We welcome and appreciate your interest in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. While the first service of the congregation that would become St. Martin’s Episcopal Church was held at Metairie High School on the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 1942, we still have the same mission of inviting others into our community of faith.
We hope to further your participation and development in the faith, and to encourage others to join as we seek to follow Christ and reach out to others in his name.
Mission and Guiding Principles
The mission of the Episcopal Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other through Christ. At St. Martin’s that mission is expressed through our four guiding principles: Worship, Stewardship, Community, and Outreach.
Our Mission Expressed: The ministries of St. Martin’s take many forms through the guiding principles.
Altar Guild - Prepare the altar and church for worship. Each team generally serves one weekend a month.
Choir - Warm up weekly on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and sing during 10:00 a.m. service.
Flower Guild - Prepare the flowers for worship. Each team serves one weekend a month.
Intercessory Prayer Group - Meet once a month to pray for community concerns and each individual prays the list daily.
Lector/Lay Eucharistic Minister - Read lessons during Sunday worship and help pass the chalice at communion generally one Sunday a month.
Sunday School - Christian Formation for children, Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. during the school year, except holidays and the last Sunday of each month.
Ushers - Help to create a spirit of worship, reverence, and friendliness during the services.
Vestry - Governing body of our parish church. With the Rector as its leader, it sets policy and goals and oversees the finances and property and provides leadership to implement the ministries that serve the parish and the community.
Stewardship Education Committee - Plan and implement giving of time, talent, and treasure in the parish.
Pray. Eat, Learn - Held every Wednesday (during the school year) beginning at 6:00 p.m. with Eucharist, followed by a catered dinner at 6:30 p.m., then teaching at 7:30 p.m. Come to all or just one part as your schedule allows.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) - Fellowship and mission opportunities, including the United Thank Offering.
Rector’s Bible Study - An informal Bible study meeting every Monday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (during the school year) in Gayle Hall.
St. Julia’s Guild for Women - Meet once a month for lunch, devotion, and craft projects to benefit local hospitals.
Ella Dolhonde Elementary School Partnership – Tutoring to second graders through “Start the Adventure in Reading" (STAIR) program and reading to first graders once a month for an hour.
Outreach - The focus is on a different way to reach the greater Jefferson/Orleans area. Ongoing initiatives are food drives, books to prisoners, The Little Free Library, and the Ella Dolhonde School Partnership. Other initiatives include recycling Mardi Gras beads, and baby items donated to neo-natal units in local hospitals.
Pumpkin Patch - Held in October, the Pumpkin Patch allows us the opportunity to serve the church and our neighbors. Part of the proceeds benefit other local ministries.
The Little School - A ministry of St. Martin’s Church reaching young children, ages 2-5, and their parents in our community.