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2 weeks ago

Episcopal City Mission

When Chaplain Kevin Aldridge gave the young ladies at the Division of Youth Services' Missouri Hills Facility the choice of a social event or activity, they at told him they wanted a tea party! Chaplain Kevin obliged, pulling out all the stops with the help of his wife Karen and her Aunt Jeanette. They set a beautiful table with fine china and served typical tea-party fare to a dozen girls and a few DYS female staffers - all of whom loved everything about it! Girls just gotta be girls! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Episcopal City Mission

The kids from Emmanuel Episcopal & Christ Lutheran Churches in Webster Groves were happy to contribute to ECM during their Vacation Bible School last week. Hopefully our kids in detention will have some fun with these games! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Episcopal City Mission

ECM was proud to receive an award in "appreciation of your commitment to the juvenile justice system and service in detention since 1954" from the City of St. Louis Detention Programming Unit on May 15. ECM is the only agency authorized by the Court System to provide for the ongoing spiritual needs of detained children in St. Louis City and County.

ECM's Board, Chaplains, staff, volunteers and donors remain strong in our commitment to providing hope and healing to youth in detention, and to empowering and facilitating prison ministry through our partnership with congregations who understand that this is a foundational ministry of Christ. "...I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25:36)
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Monthly birthday parties are just one way Episcopal City Mission brings hope and healing to children in the juvenile justice system in St. Louis. Each month a different congregation hosts a party at the City and the County Detention Centers. The parties include pizza & Ted Drewes, decorations & bingo, and a card & gift for the children having a birthday that month.

For some of the children, it is the first birthday party ever held in their honor. For all of the children, it is a brief respite from their troubles and a reminder that they are more than the worst thing they have done: They are beloved children of God, and there is still hope for something better in their future.

To organize a group or congregation to host a birthday party, contact ECM at ecitymission@sbcglobal.net or 314-436-3545.

Pictured below are the May 4 City Detention Center birthday party hosts from St. Mark's Episcopal Church and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church:
(L to R: Deacon Jerre Birdsong, Rita Mauchenheimer, Chuck Doyle, (unidentified volunteer), Karen Watts, Marti Robards, Kathy Watts and Roger Robards (all from St. Mark's)
Seated: Sr. Maureen Brugess and John Bell (St. Joan)
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1 month ago

Episcopal City Mission

Every month the Chaplains at Episcopal City Mission (ECM) are helped to spread God’s love by a congregation or community of the diocese providing a birthday party for the youth in detention. They share food and gifts, play games, build relationships, and say their prayers for continued strength and opportunity for the young persons in their care.

This month the members of St. Timothy's Creve Coeur , pictured here, played host. If you would like to know how to get involved in this important ministry, find Episcopal City Mission online (links below) or call 314.436.3545. More about ECM follows...

In 1894, troubled by the absence of pastoral care for inmates across the institutions of St Louis, Charles Holmes, a layperson from Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in downtown St. Louis, began organizing volunteers to minister to residents at City Hospital, the City Jail, the City Workhouse, and the Asylum.

This ministry grew to include other denominations, who gradually began to separate the pastoral responses into specific need-categories. Christ Church Cathedral is one of 42 congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. The Diocese also includes the communities of a summer camp - Camp Phoenix, an intentional community The Deaconess Anne House, and campus ministries including The Rockwell House and Episcopal Campus Ministry - Kirksville

When the needs were divided, the diocese chose to work with troubled youth (see ecitymission.org/the-kids-we-serve/) and asked to continue the ministry to children in detention under the name of Episcopal City Mission (ECM). ECM is now authorized by the Court System to provide for the ongoing spiritual needs of detained children and teens in St. Louis City and County. ECM chaplains are in a very real sense the compassionate face of a loving God in the lives of the children and teens.
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This past week, a 15-year old teen who was homeless entered detention. ECM Chaplains and staff were able to provide him with clothing. This is just one example of ECM making a difference through the generosity of our donors. We are so very grateful. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Countdown to Give STL Day! Get online and join in the spirit of giving now through midnight on Wednesday, May 2. Together, we can do great things to bring hope and healing to children and youth in the St. Louis juvenile justice system.
www.givestlday.org/index.php
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2 months ago

Episcopal City Mission
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