Saturday, September 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Come help raise funds to benefit Episcopal City Mission’s work to bring hope and healing to children in the juvenile justice system at ECM’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” walk-a-thon Saturday, September 21, 9:00-11:00 am at St. Louis University High School track (4970 Oakland Avenue, 63110 – next door to the St. Louis Science Center). This walk-a-thon is sure to be a good time for all ages and abilities – whether that’s a few steps, one lap, the full mile, or more AND will help raise funds for ECM! Register online at ECM’s website or pay at the door (cash or check only.) Tickets are $15 Adults, $5 Kids (under 5 free), Family Max $40. Find us on Facebook at ecitymisisonstl and “like” and “share” this event! Contact the ECM office or Jillian Smith for more info.
What is Episcopal City Mission (ECM)?
ECM provides hope and healing for children age 11 to 16 in the Juvenile Justice System in St. Louis, primarily through our chaplains, who represent the compassionate face of a loving God by:
- Being a caring, non-anxious presence to children in trouble
- Listening, spiritual guidance, Sunday worship
- Offering life-changing programs to children inside the detention centers and in the community to children who are “court involved”
- Facilitating special events: faith-based Hip Hop concerts, monthly birthday parties, holiday gifts
- Distributing Bibles, books, journals, games, etc.
Why is this so Important?
Because we believe . . .
- in the healing power of God’s presence.
- the children we serve are more than the worst thing they have done.
- all children deserve a second chance.
- children aren’t disposable and are worth our time and attention.
- the calming presence of our chaplains reassures the children that someone cares about their spiritual well-being.
At ECM, we believe all children are our children. It may be hard to understand how a child could end up in the juvenile justice system. Many young children in America live with daily abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, and poverty. Without effective intervention and help, our children suffer and struggle. Some of those struggles may be mistakes that put them in the juvenile justice system. We believe these children are so much more than their worst mistake.
States recognize that children who commit crimes are less blameworthy and have a greater capacity for change than adults. Because of this, states have a separate system for children that has rehabilitation as its primary goal.
Through the generosity of our donors, ECM provides chaplains and programs to children ages 11 – 17 in the juvenile justice system in the St. Louis area to offer support, healing and hope, and a caring, listening presence. ECM chaplains are, in a very real sense, the compassionate face of a loving God in the lives of the children. All of this is made possible through grants and fundraising like “Walk a Mile.”