Episcopal Community Services (ECS)

Record number of ECS Backpacks Collected this Summer

August 2017

Many thanks to all who contributed to this year’s Episcopal Community Services’ Fill the Bus campaign. This year we collected a record number of 45 filled backpacks! Your gifts and donations will ensure that children in Philadelphia start the year off right with the materials that they and their teachers will need for the year.

ECS’s award-winning afterschool enrichment program, Out of School Time, now serves more than 600 students and serves 300 additional students in other programs. Your gifts make a difference.

Episcopal Community Services has served people in need for over 140 years. The programs have changed with the times, but the legacy of caring and competence forged in the age of orphanages and tuberculosis lives on in our response to today’s challenges.

As a mid-sized social service agency, ECS is able to leverage resources efficiently while still providing a personal level of service. Nobody is just a name or a file at ECS and that makes a huge difference to the people we serve, some of whom have been shuffled through “the system” throughout their lives.

Charitable donations allow ECS to provide services that complement public programs. For instance, ECS St. Barnabas Mission receives client referrals and funding from the Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing to provide shelter for homeless women and their children. While in shelter, the families benefit from education, health services and case management that can truly transform their lives. ECS volunteers also help enhance our programs in many ways.

ECS was originally established to coordinate the charitable efforts of local Episcopal parishes. Today, ECS operates separately from the Diocese of Pennsylvania, but continues to reach out to parish communities who provide vital financial and volunteer support. Our programs are open to all, but our faith roots inform a deep sense of mission on the part of everyone here at ECS.

Gifts from individuals and foundations make the difference in everything we do. ECS is blessed to have an endowment built by generations of supporters, the income of which covers overhead costs, so 100% of every contributed dollar goes directly to services.

Episcopal Community Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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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