All Things St. Philip's

June 13, 2024

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A Message from our Rector

Shaping a New Tomorrow

Reflections on the 56th Annual Meeting

of the

Union of Black Episcopalians

and the

81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church

Dear St. Philip's Family,

As I prepare to gather with Episcopalians from around the world for the 56th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians, themed “Shaping a New Tomorrow,” and anticipate the upcoming 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church, I am filled with hope and excitement. These events hold immense significance for our faith community, and I invite you to join me in exploring their importance.

The 56th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians embraces the theme, “Shaping a New Tomorrow” This theme resonates deeply with the challenges and opportunities we face. As we navigate a changing world, we recognize the need to adapt, innovate, and envision a future that reflects our core values. This conference provides a space for those from around the Diaspora to dialogue, learn, network, worship, fellowship and collaborate as we collectively discern our path forward.

As your rector, I am honored to participate in these gatherings. My presence signifies our commitment to unity, growth, and shared purpose. I will listen, learn, and contribute to discussions that impact our local and global church.

This General Convention marks the conclusion of Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry's primacy and the election of his successor, the 28th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. It is a pivotal moment in our ecclesiastical journey.

At GC81 or the 81st General Convention being held in Louisville, Kentucky we become the ultimate authority in The Episcopal Church. Our decisions on resolutions will shape our direction and policies. From worship practices to justice issues to budget planning, we will engage in the sacred work of discernment. 

Our Church's polity (or how we organize ourselves) derives from our baptism into the Body of Christ. Authority throughout the Episcopal Church is conferred and shared — not over us, coming down, but among us and with us, coming together. It is rooted in Scripture, tradition, and reason, emphasizes shared governance. Bishops and deputies deliberate together, respecting diverse perspectives.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has been a beacon of love and justice for our church. His leadership has inspired us to embrace the Jesus Movement through radical hospitality, engage in racial reconciliation, and advocate for social justice. As he passes the torch, we honor his legacy and look toward the future.

The significance of our nominees for the 28th Presiding Bishop cannot be overstated. Two men of color and one woman stand as candidates, reflecting the rich diversity of our church. Their leadership will shape our path forward, and we eagerly await the outcome.

In a historic moment, all three candidates for President of the House of Deputies are women of color. Their voices will amplify our collective witness, reminding us that leadership knows no bounds. Let us celebrate this milestone and support their vision.

As we gather in heart, mind and spirit, let us hold in our hearts the promise of shaping a new tomorrow. May our conversations be infused with grace, our actions guided by love, and our commitment unwavering. Together, we forge a path toward a more just, compassionate, and faithful future.

I will be Vlogging daily from Louisville. It’s an exciting opportunity to connect you with the gathered community! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and stay tuned for updates in our E-News.


Rev. Marlene

Worship Services


Sunday, June 16, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Father's Day

@8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist/ Rite II

@9:00 a.m. Bible Study

@10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist/ Rite II

Sunday Service Bulletin: June 16, 2024 
Bible Study Scripture Reading for June 16, 2024

What's Happening in our Community!

Love Lives Here and You Matter!

🌟🎉 Stop, drop, and scroll! 🎉🌟 Get ready for a our latest updates: from Walking with the Enslaved, Juneteenth events in collaboration with St. Peter's, St. John's and St. Philip's Church, the Service in Celebration of the Life and Ministry of The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, topped off with Lay Leaders Training for Morning Prayer and so much more! Don't miss out on upcoming events - keep scrolling for all the details!📜🔥

Reminder: AED & First Aid Training

Saturday, June 14th, 11AM @ St. Philip's Episcopal Church

AED & First Aid Training, Saturday, June 14th at 11AM

Thank you for registering for the AED Training session scheduled for 11 AM at St. Philip's Episcopal Church. We would like to remind you of the importance of attending this training session and learning how to use an AED device. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please notify Larry Clark, Jr. Warden as soon as possible to avoid the no show fee of $60. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at the training session.

Walking with the Enslaved

Saturday, June 15, 2024. 9AM-2:30 PM

Walking with the Enslaved: The Church’s Role in Slavery, a Pilgrimage with Lunch and Reflection, In Honor of Juneteenth | 9 AM- 2:30 PM, Please register online. In honor of Juneteenth, Nikki Fernandes and Rev. Ben Campbell will lead members from area Episcopal Churches on a walk along the Richmond Trail of Enslaved Africans followed by lunch and a facilitated group reflection. The trail is nearly 3-miles, lasting approximately 2 ½ hours. Participants will gather at St. Paul’s at 8:30 AM and return to Scott Hall for lunch and discussion. Walking with the Enslaved is limited to 30 participants, if you're unable to attend the walk you are invited to participate in the lunch and reflection. Contact the Rev. Gwynn Crichton ( with any questions. Click below to register.

Click here to register! (Walking with the Enslaved)


Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 8:30 a.m-2:00p.m. @ St. John's Episcopal Church

Click here for the Juneteenth Brochure

Guest Celebrant and Preacher

June 23, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Hello everyone! How exciting to share that while our wonderful Rector, Rev. Marlene, is off representing our vibrant community at the General Convention in KY, we have the pleasure of welcoming The Rev. M. Gwynn Crichton to join us as our Celebrant and Guest Preacher. Let's come together in warm anticipation of the inspiring service and insightful words that await us.

