St. Philip’s offers a variety of educational opportunities to our community: Sunday School & Teens, adult studies & guest speakers, Catechumen & Inquirer series (also serves as a refresher course!), and summer Vacation Church School, as well as St. Stephen’s Course (through the Archdiocese) for more formal study. See Fr. Noah to serve or participate in these ministries. Click here for more information.
Family & Youth Ministries -
St Philip's Sunday School, for students age 4 through grade 8, provides a broad-ranging education in Orthodox faith and life. Through the use of Scripture, prayers, hymns, and icons, children learn about their Faith and the life of the Church - its Services, Sacraments, Feasts, and Saints.
Teen SOYO, for students in grades 9-12, meets following the Liturgy every Sunday. In addition to their Christian studies at that time, service and outreach activities enable them to increase their love for God and neighbor, and social activities give them the opportunity to develop relationships to last a lifetime. See Subdn. Ben Daniel and Subdn. Vince Kaufmann for more information.
Summer, Winter, and Family Camp opportunities are available at the Antiochian Village in western Pennsylvania. Click here to visit the camp website or see Vera Acker for more information.
Altar Server and Handmaidens ministries are available for boys and girls, respectively. See below for more information.
Choir and Youth Choir - Music is an integral part of our worship experience. Whether through full choir arrangements or simple chanting, the ministry of St. Philip’s Choir instructs and uplifts. Rehearsals are scheduled through the school year; new singers are always welcome. The Youth Choir (grades 2-8) meets in fall and spring to prepare for singing a service on their own, and singers are welcome to join the adult choir after communion throughout the year. Click here for more information on the music of the Church & our choirs, and speak to Kh. Elizabeth to join the choir.
Epistle Readers -
Readers of the Epistle have the privilege of helping to proclaim the word of God in worship in such a way as to allow all of us to grow closer to our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. Readers also have the responsibility of proclaiming God's word with clarity, dignity, care and attentiveness. Readers serve Christ and edify our brothers and sisters in Christ, setting a proper example, enabling us all to grow together in the blessings of the grace of God and in the worship of Him.
Here are a couple of Epistle readings to use as an example of a chanting style. Whether chanting is simple or fancy, the most important thing is that the text is heard and understood by the congregation.
Altar Servers - All boys age 7 and up are invited to serve at the St. Philip’s altar. This service requires knowledge of the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Pre-Communion Prayers, as well as a willingness to pay attention, follow directions, and be reverent. See Dn. Herman or Simeon Acker for more information.
The Handmaidens is a sisterhood of young women (ages 6-18), modeled after the ministry of the Theotokos, the Myrrhbearers, and the other women saints, intended to allow girls to grow together in service, prayer, and purity. They participate in special aspects of some services and meet for other activities. If your daughter would like to participate, please talk to Beth McClintock or MaryLynne Black.
Antiochian Women of St Philip's - The Women of St. Philip’s, a chapter of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America (AOCWNA), support our church community in many ways, such as providing hospitality for special events, sending cheerful greetings to shut-ins, and raising funds for special projects. For more information click here.
Matushka Olga Sewing Club -
Matushka Olga was a priest's wife in Alaska who was a very caring person. She did a lot of sewing, especially for the needy, and considered every child in the parish her child. (More information can be found at http://orthodoxwiki.org/Olga_Michael. Image borrowed from www.oholy.net)
The Matushka Olga Sewing Club at St Philip’s meets on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., offering an opportunity to learn or teach, work on your own project or on projects for those in need. All are welcome. Contact Angie Drăghici for more information.
Parish Council - The Parish Council consists of twelve faithful pledging members of St. Philip’s. Each year at the Annual Parish Meeting, three Council members are elected and one is appointed by the priest. The Council meets monthly to review and oversee the many aspects of the operation of our church: ministry, education, hospitality, finances, maintenance, policies & procedures, decorum, growth, and more. Each month’s meeting minutes are distributed in the bulletin and posted on the bulletin board; the names of members are listed therein. You may speak to a member of the Council to voice your comments and concerns.
Outreach Teams -
St. Philip’s offers several outreach opportunities:
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Turkeys-R-Us team asks the families of St. Philip’s to contribute a turkey to be given either to The King’s Jubilee or to local families (along with other food items to provide a complete holiday meal). In addition, our St Nicholas Tree and ChristmasAdopt-A-Family also bring the opportunity for gift-giving to needy families. Another, more frequent, outreach opportunity is the Adopt-A-Highway program. Four times a year, members of St. Philip’s pick up trash along Tollgate Road in Quakertown. To participate in Adopt-A-Highway, contact Jerry Burke; for Turkeys-R-Us, contact Mark Smerkanich or Denise Yurchak; to assist with Christmas outreach, speak to April Smith. Please contact the church office about any other Outreach ideas or needs!
Missions and Evangelism - The Missions and Evangelism Team promotes and provides information on missions activity in the Orthodox Church and develops and coordinates the evangelistic efforts of St. Philip’s. For more information, see Reader Nicholas Muzekari.
