Pet Blessing
                                    Blessing of Pets, 2014

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


Coming Events -

The Diocese of Springfield’s annual Synod takes place this Friday and Saturday, October 10-11.  Please keep our Bishop, clergy and delegates in your prayers.

  • Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the Diocese of Springfield for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Field Trip to Cahokia Mounds – Parishioner Margaret Brown will lead a tour for us on Sunday, October 19, and we have arranged for a bus! There is no fee for Cahokia Mounds, but there will be a charge of $15 per person for the bus. Bring a bag lunch and we can eat in the parish hall after the 10:30 service. The bus will pick us up at 1:00, and we will return to the church by 4:00. We need a count for both the bus and Cahokia, so please call the parish office and reserve your space!


Holy Time for Holy People

Think you are too busy for a day of retreat with your parish family? You are probably right, and that is the best possible reason to come away with members of St. George’s and experience a day of Sabbath rest. Join friends of all ages on Saturday, November 15, for a day filled with plenty of time, joy and nourishment. This promises to be a day that just may give you some new intention or inspiration in your Christian spiritual practice.The retreat will take place at Toddhall, our retreat center in Columbia, Illinois. It begins with registration and coffee at 8:30 am and concludes after Holy Eucharist, at about 5 pm.

The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, RI, will lead the retreat. While the adults are exploring the spiritual life with Jennifer, children ages 3 and up will enjoy a day of activities under the able leadership of Mae Scott, our Sunday School Coordinator. It promises to be a wonderful day!

Perhaps you recall that God said, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”   With Jesus’ Resurrection, our day of worship changed to Sunday, the Lord’s Day. However, with even this day losing it’s meaning for many busy folks, how might we reclaim a regular portion of sacred time in our lives as contemporary Christians? At our retreat we will explore the theme of Sabbath keeping and the spiritual benefits of resting and renewing of mind, body and spirit. Discover or rediscover some spiritual practices that just might change your life.

Come away and enjoy some of the gifts we have been given: prayer, music, God’s word, learning, worship, and especially the gift of sacred time.  There will be a $10 fee for adults to help defray the retreat’s expenses; children are free. Please contact the parish office for registration information, and join your parish family for this enriching event!