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April 2014
19 Holy Saturday Easter Eve Baptism
April 19 is Holy Saturday Easter Eve.

4 p.m. - Baptism instruction, The Church

5 p.m. - Baptism service, The Church

On Holy Saturday, it is the custom of the Church to offer baptism to adults and children who wish to join the Christian family through this Sacrament. For information and to reserve for a baptism, please contact Cyndy Ensign at 713-985-3808.
Child care for newborns - Pre-K is available during this service. Worship and activities for kindergarten - 5th grade in Founders' Hall.

With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy, thought-provoking messages and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin's provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. The traditional language of The Book of Common Prayer (Rite I) is the form used at most services in The Church. All Christians who are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

19 CH's "Big Saturday" Basketball Skills Clinic
CH's "Big Saturday" Basketball Skills Clinic

10 "BIG SATURDAYS" ~ 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.


3 Saturdays in March (15, 22, 29) 3 Saturdays in April (5, 12, 26) NO April 19 - Easter weekend 4 Saturdays in May (3, 10, 17, 24)


"Skills, not Drills!" My passion, enthusiasm and expertise in teaching the game are unmatched. I have an extremely keen eye for teaching and emphasizing the progressive skill sets that lead up to the finished product. WE ARE THE VERY BEST AT PUTTING YOUNGSTERS INTO A POSITION TO BE SUCCESSFUL! A strong foundation of basketball skills (not drills!) is the key to achieving that success.

The lead clinician is John Herndon, best known to Houston area youngsters as "CH", the director of the Rice Owl summer basketball camps.

WE'LL COVER:
* BALL HANDLING - stationary handling, stationary dribbling, dribble moves. * PASSING - chest passes, bounce passes, hook passes, passing on the run, lead passes. * SHOOTING - technique, groove shooting motion, catch-and-shoot, shooting off the dribble, layups. * OFFENSE - one-on-one, four-on-four, spacing, screening, movement. * DEFENSE - stance, movement, wing denial, helpside defense, block outs.

Eligibility: K-6th graders Grouped by skill level, then by age.


For more information or to speak with instructor regarding his refund policy, please call 713-376-0767.


Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this class.


Cost: $300 IN ADVANCE (Pay for 10 sessions at $30 per session and get 11th SESSION FREE) OR Pay as you come each Saturday ~ $30 per session. Tuition covers excellent instruction from CH and former Rice players, "CH" t-shirt, skills manual, Gatorade. Make checks payable to: "John Herndon, Inc." and mail checks to: John Herndon, Inc, 4 Pembrook Court, Bellaire, TX 77401


For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
Click here to download a pdf of the release form.
19 ECW Family Easter Tree Celebration
ECW Family Easter Tree Celebration
Saturday, April 19
10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at The Island

The Episcopal Church Women of
St. Martin's (ECW) presents
The Family Easter Tree Celebration 2014

Festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m.! Meet inside The Island for The Easter Story reading. Easter Egg Hunt immediately follows outside. Remember your baskets!

We will learn about the German tradition of decorating Easter Trees and how they help us celebrate the true meaning of Easter.

Other family fun for all ages includes Easter Tree crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, bounce houses and more!

For more information, contact Easter Egg Hunt Chairs Mary Groves and Elizabeth Whitehead.
email ECW@stmartinsepiscopal.org.

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Martin's is open to all women of the Episcopal Church over age 21. The mission of the ECW is to encourage the women of St. Martin's in their life in Christ; to promote their spiritual growth through fellowship in their Christian faith; and to foster their active participation in the mission of the church.

[Keywords: ECW, Episcopal Church Women, Easter Egg Hunt, Easter, Children]
19 St. Martin's Saturday Fellowship Group
We meet every Saturday, 1:00-4:00 PM in the Activity Center Family Room. Come if you want to - come as you can - come and go. We meet to chat, stitch and enjoy each other's company!


Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
19 Young Adults AA
Young Adults AA meets Saturdays at 8:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
20 "Coffee and Fellowship"
Immediately following the 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM services, you are invited to take time for "Coffee and Fellowship." See and greet old and new friends in Bagby Parish Hall, Rooms A & B.

Note: This event will not happen on holidays, during special events, or during Church campus closings.
20 Easter Day
April 20 is Easter Day.

7:00 AM - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns and anthems, with full choir and brass

9:00 AM - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns and anthems, with full choir and brass

9:15 AM - Family Table, Holy Eucharist with sermon, Old Church. This family-friendly service features a contemporary liturgy, a live band offering current Christian worship music in an "unplugged" style, and a sermon accessible to children and adults (casual attire).

11:15 AM - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns and anthems, with full choir and brass

6:00 PM - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns and anthems, with full choir

Healing prayer, or prayer for any need, is offered after each service in The Church at the Altar rail.

Child care for newborn - Pre-K is available during Sunday morning services.

With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy, thought-provoking messages and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin's provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. The traditional language of The Book of Common Prayer (Rite I) is the form used at most services in The Church. All Christians who are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

20 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (Sundays)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets Sundays at 8:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
20 Are you a musician?
ARE YOU A MUSICIAN??

If you are taking lessons, have taken lessons, or if you just like to play, we want you!

Performance opportunities for every age and experience levels are invited to be our special guest during Sunday lunch. You'll have the opportunity of scheduling your performance day, and the option of performing with one of the most sought-after pianists in Houston.

Come on and be the featured performer here at St. Martin's! For more information, contact Bruce Morgan, Creative Director for Ministries, at 713/985-3810.
20 Assisted Living Ministry
The Assisted Living Ministry is a group of Lay Pastoral Visitors that goes to nursing/retirement homes each Sunday morning and conducts a service for the residents. The service is over in time to get back to St. Martin's for the 11:15 AM service. Services are Morning Prayer on all but the first Sunday, which is a communion service. The Pastoral Care ministry will train all volunteers. This is an extremely rewarding ministry. We would love to have you join us! Contact Cyndy Ensign at 713/985-3808 or Gayle Ferguson at 713/985-3807.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
20 Bookstore & Gift Shoppe volunteers needed
Bookstore & Gift Shoppe volunteers are needed. Join this fun and exciting opportunity for fellowship. Current needs are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; flexible hours are available. Contact Lesley Hough at 713/985-3840.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
20 CD Ministry
Those who serve in the CD Ministry duplicate and label CDs of sermons on Sunday mornings, for sale in the Bookstore & Gift Shoppe after the Christian Education hour. This ministry also occurs during the week, as we make duplications of sermons, guest lecturers or special speakers.

For more information, contact the Rev. Tom S. Hotchkiss at 713/985-3832.
20 Choristers and Youth Choir
The Choristers (Kindergarten - 5th Grade) and Youth Choir (6th Grade - 12th Grade with unchanged voices) meet on Sundays from 8:30-10:15 AM in Founders' Hall. The Choristers and Youth Choir perform anthems monthly in both the 9 AM service and the Family Table service. They also present a Christmas Program in December. Please contact Kellen Gray for information. kgray@stmartinsepiscopal.org
20 Easter Breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m. (free)
Complimentary breakfast is sponsored by the Vestry of St. Martin's on Sunday, April 20, 7:30-11 a.m., Easter Breakfast, Bagby Parish Hall. Please join us for food and fun!
20 Library Volunteers needed
Our wonderful Library needs some help on Sundays. Please come help one Sunday per month, for a one and a half hour shift. There are many benefits! Call the Library at 713/830-4118 and leave a message.

Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
20 Serve as an Usher
Do you still remember when you visited St. Martin's for the very first time? Chances are you do, and you also probably remember that one of the first people to greet and assist you would have been one of our wonderful Ushers.

If you've ever thought about joining this team of friendly and engaging folks, now is the time to volunteer! Older teens and young adults are welcome to serve as Ushers, too. Our Ushers serve on rotating teams, according to their schedule and service time preferences. No one is expected to usher every Sunday. The work of the Usher ministry is not difficult, but it is highly visible and important. The Ushers are integral to making sure visitors feel welcome and that all aspects of our worship services flow smoothly.

Becoming an Usher is a terrific way to get to know others while providing valuable service to our Parish. Our Ushers enjoy a strong camaraderie with one another, and get together regularly for fellowship. Training is provided, and no prior experience is needed. Simply contact Kristin Early in the Vice-Rector's office to sign up today!

To volunteer or for more information, contact Kristin Early at 713/985-3848.
20 Serve in Children's Ministries
Please serve with us during the 10:15 AM Sunday School classes. We need leaders and helpers to assist with developing a sense of community and friendship while offering an example of what it means to serve God. Come be a part of our program as we help shape the spiritual lives of the children at our church.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Holli Kight at 713/985-3816.
20 Serve in our Family Table service
If your family would like to serve at the Family Table service we need help in the following areas:

  • Usher: Pass the baskets during the Offertory, a good job for Mom or Dad to do with their children. Also, help lead row-by-row to the altar for the Eucharist. Two families are needed every week.
  • Acolyte/Crucifer: Light candles, with supervision, or carry the Cross during the procession at beginning of the service.
  • Sacristan: Bring the elements to the altar; wafers, chalice, paten, water and wine at the appropriate time before the Eucharist. Full family participation is encouraged to stay after the service to clean and purify the vessels in the sacristy. Detailed instructions are provided and help as needed. Includes a credence table lesson.
  • Reading the Prayers: A job for those in 2nd grade or older reading the Prayers of the People into a microphone during the service. Copies of the prayers are made available early for those who want to practice.
  • Chalice Bearer: A job for two children at least ten years of age, offering the wine during the Eucharist. Instruction from Lay Minister required. New chalice bearers will be followed by existing chalice bearers for several weeks.


