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About Saint Mary's

St. Mary's Purpose is to pursue and recognize heaven on Earth through relationship with God and service to others and one another.

Welcome to our web site. We would be delighted to have you visit St. Mary's Episcopal Church. 

Everyone is welcome to participate in our frequent acitivites or study groups on spirituality, social justice, education, health, and fellowship. If you are interested in exploring membership please contact Father Patrick Skutch at patrickskutch@stmaryspr.org or 847-823-4126.

About the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church is a gathering of all kinds of people who put their trust in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior, who believe that God loves all people, and who want to share God’s love, peace, and forgiveness with everyone we encounter. We want to follow Jesus and his teachings in our daily lives

ONE BIG THING 2019-2020: SUNDAY SUPPERS

Sunday Night Suppers is a collaborative food ministry of Park Ridge churches and the Park Ridge Ministerial Association. On Sunday evenings from September to May, members of our community experiencing food insecurity are invited to share a meal together, no questions asked. 

Beginning in September 2019, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Park Ridge Presbyterian Church will join together as co-hosts of this vital ministry. As the 2019-2020 program year will be the first year of our joint partnership, the Vestry has chosen Sunday Night Suppers as our One Big Thing for 2019-2020. One Big Thing is about rallying ourselves and working as a team doing something that we enjoy, something that fits our strengths as a parish, and something that challenges us to dig deep together. And Sunday Night Suppers is just that: a prime opportunity to live into our gift and enjoyment of feeding our neighbors!

More information at sundaysupperspr.org/

CHILDREN AND YOUTH FORMATION | Sunday Schedule

Children ages 4 to grade 5 are welcome to join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Grauer Lounge for a gathering time.
At 9:45 a.m. children 4-6 years old will spend time in our Atrium classroom. The curriculum is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Children grades 2-5 are welcome to join us in Classroom 1 for stories, crafts, and more.
Every 1st and third Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. from September to May our middle school age children participate in a youth group. Our time together is spent sharing a meal, discussing our faith, and participating in an event, game, or outing.
Our High School age friends are welcome to participate in our High School Youth Group. We meet once a month. We do outings, service projects, peer ministry lessons, and more. For more information please contact Zach Dyrda.

Trivinia | Saturday, September 28, 5 to 9 pm

$20 - Pay at the door 

What is Trivinia night?

It’s Trivia night, Ravinia style!  You bring your blankets, chairs, food, drinks, serving ware, candles, bug spray, a light to see your answers by, etc.  We’ll provide the trivia and entertainment! Doors will open at 5:00 for participants to gather and set up.  Trivia will start around 6:00. This year we will offer opportunities to buy “cheats” (Phone a Friend, Consult Google, Steal an Answer, and Double Points), so bring your wallet with small bills!  This event is a fundraiser for the mission and ministries of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Please RSVP by clicking here or in person or by email to Bonny Skutch by September 21.

St. Mary’s Book Discussion Group | October 7 at 7 PM

We meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grauer Lounge on the first Monday of each month

  Oct 7        Us Against You, by Fredrik Backman, ( 2018, 435 pgs.)
                     -in a sequel to “Beartown”, more troubles befall the small village, which   
                      again tries to unite  behind its hockey team                 

How To Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  1.  Speak out :
Reach out to your members of Congress through the Episcopal Public Policy Network. Learn & take action.

  2.  Support Episcopal efforts:
Read Response to the Border: Advocacy and Education to connect with ongoing Episcopal efforts in border dioceses and elsewhere.

   3.   Join EMM's Partners in Welcome:
Get involved for the long-term. Join Partners in Welcome to learn, network, share best practices, and get equipped for ministries of advocacy, presence, welcome, and community-building.

   4.   Support EMM:
Alongside our ongoing work to resettle refugees, EMM is also. leading a churchwide effort to create Support Asylum- Seekers: A Toolkit for Individuals and Congregations, to help communities learn how they can support asylum-seekers through the legal process. We need your help to continue our work. Make a gift to EMM today.

SPOTLIGHT ON......

As part of No Strangers at Home, we have installed a SPOTLIGHT board on the wall between the bell tower doors and the Grauer Lounge. We will be spotlighting different parishioners and outreach partners every few weeks so that we can all put names with faces. There will also be a little bio of each - the facts of which may or may not be the subject of a trivia game in the future! Be sure to stop and see our current SPOTLIGHT honorees: Bill and Nancy Nesbit. And get ready for your time in the SPOTLIGHT !

Vestry Meeting Agenda for September, 2019 | Parish Leadership and Governance Documents

Information regarding governance and the most recent Parish Annual Report can be found here. 

St. Mary's Core Values:
Seek God.  Love one another.  Serve others.

St. Mary’s Provides:
Worship, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Formation, and Fellowship

Anchors For Decision Making:

  • Use and share our physical resources/space to do outreach service  
  • Engage the geographic community of Park Ridge and the surrounding region
  • Form vital spiritual practices to launch disciples into the world
  • Ask "What is God up to here?"