St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Beeville, Texas

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Share the Love. Spread the Gospel. Grow the Kingdom

Welcome to St. Philip’s, a family dedicated and “determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own selves.” (1 Th. 2:8).  From our family to yours, we invite you to “Come and See” the many opportunities we offer to share the love of Christ with one another through fellowship, ministry, and service to God and our neighbor.

 

What follows is a list of the ministries and fellowship opportunities that we offer (listed in alphabetical order).

 

Acolytes:

Time & Place: Yearly Training – TBA

In contemporary Anglicanism, this general term covers not only servers, torchbearers, and lighters of candles, but also crucifers, thurifers, and banner-bearers.  These positions of service to our Lord, while typically performed by children and young adults, are open to everyone at all points in life.  This is a wonderful way to serve God and those who gather to worship him.

Contact: Church Office @ 361-358-2730

 

Altar Guild:

Time & Place: TBA

Description: The Altar Guild, by definition, is a volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish.  Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, clean up afterwards, and supervise the decoration of the sanctuary with flowers and the colors of liturgical seasons.  Our Altar Guild is more than a guild, it’s a family whose gift and service to God and neighbor is the care of God’s house where we gather to worship Him.

Contact: Carl Mayberry @ 361-358-9323

 

Berclair Mission Service:

Please “come and see” the ministry moment provided by the Diocese of West Texas.

Beeville_Berclair Council 2014 from Clayton Elder on Vimeo.

 

Time & Place:  Second Sunday of the Month @ 1:30pm – Rose Moya’s Restaurant in Berclair, Tx.

Description:  Rose Moya’s Restaurant in Berclair, Texas, a small, almost time forgotten community between Beeville and Goliad, is the site of our monthly mission service to the some seventy plus individuals and families that call Berclair home.  Each month, we gather for lunch, Holy Eucharist, Healing & Anointing, and fellowship.  In addition to worship services and pastoral care visits, our church, in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church, Fannin, work with the Victoria Food Bank and distribute food for the poor and needy once a month, as well as clothing and accessories that have been donated through the parish.  During special times of the year, we offer specific gifts such as school supplies, Turkey’s and food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas, fans to help beat the summer heat, and other financial aid when available.

Contact: Susan Fields – 361-319-3191

 

Bell Choir – The Philidings

Time & Place: Thursday’s @ 5:15pm in the Parish Hall (August – April)

Founded in 1985 with a borrowed set of two octaves, the St. Philip’s Bell Choir has grown in stature and equipment and is currently composed of eight ringers, one director, and two octaves of bells.  In addition to special performances throughout the year in our worship services, the Bell Choir joins three other churches in performing at the “Chimes & Chocolates” benefit for the Beeville Vineyard.  As the Bell Choir aspires to expand to a three octave choir, it is actively seeking three or more new recruits who wish to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  No bell experience or reading of music is required.If you can count, you can ring, there are no auditions or pressure, just a lot of fun!

Contact: Louise Mayberry @ 361-358-9323.

 

Choir

Time & Place: TBA

The Choir, our body of singers who provide musical leadership for our congregation in the worship of the church, is currently on hiatus.  Founded in 2010 under the direction of John L. Blackburn, our Organist & Choir Master, the Choir has already enhanced and beautified our worship of the Lord through its seasonal anthems and special performances.  While the primary role of the choir is to lead and support the congregation’s worship through singing, due to our size, regular performances at worship are not yet possible, but certainly striven for.  If you love to sing, and you love to worship our Lord, please contact our Organist & Choir Master for more information.

Contact: John L. Blackburn, Organist & Choir Master @ johnlblackburn@gmail.com

 

Daughters of the King:

Time & Place: First Monday of the Month @ 4:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Description: The Order of the Daughters of the King® was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City. Members of the Order undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.  The DOK is an Order, not an organization.  We don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings; we take life-long vows to follow the Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service.

Contact: Louise Mayberry @ 361-319-0028

 

Kairos:

Time & Place: TBA

Description: Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.

The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.

They involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support and prayer.

Contact: David Henley @ 361-542-9875

 

Lectors, Lay Readers, & Lay Eucharistic Ministers:

Time & Place: Yearly Training – TBA

These three offices are a part of our Lay Ministry – the term referring to the many ways the “laity” (the “people” of the church, those who have been baptized) live out their baptismal covenants.

 

Lector: (reader) A lay person trained in reading scripture who is appointed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation to read lessons or lead the prayers of the people.  There is no license required for this lay ministry.

Contact: Kathy Young @ 361-358-2226

 

Lay Reader: A lay person licensed by the bishop to lead public worship under the direction of the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation.  The lay reader must be a confirmed adult communicant in good standing and recommended by the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation.  A lay reader may lead the Daily Offices of the church, as well as lead/assist in the Eucharist and other liturgies given certain modifications.

Contact: David Henley @ 361-542-9875

 

Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM): A lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist both to those within the worship service, and then following the service, to those who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity.

