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The door to Strauss-Betker Hall is handicap accessible. All bathrooms are not only handicap accessible but large enough to turn a wheelchair around within. There is a wheelchair lift to the sanctuary that contains handicap accessible seating in the center with chairs, spaces for wheelchairs and a moveable baptismal font if needed to provide full access. if you have any questions about handicap accessibility, please feel free to contact Amanda Vandervort.

847-824-2043

1095 East Thacker Street

Des Plaines, IL 60016

saintmartinschurch1095@gmail.com

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Current Ministries

Dictionary.com defines community service as "voluntary work, intended to be for the common good, usually done as part of an organized scheme." At St. Martin's community service is a large part of our ministry and outreach. We literally clothe and feed the needy with ministries such as our coat drive, diaper drive, and community meal. We minister to those in need of healing with the healing ministry and Des Plaines Chronic Pain Support Group and the Epilepsy Foundation Support Group.

Every year from May through September, St. Martin's host a monthly Community Meal on the second Friday of the month. There is a short service at 6 p.m. with the meal at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer circle at the bonfire following. All are welcome at the meal to come and enjoy or come and help serve. 

At every meal we have a social worker come out from different agencies that may be able to help any in need. They have presented programs such as housing for veterans, discounted ride programs and much more.

Community Meal

Our pets are not just companions but also friends, confidants and even in some cases life-savers. Every October St. Martin's recognizes this through a Pet Blessing for our furry, scaled, or other animal friends. This includes dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, spiders, snakes and any other pet you would like to have blessed. We hope to offer the blessing once again in October.  Location TBD.  Watch for further news of the Pet Blessing. 

Pet Blessing

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord”  James 5:14

     

Healing comes in many forms. When we have failed, are hurting, are struggling or in pain, the healing that reaches deepest into our soul comes from being with other people  and sharing in that struggle.  

   

The Healing Ministry team brings “a part of St. Martin’s” to those who cannot attend our worship services due to illness, family crisis, rehabilitation or other individual situations. We can bring church news, scripture readings, communion, healing prayers or just a pair of sympathetic ears to them. We also offer healing prayers in the church on the last Sunday of the month at both services, and a prayer circle and healing prayers during the community meals.

Healing Ministry

The Epilepsy Foundation Support Group meets in Strauss Betker Hall at St. Martin's on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  Please contact Katie Brenghause at kbrenghause@yahoo.com or Steve Pales at stephenpales@yahoo.com for further information.

Epilepsy Foundation

Support Group

Do you suffer from Chronic Pain? Do you wish you could talk to others who understand? St. Martin's hosts this group for pain patients that is led by pain patients. This is a safe environment where everything from the group is kept confidential. Membership to St. Martin's is not required, but members may decide to have themselves added to the prayer requests or request healing prayers at any time. The group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 1 p.m. The group is accessible through meetup.com, our facebook page, or you may contact Amanda Vandervort (amandavandervort@yahoo.com for more information or to RSVP.

Des Plaines Chronic Pain

Support Group

Please contact The Very Rev. M.E. Eccles if you are interested in participating in a Pet Grief Support Group.

(click on "Contact Us" at the link below)

Pet Loss  & Grief Group