This cluster encompasses the largest group of parishioners, covering zip codes that include Saint Mark’s Church itself. This neighborhood zone includes the Rittenhouse neighborhood as well as Broad Street and Graduate Hospital. As of September 2018 we have grouped Rittenhouse into two - West covers 19103/19146 and East covers 19103/19146 and 19102.
Rittenhouse West Neighbor Care Supper Club
Dinner and Discussion: An evening of soup and conversation about things that matter to us
Supper club is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
6:30-7:30 pm: Light supper
7:30-8:30 pm: Guided conversation
Rittenhouse West Cluster
The next gathering will be on Wednesday, July 10 at Lindsey’s house from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The month's discussion will be on Prayer: Some people pray only using written prayers (such as from the Prayer Book), while others pray extemporaneously. Should we do one or the other? And how can we pray more regularly? Contact Lindsey to RSVP or for more information.
Cluster Leader Contact: Lindsey Bingaman, email@example.com, 215-316-2985
Anyone in the neighborhood is welcome to come to either meeting. For more information contact Lindsey or David
The Rittenhouse cluster has chosen a group model and meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in a parishioner home. The homes rotate by month. In addition to monthly meetings, this group is exploring how they can meet each other’s needs through providing dinners, supporting members in primary care roles and more. Our previous Supper Club discussion topics have been:
The Bible: Are there different ways that intelligent people can read the Bible and understand it? In what way is it relevant to my everyday life?
Friendships. In this city, it can be hard to make friends, and yet old friends often move away and new people are always all around. Can making friends be easier than it is?
Conversion. Is it wrong to invite non-Christians to become Christians? Is it disrespectful? What are some ways to approach this thorny topic?
Grace and boundaries. As a Christian, what is required of me in difficult relationships? What does it look like to show grace and God's love while also laying down healthy boundaries?
Faith and Science. Is it reasonable to believe the Christian message and also to believe in science? How does science inform our faith and what are the mysteries we still hold?
It has been a joy to see Neighbor Care come to life in our neighborhood. As one of the most densely populated clusters we have had ample opportunity to put Neighbor Care into practice. We have seen long-time church members meeting for the first time, dinners provided for those in need and members supporting fellow neighbors who are in primary care-giving roles. We look forward to continually seeing how God works through this initiative.