The Northwest Philly cluster comprises the eight zip codes east of the Schuylkill River, north of the Roosevelt Expressway and west of Broad Street within the city limits. Of these eight zip codes, four actually include people currently on record as attending Saint Mark’s: Chestnut Hill (19118), Mt Airy (19119), Manayunk (19127) and Roxborough (19128). If you live in any of these neighborhoods, or in East Falls (19129), West Oak Lane (19138), Germantown (19144) or Cedarbrook (19150), and have not given your contact info to the church, please do so. We would love to know about and welcome as neighbors everyone attending Saint Mark’s who lives in our neck of the woods!
While the many individual neighborhoods within our cluster each have very strong, unique identities, the overarching geographic label “Northwest Philadelphia” also has meaning to those living within it. Everyone in our cluster shares at least some proximity to our beloved Wissahickon Park which runs up the middle of our territory parallel to the historic spines of Germantown and Ridge Avenues. We all use the roadways or bike paths along the Schuylkill River through (more) beautiful parkland, or one of three slow but charming and idiosyncratic SEPTA Rail lines, to get to church. And, not incidentally, we all choose to travel the distance to Saint Mark’s rather than attend any number of very fine Episcopal churches within our borders.
Recognizing this shared identity, our cluster was recently created as a split-off from the Fairmount Cluster, whose leaders have very graciously incorporated parishioners from well beyond the Fairmount neighborhood prior to our forming. We hope to continue and enhance that fellowship within a more focused geography. We will never be a compact “neighborhood” cluster akin to those in or near Center City, but we can be “neighbors in Christ” to each other in the context of our Northwest Philly identity and our commitment to Saint Mark’s.
Northwest cluster’s next supper gathering will be Friday May 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Manayunk home of Joshua Cojerean and Nathan Welty. For more information please contact Davis.