The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Pennsylvania that is centered on the worship of God, the ministry of all baptized persons, and the call to be agents of Christ’s love in the world.
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Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8000 St. Martin’s Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118

The Rev. W. Jarrett Kerbel


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:

Outreach Listening Session Findings

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Outreach Listening Session during Adult Forum on March 5.  The condensed results of the session are presented below.  This information is guiding the Outreach Committee as we discern the future focus of our congregational work in the community. 

Our church mission statement directs us to be “agents of Christ’s Love in the World.”  Living out this mission is a matter of connecting our gifts, resources and passions with the needs and interests of our surrounding community.  Our listening within and outside the parish will help us to discern the right matches for funding and participation as we continue to engage our community for the common good.

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Outreach Prayer Partners

Below is a list of our outreach prayer partners and more information about what they do.

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

As a non-political, independent nonprofit, AFEDJ acts as a partner with the Diocese of Jerusalem by helping to increase its capacity to teach and heal.  AFEDJ promotes and raises program and infrastructure 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. AFEDJ is devoted to equity, respect and human dignity.  For more information, please visit

Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders is an international nonprofit organization that offers emerging Haitian leaders the crucial tools and skills needed to mobilize their population and push for social change.  As an organization that firmly believes in the God-given dignity and power of Haiti’s people, Beyond Borders designs and supports social programs that empower Haitians to end child slavery, gain access to quality education, end violence against girls and women, and develop systems that support dignified work and sustainable livelihoods. 

Jonathan Haggard, son of Connie & Dick Haggard, is the financial officer for Beyond Borders.  For more information, visit the Beyond Borders website:

Camp Get-Along

Camp Get-Along is a year-round day camp for children 3–12 years old, jointly operated in South Philadelphia by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. The mission of the camp is to provide a safe and happy place for children to learn the teachings of Christ through play, song, and other creative activities.  Camp is held at St. John the Evangelist from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month between October and June. A full-time summer camp program is also available from July through the second week of August. Volunteers for the camp are responsible for chaperoning children and engaging them in activities with their peers. Camp activities include drama exercises, singing, dancing arts and crafts, baking, and the reading of Bible stories.  Volunteers are welcome. St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to Camp Get-Along. For more information: or

Change Ringers

The St. Martin’s Change Ringers (which currently includes no parishioners from St. Martin’s) are members of the North American Guild of Change Ringers.  They describe Change Ringing as: a team sport, a musical performance, an antique art, and a demanding pattern-based exercise. . . All at once!  For more information, e-mail Bruce Butler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 215.765.8736.

Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels

The mission of Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels is to enable elderly and homebound residents of Northwest Philadelphia and Springfield Township to continue living well at home by providing fresh, nutritious meals through a daily visit from a caring volunteer.  Volunteers also provide an important outside connection to homebound clients: someone to look in on them, to visit with them, and to help them maintain a sense of independence.

A number of the volunteers and supporters of Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels are St. Martin’s parishioners.  In addition, St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds.  For more information, visit the Meals on Wheels website:

Face To Face

Face To Face in Germantown provides a comprehensive set of free human services to more than 1,000 low income and homeless individuals, including meals served 4 days a week, an after school program, a children’s summer camp, and other social services. St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to Face to Face.  For more information and to volunteer:

Fresh Visions Youth Theatre

Fresh Visions Youth Theatre is an after-school program in Lower Germantown, serving disadvantaged and underserved students ages 6-17. Through the arts and cultural enrichment afterschool program (3-8 p.m.) students learn leadership, teamwork, and cultural literacy, as well as self-expression through drama. Visit their website:

Heeding God’s Call

Heeding God’s Call is a faith-based movement providing support and resources for faith communities to form multi-racial, ecumenical, and interfaith partnerships, working together, on both social and legislative levels, to prevent gun violence.

More information is available at

Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor

Stenton Family Manor is a homeless shelter in East Germantown. At this site, Weavers Way Community Programs (WWCP) has created a 1/3-acre community garden project, which teaches nutrition and farming to residents, to both feed themselves and sell produce at a farm stand. The program takes place after school and also through the Stenton Summer Camp. Residents and community volunteers assist WWCP staff in growing food for shelter meal preparation and for sale at local farmers markets.  St. Martin’s contributes financially to Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor, and service opportunities are available. For more information, visit the website:

Interfaith Hospitality Network

The problem of family homelessness is complex. A large number of factors that are often out of our control—such as job loss and health crises—can easily change the financial status of an otherwise stable family. The NPIHN program provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing. Equipped with new skills and relationships, 92% of our families have succeeded in permanently overcoming homelessness. Our hospitality network is comprised of 1,200 caring volunteers, 30 congregations, concerned citizens of the community, community businesses, and institutions. 
St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, and service opportunities are available.  Currently, St. Martin’s needs a parishioner willing to coordinate our work with IHN. For more information, visit IHN’s website:

