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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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The service at St Martin's will feel comfortable whether you are of Catholic or Protestant background.  In fact, Episcopalians joke they are "half Catholic".   Although the Episcopal Church is a Protestant religion, it has retained its order of service from the Catholic church, from which it is directly descended.

 

Services at St Martins use the red "Book of Common Prayer" and the blue "1982 Hymnal", modified by supplemental material. Music at the 10 am service is accompanied by both pipe organ and piano.  Members of the congregation assist the clergy during the service by reading the lessons and helping serve Communion.  Communion is served at both services every Sunday, with bread and wine - no grape juice here.  On the 3rd Sunday of the month, we host our Paws-in-the-Pews service, welcoming creatures of every kind to worship together.  On the 4th Sunday of the month, in the corners of the church, Healing Prayers are offered during Communion for anyone  in need of special healing prayers.

The 8:00am Service

Follows the more traditional Rite 1 format using the Book of Common Prayer.

 

There is no music.  

 

The service lasts about 50 minutes.

The 10:00am Service

Uses seasonal worship booklets in contemporary language and, although updated, is still filled with tradition.  

 

Music is plentiful throughout.

A service will run about an hour.

A unique characteristic of the Episcopal Church among the Protestant religions is Apostolic Succession.  The laying on of hands starting with Jesus and his apostles has been maintained from bishop to bishop to the present.  Any of us can therefore participate in this continuum.  

How cool is that?

 

At St Martin's all are truly welcome.  One row of pews in the middle of the sanctuary has been removed to allow for easy access and seating by people with wheelchairs, walkers, etc.  No one has to apply to join or go through a review process.  We would love to have you join us. 

Time Lapse of 10am Service