Parish Forum

Parish Forum, at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings, is an opportunity to equip our community for ministry and mission, and to have the conversations we need to have as a parish to develop our work together. Over the year, a variety of speakers from the parish and the wider community engage us in topics such as spirituality, ethics, theology, liturgy, and social justice. Parish Forum also offers opportunities for parish members to share their stories as a way of getting to know one another better. Please make time to come to forum to help build our community toward our goals

Fall 2018 Forum Schedule

September 16, 2018

“I Wonder…” Sunday
Bring your questions and curiosity to the Parish Hall at 9:15 a.m.
What are you curious about? What questions about God, faith, the sacraments, the Bible, or anything else do you have? All ages are invited to come and share your curiosity with us during this interactive journey of discovery. Representatives and educators from our adult and children’s formation ministries, including Kairos, will be on hand to help adults and children explore faith formation at St. Martin’s. This is a great chance to meet teachers and register for programs.

September 23, 2018

Liturgical Ministry Fair
Just when you thought it was safe to stay on your summer vacation, Parish Forum has returned. Each week we offer an educational and fun hour which invites audience participation. This week we have our Liturgical Ministry Fair. A panel of our liturgical ministers will answer your questions on how they do what they do to make the services run smoothly. It’s a chance for you to get involved with the ministry of your choice. Who knows…there may even be a game for you to play. Curious? Don’t be. Just come. Our new start time is 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

September 30, 2018

The Gospel of Mark
Eight of the next ten Gospel lessons this fall will come from the Gospel of Mark. Our guest speaker, The Reverend Hal Taussig is an expert on this topic. A recently retired professor and United Methodist pastor, the most recent of Rev. Taussig’s 14 published books is Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma.  His mediography includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Daily Show, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, National Public Radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Radio, The History Channel, and the Washington Post. This forum gives an overview of Mark as a way of deepening one’s worship and study this fall and aiming to get to know better the particular and powerful perspective of this, the first written canonical gospel. Join us starting at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

October 7, 2018

Demand the Ban
“I hereby pledge myself – my person and my body – to nonviolence, peace, and justice for all people everywhere.” Every week we pray for those lost to gun violence here in Philadelphia. Please join us as Michael Gagne from Demand the Ban discusses how we can affirm the values of the Civil Rights Movement and protect our streets from gun violence.

October 14, 2018

Providing Sanctuary
It’s no secret that we live in divisive times especially when it comes to issues like immigration. This week Forum welcomes guest speaker Reverend Bob Coombe, the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Germantown. Reverend Coombe and his congregation made the decision to become a sanctuary and take in a family of immigrants to protect them. His work continues to be impressive and he will discuss challenges he and his congregation face in detail. It’s World Communion Sunday so join us for what promises to be a riveting hour. Parish Forum begins promptly at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

October 21, 2018

Protecting our environment: Election Day and beyond
PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur will join us to discuss how the upcoming midterm elections may shape environmental policy at the state and federal level, why it’s important to have the environment in mind when going to the polling places, and why it’s crucial to actively work to protect the environment the remaining 364 days of the year between election days. David leads PennEnvironment’s work to tackle climate change, fight for clean air and water, and preserve the outdoor places that make Pennsylvania special. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an non-profit environmental advocate in the state and national capitols.

October 28, 2018

Conversations Across Differences
The common denominator in all of our communities is they are divided by differences of all kinds. How do you get people to discuss their differences and put their solutions into action? Our guest speaker at Parish Forum this week is Chris Satullo and he’s an expert on the subject. Chris is the co-founder of the Penn Project of Civic Engagement and is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He will demonstrate how faith plays as important a part of breaking down barriers as anything else does. Join us for the first of this two-part series.

November 4, 2018

Conversations Across Differences, Part 2
If you’re not attending Parish Forum, you’re missing out! Just last week, guest speaker Chris Satullo, the co-founder of the Penn Project of Civic Engagement and a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer discussed how faith can play a role in slicing through differences we face in our communities. This week he returns for part two of this important series. Today he’ll discuss strategies to start conversations, arrive at solutions, and put those solutions into action. We can save the world one small piece at a time. Your first lesson awaits you at Parish Forum.

November 11, 2018

St. Martin’s Day Brunch
Today there is no official parish forum. Instead, come join our annual celebration of the Feast Day of St. Martin with a pancake breakfast led by St. Martin’s Youth, and benefitting their pilgrimage trip fund.

November 18, 2018


November 25, 2018


December 2, 2018

Advent Wreath-Making

December 9, 2018


December 16, 2018

Carol Sing

December 23, 2018

No Forum

December 30, 2018

No Forum

Descriptions coming soon.

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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