… that’s where we probably just looked at each other and said, ‘This is it.’
So we were looking for a church that really accepted families as a whole, not just adults but families as a whole. And we had been church shopping for years and the first thing that people said when they saw us with our daughter was: “Oh, by the way, there’s childcare downstairs.” And we didn’t like that. We wanted our daughter to be with us in church.
We didn’t even have her baptized until after she was three because we just hadn’t found that right space for us, our church home yet. And we really wanted that baptism to be in community, the community that we would stay in for along time.
So we ended up at a 9 o’clock service at St. Martin’s one Sunday and the rector was preaching about something controversial. And we wholeheartedly agreed with his opinions and felt like politically this church makes sense. And we heard the choir and musicianship was really important to us, and so we were very pleased with the choir. That was check two. No one asked us to leave our kids downstairs in the day care, or the childcare. So that was check three.
But the thing that really put us over the top was when the congregation, the parish comes up to the altar to share communion and the children started breaking the bread. And that’s where we probably just looked at each other and said, “This is it. This is the place where we’re going to stay.” Because it was obvious that children were really important to this community and we wanted our daughter to feel as welcomed as we did.
The other thing that happened—the following week we went to the 10:15 service and one of the parishioners was preaching. She was preaching about the text that’s: “I will make you fishers of men.” And the way she demonstrated that to the kids was to toss a ball of yarn and to create a net amongst all the people in the parish to show our connection as a community and gathering us in as a group. And my kids just loved that. So this became the church where they throw yarn and the church where they give out grapes. And my kids just loved that there was a gimmick.
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
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
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.