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Next training for Community of Hope

April 27, 2016

The Community of Hope at the Church of St. Michael and St George announces a new training program to be held at the church in the Fall of 2016.

The Community of Hope (COH) is a Christian community of lay pastoral care givers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and trained for pastoral ministry. Lay pastoral caregivers are taught a ministry of presence in order to bring the presence of Christ to the suffering. Community of Hope members give spiritual care to people in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters and private homes.

Please consider joining this very personal and important ministry.

The fall class will meet 5:30-8:30 PM on Thursdays, September 8 through  December 1, 2016. 

Informational meetings will be held in the library at St. Michael’s on:

  • Thursday, June 2 from 5:30-6:30 PM 
  • Sunday, June 12 from 11:30-12;30 after the summer 10:00 AM service. 

For more information, contact Nancy Ferriss at 314.974.3386 or Mary Ann Cook at 314.726.5860.

Exploring the Psalms of Lent at Grace Kirkwood

February 10, 2016

Grace Church in Kirkwood explores how the Psalms invite attention to traditional Lenten themes, while touching on issues of contemporary life and faith in our Wednesday evening Lenten series. We are pleased to welcome theologian and author Clint McCann from Eden Seminary as our featured presenter. 

We begin each evening at 6 p.m., with a soup and salad supper in our parish hall. Our program begins at 6:30, with a short prayer service at7:30 p.m. 

Topics and speakers include:
- Feb. 17: An Introduction to the Psalms, with the Rev. Todd McDowell
- Feb. 24: Repentance and Renewal (Psalms 32, 51), with Clint McCann
- March 2: Beyond Fear to Faith and Assurance (Psalms 27, 63, 91), with Clint McCann
- March 9: Palms, Passion and New Life (Psalms 31, 118), with Clint McCann
- March 16: The Music of the Psalms, with Grace Choir Master Phillip Brunswick

All are invited to this free program. For more information, visit our website at or contact Janis Greenbaum at 314-821-1806, ext. 19 or

Lenten Lectio Divina at Grace Kirkwood

February 10, 2016

Grace Church in Kirkwood invites you to dive deep into the Holy Scripture of the Lenten season with weekly Lectio Divina. The Rev. Susan Skinner from Confluence: A Center for Spirituality facilitates a group in this ancient practice each Tuesday of Lent at 4 p.m. 

This style of prayer, which literally means "holy reading," begins with cultivating the ability to listen deeply, to hear "with the ear of our hearts" the words of the Holy Scripture. In this contemplative way we can discover an increasing ability to offer more of ourselves and lives to God.

No prior training with Lectio Divina is required -- just come and share in the experience. Visit our website at or contact Janis Greenbaum at 314-821-1806, ext. 19 or for more information.

Lenten Lectio Divina
Led by the Rev. Susie Skinner
Feb. 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15
4 - 5 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, Kirkwood

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:


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