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

Forum Schedule

October 14, 2018

Providing Sanctuary
Handouts from the day can be downloaded below:
Volunteers Needed

October 28, 2018

Can We Talk? Conversations Across Differences
Handouts from the day can be downloaded below:
St. Martin’s Dialogue Sheet
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

Can We Talk? Conversations Across Differences, Part 2
Listen to Chris Satullo’s invitation to this session

December 9, 2018

Travel as Transformation: Meeting Our Ministry Partners
Through the work of Beyond Borders, one of our ministry partners, a once bleak situation in Haiti is beginning to turn around. Our Rector, the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, is the guest speaker at Forum this week. He’ll discuss his trip to Haiti with Beyond Borders. The resilience of the people he met there taught him a great deal about faith and partnership.

December 16, 2018

Carol Sing
Here’s your chance to sing all your favorite Christmas Carols! Bring an instrument, your voice, and/or a plate of cookies to share. Song sheets provided. Great for the whole family. No registration required. Contact Erik Meyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 215.247.7466 x104 with questions.

December 23, 2018

Ways to Pray: Keeping Christ First in The Holidays
We’re all guilty of getting caught up in Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals so much that we forget who and what this holiday season really is all about. How do you keep Christ as the focal point of not just your holiday season but your life? This Sunday at Forum, we are extremely fortunate to have several answers to that question from a renowned expert on the subject. The Rev. Sharline Fulton, our guest speaker this week, is an expert on the subject of prayer. She will show us various ways to pray and how you should go about finding a method that works for you. Here’s your chance to tune out those ads and tune into your soul at Parish Forum.

December 30, 2018

Social Hour - No Forum

January 6, 2018

Epiphany Party
Everyone is invited to celebrate the feast of the Three Kings, with festive food and activities. At 9:15 a.m. there will be treats in the piñatas, toys in the cake, and plenty fun games for this Latin American celebration of Little Christmas. Following the 10:30 a.m. worship there will be tamales. The 10:30 a.m. event is hosted by the Guatemala Companion Parish committee.

January 13, 2018

Guatemala: Faith Beyond Our Borders
One of the cornerstones of our mission at St. Martin’s is to engage as agents of Christ’s love wherever in the world it may take us. That certainly is true when it comes to our long-time ministry in Guatemala. Our guest in parish forum this week is parishioner Terry Clattenburg who leads the St. Martin’s Guatemala Companion Parish committee. Terry will discuss how the work of our ministry partners continues to progress. He’ll delve into his own story and his relationship with the Guatemalan people. Finally, Terry and his team will discuss the annual church trip on which all parishioners are welcome so you can meet our global partners in Christ in person. Widen your worldview. Parish forum starts at 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall.

January 20, 2018

St. James School
We’ll be joined by David Kasievich, who leads our nearby Episcopal School.

January 27, 2018

Abolition Hall
Learn some history with David Contosta.

February 3, 2018

Gospel of Luke
Our resident New Testament scholar, Hal Taussig returns to discuss the Gospel of Luke.

February 10, 2018

Not My God
A session led by the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, St. Martin’s rector.

February 17, 2018

Hub of Hope

February 24, 2018

The Theology of Icons
Ever wonder about the meaning of the icons hanging around St. Martin’s or other churches? Learn more with Amy Anderson.

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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