Church School Hikes in the Wissahickon   

Wissahickon Hike
  • Date: Sunday, September 10
  • Time: after the 9 a.m. worship

The Church School will embark on its annual hike in the Wissahickon on Sunday, September 10 after the 9 a.m. worship. There will be no classes on that day. At the park, the children will meet with a Trail Ambassador who will educate them about the park’s history and geology. The Wissahickon Valley has been carved out by the creek of the same name over the past 125 million years. Because of a fault line that runs nearby, the area has shifted significantly over the millennia. The rock we see today was once more than 10 miles below the surface! The tectonic plates lifted and convoluted the strata of rock with pressure and heat so great that the nature of the rock changed from a granite bedrock formation into a waving and blistered schist. It can be seen everywhere along the creek.

The children will hike to the 15-foot statue of an Indian on the east side of the Wissahickon Valley, high above the creek. He was placed there in 1900 to memorialize the Lenni-Lenape tribe, who were the first people to walk the steep trails of the Wissahickon. Our friends from the Standing Rock Reservation smile because the Lenni-Lenape chief is incongruously dressed like a Plains Indian. Children and families won’t want to miss this informative and fun hike.

Church School Registration

Registration for Godly Play and church school takes place after children return from their Wissahickon hike in the meeting room of the church school wing. After registering, children will go to their classrooms for a lesson.

You can also register children for church school online.

Rummage Collection Days

Rummage workers are excited to be receiving all of your “treasures” this summer and getting them ready for the Annual Rummage Sale on Friday, September 8 (pre-sale) and Saturday, September 9.

You can drop them off during the following times:

  • Sundays: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Joyce Klinefelter is heading up the Rummage sale this year with lots of assistance. If you would like to pitch in and help, contact Weezie Lauher at wlauher@stpaulschestnuthill.org. Join our helpers who are all having fun and serving for such a good cause!

Food Drive 2017

Food Drive June 3rd, 2017

How, When & Where

Purchase groceries at participating grocery stores (listed below) and leave them with the collection crew.

  • Date: Saturday June 3rd
  • Time: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Locations:  please contact Manny Mercer to find out which stores a participating
    • email: emercer@stpaulschestnuthill.org
    • phone: 215-242-2055, ext. 24

Suggested Items

Our greatest need is for the first three items.  No glass containers, please. Be sure to check expiration dates.

  • Canned low-fructose fruit
  • Canned low-sodium vegetables
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or chili
  • Canned beans or 1 lb. bag dried beans
  • Canned potatoes
  • Cold cereal
  • Hot cereal
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Olive and canola oil (plastic container)
  • Herbs and spices (plastic container)
  • Honey (plastic container)

Thank you for filling the shelves of your hungry neighbors in need!

A ministry of your local Episcopal Churches.

  • For kids who rely on school meals, summer can be the hardest time of year.
  • Hunger affects minority populations, 18%  Black and 25% Latino,  more than whites, 14%.
  • Food insecure people are 30% more likely to be hospitalized and 2x as likely to require mental health services.
  • 36% of children and 6% of seniors in are considered “food insecure.”
  • 1 in 4 Philadelphians live at or below the poverty line, which the federal government defines as an annual income of $24,300 for a family of 4.
  • Philadelphia’s poverty level is about 26%

Vacation Bible School, June 2017

  • Dates: Monday June 26 – Friday June 30th
  • Time: 8:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Ages: 3 1/2 to 12 years
  • Cost: $50

Come join us as we help the kids explore the Foundations of our Faith through a range of activities including:

  • arts and crafts
  • story telling
  • fellowship and fun

Register Today!

Registration closes on Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Maundy Thursday: Mediterranean Meal & Worship – April 13 @ 5:30 p.m.

Join us for the food that Jesus ate at a Mediterranean meal, in the Parish Hall on April 13 at 5:30 p.m. Simpler fare will be offered for children. We will remember the kind of meal that Jesus had with his disciples and the compassion they shared.

At 7 p.m., our commemoration of the last supper will take place in the church, where Jesus took up a towel, and in a soothing expression of service washed his disciples’ feet. We may join in following Jesus’ humble service. Those who wish may sit with sympathetic joy! The bread and wine of communion is taken to the tabernacle in the chapel, where it is kept for the service on Good Friday. The ornaments of the church are removed so that it is stark and bare for our Good Friday observance.