It’s sort of like the Verizon guy… with all the people behind him. We knew we had the network.

Bill Hennegan

Bode Hennegan became pregnant with her second set of twins when Bode and Bill’s boys Jake and Brent were less than two-years-old. In the last month of her pregnancy, Bode was hospitalized, leaving Bill at home to care for the boys and prepare the house for Bode’s return with their two baby daughters. Suddenly this young family was in over their heads. Bill describes how St. Martin’s stepped into the breach.

Bode and I work beautifully together as a team. We both fill our roles as mother and father in our family. And it’s not as if the roles of those have strictly defined tasks, but as a team we pick up the responsibilities as needed and we mesh those together to create that balance. We each have our responsibilities in raising our family. And what happened was we were unable do that. We couldn’t function in those roles as we were accustomed to without the help and support that we got form the community at St. Martins.

And it was wonderful. And it wasn’t as if St. Martin’s came in and filled those roles for us, necessarily – in some ways they did, but more they took care of those things that allowed us to back fill and… we didn’t have to go shopping. We didn’t have to cook meals. Bode was able to spend time with the boys while someone would come in and just hold the girls – baby holders – that kind of thing. So it was the ability of someone else to come in and take those tasks off our plate for a while to hopefully allow us to get ourselves back into the routine where we could both support each other and our family, the way that we were used to doing.

And it was marvelous. I think outside of the actual task there was sort of that whole level of organization that was provided. And when you think about it, there were probably 20, 30 people contributing meals. Having someone in sort of the organizing role to manage those 20 or 30 people and to prevent them from having to call me and saying: “What time is good to come over?” and all that kind of stuff was a huge burden taken off of our plates. Just having someone that I could go to and say: “We’re backed up on lasagna; we’ve got about eight lasagnas in the freezer right now. Can you steer somebody toward chicken? Or can you steer somebody toward something else?” It was just very, very helpful to have.

It’s sort of like the Verizon guy with all the people behind him. We knew we had the network. And we’d gotten over the initial hurdle of having to ask for help. Which was a hurdle. We’re both proud and we both think we can do everything. But we got over that hurdle and once you get over that hurdle and realize you can ask for help and that you do have that network of support, it gives you a feeling that you’re not in it alone, I guess.

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.

Location

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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