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Mission minded

June 12, 2015

Social media shouting contests and the online outrage of the hour got you thinking about unplugging from the grid? Use the internet to get inspired by what the youth and adults of this diocese are doing and journaling this summer!

What's the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council?

November 10, 2014

by DYAC member Christian Davis, Grace Church, Kirkwood

Hello! My name is Christian Davis. I attend Grace Church in Kirkwood, where I’ve grown up, and have spent time at St. Thomas Deaf Church and St. Martin’s, Ellisville to hang out with my friends.  I am one of nine members of the Diocesan Youth Advisory Committee (DYAC). I applied for DYAC because I’m interested in a more active youth ministry within the diocese as well as the opportunity to socialize with other diocesan youth.


Nominees for leadership positions

October 10, 2014

Lenten Offerings from Grace Kirkwood and St. Tim's

February 12, 2014

St. Timothy's-Creve Coeur and Grace-Kirkwood Present Two Lenten Mornings

Grace Church-Kirkwood welcomes new assisting priest

January 16, 2014

The Rev. Virginia (Ginny) Bennett recently joined Grace’s staff as an assisting priest. She will be preaching and celebrating Holy Eucharist on a rotating basis with our other clergy, The Rev. Todd McDowell, the Rev. Doris Westfall, and the Rev. Jim Purdy.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, she has lived in the St. Louis area since 1974. Mother Bennett holds the Master of Divinity and Master of Systematic Theology from Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Seabury Western Episcopal Seminary, Evanston, IL, in 1993.

She was ordained to the priesthood in January of 1990 and has served six congregations in the dioceses of Missouri, South Carolina, Kansas, and Springfield. She recently retired after serving seventeen and a half years as rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Edwardsville, Illinois. She has two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Originally published in Grace Church's Messenger, January 2014 edition, PDF download.

Christmas on the River

December 02, 2013

BY BUD WILSON (featured in November 29, 2013 issue of SPECtrum)

For several years now we have worked with the Seaman’s Church Institute to supply Christmas gifts for the inland river towboats that ply the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio Rivers transporting millions of tons of cargo for domestic and international use. These boats operate 24-7, 365 days a year. The crew changes are made every thirty days while the boats are “under way”. That means that a crew gets on and is on the boat working four to six hour shifts until the next change takes place. It also means that they are away from home, their wives and children, for 30 days at a stretch. This puts a tremendous strain on not only the mariners, but their families left behind. It is the mission of the Ministry on the River, headed by Chaplain Kempton Baldridge, to make sure that not only the mariners—but their families—are supported in times of crisis while separated from each other.

Elected at the 174th Diocesan Convention

November 27, 2013

We give thanks for the many diocesan members who stood for election to governance positions in the diocese. Elected this year were:

Pet Blessings in the diocese: upcoming and photo galleries

October 01, 2013

Friday, Oct. 4

5:30 pm Calvary Episcopal Church-Columbia, Memorial Garden. All friendly animals are welcome! This year, as part of our celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, our EYF youth are collecting pet food for dogs and cats. The youth will be donating the pet food to the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Saturday, Oct. 5

The Holy Land: a pilgrimage (Feb 2014)

September 26, 2013

A Pilgrimage for members, family and friends of Grace Episcopal Church, Kirkwood and the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri led by The Rev. Todd McDowell. Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood. February 2014 (application and deposit needed by Oct. 14, 2013)

Youth mission news

June 19, 2013

Emmanuel youth returned from their annual trip to Guatemala, where they blitz-built 8 houses in a few days. In total, Emmanuel has built 22 homes in the last 8 years that are home to 22 families. Read more about this year's effort, which began with awareness raising in August 2011, through raising funds for the building and trip in winter and spring, ending with pictures and reports from the site on their Facebook page.

The middle and high school youth of Ascension, St. Barnabas, and All Saints’ (St. Louis) Episcopal Churches are continuing work on refurbishing Deaconess Anne House in Old North St. Louis.

Grace-Kirkwood has offered a youth mission trip each summer for the past 18 years. This year, 13 teens and six adults traveled to West Bend, Wisconsin to work with Habitat for Humanity. Five graduating seniors were a part of this year’s trip and just reported back to the congregation. You can read their Sunday sermon texts online.


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