We Believe…

All children are worthy of love and understanding.

Meet Our Chaplains

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.
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal City Mission1 week ago
Volunteers from Christ Church Cathedral and from Emmanuel hosted the January birthday parties at the City Juvenile Detention Center on Jan. 3 and at the County Detention Center on Jan. 10 (respectively). These volunteers set about doing "the work of Christmas":

"When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart."
~ Howard Thurman, 1899-1981
(African-American theologian, educator,
and civil rights leader)
(From Thurman's "The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations" Copyrighted by Friends United Press. All rights reserved.)
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal City Mission1 week ago
Chaplain Kevin Aldridge and his family have a Christmas tradition of visiting the City Juvenile Detention Center to distribute the gifts and candy bags so generously donated by area congregations during Advent and gift-wrapped by the loving hands of ECM volunteers at our Holiday Gift Wrapping Party the week before Christmas. Chaplain Deborah Burris and family members distributed the gifts to the children at the County Juvenile Detention Center this year. Words cannot express the many ways the children are touched and supported by this outpouring of love. We are grateful to everyone who participated in shining the light of God's love on the children in detention. Thank you for being so generous with your time, talent and treasure! Each of you were doing the true work of Christmas!
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal City Mission2 weeks ago
At ECM's "Moment in Time" gala fundraiser last fall, we honored and thanked Cheryl Campbell as she retired from the St. Louis County Family Court after 42 years - 24 of them as Superintendent of the Juvenile Detention Center. Cheryl was very supportive of ECM's chaplains and ministry. An interview with Cheryl is featured in St. Louis Magazine:
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal City Mission4 weeks ago
Happy birthday wishes to our FABULOUS Executive Director Beth Goad! (And Merry Christmas, too!) You truly are a gift to ECM and the children we serve.
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal City Mission is attending an event at Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Webster Groves.1 month ago
Photos from Episcopal City Mission's post
Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Webster Groves
Despite being postponed by winter weather, our Holiday Gift Wrapping Party was a success and a good time! Volunteers from Grace Church, Trinity Church CWE, St. Luke’s, St. Martin’s, Emmanuel, St. Timothy’s, and Holy Communion- together with members of ECMs Board, Chaplains and staff, helped wrap the gifts donated by churches for the children in the St. Louis City and County Juvenile Detention Centers and Missouri Hills, the Division of Youth Services facility we serve. When the gifts were wrapped, we sat down together to enjoy soup and salad and fellowship. THANKS TO EVERYONE who made it possible by donating gifts and time so that the children we serve will be reminded at Christmas that they are so much more than the worst thing they have done; they are beloved children of God. Special thanks to Emmanuel Church and Phillip their sexton for hosting us!
Episcopal City Mission
Episcopal City Mission1 month ago
On Friday evening members of ECM’s Board took a break from the holiday busyness to celebrate the December birthday party at the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center. They shared the true meaning of Christmas with these beloved children of God: Love was born!

“Starlight shines, the night is still
Shepherds watch from a hill
I close my eyes, see the night
When love was born

Perfect child gently waits
A mother bends to kiss God's face
I close my eyes, see the night
When love was born

Angels fill the midnight sky, they sing
Hallelujah, He is Christ, our King

Emmanuel, Prince of peace
Loves come down for you and me
Heaven's gift, the holy spark
To let the way inside our hearts

Bethlehem, through your small door
Came the hope we've waited for
The world was changed forevermore
When love was born

I close my eyes, see the night
When love was born

(Songwriters: Bernie Herms / Mark Schultz / Mark Mitchell Schultz / Stephanie Lewis
When Love Was Born lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, The Bicycle Music Company, Music Services, Inc)