  • To volunteer or for more information, contact Mary Wilson, Senior Associate Rector for Christian Education and Spiritual Formation, at 713/985-3836.
    20 Serve on the Greeters' Guild
    The Greeters' Guild is a group of parishioners who volunteer to extend a warm welcome to our Sunday morning visitors. They do this by greeting their fellow parishioners and our guests before the morning services and by giving them helpful information and instructions as to how to find their way around our campus. Those who are interested in serving as a member of the Greeters' Guild before and after one of the Sunday morning services should contact Kris Johnson at 713/830-4126.
    20 Welcome Center is Open!
    The Welcome Center is open -- please stop by and visit. We are located between the Bookstore & Gift Shoppe and the St. Martin's Library, near the east side of The Church.

    We are open:
  • Sunday, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

  • Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • (Closed Thursdays, between 9:50-10:45 AM, September-May)
  • When we are closed, please visit the Reception Desk for information.
  • 21 St. Martin's offices closed April 21-22
    In observance of the Easter holiday, St. Martin's offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22.
    21 CODA
    CODA meets Mondays, at 7:15 PM, in room 204, The Hope and Healing Center .

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    21 Flower Delivery Volunteers
    Flower Delivery Volunteers bring flowers from the Altar to parishioners who have been discharged from the hospital, have a birth in the family or who have had a death in the family. We deliver on Mondays. When we talk about uplifting people, this is one of those ministries. Contact Cyndy Ensign at 713/985-3808.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    21 Gam-Anon (Mondays)
    Gam-Anon meets Mondays, 7:00 PM, in room 104 at The Hope and Healing Center.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    21 Gambler's Anonymous (Mondays)
    Gambler's Anonymous meets Mondays at 7:00 PM, in room 104/103, The Hope and Healing Center

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    21 Global Prayer Group
    Current events can leave us overwhelmed and full of questions. We have found that when we gather each week to pray, we are participating in the plan that God has for our world rather than worrying about things out of our control. Although we will continue to focus on our soldiers in Afghanistan, we have felt the need to pray for many of the suffering and forgotten people all over the world. This gives us a chance to respond in prayer to the commission of Christ to reach the ends of the earth in His name.

    Please join the Global Prayer Group* any Monday from 3:00-4:00 PM in Room 207-209, Payne Education Center.

    * This group was formerly called Prayer for Iraq.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    21 LEGO I - PK Engineering
    Building Brains
    LEGO I ~ Pre-K Engineering

    Ages 3 - 4 years


    Trained instructors use LEGO Duplo and K'NEX educational kits to BUILD math and science skills. Our specially designed building kits have gears, levers and pulleys. Students build simple machines that really work, while BUILDING fine motor skills and confidence. Classes are designed to reinforce classroom curriculum. Students use colors, sizes and shapes to build simple machines and then perform scientific experiments to see how they work. Several new and exciting machines are built each day. Literacy skills are improved by memorizing poems with hand motions for gears, levers and pulleys that reinforce how they work and what they do.


    Mondays ~ January 13 - May 5, 2014. ~ 2:45-3:30 p.m.
    (no class January 20, March 17 & April 21)
    This class is full and closed.



    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $260 Non-Church Member - $270
    Maximum: 7

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    21 Men's AA (Mondays)
    Men's AA meets Mondays at 12:00 PM in Room 104, The Hope and Healing Center.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    21 Monday Dance Classes
    Ballet, Creative Dance, Tap and Jazz


    Our dance program continues to be a tremendous success and Ms. Crista Reuss Glover is back at the St. Martin's Activity Center with an even better program. Basic dance techniques for ballet, creative dance, tap and jazz will be offered. You may choose from Monday or Tuesday classes. Don't miss this opportunity to enroll your child in one of these outstanding classes.


    Mondays, January 6 - April 28, 2014

    1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Creative Dance (3 & 4 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/Tap (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

    Click here for online registration.


    Tuesdays, January 7 - April 29, 2014

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/”Hip Hop”/Classical Jazz (1st-2nd grades)

    Click here for online registration.


    Registration begins Monday, December 2, 2013.

    Call Miss Crista for Spring Recital Information! 713-807-7569 or e-mail at pointe9958@aol.com

    Dance Attire Dress Code: Black Leotard - any style, Pink Tights, Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes - replace ribbon with elastic {for Ballet/Tap classes} Ballet/Jazz class needs: Pink ballet shoes, Black jazz shoes Jazz Dance Attire / Dress Code: Leotard - any style or color, Black Jazz Pants, Black Jazz Shoes

    Attire available at Leapin' Leotards, Costumes & Dancewear as well as other local stores

    Annual Theater Dance Recital ~ May 3, 2014 at Kaplan Theater



    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $195 Non-Church Member - $205

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    21 Move It Monday
    Move It Monday

    Ages 3*-5 years {*must be 3 years old by September 1, 2013}

    with Ed Davis


    "Move It Monday" will focus on the overall coordination and development of the children. Exercises, movement activities, and low organization games will be a major part of the class. Eye-hand and eye-foot coordination and the locomotor skills of running, jumping, hopping, galloping, sliding and skipping will be introduced and reinforced throughout the classes during the semester.

    During this semester we will have a lot of fun while learning new games that focus on movement skills and overall coordination. My goal is to instill an interest and love for staying active! Hopefully this will last a lifetime!

    We have three rules in our class: Have FUN Get sweaty Get your heart beating faster than it was when you walked into the gym

    If everyone follows rule #1 everything else should be great!


    Maximum: 11

    Mondays, January 13 - May 5, 2014 ~ 2:15-3:15 p.m.

    (no class Jan. 20, March 17 & April 21)

    This class is full and closed.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member $195 Non-Church Member $205


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    21 Saintly Stitchers
    The Saintly Stitchers meet each Monday, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the Activity Center Upper Hall (east). Please join us for coffee, stitching and fellowship.

    We share techniques, equipment, ideas, cookies, and coffee. Our mission is to needlepoint cushions for the 300 kneelers in the pews. Each one is inscribed with Scripture from the Bible story in the nearest stained glass window. This needlepoint project is funded through donations from those wishing to honor loved ones by having their initials inconspicuously incorporated in the threads of a kneeler.

    Intermediate level and experienced stitchers gather to needlepoint pew kneelers for the nave as we share stitching techniques and fellowship. With 300 kneelers to cover we will welcome your talent.

    We are needlepointers, we are stitching to beautify the nave, and we need help from experienced needlepointers.


    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 59 Diner Bible Study (off campus)
    The 59 Diner Bible Study is for men in their 20s, 30s and 40s -- single, married, and with or without children. This group meets most Tuesday mornings, 6:00-7:15 AM, at the 59 Diner - Shepherd location (3801 Farnham Street, 713/523-2333).

    Please contact Joyce Chun at 713/985-3812 for more information.


    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston Caregivers Group
    Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston (DBSA Houston) hosts a weekly support group for caregivers on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM in room 104, The Hope and Healing Center . For further information about the group, call DBSA's main number at 713/600-1131.

    For more information, please visit their Web site; click here.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 Gambler's Anonymous (Tuesdays)
    Gambler's Anonymous meets Tuesdays, at 12:00 PM, in Room 104, The Hope and Healing Center.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 Greenlaw Lecture Series
    The Tudors

    Lecturer: Barry A. Greenlaw


    The Age of the Tudors represents a pivotal period in English history. In little more than a century, the nation was transformed from a medieval kingdom to a modern state, from an insignificant offshore island to a major world power. Five monarchs, three Kings and two Queens guided the English through, perhaps, its most important century - the New World was discovered, the Anglican Church was born, London became the largest city in Europe, and the Renaissance arrived, altering the very nature of its arts and design. Once regarded as a cultural desert, England, led by Shakespeare and its great universities, established a growing reputation for scholarship and literature.

    Come meet the Tudors, Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary, and of course the larger than life (literally) Henry VIII, and the culminating reign of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.


    The Tudors is a 10-week course, offered three times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The course will begin February 18-19, and will end on April 29-30. There will be a one week break April 22-23.


    The fee for the Full Course is $200. You may, if you wish, register for either half {Sessions 1-5 or 6-10} for $125.

    If you have questions or need further information, please call Barry Greenlaw at 713-781-9028 or email bagreenlaw@aol.com


    Confirmation of Registration will be sent out a week before the first session.