Contact: David Henley @ 361-542-9875

 

Lenten Luncheons:

(The Margaret Lyne Moser Memorial Lenten Luncheon and Lecture Series):

Time & Place: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Tuesdays of Lent

Description: The Margaret Lyne Moser Memorial Lenten Luncheon and Lecture Series is an annual Lenten event held at St. Philip’s Church.  Sponsored by the Women of St. Philip’s and co-hosted by the women of Faith Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church, the Series is held on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays of Lent with lunch served from 11:30 to noon followed by the program from 12:00 to 1:00pm.  The cost is $7 per luncheon or $25 for the Series.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Church office and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Contact: St. Philip’s Church Office @ 361-358-2730

 

Men’s Ministry:

Time & Place: TBA.

Description: For this gathering of Christian men, we invite you for food and fellowship as we follow the Proverbial adage that as “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) The food is cooked, and the meeting is hosted by different men each month, so please stay tuned to your church bulletin or Monthly Calendar for more details.  No agendas…just good food, good conversation, centered around a great God!

Contact: Church Office @ 361-358-2730

 

Monthly Luncheon:

Time & Place: First Sunday of the Month following the 10:30 Service – Parish Hall

Description: For this family gathering (in pot luck fashion), we invite one and all for food and fellowship as we strive to follow in the in the footprints of the Apostles who day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.”  (Acts 2:46-47) You don’t have to bring a dish…just an empty stomach and a full heart!

Contact: Church Office @ 361-358-2730

 

Music In The Nave:
Please enjoy our video:

MUSIC IN THE NAVE from Clayton Elder on Vimeo.

Time & Place: When scheduled, concerts are on Sunday’s @ 3pm, with a preconcert “tailgate” beginning @ 2:15, and a reception following the event – St. Philip’s Church Nave.

*Concert dates vary.  Please consult the church calendar or call the church office for more information*

Description: In 2011, Saint Philip’s Church began a concert series, Music in the Nave, to be a companion series to other events in this area.  From its inception, MITN’s founder and organizer, John L. Blackburn, has focused on three aspects:  1) to provide concerts with both world-class and up-and-coming artists, 2) to provide those concerts free of charge to the public, and 3) to enhance the ministry of Saint Philip’s Church by focusing each concert on a charitable organization, from local charities such as the Beeville Vineyard, to globally focused groups like Rotary International’s End Polio Now endeavour, or the our Diocesan Texas Water Mission.  In the last three years, MITN has hosted the Baylor University Chamber Singers, Judith Hancock from the University of Texas, Stephen Cleobury from King’s College Cambridge, UK, Piotr Rachon from Warsaw, Poland and Bruce Ludwick, now Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham, Alabama, Belarusian pianist Viacheslau Spiridonov, Ben Sheen, the Assistant Organist of Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, as well as a performance of Georg F. Handel’s Messiah by the newly formed Texas Baroque Ensemble 

Contact: John L. Blackburn, Organist & Choir Master @ johnlblackburn@gmail.com

 

Theology Live Speaker Series: 

Time & Place:  Monday nights in June from 7 to 9pm - T’s Honky-Tonk.

Description:  “Theology Live:  Ale & The Almighty” was designed to bring the talk and study of God out of the pews and parish halls and into pubs and places where people live.  Since it’s inception in 2012, this speaker series has included theological topics, like “God in our Suffering,” “God in our Medical Care: A Theology of Medical Ethics,” and “God in our Christian Worship, Patriotism, and Nationalism” in the comfort of a Bar/Dance Hall atmosphere.  Theology Live has been privileged to have such speakers as Dr. William Abraham, Theology Professor from Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Dr. Terry York, Theology Professor from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor, Dr. Roger E. Olson, Professor of Theology and Ethics from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor, Sister Miriam James Heidland, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry,  Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina, The Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas, and The Most Rev. Michael Mulvey, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi, to name a few. Following the presentations, there is a short break to replenish food and beverages, and then we reconvene for a question/answer session. This event, cosponsored by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, is free to all. Please stay tuned to our website for dates and speaker listings as they come available.

Contact:  The Church Office – 361-358-2730.

 

Women of the Church:

Time & Place: TBA – The WOTC meet four times a year in January, April, June, and September – Parish Hall.

Description: The Women of the St. Philip’s Church is an organization of the women of our Church and includes all women who attend St. Philip’s.  Our purpose is to support the activities and needs of our parish and the community, and to promote fellowship among the women of the parish.  All women above the age of sixteen who attend St. Philip’s Church are considered to be members of the WOTC.  There are no dues or obligations to membership, but rather it is an opportunity to spend time together in Christian fellowship, to get to know one another, to strengthen one another on our walks of faith, and to share our gifts and talents with the Church in the service of God and our neighbor.

Contact: Gerry Pinchback @ 361-354-3246

 

The Vineyard:

St. Philip’s is an active participant in the Vineyard, an ecumenical outreach of churches in Beeville and Bee County. The Vineyard provides food, clothing, shelter, substantial financial assistance and more to those in need in our community.

Contact: The Vineyard @ 361-358-7500

  • St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

  • 311 East Corpus Christi Street • Beeville, Texas, 78102
  • (Corner of Corpus Christ Street and North Adams Street)
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