We Believe…

All children are worthy of love and understanding.

Meet Our Chaplains

We make God visible to the children we serve.

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Ministry of Presence Probably the most important aspect of the chaplains' time with the children is what we call “the ministry of presence”. Our chaplains walk the halls; visit the units; play cards, board games, or video games; or watch TV with the youth. The non-anxious presence of our chaplains reassures the teens that their spiritual well-being is being looked after.
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Episcopal City Mission added 2 new photos — with Lisa Will-Smith and 4 others.4 weeks ago
Volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End and ECM's Board hosted birthday parties at the St. Louis County and City juvenile detention centers on Dec. 7 and 14. What better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus than to minister to the children in detention - not just at Christmas, but year round? "I was in prison, and you visited me..." (Matthew 25:36)
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Episcopal City Mission added 15 new photos — with Jillian Smith at Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Webster Groves.4 weeks ago
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Episcopal City Mission shared their album: 2018 Holiday Gift Wrapping Party — at Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Webster Groves.4 weeks ago
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ECM and Santa received a tremendous outpouring of generosity from Episcopal congregations around St. Louis who provided HUNDREDS of gifts for nearly 100 children in the St. Louis City and County juvenile detention centers and the Division of Youth Services (DYS) facility! On Monday, dozens of volunteers from those same congregations showed up to help wrap the gifts. Special thanks to Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Webster Groves and their staff for allowing us use of their parish hall and kitchen, and to Mary Jane Kuhn for preparing a delicious hot lunch. (People went back for thirds!) Through everyone's generosity, the light of God's love will shine on the children in detention this Christmas. Thanks be to God for each and all of you!
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Episcopal City Mission1 month ago
Only 3 more days until ECM's HOLIDAY WRAPPING PARTY!!! (RSVP to ecmdirectorstl@gmail.com) Join us for this meaningful and fun way to bring Christmas joy and hope to the children in detention. We'll gather on Monday, Dec. 17, at 11:00am (at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 9 S. Bompart Ave.) to wrap presents and make treat bags for the youth in detention. Mary Jane Kuhn will prepare a delicious hot lunch for us. Mark your calendar and plan to lend a hand! All ages and abilities are welcome. Invite a friend!
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Episcopal City Mission added 3 new photos.1 month ago
A special thank you to the congregations in the St. Louis metro area who have been able to include ECM in their holiday giving! Some parishes even have "Giving Trees" decorated with ornaments that have a requested item listed on the back. As you shop for loved ones, please remember the children in detention during the holidays. Through the generosity of our donors, ECM is able to make sure that every child in detention during the holidays receives at least one gift to unwrap. (See list of gift items, below.) Gifts will be picked up from participating churches or can be dropped off at ECM offices by Friday, Dec. 14. Please be generous!
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Episcopal City Mission2 months ago
Thanks to Christine Cannon and this awesome group from St. John's Episcopal Church in Tower Grove for another great ECM birthday party at the City Detention Center last Friday night! Pictured L to R are: Chris Cannon, Christine Watt, Phyllis Jacobosen (hat), Keith Moorehead (behind phyllis), Lori Waggoner, Judith McDonald (in front), John McDonald (in back), Liam Clements, Hannah Harkey and Dale Cannon.

Each month a different congregation hosts the party and provides pizza, a gift for the children celebrating a birthday and treats for the other children. If you'd like to get involved, ask the ECM Ambassador at your church or contact the ECM office at ecitymission@sbcglobal.net.