggles of little ones bring life to the mix in the activities corner during service.
ALL are welcome!
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
worship.together is a brief, participatory service for families with young children. Specifically designed with 0-5 year-olds in mind, this half-hour service helps engage children in story, song and prayer while helping to develop their sense of God. The service includes singing, a gospel story, liturgy, interactive prayers, and communion. Children (and parents/caregivers!) are invited to sit on the floor to experience the service firsthand, and participate in many aspects of the service by carrying the processional cross, assisting with serving communion, and offering their own prayers of intercession. Happy chatter and joyful wiggles are most welcome!
For more information, please contact Donna Maree at email@example.com
Last Tuesdays of Every Month
Do you love to knit, crochet, quilt, weave or sew? Do you want to bring comfort and healing to others?
Come and join us. We gather as an interfaith group of needle crafters to use our talents to stitch creations such as prayer shawls, scarves, hats, gloves, quilts, blankets, lap robes and more for people living in nursing homes, hospices, shelters or on the streets. Into each creation we will stitch compassion, love and blessings.
Ash Wednesday, February 14. There will be one service at 6:00 PM.
Cook-off - Sunday, February 18, 1:00 to 2:00 PM. St. Barnabas Mission, 6006 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia. Transportation both ways will be provided between Trinity Memorial Church (2212 Spruce Street Philadelphia) and St. Barnabas. If you need a ride, please email Nancy DeLaura firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Thursday February 15, so that we can arrange either a carpool or taxi, which will leave the church at 12:30 pm. Parking is available nearby to St. Barnabas, especially on Edgewood Street. If you wish to take advantage of public transportation, please use the Number 15 trolley.
All Welcome! All the Time!
A center of the neighborhood
The other day a piece of information popped up on my Facebook page. It simply said that Alfred L. Cralle, an inventor and businessman, patented the ice cream scoop in 1897. I admit that despite my love of ice cream and the numerous times I watched the owner of our corner candy store scoop ice cream on a cone for me using such a scoop, I never once considered who might have invented the scoop. Now I know. Alfred L. Cralle was an African American businessman and inventor. Now I know that an ice cream scoop does not seem all that significant, but what about the procedure developed by Dr. Charles R. Drew who revolutionized medicine by devising a system that allowed the immediate and safe transfusion of blood plasma and who also invented Blood Mobiles? Dr. Drew was also an African American.
You can see where I am going with this. February is Black History Month. I know that there are some who question why there should be a month dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of black people. I think it is important. First, it is vital to have a well rounded understanding of history. When I went to school we only learned about a couple of black men's accomplishments. History was written by white men. They often left out the achievements of black men and women and others. That omission contributed to hateful stereotypes about black people. So, Black History Month helps us to learn about all the amazing contributions black people have made to this country. These stories also help us to get to know about the struggles and challenges faced by black people in the past and present. It puts a human face on the problems of bigotry and racism.
Black History Month is important for us spiritually too. By opening our minds and hearts to the stories of black people we can more easily connect with their problems and concerns as well as their hopes and dreams. No longer experienced as "the other" we can embrace our oneness. Black History Month helps us to remember the words shared by Rev. Frederick J. Streets:
We sometimes forget: We are all connected. There is only one race and it is human. Howard Thurman in Jesus and the Disinherited(1949) reminds us that haters and the victims of hate are caught in a mutual web of fear and deception. Only the love shown in the life lived by Jesus and others who do not try to escape the demands of love can cast out the darkness of hatred. This is the work and witness of the church and the religion of Jesus. (The Color of Racism in Yale University Reflections, 2013)
I invite you to celebrate Black History Month by engaging one or more stories. Read a book or article about someone you have never heard about; see a movie or documentary; reach out to someone in your workplace, neighborhood or church. You may be surprised by what you learn, touched by their stories and forever changed yourself.