    Make checks payable to Barry A. Greenlaw and enroll by returning this form and fee to Barry A. Greenlaw, P.O. Box 870, Columbus, TX 78934


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
    22 Men's Tuesday Bible Study
    The Men's Tuesday Bible Study focuses on a weekly exploration of both the Bible and Christian literature. We start at 7:00 AM and normally close by 8:00 AM. To join us, show up any Tuesday in Room 201, Payne Education Center.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 Petite Picassos
    Petite Picassos

    Ages 4-5 years

    with Elli Barnwell


    Tailored to the ability of 4-5 year olds, Ms. Barnwell's art class will cover all of the essential elements of art including: texture, color, line, shape and three dimensional expression. Through the use of story and imagination, students will be able to express their ideas and use different techniques each week. The class is designed to build self-esteem and encourage self-expression in a fun, energetic, positive environment.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $240 Non-Church Member - $250 (Registration fee includes art supplies)
    Minimum: 4 Maximum: 8


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.
    January 14 - April 29, 2014, Tuesdays, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m., Skip classes on March 18 & April 22

    This class is full and closed.

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    22 Prayer Shawl Ministry
    The Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to everyone and is part of the Community of Hope outreach to our parishioners. Our purpose is to knit God's love, care and warmth into our shawls and have them blessed before giving them away. If you don't knit, we will help you learn how, or encourage you to start knitting again. We meet Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 AM, in the Activity Center Family Room. You may stay and knit in fellowship with others or knit on your own, but please consider being a part of our group.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 Tuesday Dance Classes
    Ballet, Creative Dance, Tap and Jazz


    Our dance program continues to be a tremendous success and Ms. Crista Reuss Glover is back at the St. Martin's Activity Center with an even better program. Basic dance techniques for ballet, creative dance, tap and jazz will be offered. You may choose from Monday or Tuesday classes. Don't miss this opportunity to enroll your child in one of these outstanding classes.


    Mondays, January 6 - April 28, 2014

    1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Creative Dance (3 & 4 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/Tap (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

    Click here for online registration.


    Tuesdays, January 7 - April 29, 2014

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/”Hip Hop”/Classical Jazz (1st-2nd grades)

    Click here for online registration.


    Registration begins Monday, December 2, 2013.

    Call Miss Crista for Spring Recital Information! 713-807-7569 or e-mail at pointe9958@aol.com

    Dance Attire Dress Code: Black Leotard - any style, Pink Tights, Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes - replace ribbon with elastic {for Ballet/Tap classes} Ballet/Jazz class needs: Pink ballet shoes, Black jazz shoes Jazz Dance Attire / Dress Code: Leotard - any style or color, Black Jazz Pants, Black Jazz Shoes

    Attire available at Leapin' Leotards, Costumes & Dancewear as well as other local stores

    Annual Theater Dance Recital ~ May 3, 2014 at Kaplan Theater



    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $195 Non-Church Member - $205

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    22 Women's AA (Tuesdays)
    Women's AA meets Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in room 204, The Hope and Healing Center .

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    22 Women's AA (Tuesdays)
    Women's AA meets Tuesdays at 12:00pm in the Community Room at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Wednesday Worship Services

    7:00 AM - Holy Eucharist, Chapel

    12:00 PM - Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction), Chapel

    6:00 PM - Holy Eucharist, Chapel (location changes to The Church during Lent)

    With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin's provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. Rite I is the form regularly used. All Christians, baptized in the name of the Trinity, are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church.

    23 Blanket Ladies
    The Blanket Ladies meet Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-noon, in the Activity Center Family Room. They make cotton flannel receiving blankets for newborn infants at local charity hospitals. It is estimated that over 45,000 blankets have been made by these hard-working, wonderful ladies. Come join this group and share some fun, fellowship and love.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston
    Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston (DBSA Houston) hosts a weekly support group on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM in room 104, The Hope and Healing Center . This is an open group for men and women who have mood disorders (including major depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymia) and their families. For further information about the group, call DBSA's main number at 713/600-1131.

    For more information, please visit their Web site; click here.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Docent Guild - give tours of The Church - Wednesdays
    The Docent Guild is a group of parishioner volunteers whose job is to share the history of St. Martin's and the Episcopalian/Anglican faith with the many visitors and tour groups who come to enjoy our magnificent Church. Members of the Guild undergo hours of study and training in order to be able to properly present the "St. Martin's story." Not only do they tell the story well, but they also serve as ambassadors and missionaries of our faith.

    Docent tours may be canceled due to holidays, church events and/or office closures. A tour will not be offered January 29 due to the ECW luncheon with the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas.

    Please contact Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817 for more details.

    The tour schedule changes from time to time. For an updated schedule, please visit our Web site and enter the keyword: Tour

    23 Greenlaw Lecture Series
    The Tudors

    Lecturer: Barry A. Greenlaw


    The Age of the Tudors represents a pivotal period in English history. In little more than a century, the nation was transformed from a medieval kingdom to a modern state, from an insignificant offshore island to a major world power. Five monarchs, three Kings and two Queens guided the English through, perhaps, its most important century - the New World was discovered, the Anglican Church was born, London became the largest city in Europe, and the Renaissance arrived, altering the very nature of its arts and design. Once regarded as a cultural desert, England, led by Shakespeare and its great universities, established a growing reputation for scholarship and literature.

    Come meet the Tudors, Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary, and of course the larger than life (literally) Henry VIII, and the culminating reign of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.


    The Tudors is a 10-week course, offered three times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The course will begin February 18-19, and will end on April 29-30. There will be a one week break April 22-23.


    The fee for the Full Course is $200. You may, if you wish, register for either half {Sessions 1-5 or 6-10} for $125.

    If you have questions or need further information, please call Barry Greenlaw at 713-781-9028 or email bagreenlaw@aol.com


    Confirmation of Registration will be sent out a week before the first session.

    Make checks payable to Barry A. Greenlaw and enroll by returning this form and fee to Barry A. Greenlaw, P.O. Box 870, Columbus, TX 78934


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
    23 LEGO II - Elementary Engineering
    Building Brains
    LEGO II ~ Elementary Engineering

    Ages 5 - 6 years


    Students BUILD simple machines using gears, levers and pulleys and then MOTORIZE them using LEGO and K'NEX educational kits and curriculum while BUILDING math and science skills. Using the newest LEGO educational kit, students challenge one another to create, build and test the best design. Students will learn why a machine works and how to manipulate a machine to go faster or slower. Fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination and confidence will increase in this fun-filled class atmosphere. We teach division using gear ratios.


    Wednesdays ~ January 15 - April 23. 2014 ~ 2:45-3:30 p.m. (no class March 19)
    This class is full and closed.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $260 Non-Church Member - $270
    Maximum: 7


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    23 Men's Fellowship Group
    The Men's Fellowship Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 AM in Room 207-209, Payne Education Center. This small group gathers for reading, sharing, fellowship and coffee as we work our way through selected books.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Men's Prayer and Bible Study
    The Men's Prayer and Bible Study meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 AM, Room 203 Payne Education Center.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery (PAiR)
    Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery (PAiR) meets Wednesdays, from 7:30-8:30 PM, in room 203, The Hope and Healing Center .

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Spanish for Ninos
    Spanish for Niños

    Ages 3 - 5 years


    ¡Hola niños! There are life-long advantages to be gained from early language learning, advantages that extend way beyond the gift of language alone. We provide young children the opportunity to learn and experience the Spanish language through music and play! We focus on the young child's natural ability to develop language effortlessly. Our curriculum is designed to gradually incorporate new words and expressions, as it reinforces past vocabulary, placing an emphasis on auditory comprehension and oral expression. Our modular structure is not based on levels and allows for students to enter and leave and restart at any session.


    Wednesdays ~ January 15 - April 23, 2014 ~ 2:45-3:15 p.m. (No class March 19)


    This class is full and closed.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $175 Non-Church Member - $185

    Minimum: 3 Maximum: 8


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    23 St. Martin's 20s and 30s Holy Hour
    The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM.
    Join us at the Black Walnut Caf, 5512 Memorial Drive, 77007. Friends are always welcome. This year the Rev. R-J Heijmen will be leading us in a study of Pauls Letter to the Galatians entitled "Jesus + Nothing = Everything." For more information, contact Deb Tisch at dtisch@stmartinsepiscopal.org or 713/985-3817. This is a fellowship group for singles and couples without children.

    Holy Hour Dates:
    March 12 & 19 (changed due to Ash Wednesday)
    April 2 & 16
    May 7 & 21
    23 St. Martin's 20s and 30s Professional Development Breakfast
    The 4th Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:00 AM, Bagby Parish Hall.

    Come and join us as we have breakfast, enjoy the fellowship of others and listen to Richard Nelson talk about his work, life, faith and the intersection of all three. Cost of the breakfast is $3.00. Friends are always welcome. This is a fellowship group for singles and couples without children. For more information, please contact Deb Tisch at dtisch@stmartinsepiscopal.org or 713/985-3817.

