In coming to St. George’s I found a faithful, loving community of folks who wanted to hear the Gospel – The Good News – of Jesus proclaimed, and who cared about being a Christian Community active in the neighborhood of downtown Belleville.
The faith community of St. George’s is committed to staying in downtown Belleville, sharing the worship and office space with St. Mark ELCA Lutherans, continuing Outreach efforts, and being centered on Christ providing a welcome to everyone seeking a church home.
We are deeply concerned about those who wear our country’s military uniform and their families. We have very active Sunday School, adult spiritual and education programs, and one of the finest music programs found anywhere! Many of the youngsters and oldsters are active in a variety of healing and renewal ministries. We believe your mind and conscience matter, and we won’t yell at you from the pulpit!
We are both Catholic and Protestant, Evangelical, Apostolic and Reformed, where the whole Bible is read, where all the Sacraments are administered, and where there is political and intellectual liberty, where the worship is dignified and beautiful in accordance with that treasury of public praise and liturgy known as the Book of Common Prayer.
Come and join us at worship on Sundays at 8:00 am (said service), or 10:30 am (choral service). Everyone is welcome!
Fr. Dale Coleman, Rector
Fall Christian Education Begins September 7
It’s hard to believe that fall is almost here, but with the new school year comes a new program year at St. George’s. Christian Education for all ages is provided each Sunday morning, excluding Thanksgiving weekend and the weekend after Christmas.
In the Rector’s Forum, Father Dale will begin a series on “The Christian Faith and Church History: An Anglican View”. All adults (especially anyone who is interested in being baptized, confirmed or received when the Bishop visits in the spring) are encouraged to attend this class, which meets in the Parish Hall at 9:10 am.
Father Dale will teach this overview of Christian faith and life from an Anglican and Episcopalian point of view. The course will meet through the program year, and should cover most of what you have always wanted to know about the Episcopal Church, our faith and life. We will cover everything from Jesus as the center of our faith and his life and ministry to the Kingdom of God; the Apostolic Community and the Holy Spirit to the Church as a Sacrament of Christ; Church History (including the early church and the Creeds, Middle Ages, Reformation, the English Church and the Anglican Communion) to the Book of Common Prayer and the Sacraments of the Church. Bring your Bibles, and questions are encouraged!
All of our children, youth and teachers meet in the Chapel for our Sunday School gathering at 9:00 am. After a rousing song or two, we share our good news and pray together before we move to our classrooms.
We will continue to use Godly Play for our children’s classes, although this year we will have two classrooms! Children age 3 through 2nd Grade will meet in Room #7, and grades 3 through 6 will meet in Room #3. Our busy Sunday School Coordinator and her family have painted the new room, assembled lots of new shelves, put up bulletin boards, and everything is ready for this second Godly Play class to begin. This group will use the traditional Godly Play storytelling, but will follow with a slightly different style of guided response, which is a middle ground between the free time to paint, draw, use the manipulatives, etc. in the younger room and the conversation style response used in the youth class.
Our Junior and Senior High School students will continue to use the Living the Good News curriculum, which follows the lectionary used in our Sunday Services.
And as always, the Nursery is staffed and available during the Sunday School hour and through the 10:30 service.