At St. Martin-in-the-Fields, our goal is for families to worship together at all ages and at all stages of life. Children and infants are encouraged to be in every worship service and we believe the liturgy speaks to children from their earliest days. We ask for all adults to support young families in worship with a warm welcome and a helping hand when needed. We ask young families to be mindful of the needs of the worshipping community for periods of silence and concentrated attention during the service. If your child needs to cry or vocalize – especially during the sermon, the prayers of the people, or quieter musical pieces – we have two areas prepared for this occasion. One is the Mary Chapel to the left of the altar and the other is the Narthex at the rear of the church. Both are connected to the church sound system. Feel free to walk the side aisles during service if that comforts your child. We also encourage young families to sit in the front pews or the right transept – the seating on the side of the altar – so children can see and be engaged. We have a rug and toys there for active children.
Here are a few tips that families have found helpful:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.
Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.