Climate Action Team of St. Martin’s

The Climate Action Team is a group of people concerned about global warming and seeking a prayerful and hope- and faith-filled approach to solving this problem. We offer programs, liturgies, and actions with the goal of lessening our collective impact on this beautiful planet.

PA Interfatith Power & Light We are affiliated with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. For more information, please contact Kathy Greely at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Jess Ballenger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Upcoming Events

Team members meet on the Third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at St. Martin’s to plan activities. To be added to the email list for Climate Action Team meetings and events, contact Barb Ballenger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Past Events

Hauling Debris at Buttercup site

Buttercup Cottage MLK Day Clean Up

We had a wonderful morning of working at the ruins on Monday, January 16, 2017, in celebration of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Thirty seven parishioners, tree tenders, and local community members joined to cut down invasive plants and vines to reclaim this local part of Fairmount Park on Emlen Street. We know that by removing tons of invasive plant material from this park area will allow more people to hike through this area, and in the long term, allow native plants to sprout and hopefully re-establish themselves. This effort was started in 2014 by parishioner Greg Williams who has recently moved away. This will be a happy, on-going project, and we look forward to your help in the coming months as we work on taming our Buttercup cottage landscape!

Film Screening: Before the Flood

Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and St. Martin’s Climate Action Team are hosting a free screening of Leonard DiCaprio’s National Geographic documentary Before the Flood, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm in the parish hall at St. Martin’s. Come together in anticipation of the presidential election to learn, pray, and be inspired to take action on behalf of our common home. For more information contact Jess Ballenger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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PAIPL Annual Conference

People of faith are invited to deepen their commitment to climate justice at Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s annual conference, “An Environment of Justice,” Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd in State College, PA. St. Martin’s is a congregational member of PAIPL, which supports our Climate Action Team.

The conference gathers people from throughout Pennsylvania to learn, network and act on the impacts of climate change. Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will offer the keynote address on “Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience.” Break-out sessions will explore the impacts of climate change in Pennsylvania, how to make wise food choices, dealing with despair, and more. A Green Fair will introduce participants to Pennsylvania organizations committed to caring for the earth.

Learn more and register here!

Climate Action Fortnight!

hands on globeSt. Martin’s Climate Action Team is inviting you to join in a series of preaching, praying, petitioning, and planting opportunities to honor the Earth during the two weeks surrounding Earth Day on Friday, April 22. 


There will be a petition table in the Parish Hall foyer between Sunday services on April 17 and 24 and at SUPPER at St. Martin’s on Wednesday, April 27 where you can sign a Petition to Presidential Candidates telling them you will be voting with protecting the earth from climate change as a priority and asking them to address the issue forthrightly. There will also be pre-printed postcards for you to sign and send to Pennsylvania’s Senators asking them to support the second year of funding the Global Green Climate Fund to support developing countries in coping with the climate change which is hitting them the hardest.


Please particularly hold the earth and its inhabitants in your prayers over the next two weeks and join us, and groups across the United States, in a prayer service on Earth Day, Friday, April 22 at 12 noon at the Celtic Cross on Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane for a short prayer service. Invite your friends!


Chestnut Hill tree tenders are planting street trees at St. Martin’s on Saturday, April 23. You can come to the orientation at Norwood Fontbonne School and register by 10 a.m. and get some training and/or join us at St. Martin’s at 11 a.m. where we will plant three Linden trees. Contact Greg Williams at 215.242.0854 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details. On Sunday April 24, join the Rector and church school children in planting seedlings in the parking lot forest between 10 and 11 a.m.


Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 24 where Barb Ballenger will be preaching at all services and Bill Siemering, one of the founders of National Public Radio and All Things Considered, will be doing the forum presentation at 10 a.m. on his long life in radio and his present work in Africa helping start small radio stations which enable Africans to adapt to the severe climate change they are experiencing.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 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.

Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to 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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