… there is a clear and discernable relationship and partnership between the laity and the clergy.

Cheryl Irving

Cheryl Irving wasn’t at St. Martin’s long before she found herself getting involved in many different aspects of parish life. She describes how she values the fact that “the ministry of the people is supported by the church staff.”

I am very impressed with the ways in which I see the laity here in partnership with the clergy. It’s clear here that this is a bottom up operation not a top down operation and that in every facet of our programming, in every corner of our parish, in all of our activities there is a clear and discernable relationship and partnership between the laity and the clergy.

I see examples of it everywhere. I distinctly remember coming to an Adult Forum – I’m very impressed with the programming in this parish, extremely impressed and I could talk a lot about that.

I came to a Bible study hour and the team was Helen White and Bob Tate. And I was so impressed by that. Bob’s knowledge of the text wasn’t superior to hers nor was hers to his. They were in a tag team: first Helen would do some teaching and then Bob would do some teaching and then they would do some teaching together. And so I was very impressed not only with the intelligent leadership in that particular forum but with the respect and the esteem that each had for the other on that Sunday morning.

I have not been in another parish where that partnership between the clergy and the laity is more apparent than it is on Sunday morning.

When I first came to St. Martin’s Beth invited me to be a liturgist. There was no such position in any other church that I had ever attended; I didn’t quite know what that was. I got some instruction, had some lessons, had some support from Beth. But I came to find out how important it is at St. Martin’s for liturgists, who are lay people, to be at the altar assisting the clergy with the setting of the table and with the breaking of the bread and with the distribution to the parishioners. I’m very impressed with that. I’ve never ever seen little children involved in the breaking of the bread the way I have seen here. Those little children anticipate being at that altar and breaking of the bread and they can’t wait to do that.

It’s just one of the many hallmarks here for me of how we are always in partnership with the clergy.

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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