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 -

Stewardship Sunday is next week, November 2, and Bishop Ed Salmon will be here again to preach at both the 8:00 & 10:30 services of Holy Eucharist.

The Ingathering will then take place Sunday, November 9, when we ask that you return your pledge card in the offering plate so that our gifts may be blessed at the altar. Of course, if you will not be able to attend St. George’s on the 9th, you may send your card to the church office.

Please begin prayerfully to consider how you can support the work of our Lord Jesus Christ through the mission and ministry of this vibrant parish; about how you may be able to respond to God’s love and blessings by returning to Him a portion of your time, talent and treasure for the work of his Kingdom through St. George’s in 2015.


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!