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All children are worthy of love and understanding.

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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 Mission2 weeks ago
This year the children and youth in the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center gave thanks for an outpouring of loving kindness from our friends at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles. Each year the church bakes dozens of delicious cookies at their annual "Cookie Shower" and gives them to ECM. The children were touched that people who had never met them cared enough to take the time to bake for them. Something as simple as home-baked cookies reminded these young people that they are beloved children of God who are so much more than the worst thing they have done. All of them wrote notes thanking Trinity; some of their notes are pictured below. This Thanksgiving as you gather with your own children, family and friends, please remember the children and youth in the juvenile justice system in your prayers; and join us in giving thanks for those who continue to love and support them in a variety of ways - even with cookies!
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Episcopal City Mission shared a link.2 weeks ago
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri will have a new leader for its 10,000 worshippers next year, the first time since 2002 and only the 11th time in its 180-year history.
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Episcopal City Mission shared a photo — at Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles.3 weeks ago
Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles
Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles
It rained COOKIES on the children in the Juvenile Detention Center last Sunday, thanks to our friends at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles. Each year member of the congregation come together and bake dozens of cookies for the children we serve. This year they provided 76 DOZEN cookies!!! They also provided 124 journals. ECM Chaplain, The Rev. Deborah Burris, was the guest preacher and led the adult forum at Trinity on that Sunday, November 17. (If you're interested in one of ECM's chaplains visiting your church, please let us know!) Thank you Trinity Church members and their Rector, the Rev. Tamsen Whistler!
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Episcopal City Mission is with Deborah Burris at Millennium Student Center (UMSL).3 weeks ago
On November 15 ECM's Chaplain, the Rev. Deborah Burris was honored at a gathering of faculty, staff, friends and family to celebrate her 36 years of notable and distinguished service in the University of Missouri System, most recently as the Chief Diversity Officer at UMSL. Chaplain Deborah will now be able to devote more time to her work with ECM to serve the children and youth in the juvenile justice system in St. Louis. Please join us in congratulating her on this next exciting chapter in her life of service and ministry to God's beloved children!
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Episcopal City Mission4 weeks ago
Less than a week after celebrating All Saints Day and remembering that we walk in the footsteps of giants, the present-day saints of St. John's Tower Grove teamed up with Chaplain Kevin Aldridge to leave a legacy of hope for the children in the St. Louis City Detention Center by hosting the November birthday party.
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Episcopal City Mission1 month ago
This year's Moment in Time was a wonderful celebration of 65 years of ministry to children in the juvenile justice system in St. Louis! Supporters came together to celebrate and support this unique and vital ministry to youth in trouble. We heard compelling stories from guest speaker and author Dr. Thomas Beckner, as well as from ECM Chaplain Deborah Burris about the impact of ECM's ministry on the children we serve. We thanked and honored Cheryl Campbell as she retires after 42 years in the St. Louis County Family Courts, 24 of them as Superintendent of the Juvenile Detention Center. We raised funds to support our work, and we had a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who weren't able to come but sent donations anyway. We simply couldn't go forward without everyone's help and support!
Special thanks to Ernest Sharpe who generously donated his services as our event photographer.