How To Spot A Really Good Church …
All churches have ministries but only the best ones have programs where there is real excitement. St. Michael is a welcoming community that enjoys many robust opportunities for fellowship and worship. Looking for a place to connect with others? A place where your kids will thrive? A place where your spiritual being will be nurtured?
St. Michael is YOUR kind of place!
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Activities are limited
during the pandemic.
St. Mike’s Youth is here for just one thing — YOU!
From our Sunday evening Youth Group to our community activities to our Confirmation program and our annual Mission Trip, everything comes down to YOU ... and helping you become the kind of amazingly awesome person God has in store for you to be.
Whether you’re in 6th grade or about ready to head off to college, there is always something fun going on around here. And while we are all about the serious stuff, we have a pretty good time along the way.Our Youth Calendar is always packed full of exciting activities every month — lock-ins & games, concerts & retreats, community service days and trips — you name it! The truth is, we think you’re awesome and just really want to hang out with you.
Regardless of who you are and whether you’ve been here before,
you are ALWAYS welcome at St. Mike's!
Being a teenager can be a crazy time!
It can also be a time when teens face tough questions about who they are, what they stand for, and who they are going to become. That’s where we come in. We’re here to provide teens with a place where they can speak their mind, wrestle with those questions and — with our support — decide what kind of people they will grow up to be.
St. Mike's youth meet with our friends from the Episcopal Church of the Advent on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 6-8 p.m. (and there’s an optional $5 dinner at 5:45 pm).
If you have questions, or need more information, give us a call at (610) 347-1696.
with the St. Mike Youth Group
Activities are limited
during the pandemic.
In partnership with the Episcopal Church of the Advent, confirmation is a two-year process for 7th and 8th graders, in which young people deepen their faith and make the mature, adult choice to live as Christians. Students work together in large and small groups to learn about the Christian faith, build relationships with one another, and serve the local community. In addition to regular service events, confirmation students will plan a service project and participate in a summer mission trip. Confirmation meets from 6-8 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sunday nights (at St. Michael in the fall; at Church of the Advent in the spring), beginning with games and ending with worship. An optional $5 dinner is provided at 5:45 p.m.
• Middle School Youth Group
We offer a weekly Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:15 a.m. for the Middle School age group to discuss a variety of real-life faith issues and themes.
Youth in Grades 6-8 aren't limited to learning about faith through our Confirmation program and Sunday School, but are invited to join in a number of Youth Group events and activities (along with our friends from Church of the Advent), both alongside our High School Youth Group teens and on their own. These activities range from serving together in local mission projects to traveling together for a rousing day of Laser Tag and a summer mission project. The common theme? Fun, rowdy, good times for everyone who joins us!
• High School Youth Group
Another partnership with the Episcopal Church of the Advent, High School Youth Group is open to all youth in grades 9-12. Meetings happen on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, with retreats, lock-ins, service projects, and more in between. Over the summer, there are a variety of mission trip offerings. Youth Group meets from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday nights (at St. Michael in the fall, Church of the Advent in the spring). An optional $5 dinner is provided at 5:45 p.m.
For our High School group, we also offer a weekly Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:15 a.m., where teens can share their faith and lives with one another.
Activities are limited
during the pandemic.
• Genesis Ringers
A Children’s Choir that is a fun, activity-filled program for children in grades 2-5. A spirited time that includes ringing handbells, hand chimes, and some singing. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 PM.
• Vivace Youth Choir
The Vivace Choir is both a ringing and singing choir of 6th to 12th graders. This group rehearses Tuesdays at 6:15 PM, sings and rings regularly for worship, and participates in all the big music Sundays of the church year. Each summer, the Vivace Ringers spend a few days traveling to ring at a festival or a different church.
St. Michael proudly supports
A Welcoming Community for Seniors
A detailed study for providing affordable senior housing in Southern Chester County was launched in the 1990’s by a small group of St. Michael members. The results of this undertaking led to Luther House, an independent living facility, on an 18-acre campus in West Grove, PA.
Luther House offers a comfortable home and welcoming community for independent seniors over the age of 62. As a non-profit organization encouraging active lifestyles, Luther House provides HUD subsidized living that is a safe and secure. Luther House offers amenities and activities to engage residents, and is close to many restaurants, shops, churches, and cultural venues. Transportation to worship at St. Michael on Sunday morning is also offered to residents by St. Michael.
For more information, please watch the short video below and visit > ww.lutherhousepa.org.
Be the change you want to see in the world!
Community Outreach …
at St. Michael
Our community outreach partners say THANK YOU!
You are heroes and we thank you for helping us meet the challenges of this moment, so we can continue to provide the highest order of care with inclusion, integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence.
— Leah M. Reynolds, MSPL, Executive Director
La Communidad Hispana
Thank you so much for your wonderful donation. We are truly grateful for your thoughtful support. With your generosity, we will be better equipped to fulfill our mission of changing lives by service southern Chester County as the leading provider of integrated health and community services ...
