Episcopal Community Services (ECS)

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.

Love Shopping for School Supplies? Help Fill a Backpack!

2016 ECS “Fill the Bus” Drive

Each summer, Episcopal Community Services collects backpacks and school supplies and gives them to the children served by ECS. The backpacks make a big difference to these kids and ensure they have a great start to the school year. This year, ECS needs to supply 700 backpacks for needy kids in the Philadelphia area. In addition, they provide supplies to 8 locations (serving 400 kids) for their Out Of School Time after-school enrichment program and they serve 300 children and youth in their emergency shelter and supportive housing.

There are several ways you and your family can participate - choose how you would like to support this great cause.

  • Provide a backpack
  • Provide supplies for the backpack and/or
  • Provide a $25 Staples or Visa gift card for teachers to support classroom activities.

Look for our bulletin board in the parish hall, pick some “apples” from our tree and start shopping! Please have all donations turned in to St. Martin’s by Sunday, Sept. 4th. 
Please contact Dorrie Schenkel if you have any questions, and to sign up to help with this project. Home: 215-782-3455 / Mobile: 215-906-9413 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Download the Supplies List

Summer Sunday Service Schedule: Through September 17, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

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

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

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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