    Upcoming Dates and Speakers:
    May 28 - The Rev. Martin Bastian
    23 Tae Kwon Do
    Tae Kwon Do


    Bruce Alamdari will conduct the spring session of Tae Kwon Do for children at the St. Martin's Activity Center. These classes are extremely popular. Instruction includes self-discipline, body control and self-defense.

    • Free belt testing • Fee does not include uniform which is purchased from instructor.


    Wednesdays: January 8 - May 7, 2014 (no class March 19)


    • 2:00-2:30 p.m., Little Tigers (3 - 4 yrs.), Min: 5 Max: 10
    This class is almost full! Call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 for registration information.

    • 2:45-3:15 p.m., Little Dragons (3 - 4 yrs.), Min: 5 Max: 10

    This class is full and closed.

    • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Little Warriors (5 - 6 yrs.), Min: 5 Max: 15

    Click here for online registration.

    4:20 - 5:05 p.m., Advanced Class (Yellow belt & up - no exceptions) Min: 5 Max: 15

    Click here for online registration.


    FEE for all Levels: $430 St. Martin's Member; $440 Non-Church Member

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    23 The Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL)
    The St. Martin's chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL) meets on Wednesdays, September through May (except the first Wednesday of each month), from 5:00-6:00 PM in Room 207-209, Payne Education Center for study, training and prayer.




    Opportunities for Healing Prayer:
  • Sundays - Members of the Clergy and OSL are available at the Altar rail after the services at 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and 6:00 PM in The Church.
  • Wednesdays - Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction) will be offered at 12:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • First Wednesday of each month - On the first Wednesday of each month, the St. Martin's chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL) holds a healing prayer service for anyone in need of prayer for themselves, friends or family, from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Old Church. All interested parishioners are invited to come and take part in this service, as well as bring anyone else who would like to receive prayer, anointing and the laying on of hands.

  • We will not have an OSL Healing Service in the month of March.


  • The Order of St. Luke is an international organization dedicated to the Christian healing ministry.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Wednesday Breakfast Bunch
    Join the Wednesday Breakfast Bunch on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM in St. Elisabeth's Refectory for breakfast and fellowship. Most attend the 7:00 AM Eucharist in the Chapel before they meet for a delicious meal ($3) together. This is a great way to get to know your fellow parishioners in a small church atmosphere.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
    Please join us in the very special privilege that God has given each of us as His followers: participating in prayer in His plans for our Church. We meet each week in the Activity Center Family Room from 8:00-8:30 AM to pray specifically for wisdom for our Rector, the clergy and the staff as they direct our life here at St. Martin's. And we also include prayers for those who are sick and hurting in our Parish as well as specific needs for our own families and friends. It has been a joy to watch God at work as He answers our prayers. It's a great way to start the day.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    23 Woodworking for Young Children
    Woodworking for Young Children

    with Linda Engelland

    BOYS AND GIRLS (4 1/4 - 10 years old)

    Wednesdays ~ January 22-May 7, 2014 {no class March 19 & 26}
    14 weeks


    5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Level II & Advanced Woodworking (must have taken Woodworking I or be 7-10 years old)

    Click here for online registration.


    Classes are taught by Linda Engelland who has a B.S. in education from the University of Texas, Austin, and is an A.M.S. Montessori certified teacher. She has taught young children for many years and has very successfully taught woodworking for young children for over 10 years. Linda's classes are very popular and we are delighted to have her at the Activity Center.


    FEE: All Levels ~ $290 St. Martin's Member; $300 Non-Church Member

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this class.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    24 5th and 6th Grade Bowling Party
    5th & 6th Grade Bowling Party!
    Thursday, April 24, 4:30-6:30 PM, 300 Houston

    Join us in April as the Student Ministries and Children's Ministry teams co-host an event to help kids transition between the ministry groups. As the 5th graders finish up their grade-school experience, they'll be joined by the 6th graders as they get familiar with the Student Ministry staff and meet other middle-school kids. It's always a fun bowling afternoon and we look forward to offering it for the 7th consecutive year! Look for details in the ministry Parent Newsletters.



    [Keywords: Bowling Party, Bowling, Children's, Children, 5th graders, 6th graders]
    24 CCSC Annual Azalea Dinner
    Enjoy an evening celebrating the accomplishments of the Christian Community Service Center, on Thursday, April 24 at the Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 West Alabama. 6:30 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction; 7:30 p.m. Dinner, Program, and Live Auction. The mission of the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is to serve the poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy while respecting their religious, ethnic, or cultural differences. CCSC was created out of faith and founded in the belief that we are called to help all God's children heart to heart and hand in hand. For more information, contact Lynda Isensee at lisensee@stmartinsepiscopal.org
    24 Gymnastics
    Gymnastics for Boys and Girls


    Second Semester ~ January 9-May 15 = $310

    Students can join mid-semester or even mid-month.
    Fees will be prorated.

    Students can pay by the month = $65
    Payments must be made by the first class of each month.

    $5 late fee after first class, $10 after 3rd class
    Checks should be made out to: Brown's Gymnastics
    Checks can be turned in at time of class, turned in at school office, or mailed to:

    Brown's Gymnastics, 5930 Beaudry, Houston, TX 77035


    713-723-3362


    Call for information, to pre-register, or just to let us know you're signing up!


    Thursday Class ages and times:

    Old 3’s & Pre-K’s 2:45 p.m.
    Kinder, 1st & 2nd Grades 3:40 p.m.
    3rd, 4th & 5th Grades 4:25 p.m.

    Classes begin January 9, 2014.

    Your child will be participating in an exciting 45 minute class once a week. We work in the areas of floor tumbling, balance beam and mini-trampoline. Some classes include cheerleading for the students that desire it. In all of our classes we mix in health, fitness and well-being information along with some humor.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
    Click here to download a pdf of the release form.
    24 Lydia's Guild
    Lydia's Guild needs volunteers to help straighten and organize the pew racks in The Church. We work on a rotation basis. If you can give a couple of hours once every 4 weeks, please contact Justin Jacobson at 713/985-3838.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    24 Men of St. Martin's: fellowship and weekly Bible study + special guest speaker on the third Thursday of each month
    The Men of St. Martin's group is open to all men of the Parish (all ages), and any male guests and visitors.
    We gather on Thursdays in the fall and spring semesters, from 7:00-8:00 AM in Bagby Parish Hall. We have breakfast, a brief introduction to our study, and a time for table discussion, fellowship and mutual support. We will be working through the Bible Study on Romans, by N. T. Wright, available in the Gift Shoppe.
    Once a month, we will feature a Special Speaker - this year's focus is "Life Changing Moments." Reservations are not required.

    Men of St. Martin's Thursday Morning format:
  • 7:00 AM - Men gather in Bagby Parish Hall for a hot breakfast and engage in fellowship with other men. Hot breakfast (eggs, bacon, biscuits, cereal, fruit and yogurt - $5.00 suggested donation).
  • 7:15 AM-8:00 AM - Weekly introduction and small groups, or Special Speaker


  • Upcoming Special Speakers speaking on Life Changing Moments:
  • Thursday, September 19, 2013, Dr. David A. Peterson, Senior Pastor (retired), Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013, Pastor Gregg Matte, Senior Pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church
  • Thursday, November 21, 2013, Mr. Jeff Webb, Vice-President & Houston Direct Operations Manager, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
  • Thursday, December 12, 2013, Mr. Dan Montgomery, Jr., Former Actor, Senior Director of Tradition Energy
  • Thursday, January 16, 2014, Mr. Tim Melton, Former sports anchor for KTRK-TV Channel 13
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014, Yael Avivi, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist), and Angela A. Koreth, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), Weinberger, Black and Associates
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014, The Rev, Larry Hall, Rector, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014, Dr. Scott Basinger, Founding Executive Director, The Hope and Healing Center and Institute
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014, Mr. Randall E. Butler, J.D., CEO & President, Institute for Sustainable Peace


  • Holiday Breaks - The Men of St. Martin's will not meet on the following dates:
  • November 28, 2013 - Thanksgiving
  • December 19 & 26, 2013 and January 2, 2014 - Winter Break, we will resume on Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • March 20, 2014 - Spring Break

    For more information, please contact:
  • Brittney Jacobson or 713/985-3821
  • Men of St. Martin's President, Perry Ruthven or 713/932-6594
  • Men of St. Martin's Vice President, Bob Heston


    [Updated 8-28-2013 BLJ]


    [Searchable key words: Men, Men of St. Martin's, Bible Study, Speaker]
  • 24 Men's AA (Thursdays)
    Men's AA meets Thursdays at 12:00 PM in the Activity Center Aerobics Room.

