St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
|Date Posted||June 26, 2019|
Pennsylvania (Arlette Benoit Joseph)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||159|
|Average Sunday Attendance||84 under interim|
|Child Population in Church School||21|
|Adult Population in Church School||10-12 average|
|Teacher Population in Church School||8|
|Budget||$540,030 Total operating expenses|
St. Mary’s is a warm, welcoming community where it is obvious that we truly love each other. We honor diversity of every kind. We are joyful, as seen in our worship style and in our enjoyment of our music and choir. We are open to change, such as new liturgies, but also value tradition.
Our location in Ardmore provides the opportunity to see and know people of various econocurrmic circumstances. We are involved in social justice issues. Our financial security allows us to focus on worship and mission activities. We have a committed core of individuals in the congregation that worship regularly and participate widely in various programs.
As with most churches, the size of the worshipping and pledging congregation is shrinking. At some point the number of people participating in activities and the number of people pledging may cause participant fatigue or limit the number of programs we support. A major challenge will be to increase our membership and the number of people who pledge.
An important goal will be to address the needs of young people and children by offering programs which will attract them to St. Mary’s and will educate and nurture them once they arrive. In addition, some parishioners have expressed the desire for more opportunities for spiritual development. Many are interested in participating in interfaith work with other religious and secular groups to achieve common goals.
Important decisions need to be made about the best use of our facilities, both to better serve our outreach to the community and to assure the financial means to maintain the buildings.
St. Mary’s is a parish that is welcoming and inclusive, passionate about social justice, and open to being challenged. Our long history of relationship-based community involvement continues to this day. We work collaboratively with our clergy and each other.
We are eager for fresh ideas and perspectives and we seek a rector who will inspire our hearts, hands and minds to see and respond to God’s unfolding call to us.
Discernment Committee Co-chairs:
Dianne Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Williams email@example.com
Please provide a letter of interest, current resume, and current OTM profile