Announcements 9/30/2018


Beginning Sunday, September 30th, Morning Prayer will be offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings.  Morning Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful and contemplative service, and a wonderful way to begin to Lord’s Day. This will not affect 9AM choir practice or the 10AM service of Holy Eucharist.

Sunday, October 7th, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Faith during our 10AM service. This special service will include the rededication of the St. Faith Gospel Book for our use.  That evening, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our annual Blessing of the Beasts beginning at 5PM.  Bring your pet to church (restrained in a species appropriate fashion) to receive a blessing!

Mark your calendars: Sunday October 21st at 5:30 PM, A Celebration of New Ministry (Installation of James as 5th Rector of CHA),  and the celebration of the 50 Anniversary of CHA becoming a parish. Bishop Daniel Gutierrez will preside.

Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more talk to Fr. James.

Children & Youth

Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

Sunday School classes (preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade) are held routinely on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30 p.m. Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program. Visit for more information.  

Adult Education

Fall Reading and Discussion: This fall, interested adults will read Ben Myers’s new book called The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism.  Want to deepen your understanding of the essentials of Christian faith, and how they are relevant to your life?  You need to read this excellent book! In order to include as many people as possible, Fr. James will facilitate several discussions about this book on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.  But even if you cannot make it to the discussions you can still read this short, engaging, and very readable book. An order has been made, but you are still welcome to join. Talk to James+

Adult Formation Fall-Winter 2018

Apostle’s Creed Book Discussion
Wednesdays, 6:30 PM
October 10
October 17
November 7

Advent Soup Group
“Like a Rolling Stone & The Rock that Doesn’t Roll”: Stones in the Bible
Wednesdays, 6:30 PM:
December 5
December 12
December 19

Bible Study
Thursdays, 11 AM beginning September 16.  
Join us as we take a deep dive into the Acts of the Apostles.  

Outreach & Service

Darby Mission:   

We will be hosting our next Darby Mission meal on Tuesday, October 2nd.  We are looking for food preparers (main dish, mac and cheese, salad, dessert) and people to join in to  serve the meal. Meet at the church at 5 p.m. to drive together, or meet at 5:30 at the Darby Community Center (1021 Ridge Ave., Darby PA).  A sign-up sheet is posted in the parish hall or at the link below.

We will prepare the same meat/pasta meal that we did last year, and hamburger will be provided by Rosemary and Paul Hughes and available for pick-up in the freezer at church this Sunday.  Copies of the recipe are in the parish hall or at the link below.

Please contact Joe Zorc with any questions:, 215-776-4285 (updated 9/21)

Parish Life

RECYCLING! We now have a recycling bin (clearly marked as such) located next to the large trash receptacle outside the kitchen door. All recyclable paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum should be placed in this bin rather than the trash.

If you visit the church during the week (and we hope you do!), please use the red double doors nearest the church offices.  Please take special care to lock doors behind you, and ensure that they latch properly. Doors that are not locked or completely shut are a very serious safety concern for Little Friends Daycare.  Thank you!

Diocesan News

Holy Apostles & the Mediator

The Philadelphia parish that founded our parish in 1950 is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.  We’ve been invited to participate in several special events!

  • Saturday, October 27th, 1-4PM – A celebratory luncheon at the Hilton on City Ave.
  • Sunday, October 28th, 3PM – 150th Anniversary Celebration Service at Holy Apostles and the Mediator.   

Saturday, October 6th from 9am-2pm join James+ at the diocesan anti-racism training at St. Asaph’s Episcopal Church, Bala Cynwyd.  James+ has helped to plan this event.

The Diocese Needs Our Help!

During the 2018 Diocesan Convention, the diocese hopes to fill 250 Blessing Bags to provide necessity items to those facing homelessness. A Wish List of items can be found at under Blessing/Dignity Bags. Items can be mailed to/dropped off at the Diocesan offices at 3717 Chestnut St., Ste. 300, Philadelphia PA 19104. For more info, please contact the Rev. Canon Toneh Smyth at Samples of needed items: socks, gloves, bandaids, water bottles, granola bars, raisins, & tissues. See Wish List for additional items.

Community Announcements

St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church, 400 Haverford Road in Wynnewood, invites our congregation  to their Annual Armenian Food Court on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10th and 11th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s. Bring your family and friends to eat-in at the church hall or choose from the take-out menu. A limited number of raffle tickets for prizes are available in the CHA Parish Office for $1.00 each or a book of 12 for $10.  Additional tickets are available at St. Mark’s. The drawing for the winning tickets will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11th. Proceeds benefit St. Mark’s.

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