    [Location updated 9/21/2009]

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    24 Serve Dinner for reVision/Youth Advocates (weekly outreach opportunity)
    Youth Advocates Please join us as we serve reVision/Youth Advocates for prayer, dinner, break dancing, Bible Study and tutoring each Thursday evening at the Island from 6:45-9:00 PM. Perfect family fun! YA is an innovative youth development organization based in Houston, Texas. Since 1988, Youth Advocates has been building a positive youth community for young people in Texas. YA utilizes hip-hop as its central organizing principle, employing a vernacular that young people appreciate. The ethos of this community promotes autonomy, independent thinking, and creativity, and builds unconventional opportunities for growth and self-expression. Within this culture, YA establishes a norm of affection that connects disenfranchised young people to adults and to each other in constructive and discernable ways. Eliminating geographical and ethnic boundaries, YA creates a large circle of friends, joined by the common values of love, acceptance, and mutual respect. As our young people open themselves to new ways of thinking, their negative behavior patterns and their hopelessness fall away and are replaced by healthier, more proactive modes of activity. For more information or to sign up, send an e-mail to outreach@stmartinsepiscopal.org. Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    24 St. Cecilia Guild
    The St. Cecilia Guild assists the Music Ministry. The efforts include working with the extensive music library, preparing music files for the adult and children's choirs, and occasionally organizing refreshments for choir members. We also need help with the children's choir; those with organizational skills are sought to monitor attendance. For information, contact David Henning, D.M.A. at 713/985-3820.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    24 St. Martin's Bell Choir (rehearsal)
    The St. Martin's Bell Choir is welcoming new ringers. The ability to read music is encouraged. The love and enthusiasm for music is strongly nurtured in this group. The art of handbell ringing is an outgrowth of the ancient art of change ringing in the English Cathedrals and is an art currently practiced by such groups as the Dorothy Shaw Handbell group who have appeared in years past at St. Martin's. We rehearse Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM in Founders' Hall. Call Dr. David Henning at 713/985-3820 for more information.

    Child care may be provided for age 0 - Pre-K, with advance reservation. Contact your event coordinator to reserve child care, or click here to read more about our policy.

    Note: This group sings for some holidays, but will not meet during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    24 St. Martin's Choir (rehearsal)
    St. Martin's Choir is a rewarding place of service to the Lord and our congregation. Singing for the 9:00 and 11:15 AM services, the Choir enjoys being accompanied by our terrific Gloria Dei Organ. A variety of classical music, renewal songs and traditional hymns give members opportunities to learn and appreciate the many different styles of sacred music composed for Christians and the Church. Part singing is a standard practice. New members find strong support from seasoned singers in the Choir who provide encouragement and support. Try us out! We're welcoming and pleased to see new faces. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:15 PM in the Choir Hall.

    Contact Dr. David Henning at 713/985-3820.

    Child care may be provided for age 0 - Pre-K, with advance reservation. Contact your event coordinator to reserve child care, or click here to read more about our policy.

    Note: This group sings for some holidays, but will not meet during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    25 Debtor's Anonymous
    Debtor's Anonymous meets Fridays, at 7:30 PM, in the Activity Center Community Room.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    25 Docent Guild - give tours of The Church - Fridays
    The Docent Guild is a group of parishioner volunteers whose job is to share the history of St. Martin's and the Episcopalian/Anglican faith with the many visitors and tour groups who come to enjoy our magnificent Church. Members of the Guild undergo hours of study and training in order to be able to properly present the "St. Martin's story." Not only do they tell the story well, but they also serve as ambassadors and missionaries of our faith.

    Docent tours may be canceled due to holidays and/or office closures.

    Please contact Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817 for more details.

    The tour schedule changes from time to time. For an updated schedule, please visit our Web site and enter the keyword: Tour

    25 Family Movie Night - 3 Day Test
    This movie is family friendly. Come and enjoy free popcorn as well! 7-9pm RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. RSVP no later than April 24th. To register, click here:www.hopeandhealingcenter.org
    25 Friday Night Live
    Middle Schoolers! Friday Night Live will consist of a tight schedule of high-energy games, delicious dinner and a talk from one of the Island staff members. As with all Student Ministries Programs, friends are always most welcome. We will meet at the Island from 6:30-8:30 PM. Join us!
    25 Men's AA (Fridays)
    Men's AA, Step Up Group, meets Fridays at 12:00 PM in room 103 at The Hope and Heaing Center. For more information, visit www.hopeandhealingcenter.org Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    25 Overeater's Anonymous H.O.W. Concept (Fridays)
    Overeater's Anonymous H.O.W. Concept meets Fridays at 6:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    25 Soccer Shots
    Soccer Shots

    Ages 3 - 5 years


    Soccer Shots is a uniquely designed program that will introduce soccer to your child in a fun, safe, and controlled environment. Each week the 30 minute soccer sessions will offer basic soccer skills, fun games, competitions, and prizes to your child. The program also emphasizes character-forming lessons such as respect, honesty, sharing, teamwork, patience, and encouragement.

    What do the Soccer Shots Sessions include?

    Basic soccer skills Exclusive Soccer Shots games Word of the Day Creative, imaginative play Fun fitness activities and exercises Coordination, balance, and agility development Character-building lessons Weekly and seasonal prizes


    Fridays ~ January 17-May 16, 2014 (no class February 28, March 21 & April 18)


    Two class times to choose from!

    2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL! CALL THE ACTIVITY CENTER AT 713-621-8625 FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION.


    2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
    THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL! CALL THE ACTIVITY CENTER AT 713-621-8625 FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $175 Non-Church Member - $185

    Minimum: 8 Maximum: 12


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    Advance registration is NEEDED!


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    26 CCSC (Christian Community Service Center) Work Day
    Once a month St. Martin's volunteers assist CCSC's Department of Emergency Services. We sort food and clothing donations, and staff the Food Pantry and clothing shop. No experience is needed. Your volunteer work here makes an immediate difference in people's lives. This community service is also suitable, with parental supervision, for young people aged 10 and older. We meet at CCSC, 3434 Branard (2 blocks south of West Alabama, east of Edloe Street) at 8:50 AM and work from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Wear your outreach t-shirt. Send an e-mail to outreach@stmartinsepiscopal.org to let us know you can come.
    26 CH's "Big Saturday" Basketball Skills Clinic
    CH's "Big Saturday" Basketball Skills Clinic

    10 "BIG SATURDAYS" ~ 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.


    3 Saturdays in March (15, 22, 29) 3 Saturdays in April (5, 12, 26) NO April 19 - Easter weekend 4 Saturdays in May (3, 10, 17, 24)


    "Skills, not Drills!" My passion, enthusiasm and expertise in teaching the game are unmatched. I have an extremely keen eye for teaching and emphasizing the progressive skill sets that lead up to the finished product. WE ARE THE VERY BEST AT PUTTING YOUNGSTERS INTO A POSITION TO BE SUCCESSFUL! A strong foundation of basketball skills (not drills!) is the key to achieving that success.

    The lead clinician is John Herndon, best known to Houston area youngsters as "CH", the director of the Rice Owl summer basketball camps.

    WE'LL COVER:
    * BALL HANDLING - stationary handling, stationary dribbling, dribble moves. * PASSING - chest passes, bounce passes, hook passes, passing on the run, lead passes. * SHOOTING - technique, groove shooting motion, catch-and-shoot, shooting off the dribble, layups. * OFFENSE - one-on-one, four-on-four, spacing, screening, movement. * DEFENSE - stance, movement, wing denial, helpside defense, block outs.

    Eligibility: K-6th graders Grouped by skill level, then by age.


    For more information or to speak with instructor regarding his refund policy, please call 713-376-0767.


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this class.


    Cost: $300 IN ADVANCE (Pay for 10 sessions at $30 per session and get 11th SESSION FREE) OR Pay as you come each Saturday ~ $30 per session. Tuition covers excellent instruction from CH and former Rice players, "CH" t-shirt, skills manual, Gatorade. Make checks payable to: "John Herndon, Inc." and mail checks to: John Herndon, Inc, 4 Pembrook Court, Bellaire, TX 77401


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
    Click here to download a pdf of the release form.
    26 St. Martin's Saturday Fellowship Group
    We meet every Saturday, 1:00-4:00 PM in the Activity Center Family Room. Come if you want to - come as you can - come and go. We meet to chat, stitch and enjoy each other's company!


    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    26 Young Adults AA
    Young Adults AA meets Saturdays at 8:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    27 "Coffee and Fellowship"
    Immediately following the 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM services, you are invited to take time for "Coffee and Fellowship." See and greet old and new friends in Bagby Parish Hall, Rooms A & B.

    Note: This event will not happen on holidays, during special events, or during Church campus closings.
    27 The Second Sunday of Easter
    April 27 is the Second Sunday of Easter.

    8 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, spoken service

    9 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, family service with hymns and anthems, with full choir

    9:15 a.m. - Family Table, Holy Eucharist with sermon, Old Church. This family-friendly service features a contemporary liturgy, a live band offering current Christian worship music in an "unplugged" style, and a sermon accessible to children and adults (casual attire).

    11:15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns and anthems, with full choir

    6 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with sermon, The Church, traditional service with hymns, cantors and organist (casual attire)

    Healing prayer, or prayer for any need, is offered after each service in The Church at the Altar rail.

    Child care for newborns - pre-K is available during Sunday morning services.

