American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

We pray for an end to violence in the Holy Land, and for our Outreach Partner, the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which raises funds for humanitarian work of the Diocese of Jerusalem and its institutions so it may better serve the needs of all people in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Israel. For more information, visit

St. Nicholas Day Celebration

Bishop Daniel and St. Nicholas (Greg Williams) 2013

Celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, The Patron and Protector of Children

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the Third century in the village of Patara which is now the southern coast of Turkey. He was raised by wealthy, Christian parents, who died when Nicholas was quite young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, sick and suffering. He was made Bishop of Myra, while quite young and became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors. Through the centuries, Nicholas has been revered as protector and helper of those in need.

How would God have us best celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth during Advent and Christmas? One particularly vibrant and fun way is our celebration which will include prayers during our liturgy, a Giving Tree, St. Nicholas cookies, a Giving Calendar, and mite boxes for the children, and other activities. All of the above will help to give the Palestinian children, women, and men of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem the medical care, education and training that they sorely need as they live with the realities of occupation.

Do you have a St. Nicholas Cookie Cutter?

Would you like to make a batch of beautiful cookies to offer for the benefit of Sharline Fulton’s ministry on behalf of the The American Friends of The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem to help children in Jerusalem? Then please contact Bea Weidner, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information and recipes. Cookies should be delivered to the kitchen on December 7th or December 8th before the 8 o’clock service. Our own “St. Nick,” Greg Williams, will make an appearance at all services on that day to give us the “drift.” For info:

Christmas Giving Tree

Make a Christmas gift to a child in the Holy Land
See the suggestions on the “Christmas Balls” or make up one of your own.
Please sign your name on the ornament when you hang it on this parish Giving Tree
sponsored by American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
make checks payable to AFEDJ

Regular Sunday Schedule

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

Other Days

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.

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