Bio: The Reverend M. Gwynn Crichton (she/her/hers) serves as the Associate Rector for Community Engagement at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond. She accepted the call to serve St. Paul’s in July 2020 after being ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in March 2020 and completing her Master of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2020. Read more ...

You are invited to the Pauli Murray Service

Sunday, June 30; 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at St. Mark's Church

St. Philip's Giving Tree

St. Philip’s Giving Tree We’re thrilled to launch our “Giving Tree” initiative as part of our Faithful Giving program. Our mission is to support St. Philip’s ministries in their vital work. We kick off by assisting the St. Francis Food Pantry with essential items like brown paper bags and, potentially, Amazon gift cards. Our commitment extends to those in our community who rely on us for groceries between pantry weeks.


In the fall, we’ll expand the wish list to include other church ministries. Items on the wish list range from practical needs like copy paper, ink toner, and gallon trash bags to sacred items like communion wine, Pray Ground and Sunday school supplies, and paper towels.


Additionally, our BIG WISH LIST will cover significant items such as Sabbatical Fund, Assistant Rector Fund, HVAC Fund, and General Building Maintenance fund.

Your support is pivotal in making a difference through our In-Reach Ministry. Keep an eye out for ways to contribute and help those in need. 

Training Lay Leaders to Lead Morning Prayer

Sunday, July 21st after the 9:30 am service

Training Lay Leaders to Lead Morning Prayer

July 21, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In small congregations, it helps your priest tremendously if a few lay persons are trained in how to lead Morning Prayer for when a priest is not available. At this training, the Rev. Marlene E. Forrest will teach lay leaders the basics of leading Morning Prayer. This training is intended to build basic skills and, if desired, be a foundation for further learning toward getting a license to be a Lay Worship Leader.

Register Here

Thanks to all who joined last Sunday's Poor People’s Campaign: Resurrecting Hope with Bishop William Barber at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Online Giving

Questions? Contact Parish Office: or


Thank you for donating to St. Philip's!


Scan - QR Code Make your gift as the plate is passed, by scanning the QR code.

· Online Giving or PayPal - Go to our website and click GIVE

· Text - Text GIVE to (833) 959-2287

· Check - Send to PO Box 27492, Richmond VA 23261

· Online Banking & Electronic checks - Set up payment with our bank

Other Ways to Donate to St. Philip's

Check - Send to PO Box 27492, Richmond VA 23261

Credit Card or Bank Account - Click here

Earn for St. Philip's at Kroger

We participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Every time you shop, St. Philip's receives a donation based on how much you spend.

St. Philip's code is GT673.

Learn more and sign up here.

Sunday Services are held weekly at 8 and 10:30 am

The 10:30 service will continue to be livestreamed on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. Please note our new Zoom link for the 10:30 am service.

A few guidelines:

  • Masks are a personal choice.

We ask if you are not feeling well, please stay home and follow along with our online service at 10:30 a.m.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to the office at (804) 321-1266 or We look forward to seeing you at St. Philip’s!

By Computer:

Our website

Click Virtual Prayer Services on Facebook:

Our Facebook page

Wednesday Noon Prayer

Dial-in number: (978) 990-5000

Access code: 870051 #

All are welcome!

Prayer List

Paul Adams, Ralph and Judy Anderson, Adrian Arnold, Cynthia Bentley, Tim Brown, Vivienne Brown, Mary Carter, Yvonne Carter, Alex Corbett, Henry Davis, Francis Dye, Christine Forrest, Eudora Forrest, Lewis Forrest, Ophelia Gabson, Blair Grant, William Harris, Jr., Yolanda Haynes, Ester Hyatt, Kemoni Jackson, Bill James, Ayana Malone, Robinette Miller, Lela Morris, Fred Sanelli, Carol Sims-Arrington, Nancy Shadt, Joy Stevenson, Aleta Staunton, Clementine Washington, and Shirley Williams.

For those serving in the military, we ask you to bless the members of our armed forces. Give them courage, hope and strength.

Jasmin Buster and Isiah Seabrook

Prayer List Update In order to keep the Prayer list current and to facilitate the intentionality and mindfulness with which we pray, we print names on the Prayer Lists for three months or less. Please keep us informed on how they are doing, so that we can keep our list update. If you would like to add or delete a name on the prayer list, please email or call 804-321-1266. Thank you.

Rev. Marlene works Monday-Thursday. She can be reached by phone

(804) 356-8216 or email



Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm

Friday, 9 am - 1 pm

If you have a pastoral care need or an emergency and cannot reach Rev. Marlene directly, contact the Senior Warden, Melissa Greene

(804) 658-9250 or click here to Email Sr. Warden


To schedule a meeting with Rev. Marlene, please call Diem Miller in the office at 804-321-1266

Vestry Members, Staff, and Ministry Areas

Please see the roster at the beginning of the newsletter.

SENIOR WARDEN: Melissa Greene



TREASURER: Vickie Seymour

REGISTER: Carolyn Lanier

ASST. REGISTER: Sarah McDermott


Carol Arrington-Sims

Tim Brown

Alan Foster, Sr.

Joy Lee

Kimion Walker

To learn about a specific ministry or associated programs, please contact the vestry liaison for more information.


Community Engagement

Pastoral Care


Rev. Marlene E. Forrest, Rector

Diem Miller, Parish Administrator

MINISTER OF MUSIC: Dr. Willis L. Barnett


VERGER: Nathaniel Lewis

SEXTON: Richard LeTang

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