Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 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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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ministry @ St. John's in review - Ministry Column for December 22, 2013

As we finish the year, it might be helpful to look at some of the many ministries in which we are involved, both directly and indirectly, here at St. John’s.
Ministries at St. John’s
· Acolytes, Altar Guild, Choir, Organ Scholar, Lectors, and Ushers to aid in Sunday worship.
· Coffee Hour Hosts, Episcopal Church Women, Daughters of the King, Order of St. Luke Healing Ministry, and Armitage Men’s Club for service and projects.
· Sunday School, Adult Education and Bible Study for Christian Education.
· Weekday Communion and Daily Office Prayers.
· Home and hospital visitation of the sick and shut-in.
Ministries to our neighbors nearby
· Episcopal Church Women projects to support Crossroads Social Service Ministry, and to support the social service work of the Salvation Army.  The Mitten Tree to collect hats, scarves, and mittens.
· Daughters of the King projects to support Crisis Pregnancy centers.
· Weekly canned food collection to “feed God’s sheep” through Crossroads Ministry.
· Parish support of Mariner’s Inn Rehab. Center.
· Hosting of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, five days a week, for over 50 years.
· Hosting of Cursillo Weekends in our undercroft.
· Hosting of Alternative College Spring Breaks.
· The Door Ministry – opening the building during the week for prayer and reflection, and responding to needs as able.
Ministries to our neighbors further away
· St. Michael’s Conference for Youth.
· Support of Nashotah House Theological Seminary.
· American Commissary for St. Leonard’s Seminary in Malawi, Central Africa.
· Support of the ministries of Bishop Jackson Biggers to orphans and widows in Malawi.