St. Philip's Library - The St. Philip’s Library provides books, magazines, and audio, video, & computer materials for the education of our parishioners. From the Bible to contemporary issues, from saints & fathers to food & travel. Music, iconography, culture, history, spirituality & children’s selections. There’s something for everyone! (Please remember that children under 5 must be closely supervised by an adult when in the library.) See Debbie Ferguson for more information or to help with maintaining the library.
BookShelf Ministry - The St. Philip’s BookShelf Ministry is our bookstore. We call it a ministry because we sell our items at virtually our cost. Many types of books are available. If you don’t see a title you’d like, see Todd Moore or Fr. Noah; we may be able to order it for you.
St. Philip's Cemetery - St. Philip’s Cemetery was established in 2001, and is available to Orthodox Christians of any parish and their Christian spouses and children. Click here for details. See Susan Psomiadis, Fr. Noah, or Fr. Boniface, for more information, or contact the church office at 215-721-4947.
Maintenance Team - St Philip's Maintenance Team takes care of the building and grounds of the church, either by doing the work themselves, or working with local contractors. See Bill Henry or Damien Kovalenko if you would like to be a part of this team.
St. Andrei Rublev Iconography Work Group - The iconography work group meets weekly at the church to support each other in writing icons. They also learn more about iconography, as ministry and spiritual discipline, and will eventually provide educational materials and opportunities to the parish. They follow the “Prosopone School of Iconography” as learned from Master Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. Participants bring icons in progress to work on. Please see Linda Henry for more information.
St. Nina Prayer Network - The St. Nina Prayer Network was established to provide an organized way to share particular prayer requests. Prayer requests for all our beloved in critical need can be given to Fr. Noah or Fr. Boniface, who will pass them along to the group. For more details, or to join the St. Nina Prayer Network, speak to Celia Marie Khouri.
Icon of Iveron Prayer Group - Since 2002, participants in this prayer group have been taking turns praying the Akathist before the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, so that every day our prayers are offered, especially for newlyweds. If you are interested in joining us, see Angie Drăghici, Niko Chocheli, or Mary Kompass for more information.
Adopt-A-Highway - St. Philip’s has “adopted” a stretch of Tollgate Road in Quakertown, cleaning up the trash along the road four times a year. Volunteers are always welcome; see Dr. Jerry Burke for more information.
Fellowship of St. John the Divine - The Fellowship of St. John the Divine is an organization of the Antiochian Archdiocese which encourages and provides means for missions, outreach & evangelism; unity; and spiritual renewal in the churches of the Archdiocese. Some of the activities St. Philip’s has been most involved in are the Food for Hungry People program, the Creative Festivals, the Oratorical and Bible Bowl Festivals, and the Parish Life Conferences. Contact the church office for more information.
Order of St Ignatius of Antioch - The Order of St Ignatius is comprised of more than 4,000 men and women throughout the Antiochian Archdiocese, committed to serving Christ through an extra annual gift. By their generosity, they help increase the benevolent and charitable work of the Archdiocese, reach out in Christ’s Name, invest in Orthodoxy for the 21st Century, let the Light of Orthodoxy shine for future generations, and make a difference in the lives of many.
Some of the projects supported by the Order of St Ignatius are:
> Antiochian House of Studies > Antiochian Village Camp > Antiochian Village Heritage & Learning Center > Balamand Theological Academy > Chinese Translation Project > Christian Education > College Conference > IOCC > Missions and Evangelism > Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries > Project Mexico > Task Force for Jerusalem > Theophany School > The Treehouse Orthodox Family Ministries > Youth Ministry And More!
See Jonathan Black, Larry Shaheen, or Anne Marie Collins for information.
Email List-Serve - An email service for the St. Philip’s family, to quickly circulate information (announcements, schedule changes, events, Word from the Desert, etc.) via email to those who have subscribed. You must subscribe from your email account to be included on the list. This is our primary method for sending out important last-minute information; if you don’t have email, or choose not to subscribe, please arrange with a friend who is subscribed to call you with important information.
Are you signed up for St Philip's email list-serve? This is our
primary means of spreading time-sensitive news such as schedule
changes, announcements, and prayer requests. You'll also receive
almost-daily quotes from the saints via Word From the Desert. If you'd
rather not receive these emails, be sure to arrange to get
time-sensitive news from a friend who is receiving list-serve emails.
Here's how to join:
Send an email to stphilip-request [at] comcor [dot] net
the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject or message (no other words
at all). You'll get back
a confirmation email with information about the list and commands. (You might have to respond with confirmation).
You may want to put comcor.net on your "not spam" list,
and add stphilip-bounces [at] comcor [dot] net
address book, so our emails don't get rejected as spam.
See Vera Acker for more information.
And More! - St. Philip's offers our parishioners many more opportunities to minister to our church family, our community, and the world. A fuller list is available in the church narthex.
And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:26)