    With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy, thought-provoking messages and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin's provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. The traditional language of The Book of Common Prayer (Rite I) is the form used at most services in The Church. All Christians who are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
    27 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (Sundays)
    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets Sundays at 8:00 PM in the Activity Center Community Room.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    27 Are you a musician?
    ARE YOU A MUSICIAN??

    If you are taking lessons, have taken lessons, or if you just like to play, we want you!

    Performance opportunities for every age and experience levels are invited to be our special guest during Sunday lunch. You'll have the opportunity of scheduling your performance day, and the option of performing with one of the most sought-after pianists in Houston.

    Come on and be the featured performer here at St. Martin's! For more information, contact Bruce Morgan, Creative Director for Ministries, at 713/985-3810.
    27 Assisted Living Ministry
    The Assisted Living Ministry is a group of Lay Pastoral Visitors that goes to nursing/retirement homes each Sunday morning and conducts a service for the residents. The service is over in time to get back to St. Martin's for the 11:15 AM service. Services are Morning Prayer on all but the first Sunday, which is a communion service. The Pastoral Care ministry will train all volunteers. This is an extremely rewarding ministry. We would love to have you join us! Contact Cyndy Ensign at 713/985-3808 or Gayle Ferguson at 713/985-3807.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    27 Basic Bible Study with Dr. Dave Peterson
    Dr. Dave Peterson, retired Senior Pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, will teach Basic Bible Study (Sunday school class for all adults) on April 27. Please join us in Bagby Parish Hall, 10:15-11:00 AM.
    27 Bookstore & Gift Shoppe volunteers needed
    Bookstore & Gift Shoppe volunteers are needed. Join this fun and exciting opportunity for fellowship. Current needs are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; flexible hours are available. Contact Lesley Hough at 713/985-3840.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    27 CD Ministry
    Those who serve in the CD Ministry duplicate and label CDs of sermons on Sunday mornings, for sale in the Bookstore & Gift Shoppe after the Christian Education hour. This ministry also occurs during the week, as we make duplications of sermons, guest lecturers or special speakers.

    For more information, contact the Rev. Tom S. Hotchkiss at 713/985-3832.
    27 Choristers and Youth Choir
    The Choristers (Kindergarten - 5th Grade) and Youth Choir (6th Grade - 12th Grade with unchanged voices) meet on Sundays from 8:30-10:15 AM in Founders' Hall. The Choristers and Youth Choir perform anthems monthly in both the 9 AM service and the Family Table service. They also present a Christmas Program in December. Please contact Kellen Gray for information. kgray@stmartinsepiscopal.org
    27 Halftime
    For High Schoolers! Come meet us at The Island from 1-3 PM for Halftime. As with all Student Ministries Programs, friends are always most welcome. The more the merrier!
    27 Library Volunteers needed
    Our wonderful Library needs some help on Sundays. Please come help one Sunday per month, for a one and a half hour shift. There are many benefits! Call the Library at 713/830-4118 and leave a message.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    27 Parenting for a Lifetime
    Parenting for a Lifetime
    Sundays, April 27 - May 18
    10:15 - 11 a.m.
    Old Church

    Being a parent is one of life's greatest joys and gifts. It is also one of life's greatest challenges. In this four-week class, our clergy offer some Biblical and theological guidance on parenting - firmly based in reality and with more than a touch of humor.

    For more information, contact Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817.
    27 Serve as an Usher
    Do you still remember when you visited St. Martin's for the very first time? Chances are you do, and you also probably remember that one of the first people to greet and assist you would have been one of our wonderful Ushers.

    If you've ever thought about joining this team of friendly and engaging folks, now is the time to volunteer! Older teens and young adults are welcome to serve as Ushers, too. Our Ushers serve on rotating teams, according to their schedule and service time preferences. No one is expected to usher every Sunday. The work of the Usher ministry is not difficult, but it is highly visible and important. The Ushers are integral to making sure visitors feel welcome and that all aspects of our worship services flow smoothly.

    Becoming an Usher is a terrific way to get to know others while providing valuable service to our Parish. Our Ushers enjoy a strong camaraderie with one another, and get together regularly for fellowship. Training is provided, and no prior experience is needed. Simply contact Kristin Early in the Vice-Rector's office to sign up today!

    To volunteer or for more information, contact Kristin Early at 713/985-3848.
    27 Serve in Children's Ministries
    Please serve with us during the 10:15 AM Sunday School classes. We need leaders and helpers to assist with developing a sense of community and friendship while offering an example of what it means to serve God. Come be a part of our program as we help shape the spiritual lives of the children at our church.

    To volunteer or for more information, contact Holli Kight at 713/985-3816.
    27 Serve in our Family Table service
    If your family would like to serve at the Family Table service we need help in the following areas:

  • Usher: Pass the baskets during the Offertory, a good job for Mom or Dad to do with their children. Also, help lead row-by-row to the altar for the Eucharist. Two families are needed every week.
  • Acolyte/Crucifer: Light candles, with supervision, or carry the Cross during the procession at beginning of the service.
  • Sacristan: Bring the elements to the altar; wafers, chalice, paten, water and wine at the appropriate time before the Eucharist. Full family participation is encouraged to stay after the service to clean and purify the vessels in the sacristy. Detailed instructions are provided and help as needed. Includes a credence table lesson.
  • Reading the Prayers: A job for those in 2nd grade or older reading the Prayers of the People into a microphone during the service. Copies of the prayers are made available early for those who want to practice.
  • Chalice Bearer: A job for two children at least ten years of age, offering the wine during the Eucharist. Instruction from Lay Minister required. New chalice bearers will be followed by existing chalice bearers for several weeks.


  • To volunteer or for more information, contact Mary Wilson, Senior Associate Rector for Christian Education and Spiritual Formation, at 713/985-3836.
    27 Serve on the Greeters' Guild
    The Greeters' Guild is a group of parishioners who volunteer to extend a warm welcome to our Sunday morning visitors. They do this by greeting their fellow parishioners and our guests before the morning services and by giving them helpful information and instructions as to how to find their way around our campus. Those who are interested in serving as a member of the Greeters' Guild before and after one of the Sunday morning services should contact Kris Johnson at 713/830-4126.
    27 Sunday Morning EYC
    For middle schoolers and high schoolers every Sunday at the Island from 10:15-11:00 AM. Join us for donuts, fellowship and a Bible Study!
    27 Welcome Center is Open!
    The Welcome Center is open -- please stop by and visit. We are located between the Bookstore & Gift Shoppe and the St. Martin's Library, near the east side of The Church.

    We are open:
  • Sunday, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

  • Friday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • (Closed Thursdays, between 9:50-10:45 AM, September-May)
  • When we are closed, please visit the Reception Desk for information.
  • 28 CODA
    CODA meets Mondays, at 7:15 PM, in room 204, The Hope and Healing Center .

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 Contemplative Prayer
    The Contemplative Prayer Group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at noon for lunch. The meeting begins at 1:00 PM in the Parlor. This group concentrates on meditation, Bible reading, book study and prayer to listen for God's spiritual direction. For more information, contact Ophelia Pujol by email or phone (713-812-1722).

    Meetings are scheduled:
  • April 28
  • May 12


  • Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 Flower Delivery Volunteers
    Flower Delivery Volunteers bring flowers from the Altar to parishioners who have been discharged from the hospital, have a birth in the family or who have had a death in the family. We deliver on Mondays. When we talk about uplifting people, this is one of those ministries. Contact Cyndy Ensign at 713/985-3808.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 Gam-Anon (Mondays)
    Gam-Anon meets Mondays, 7:00 PM, in room 104 at The Hope and Healing Center.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 Gambler's Anonymous (Mondays)
    Gambler's Anonymous meets Mondays at 7:00 PM, in room 104/103, The Hope and Healing Center

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 Global Prayer Group
    Current events can leave us overwhelmed and full of questions. We have found that when we gather each week to pray, we are participating in the plan that God has for our world rather than worrying about things out of our control. Although we will continue to focus on our soldiers in Afghanistan, we have felt the need to pray for many of the suffering and forgotten people all over the world. This gives us a chance to respond in prayer to the commission of Christ to reach the ends of the earth in His name.

    Please join the Global Prayer Group* any Monday from 3:00-4:00 PM in Room 207-209, Payne Education Center.

    * This group was formerly called Prayer for Iraq.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 LEGO I - PK Engineering
    Building Brains
    LEGO I ~ Pre-K Engineering

    Ages 3 - 4 years


    Trained instructors use LEGO Duplo and K'NEX educational kits to BUILD math and science skills. Our specially designed building kits have gears, levers and pulleys. Students build simple machines that really work, while BUILDING fine motor skills and confidence. Classes are designed to reinforce classroom curriculum. Students use colors, sizes and shapes to build simple machines and then perform scientific experiments to see how they work. Several new and exciting machines are built each day. Literacy skills are improved by memorizing poems with hand motions for gears, levers and pulleys that reinforce how they work and what they do.


