Congregation Close-up: St. Martin’s, Lebanon

Congregation Close-up: St. Martin’s, Lebanon

St. Martin’s is an active and joyful parish representing the Episcopal Church in an area consisting of several small towns that are home to 18 other churches. We are proud of and actively promote our inclusiveness. “St. Martin’s Welcomes You” says the sign out front, and we mean it!

St. Martin’s diligently extends its pastoral message to the greater Lebanon community.

Every Wednesday, a Celtic prayer/healing Eucharist is offered. On Sundays, a dedicated team of Lay Eucharistic Visitors delivers communion to those who are homebound. Our music director leads us in worship, participates in the Lebanon Community Chorus, and plays piano for nursing home and assisted living residents. Personal Care Kits are prepared and delivered to the Lebanon Soup Kitchen six times a year. Our Learning Perch tutoring program has been helping second graders improve their reading skills for 25 years.

In our local neighborhood, we provide a playground for young children, especially  popular with nearby apartment dwellers.  Our curbside Little Free Library provides books for the community to share. Monthly potluck suppers feed parishioner and neighbors alike.

St. Martin’s fundraisers also provide outreach opportunities. Each spring, ECW hosts a popular Spring High Tea. Our weekend-long Lebanonicon gaming convention hosts young and old from all faiths as they enjoy board games and camaraderie and good food.

Our monthly One Buck Seminary discussion group brings community members and parishioners together in lively dialog as we review and debate theological ideas extending back to the beginnings of Christianity.

So, you ask, what is St. Martin’s?  We are a bit rural. We are a little small. We are friendly and active and dedicated. We are a church that people come from and to which people return. We are a family, a home.

Visit the St. Martin’s website.