Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rector's Rambling - August 26, 2012 - Building Ministry

In 1925 the Annual Parish Report to the parish notes that during a week’s time the old Parish Hall building hosted over 800 people for Sunday School for Youth and Adults, classes for a local Armenian congregation, sports groups (it had a gym) and even the YWCA was founded at and hosted in our building.
This tradition continues today.  Our building is used for meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous five days a week.  Cursillo uses our building for meetings and retreats.  The Komen Race for the Cure uses our building for planning and training meetings, and the Cornerstone Schools “Be a Tiger for Kids” pre-game tailgate fundraiser is hosted on our property.
Various college “alternative spring break” groups use our building for housing as they do social service work in the community.  The 13th District Republican Committee meets here bi-monthly (we would welcome the 13th District Democrats as well), and the Daughters of the British Empire meet here monthly.
Some outside groups have come and gone.  Pro-literacy Detroit met here for years until they moved into a new larger office space with room for training.  There was a homeschool co-op meeting here for a period of time, as well as an autism support group.
We have received inquiries for community use in the future, including the possibility of an afterschool program for children in the foster care system, and a possible “fitness club” to meet here once a week.
We maintain our buildings not only for our use for worship, education, and fellowship on Sundays, but also as an outreach ministry tool to the community around us.
We are grateful for the goodly heritage of our facilities, and for your generous support of their upkeep.

~ Originally published in The Eagle, Fall 2012