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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.

Episcopal City Mission

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 days 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 week 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 Mission1 month 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.
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Episcopal City Mission added 20 new photos — feeling blessed.1 month ago
This year's Moment in Time Gala was a success in so many ways! We heard powerful messages about the impact ECM has on the children and community we serve from St. Louis Metro PD Captain Perri Johnson (Commander of Precinct 6), Chaplain Kevin Aldridge, Board Chair Brian Zielinski and the Rev. Paul Metzler. A cocktail reception kicked off the evening, with music from Roy Pennington and scrumptious hors d'oeuvre as attendees connected and reconnected with friends. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, after which auctioneer Fletcher Lane kept bidding fun and friendly for some very nice auction items. The evening ended with the drawing of the winning ticket for an amethyst and diamond pendant necklace. As usual, our donors were generous, and ECM netted over $63,000! The amount continues to grow as gifts still arrive in the mail. THANK YOU to everyone who helped plan and facilitate the event - especially Robert Phillips, Event Chair, and all who attended and made donations. We are so very grateful for each and all of you!
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Episcopal City Mission added 2 new photos.2 months ago
Halloween is almost here! The innocence and fun of childhood will be in full-swing with super-hero and princess costumes, trick-or-treating with family and friends, and parties. While you're enjoying these happy times with the children in your life, please remember the children ECM serves in the juvenile justice system who, tragically, have a very different experience of childhood.
Special thanks to the volunteers who hosted the October ECM birthday parties on all our behalf so the kids in detention could have fun just being kids for a few hours. Thank you St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Back Row: Bonnie Wilson, Sister Maureen Burgess, Roger Robards, Marti Rogards, Rita Mauchenheimer, Chuck Doyle; Front Row: Lynn Heritage) and St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Seated in front: Margie and Don Franz; Back row, left to right: Libby Weinman, Sally Russell, Cathie and Jerry Wille).
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Episcopal City Mission updated their cover photo.2 months ago