St. Micheal’s in the Hills
|Date Posted||March 15, 2023|
Ohio (Percy Grant)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://www.dohio.org/files/assets/r12023.pdf|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
|Average Sunday Attendance||126|
Liturgical style and practice
We, at St. Michael’s, feel that one of the most important ways to care for our spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being is to attend church service regularly. Currently, we are gathering for a Sunday, 10 am service. For many years it has been a tradition at St. Michael’s to have 3 worship services. We have offered a 5pm Saturday service, an 8 am Sunday service and a 9:45 Sunday service. All were quiet and reverent services that offered the Holy Eucharist. The Sunday services included inspiring music from our beautiful choir who are a treasured part of the service. The Saturday and early Sunday services had an average combined attendance of about 20-25 when we were offering them. Many people are interested in reinstating these services when we are able so that there are plenty of opportunities to worship together. All services use the Book of Common Prayer, Enriching our Worship, and other resources. Additional weekly services have been offered during Lent. A compline service is offered each Wednesday evening and can be attended via Zoom. We embrace both high and low of the Episcopal liturgy spectrum.
Even as we have faced several changes in pastoral leadership and diminishing attendance, creative and reimagined initiatives have appeared. Activities and partnerships in Worship, Outreach, Education, Stewardship and the Arts have brought bright light to our own community while we engaged with other organizations in our region.
Just as many faith communities are facing hardships, we are challenged by low attendance at services and an aging population. We are loosening from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to move past the aura of fear and unease that has enveloped us for so long. With prayer and focus our parish will grow in spirit and number as we share God’s love with His people, wherever they are and whoever they are.
We are a congregation that has faced enormous challenges and embraced remarkable triumphs. We are steadfast and resilient, hard-working, and trusting. At this moment we find ourselves determined, through prayer and perseverance, to continue to grow our congregation, serve the greater community and march toward the future. We are looking for a rector who will guide us, love us, and bring us closer to God in all ways.
We welcome further discussion and would love to share the goals we have outlined for our parish as we move forward to love, learn, and serve
The Rev. Canon Percy Grant