Episcopal City Mission Sunday: Feb. 23
Submitted by Angela Breeher, Episcopal City Mission
In recognition of Episcopal City Mission’s 65th Anniversary of ministry with children in the juvenile justice system in St. Louis, ECM’s Board submitted a resolution to the 2019 diocesan convention to renew a commitment to Episcopal City Mission Sunday each year, which was passed. The resolution asks congregations to observe the Last Sunday after Epiphany (this year Feb. 23), or the nearest Sunday that the congregation’s calendar allows, as Episcopal City Mission Sunday to recognize and support Episcopal City Mission’s ministry of providing chaplains and programs to children in the juvenile justice system.
We hope all parishes will begin designating one Sunday each year as Episcopal City Mission Sunday, starting in 2020 (if you aren’t already!) The work of ECM is a shared ministry with congregations across the Diocese, and we couldn’t accomplish all that we do without your prayers, financial support and the generous gifts of time and talent from members of your congregation.
The impact of our combined effort is both powerful and unmeasurable in the lives of the children we serve. Our chaplains are oftentimes able to see firsthand the fruits of our ministry. The stories they share of the transformations they see are touching and compelling (see “Stories of Transformation”).
To assist you in planning for an Episcopal City Mission Sunday in your congregation, members of our Board have helped create “ECM Modified Prayers of the People” for use during your Sunday liturgy and a half-sheet (2-sided) flier with a weekly Cycle of Prayer and information about ECM. We also suggest our website as a resource, and especially the video describing why we need to be there with experiences from our Chaplains and the children we serve.
Finally, we ask that you please think about how you can help us further engage members of your congregations in the transformative ministry with detained and court-involved youth who are so much more than the worst thing they have done. They are beloved children of God.
- Stories of Transformation
- Modified Prayers of the People
- Sunday Bulletin Insert
- ECM Website with video
You Never Know
You never know when someone might
catch a dream from you.
Or something you say
may open up the windows
of a mind that seeks light.
The way you live may not matter at all.
But you never know, it might.
And just in case it could be
that another's life, through you,
might possibly change for the better,
with a better and brighter view,
it seems it might be worth a try
at pointing the way to the right.
Of course, it may not matter at all.
But then again, it might.