Jubilee School

Located in West Philadelphia, the Jubilee School provides an environment in which children build upon their wealth of creative, intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and cultural resources. The teachers are working to build in students a sense of hope and responsibility, and knowledge of their power to affect change in our community and the world. The aim is, to provide a rigorous, comprehensive private school education, affordable to all, regardless of income.  St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to the Jubilee School, and service opportunities are available.
For more information, contact Greg Williams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit

Lakota Language Immersion Daycare

On Pine Ridge Reservation, the Lakota language is becoming extinct.  Most living speakers of Lakota are over the age of 65.  The goal of this project is to teach preschool Lakota kids to speak their own language, through full-immersion day care.  The children will also hear and learn English, as that is the main language spoken on the Reservation.  Peter Hill, former St. Martin’s parishioner, is one of the founders of this program.  For more information:

Neighborhood Interfaith Movement

The Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM) is a 40-year-old and growing non-sectarian coalition of over 58 religious congregations (Christian, Jewish, Unitarian, and Muslim) and faith institutions in and near Northwest Philadelphia. Unique among interfaith groups nationwide, NIM engages in direct service on behalf of the faith communities it represents.  NIM provides a variety of services, such as Victim Assistance; Nursing Home Ombudsman; Child Care Training and Resources; and Interfaith collaboration.  St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to NIM. 

For more information, visit the NIM website:

New Directions for Women

New Directions for Women, located in Germantown, empowers women who are first offenders in the criminal justice system to become independent and responsible law-abiding members of the community with the capacity and confidence to care for themselves and their families. There are opportunities for volunteers, particularly for teaching hobbies.  For more information, visit their website:

The Samaritan Counseling Center

The Samaritan Counseling Center of Philadelphia was founded in 1974 as a non-profit, nondenominational pastoral counseling center that provides counseling services for individuals, couples, children, families, and groups.  The Center also offers a variety of workshops, inspirational talks, and retreats, as well as consulting services designed to nurture and foster the health and well-being of clergy and congregations.  Its staff includes pastoral counselors, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and specialists in child development, chronic illness, and end-of-life issues. For more information, consult their website:  St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to the Samaritan Counseling Center.

St. Catherine Labouré Medical Clinic

St. Catherine Labouré Medical Clinic, located in Germantown, is grounded in faith and provides compassionate, high quality primary medical care in a dignified manner solely to those without medical insurance.  The majority of the patients seen are the working poor who have no health care benefits and are not eligible for state medical assistance.  Many have chronic health care issues such as hypertension and diabetes, and, in addition to routine medical care, the clinic provides free medications through pharmaceutical company assistance programs. 

St. Martin’s contributes financially to St. Catherine Labouré and service opportunities are available. For more information, visit the agency’s website:  Please feel free to contact Jean McConnell if you have any questions.

St. James School

St. James School is a faith-based co-ed middle school in the Episcopal tradition, serving the Allegheny West section of North Philadelphia.  The school community provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and creative gifts in its students.  Volunteers are welcome.  For more information:

Soup Kitchen at St. Mary’s Bainbridge

The Soup Kitchen at St. Mary’s Bainbridge opened in 1982 as part of St. Mary’s commitment to outreach.  Over 150 homeless and unemployed adults and their families are served delicious homemade soup and sandwiches on Saturdays throughout the year.  The food is provided by affiliated parishes and individuals.  St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to St. Mary’s Bainbridge Soup Kitchen, and once a month we provide soup.  Volunteers are needed to transport the soup, as well as sandwiches provided by a church and a synagogue. Contact Art Misero or Connie Haggard if you are interested.

Teen UpRise

Teen UpRise provides after-school programming (including tutoring, clubs, events, spiritual formation, and one-to-one mentoring) for at-risk youth in Roxborough, Manayunk, and North Philadelphia. St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to Teen UpRise.  For more information and to volunteer:

Whosoever Gospel Mission

Whosoever Gospel Mission is a Christian nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide shelter, food, clothing, education, counseling, rehabilitation and other assistance to homeless and/or needy men, women and children in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. St. Martin’s contributes Outreach funds to Whosoever Gospel Mission. For more information and to volunteer:

Women of Faith and Hope

Women of Faith and Hope provides education and support for women diagnosed with and at-risk for breast cancer. Services include free monthly self-help groups; community outreach and education; and support services such as phone calls, home visits, and cards for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
For more information:


On June 30th, eight intrepid souls, six from St. Martins (Dick Haggard, Sheila Buckley, Phillip Bennett, Karen and Ralph West, along with our leader Terry Clattenburg) and two from other parishes (Martha Thomae and Barbara Tobin), set out for a two-week visit to Guatemala, in our continuing association with four companion parishes.  Read more about our trip here.