"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace..." 1 Peter 4:10
Gethsemane sees the ministry of reconciliation as a central, defining value for our parish. We have, over the past few years, worked to train a leadership team to host seminars on reconciliation. We joined the Community of the Cross of Nails and sent representatives, including our rector, to national and international reconciliation events. In 2015, we supported our rector, Jim Warnock, who was joined by his family on an extended trip to Israel and the West Bank with the hope of understanding more deeply the conflict in the Middle East. To find out more about this trip click here. We have also sponsored a number of seminars in Marion since 2008. Past seminar topics have included:
Being a Christian in times of political tension.
Understanding and determining the role of women in the Body of Christ.
Dealing in a godly manner with issues of sexuality.
Maintaining our congregational unity as we change and grow as a parish.
In addition to our seminars, we have also promoted artistic and musical events as well as discussions related to issues around poverty. Most recently we have worked to support racial reconciliation within our community and will continue to stand in solidarity with this important cause.
Solidarity exists to provide a space for people to be fully known and loved. We are open to all, and center the perspectives and voices of people who are LGBTQ+, women, people of color, and all of those who may have been silenced or excluded. We meet regularly for meditation and night prayer every Tuesday at 7 pm, and invite those from all faith backgrounds to join us. We also occasionally hold other get-togethers which will be listed on the Gethsemane Facebook Page.
This volunteer group ministers by caring for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services and clean up afterwards.
Our Lunch Box program offers a free meal to everyone in the neighborhood on the last two Sundays of each month. We also offer a prayer ministry for their spiritual needs. We usually feed between 60 and 110 people. Call the church office to get involved. 765-664-4638
We offer a Sunday School for all ages during our 10:00 am service. Children begin in the classroom. They enter the service at the Peace before the Eucharist. The program is run by our parents and uses a curriculum that follows the Revised Common Lectionary.