    Mondays ~ January 13 - May 5, 2014. ~ 2:45-3:30 p.m.
    (no class January 20, March 17 & April 21)
    This class is full and closed.



    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $260 Non-Church Member - $270
    Maximum: 7

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    28 Men's AA (Mondays)
    Men's AA meets Mondays at 12:00 PM in Room 104, The Hope and Healing Center.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 Monday Dance Classes
    Ballet, Creative Dance, Tap and Jazz


    Our dance program continues to be a tremendous success and Ms. Crista Reuss Glover is back at the St. Martin's Activity Center with an even better program. Basic dance techniques for ballet, creative dance, tap and jazz will be offered. You may choose from Monday or Tuesday classes. Don't miss this opportunity to enroll your child in one of these outstanding classes.


    Mondays, January 6 - April 28, 2014

    1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Creative Dance (3 & 4 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/Tap (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

    Click here for online registration.


    Tuesdays, January 7 - April 29, 2014

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/”Hip Hop”/Classical Jazz (1st-2nd grades)

    Click here for online registration.


    Registration begins Monday, December 2, 2013.

    Call Miss Crista for Spring Recital Information! 713-807-7569 or e-mail at pointe9958@aol.com

    Dance Attire Dress Code: Black Leotard - any style, Pink Tights, Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes - replace ribbon with elastic {for Ballet/Tap classes} Ballet/Jazz class needs: Pink ballet shoes, Black jazz shoes Jazz Dance Attire / Dress Code: Leotard - any style or color, Black Jazz Pants, Black Jazz Shoes

    Attire available at Leapin' Leotards, Costumes & Dancewear as well as other local stores

    Annual Theater Dance Recital ~ May 3, 2014 at Kaplan Theater



    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $195 Non-Church Member - $205

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    28 Move It Monday
    Move It Monday

    Ages 3*-5 years {*must be 3 years old by September 1, 2013}

    with Ed Davis


    "Move It Monday" will focus on the overall coordination and development of the children. Exercises, movement activities, and low organization games will be a major part of the class. Eye-hand and eye-foot coordination and the locomotor skills of running, jumping, hopping, galloping, sliding and skipping will be introduced and reinforced throughout the classes during the semester.

    During this semester we will have a lot of fun while learning new games that focus on movement skills and overall coordination. My goal is to instill an interest and love for staying active! Hopefully this will last a lifetime!

    We have three rules in our class: Have FUN Get sweaty Get your heart beating faster than it was when you walked into the gym

    If everyone follows rule #1 everything else should be great!


    Maximum: 11

    Mondays, January 13 - May 5, 2014 ~ 2:15-3:15 p.m.

    (no class Jan. 20, March 17 & April 21)

    This class is full and closed.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member $195 Non-Church Member $205


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    28 Saintly Stitchers
    The Saintly Stitchers meet each Monday, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the Activity Center Upper Hall (east). Please join us for coffee, stitching and fellowship.

    We share techniques, equipment, ideas, cookies, and coffee. Our mission is to needlepoint cushions for the 300 kneelers in the pews. Each one is inscribed with Scripture from the Bible story in the nearest stained glass window. This needlepoint project is funded through donations from those wishing to honor loved ones by having their initials inconspicuously incorporated in the threads of a kneeler.

    Intermediate level and experienced stitchers gather to needlepoint pew kneelers for the nave as we share stitching techniques and fellowship. With 300 kneelers to cover we will welcome your talent.

    We are needlepointers, we are stitching to beautify the nave, and we need help from experienced needlepointers.


    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    28 The Gathering
    The Gathering endeavors to use its time and gifts to serve Church members and others in our community who suffer with memory loss. The program provides a safe and loving environment filled with creative and stimulating activities for care partners, and allows their care givers respite from the day-to-day care and often difficult support required by care partners.

    The Gathering's activities are centered around the timeless connection of music - singing favorite songs together; enjoying the camaraderie of games; reminiscing with friends who can relate to their experiences; making new friends while participating in fun craft projects and sharing the fellowship of a good meal. We will meet in Bagby Parish Hall from 10:00 AM-1:30 PM.
    29 3rd Annual Chrysalis Occasion Luncheon
    The Hope and Healing Center & Institute and Luncheon Chairs Liz & Matt Rotan Cordially Invite you to A Chrysalis Occasion 3rd Annual Award Luncheon Honorary Chairs Linda & Jim McIngvale Featured Speaker and Annual Chrysalis Recipient Elizabeth McIngvale "My Story, My Life: My Journey with Obssessive Compulsive Disorder" For more information, click here:www.hopeandhealingcenter.org
    29 59 Diner Bible Study (off campus)
    The 59 Diner Bible Study is for men in their 20s, 30s and 40s -- single, married, and with or without children. This group meets most Tuesday mornings, 6:00-7:15 AM, at the 59 Diner - Shepherd location (3801 Farnham Street, 713/523-2333).

    Please contact Joyce Chun at 713/985-3812 for more information.


    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    29 Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston Caregivers Group
    Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston (DBSA Houston) hosts a weekly support group for caregivers on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM in room 104, The Hope and Healing Center . For further information about the group, call DBSA's main number at 713/600-1131.

    For more information, please visit their Web site; click here.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    29 Gambler's Anonymous (Tuesdays)
    Gambler's Anonymous meets Tuesdays, at 12:00 PM, in Room 104, The Hope and Healing Center.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    29 Greenlaw Lecture Series
    The Tudors

    Lecturer: Barry A. Greenlaw


    The Age of the Tudors represents a pivotal period in English history. In little more than a century, the nation was transformed from a medieval kingdom to a modern state, from an insignificant offshore island to a major world power. Five monarchs, three Kings and two Queens guided the English through, perhaps, its most important century - the New World was discovered, the Anglican Church was born, London became the largest city in Europe, and the Renaissance arrived, altering the very nature of its arts and design. Once regarded as a cultural desert, England, led by Shakespeare and its great universities, established a growing reputation for scholarship and literature.

    Come meet the Tudors, Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary, and of course the larger than life (literally) Henry VIII, and the culminating reign of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.


    The Tudors is a 10-week course, offered three times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The course will begin February 18-19, and will end on April 29-30. There will be a one week break April 22-23.


    The fee for the Full Course is $200. You may, if you wish, register for either half {Sessions 1-5 or 6-10} for $125.

    If you have questions or need further information, please call Barry Greenlaw at 713-781-9028 or email bagreenlaw@aol.com


    Confirmation of Registration will be sent out a week before the first session.

    Make checks payable to Barry A. Greenlaw and enroll by returning this form and fee to Barry A. Greenlaw, P.O. Box 870, Columbus, TX 78934


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
    29 Men of St. Martin's Kids' Meals Sandwich Making
    Join the Men of St. Martin's to make sandwiches for Houston's hungry children on Tuesday, April 29 from 5:00-6:30 PM in the Activity Center Fellowship Room.

    Kids' Meals delivers lunch to pre-school children living in poverty. Let us know if you can help by contacting outreach@stmartinsepiscopal.org.
    29 Men's Tuesday Bible Study
    The Men's Tuesday Bible Study focuses on a weekly exploration of both the Bible and Christian literature. We start at 7:00 AM and normally close by 8:00 AM. To join us, show up any Tuesday in Room 201, Payne Education Center.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    29 Petite Picassos
    Petite Picassos

    Ages 4-5 years

    with Elli Barnwell


    Tailored to the ability of 4-5 year olds, Ms. Barnwell's art class will cover all of the essential elements of art including: texture, color, line, shape and three dimensional expression. Through the use of story and imagination, students will be able to express their ideas and use different techniques each week. The class is designed to build self-esteem and encourage self-expression in a fun, energetic, positive environment.


    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $240 Non-Church Member - $250 (Registration fee includes art supplies)
    Minimum: 4 Maximum: 8


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.
    January 14 - April 29, 2014, Tuesdays, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m., Skip classes on March 18 & April 22

    This class is full and closed.

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    29 Prayer Shawl Ministry
    The Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to everyone and is part of the Community of Hope outreach to our parishioners. Our purpose is to knit God's love, care and warmth into our shawls and have them blessed before giving them away. If you don't knit, we will help you learn how, or encourage you to start knitting again. We meet Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 AM, in the Activity Center Family Room. You may stay and knit in fellowship with others or knit on your own, but please consider being a part of our group.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    29 Tuesday Dance Classes
    Ballet, Creative Dance, Tap and Jazz


    Our dance program continues to be a tremendous success and Ms. Crista Reuss Glover is back at the St. Martin's Activity Center with an even better program. Basic dance techniques for ballet, creative dance, tap and jazz will be offered. You may choose from Monday or Tuesday classes. Don't miss this opportunity to enroll your child in one of these outstanding classes.


    Mondays, January 6 - April 28, 2014

    1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Creative Dance (3 & 4 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/Tap (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

    Click here for online registration.


    Tuesdays, January 7 - April 29, 2014

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Preschool Ballet/Tap (4 & 5 years)

    Click here for online registration.

    3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Ballet/”Hip Hop”/Classical Jazz (1st-2nd grades)

    Click here for online registration.