— Dr. Mariana Izraelson, former CEO
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Thank you for your generous gift. By helping LIRS welcome the stranger, you are sending a powerful message of hope conquering fear. The critical support and sustaining relationships your congregation’s gift provides truly make a life-changing difference. I am eternally grateful for your congregation’s compassion and I know the families you help, extend their gratitude too.
— Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO
Family Promise of Southern Chester County
Our programs work with families to ensure that they have the skills, education, reserves, and supplies needed to remain stably housed. Your gift helps provide children and their families with a warm place to stay, hot meals, clean clothes, and most importantly, hope to know they will regain their independence and dignity and support from our caring network to find employment and a place to call home.
—Renna Van Oot, Executive Director
Lutheran World Relief
Thank you! With your support, over 271 villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo are receiving access to safe water-that is 244,964 people impacted. On behalf of the LWR, our partners and those we serve, please accept my thanks for your generous support and partnership. May God bless you!
— Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard (ret.) President and CEO
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center
Since 1971, NSC has provided a centralized location where residents in the Oxford area can access social services and find help to meet their basic needs. This past year, we provided more than 150,000 pounds of food to 1,270 individuals, addressed emergency assistance with heat, housing, utilities, transportation, and health as well as emergency sheltering. We are extremely grateful for generosity and your support makes a difference in the lives of individuals and families in our community.
— Rachel Lebus, Executive Director
Good Neighbors Home Repair
Thank you for your gift. Through your donation, you are helping to restore hope to homeowners in need in our area. This hope gives dignity to the homeowners whose homes have been repaired. Dignity leads to energy and optimism for a better fur future for everyone! St. Michael is one of our strongest supporting and partnering churches. Thank you for answering the call to serve.
— Harold Naylor, Executive Director
Men’s Bible Study
Each Saturday morning “The Commonwealth Prayer Warriors” come together to study God’s Word and share our blessings and concerns and strengthen each other through prayer and worship. We have 12 men that are active members of our group, and an open invitation is offered to any men to join our group, or simply come and try it out. Whether you are a new member of St. Michael, a longtime member looking for an opportunity to grow in your faith, or not a church member at all, we welcome you. We meet at 8 am on Saturday mornings and we normally are together for 60 – 90 minutes.
In non Covid times we also enjoy finding ways that we can serve the church and our community, such as setting up or breaking down for events in the Fellowship Hall, and helping out with Christmas lights or the summer picnic at Luther House. It is a blessing to be the hands and body of Christ as we are directed and called. We have found that if we follow one simple message “to love our neighbors as ourselves” we will be in His Will. We aspire to share God’s grace and forgiveness with others as He recklessly sows seeds of faith in our lives.
We will begin a new study on March 6th, Ten Men of the Bible: How God Used Imperfect People to Change the World by Max Lucado The men depicted in the Bible were not perfect by any means. We find story after story marked by scandal, failure, and intrigue. Yet we also find many stories of men who were able to look beyond their circumstances, completely trust in the Lord, and follow Him wherever He chose to lead them. Like us, these men made both good and bad decisions along the way—and experienced both good and bad consequences—and we find our struggles and hopes in the pages of the Bible that tells their stories. In this 10-session workbook, Max Lucado tells some of his favorite stories of these men in the Bible.
Please consider joining us via Zoom at 8 am on Saturday, March 6th as we begin this study. Please reach out to Steve Lacombe (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information or a copy of the link to attend.
Longwood Community Bible Study
September, 2020 - May, 2021
Longwood Community Bible Study will be virtually studying the book of John this year. Who is Jesus Christ? What is the evidence? The book is written by one of His closest friends and followers, and through it, we have the opportunity to either come to know him or to grow deeper in our love for him.
Class starts September 15, 2020 with flexible meeting times including both day and evening groups for women and men. You can join anytime throughout the year. Prepared teachers will continue to teach the pre-school online and, because we are virtual, we are opening the home school program for school aged kids through 5th grade. School aged kids will study the book of John at their level! Also we will have both a day and evening men’s group.
Sunday School at St. Michael
At St. Michael we want to help everyone — from the youngest to the oldest — to grow in faith! That’s why we offer a comprehensive Sunday School program where kids can make friends, have fun and learn about faith and how much God loves them!
During the pandemic, we’re providing Christian Education in two different formats, based on the age group. For preschool children we create and post a fun and creative YouTube video lesson here every other week.
For elementary age children, we host a Zoom call every other week which includes a time of fellowship and a short lesson starting at 9:45 am. In order to receive this link, please email Roseann in the church office here. Additionally, we email out resources you can use with your child that connects with the lesson. (If you would like to start receiving these, again, please email the church office.)
Also, each week during the worship service the pastor hosts a fun and faith building Children’s Chat via Zoom. Again that link can be received from the church office.
We hope these are a blessing and let us know if you have any other questions or we can be helpful in any other ways!