The residents of The Twin Cities Pavillion, an assisted living facility in Niceville, received an unexpected and very pleasant surprise on Sunday, July 1. The children and youth of nearby St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, accompanied by sponsors and parents, arrived at The Pavillion loaded with gifts and surprises for every resident – all wrapped in Christmas paper. It was a special Christmas in July event as the young people of St. Jude’s distributed gifts, spent time with reside
It has been six months that since arriving in Panama City Beach and it has been wonderful getting to know the parish communities of Grace and St. Thomas. After taking some time getting to know the parishes, St. Thomas and Grace vestries and Shared Ministry Team had a retreat at the end of April. This retreat helped build relationships, and offer direction in what our next steps are in shared ministry.
The shared ministry between Grace and St. Thomas is an effort to disc
Left - The Branscomb Family: Morgan, Lisa, Anna, Sarah, and John. Middle - statue of St. Fiacre. Right - Marcia Pepperman and Albert Kennington. Photo credit: Andrew Williams. On Father's Day, June 17, the vicar and congregation of Immanuel, Bay Minette, dedicated a garden spot in memory of the Rev. Canon William Maurice Branscomb who served as priest-in-charge 2006-2008. He and his wife, Joan, were much loved in Immanuel and are remembered with affection. Their son and daugh
Each April, the women of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Pensacola are invited for a weekend retreat at Beckwith Camp and Conference Center. The theme of this year’s women’s retreat was Transitions to Transform. From Friday evening until Sunday morning, 80 women from my parish deepened existing relationships and formed new connections as we prayed, played and shared stories along the serene shores of Weeks’ Bay. For me, one of the most powerful, memorable events of the
Nativity's Children's Choir, under the leadership of Dr. Ken Thomas, performed the offertory. Approximately 225 people from many different faith communities visited Nativity on November 21 for the 10th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Representatives from several Christian denominations in the Wiregrass area of Dothan, Alabama, came together with ministers from the Spiritual Enrichment Center and people from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faith groups. The over
Church teams signed up for the Congregational Enrichment Venture (CEV) will begin their first year of work and collaboration with the first of four sessions starting on November 17, at St. Simon's on the Sound in Fort Walton Beach. CEV offers a two year training program for churches to explore ways to further the Kingdom of God, not merely to survive but to be vital and viable congregations. The first year, entitled Hopeful Leadership, will focus on fostering hope, and the co
Participants learned how to make colorful silk scarves which were blessed during the retreat. Lively fellowship, creativity, and quiet spiritual reflection abounded October 20-22 at Camp Beckwith at the Christ Church Pensacola Biennial Women's Retreat. The Rev. Mary Alice Mathison guided the group throughout the weekend. Keynoting the retreat were the Rev. Marshall Craver and his wife, Jan. "Spirit Space: More Life-Less Stuff," was this year's theme. Forty-five women from Chr
Meet Brady Johnson, cradle Episcopalian, college sophomore at the University of West Florida, member of St. Christopher's in Pensacola, and Bishop Russell approved intern for the office of communications at the Duvall Center. Over the coming weeks, Brady will be reaching out to church leadership to gather information about each church's ministries and available resources that are open to the community. From there he will populate the information into the Episcopal Asset Map,
The Rev. Albert Kennington, the Rev. Blair Beaver and the Rev. Jay D. Cooper begin the Blessing of the Animals service. You never know what kind of creature will show up for the Blessing of the Animals at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bay Minette. In 2016, twin lambs were among the pets blessed by ministers of three area churches. This year, the second annual joint Blessing of the Animals will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 in the church yard of Immanuel Episcopal Church. Sisters Lynn BI
THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AND ST. FRANCIS DAY FESTIVAL begins at 10 A.M. on Saturday, October 7th in St. Claire’s Garden at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 1 St. Francis Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL, 32561.
Father Tim Backus, rector of St. Francis, will circulate through the crowd and bless each animal individually. The Blessing is open to all parishioners, guests and the public. There is no charge. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets on a leash for the safety