    Registration begins Monday, December 2, 2013.

    Call Miss Crista for Spring Recital Information! 713-807-7569 or e-mail at pointe9958@aol.com

    Dance Attire Dress Code: Black Leotard - any style, Pink Tights, Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes - replace ribbon with elastic {for Ballet/Tap classes} Ballet/Jazz class needs: Pink ballet shoes, Black jazz shoes Jazz Dance Attire / Dress Code: Leotard - any style or color, Black Jazz Pants, Black Jazz Shoes

    Attire available at Leapin' Leotards, Costumes & Dancewear as well as other local stores

    Annual Theater Dance Recital ~ May 3, 2014 at Kaplan Theater



    FEE: St. Martin's Member - $195 Non-Church Member - $205

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056.


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    29 Women's AA (Tuesdays)
    Women's AA meets Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in room 204, The Hope and Healing Center .

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    29 Women's AA (Tuesdays)
    Women's AA meets Tuesdays at 12:00pm in the Community Room at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Wednesday Worship Services

    7:00 AM - Holy Eucharist, Chapel

    12:00 PM - Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction), Chapel

    6:00 PM - Holy Eucharist, Chapel (location changes to The Church during Lent)

    With an emphasis on beautiful liturgy and excellence in music, worship at St. Martin's provides an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God. Rite I is the form regularly used. All Christians, baptized in the name of the Trinity, are welcome to receive Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church.

    30 Blanket Ladies
    The Blanket Ladies meet Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-noon, in the Activity Center Family Room. They make cotton flannel receiving blankets for newborn infants at local charity hospitals. It is estimated that over 45,000 blankets have been made by these hard-working, wonderful ladies. Come join this group and share some fun, fellowship and love.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston
    Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston (DBSA Houston) hosts a weekly support group on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM in room 104, The Hope and Healing Center . This is an open group for men and women who have mood disorders (including major depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymia) and their families. For further information about the group, call DBSA's main number at 713/600-1131.

    For more information, please visit their Web site; click here.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Docent Guild - give tours of The Church - Wednesdays
    The Docent Guild is a group of parishioner volunteers whose job is to share the history of St. Martin's and the Episcopalian/Anglican faith with the many visitors and tour groups who come to enjoy our magnificent Church. Members of the Guild undergo hours of study and training in order to be able to properly present the "St. Martin's story." Not only do they tell the story well, but they also serve as ambassadors and missionaries of our faith.

    Docent tours may be canceled due to holidays, church events and/or office closures. A tour will not be offered January 29 due to the ECW luncheon with the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas.

    Please contact Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817 for more details.

    The tour schedule changes from time to time. For an updated schedule, please visit our Web site and enter the keyword: Tour

    30 Greenlaw Lecture Series
    The Tudors

    Lecturer: Barry A. Greenlaw


    The Age of the Tudors represents a pivotal period in English history. In little more than a century, the nation was transformed from a medieval kingdom to a modern state, from an insignificant offshore island to a major world power. Five monarchs, three Kings and two Queens guided the English through, perhaps, its most important century - the New World was discovered, the Anglican Church was born, London became the largest city in Europe, and the Renaissance arrived, altering the very nature of its arts and design. Once regarded as a cultural desert, England, led by Shakespeare and its great universities, established a growing reputation for scholarship and literature.

    Come meet the Tudors, Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary, and of course the larger than life (literally) Henry VIII, and the culminating reign of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.


    The Tudors is a 10-week course, offered three times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The course will begin February 18-19, and will end on April 29-30. There will be a one week break April 22-23.


    The fee for the Full Course is $200. You may, if you wish, register for either half {Sessions 1-5 or 6-10} for $125.

    If you have questions or need further information, please call Barry Greenlaw at 713-781-9028 or email bagreenlaw@aol.com


    Confirmation of Registration will be sent out a week before the first session.

    Make checks payable to Barry A. Greenlaw and enroll by returning this form and fee to Barry A. Greenlaw, P.O. Box 870, Columbus, TX 78934


    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this activity.

    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form.
    30 Men's Fellowship Group
    The Men's Fellowship Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 AM in Room 207-209, Payne Education Center. This small group gathers for reading, sharing, fellowship and coffee as we work our way through selected books.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Men's Prayer and Bible Study
    The Men's Prayer and Bible Study meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 AM, Room 203 Payne Education Center.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery (PAiR)
    Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery (PAiR) meets Wednesdays, from 7:30-8:30 PM, in room 203, The Hope and Healing Center .

    For more information, visit www.stmartinsepiscopal.org/prevention.php.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 St. Martin's 20s and 30s Holy Hour
    The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM.
    Join us at the Black Walnut Caf, 5512 Memorial Drive, 77007. Friends are always welcome. This year the Rev. R-J Heijmen will be leading us in a study of Pauls Letter to the Galatians entitled "Jesus + Nothing = Everything." For more information, contact Deb Tisch at dtisch@stmartinsepiscopal.org or 713/985-3817. This is a fellowship group for singles and couples without children.

    Holy Hour Dates:
    March 12 & 19 (changed due to Ash Wednesday)
    April 2 & 16
    May 7 & 21
    30 Tae Kwon Do
    Tae Kwon Do


    Bruce Alamdari will conduct the spring session of Tae Kwon Do for children at the St. Martin's Activity Center. These classes are extremely popular. Instruction includes self-discipline, body control and self-defense.

    • Free belt testing • Fee does not include uniform which is purchased from instructor.


    Wednesdays: January 8 - May 7, 2014 (no class March 19)


    • 2:00-2:30 p.m., Little Tigers (3 - 4 yrs.), Min: 5 Max: 10
    This class is almost full! Call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 for registration information.

    • 2:45-3:15 p.m., Little Dragons (3 - 4 yrs.), Min: 5 Max: 10

    This class is full and closed.

    • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Little Warriors (5 - 6 yrs.), Min: 5 Max: 15

    Click here for online registration.

    4:20 - 5:05 p.m., Advanced Class (Yellow belt & up - no exceptions) Min: 5 Max: 15

    Click here for online registration.


    FEE for all Levels: $430 St. Martin's Member; $440 Non-Church Member

    Advance registration is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.
    30 The Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL)
    The St. Martin's chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL) meets on Wednesdays, September through May (except the first Wednesday of each month), from 5:00-6:00 PM in Room 207-209, Payne Education Center for study, training and prayer.




    Opportunities for Healing Prayer:
  • Sundays - Members of the Clergy and OSL are available at the Altar rail after the services at 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and 6:00 PM in The Church.
  • Wednesdays - Holy Eucharist followed by the Sacrament of Healing (Holy Unction) will be offered at 12:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • First Wednesday of each month - On the first Wednesday of each month, the St. Martin's chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL) holds a healing prayer service for anyone in need of prayer for themselves, friends or family, from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Old Church. All interested parishioners are invited to come and take part in this service, as well as bring anyone else who would like to receive prayer, anointing and the laying on of hands.

  • We will not have an OSL Healing Service in the month of March.


  • The Order of St. Luke is an international organization dedicated to the Christian healing ministry.

    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Wednesday Breakfast Bunch
    Join the Wednesday Breakfast Bunch on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM in St. Elisabeth's Refectory for breakfast and fellowship. Most attend the 7:00 AM Eucharist in the Chapel before they meet for a delicious meal ($3) together. This is a great way to get to know your fellow parishioners in a small church atmosphere.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
    Please join us in the very special privilege that God has given each of us as His followers: participating in prayer in His plans for our Church. We meet each week in the Activity Center Family Room from 8:00-8:30 AM to pray specifically for wisdom for our Rector, the clergy and the staff as they direct our life here at St. Martin's. And we also include prayers for those who are sick and hurting in our Parish as well as specific needs for our own families and friends. It has been a joy to watch God at work as He answers our prayers. It's a great way to start the day.
    Note: This group will not meet on holidays or during Church campus closings. Please contact the group leader for updates.
    30 Woodworking for Young Children
    Woodworking for Young Children

    with Linda Engelland

    BOYS AND GIRLS (4 1/4 - 10 years old)

    Wednesdays ~ January 22-May 7, 2014 {no class March 19 & 26}
    14 weeks


    5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Level II & Advanced Woodworking (must have taken Woodworking I or be 7-10 years old)

    Click here for online registration.


    Classes are taught by Linda Engelland who has a B.S. in education from the University of Texas, Austin, and is an A.M.S. Montessori certified teacher. She has taught young children for many years and has very successfully taught woodworking for young children for over 10 years. Linda's classes are very popular and we are delighted to have her at the Activity Center.


    FEE: All Levels ~ $290 St. Martin's Member; $300 Non-Church Member

    Please fill out and sign Activity Center release form for this class.


    If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the credit card form. Make checks payable to St. Martin's Activity Center and enroll by returning this form and fee (check or credit card form) to St. Martin's Activity Center, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056


    For more information call the Activity Center at 713-621-8625 or Click here to download a pdf of the registration form, release form and credit card form.