Parish Forum

Parish Forum is our 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning program in which a variety of speakers from within the congregation and outside the parish are invited to engage us in a variety of topics among which are spirituality, ethics, theology, liturgy, and social justice.  The Parish Forum also offers opportunities for parish members to share their stories as a way of getting to know one another better and build community.

Forum Hour at St. Martin’s 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. Please make time to come to forum to help build our community toward our goals!

Winter Forum Schedule

February 4, 2018

The Power of Praying for Others
Local members of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, an organization dedicated to intercessory prayer, will help us understand their mission and engage us in the call to pray for one another.

February 11, 2018

Annual Finance Meeting
Come hear about how your financial contributions are being put towards ministry here and around the world! This is our yearly update on the close of the prior fiscal year and the budget for the current fiscal year.

February 18, 2018

The Fast I Want
Barb Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care, and parishioner Leni Windle will lead a discussion on the Lenten practice of fasting. How can it help us let go of attachments that keep us from opening to Easter life?

February 25, 2018

When Children are Refugees
Maureen Smith of Bethany Christian Services will discuss the need for foster care and independent support for unaccompanied minors who are refugees in our community.

March 4, 2018

Practicing Communion in Contentious Times
The Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold will help us reflect on the gift of fostering communion in times of disagreement, a value that has both characterized and challenged the Anglican Communion. What gift does Anglicanism bring to instances of division and conflict in our society? How can our Episcopal identity help us in this current moment?

March 11, 2018

The Art of Pilgrimage
Parishioner Barbara Thomson, who designed her own personal pilgrimage to Machu Picchu in the fall, will discuss how to make room for pilgrimage in a busy life and how to design your own spiritual getaway.

March 18, 2018

Along the Path to Prosperity
Dave Griffith, Executive Director, and program staff at Episcopal Community Services will share the new direction the agency is taking in the ongoing effort to provide transforming support for traditionally under-resourced individuals and families across the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

The bonds between St. Martin’s and ECS date back to 1870. Henry H. Houston, founder of our parish, was one of 6 laypersons that supported The Rt. Rev. William Bacon Stevens in the creation of the Philadelphia Protestant Episcopal City Mission of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, the institution we now call ECS. In every decade, this parish has supported the work of the Episcopal Church in our city and region.

March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday - No Forum

April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday - No Forum

April 8, 2018

The Redemption Project
Mike Lyons, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at St. Joseph University, helped start the Redemption Project to lift the stories of child-lifers, who had grown to adulthood in prison. Participants in the project will share their experiences.

TBA, 2018

William Penn’s Politics
Dr. Andrew Murphy, professor of political theory at Rutgers, will introduce the political thinking of the man who shaped so much of Philadelphia’s political and religious foundation. Murphy is the author of Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

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

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, 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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