Worship

Worship With Us!

Every Sunday Worship at 10:30 AM 
Christian Education for All Ages 9:30 AM*

*Sunday School (all ages) takes a break each summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

We gather together to listen for God’s Word, to share in our questions, struggles, and celebrations, to pray for God’s presence and guidance, to sing out in thanksgiving, to share our gifts and talents in celebration of God’s awesomeness, and to fill ourselves up with God’s love, so that we might spend the rest of the week sharing it with all who we encounter. (Also, there are cookies after worship. So many cookies.) 

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First Time Visitors

Welcome! We are so glad you are thinking about checking us out! Whether you are new to the area, newly exploring your faith, considering returning to the church, or just curious, we are happy to welcome all!
Coming to a new church for the first time can be a little confusing or intimidating or just different, so we’ve tried to answer some FAQs here to make it easier on all our visitors.world communion sunday 2014

When is worship? 
Our service starts at 10:30am (or as soon as the pastor gets herself together after Sunday School).

What is worship like? 
Our service is fairly traditional in format, but casual in style. We provide a worship bulletin so you can follow along. All of the readings and prayers are provided in the bulletin, and it is noted there when to stand or sit or sing, but really, we won’t judge if you don’t want to join in all our jumping around! We are led by a pastor, a liturgist (a reader), and a music minister. We pray, read two passages from the bible, hear a sermon, sing, and pray and sing some more. The service is usually about 1 hour in length, but a bit longer when we have communion (the first Sunday of every month). If you want to study up before you show up, you can read some of our pastor’s sermons and check out a recent worship bulletin online on the News and Happenings section on this website.

And what is the deal with communion? 
We share in communion on the first Sunday of every month and at certain special services throughout the year. Sometimes we pass the plates through the pews, and other times we walk forward and receive the Lord’s Supper via intiction. (Don’t worry, our worship leaders will give clear instructions.) We always have a gluten-free option.

In the Presbyterian tradition, we welcome all who seek Jesus to the table. You don’t need to pass a test or be a member or meet any age requirement. You are welcome, as you are, at Christ’s table, even the one Jesus prepares here at Oak Hill.

What kind of music will there be?
We have a mix of old school hymns and contemporary songs. We use the PCUSA’s Glory to God Hymnal, but also sometimes select songs from other traditions. Our choir sings a variety of styles, and we often have soloists and instrumentalists. We’ve got an organ and a piano and a pretty rad set of handbells. On communion Sundays we have a bluesy trio that play to jazz it up a bit.

What do people wear? 
We are a come as you are congregation. Some folks will wear suits and hats, others are in their jeans. Just be you and come join us!childrens hour

Where do I park? 
We have a lot on Connecticut St. just west of the church building. There’s also plenty of free street parking on the neighborhood streets.

What about my kids? 
We welcome all children in worship! Each week in worship we have children and youth participate in leadership as banner bearers, acolytes, food donation collectors and even as readers. But don’t worry, we won’t ask your kids to do that on their first visit! Many of our families bring their kids into the sanctuary for the first part of worship, including the children’s message. The children’s message is a time when all the kids who want to come up to the front of the sanctuary for a short lesson aimed just at them. First time kids are welcome to come on up or to stay back and listen from the pews, however they’re most comfortable. Some parents even come up with their little ones! Then some families take the little ones to the nursery (which is available during the entire service if you prefer) and other kids stay in the sanctuary for the entire service. It’s totally up to you and your kid(s). There are children’s bulletins available for kids that have coloring activities and puzzles to keep little hands busy during the “boring” parts. For those who want to use our volunteer-staffed nursery, we should admit, it is a little hard to find. If you’d like to take your child to the nursery on your first visit, please feel free to ask someone to show you where to go! They’ll be glad to take you there.

Are you going to make me sign forms?
No. We do have a fellowship sheet in each pew. During the offering we sign in and if you like you can put your mailing or email address there. We won’t bombard you, though! It’s just if you want updates from us. If you don’t, no pressure, just leave it blank.

Are you going to make me stand up and identify myself in the middle of the service? 

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No. You can be a secret visitor. It’s okay. But, if you are up for conversation, please join us for coffee and snacks in the basement after worship. We try to be friendly, not scary!

What about you building’s accessibility? 
We have a gorgeous, historic old building, which is code for, this place is not super accessible. You’ll notice that most of our members enter through the door on the west side of the sanctuary (to the left of those big, awesome red doors) on Connecticut St. We have a chair lift that anyone with accessibility needs may use to get to the sanctuary level and to the fellowship area for coffee and snacks after worship.

Where are the bathrooms? 
We have two single-stall, all genders bathrooms, one upstairs behind the sanctuary and one downstairs just past the kitchen. We have a women’s room downstairs on one side of the large assembly room, and a men’s room on the other side.

What if I visit and like it and want to get more involved? 
What?! Wonderful! Amazing! Awesome! We’re so glad you like it here, too! Come and talk with our pastor, Erin and tell her how you’d like to get involved. Sign that fellowship pad in the pew and write down your email address so we can send you updates. Check back to this site for the newsletter and calendar of events. Or just keep coming to worship! We’ll get to meet you and chat and we’ll figure it out together! We are always open to new members and would love to have you join this church family!

What if I have more questions?
Yes! Good. We love curious folks. Please come and ask questions! Or contact our church office at 314-664-5525 or office@oakhillpcusa.org.

Love

No matter who you are or what you enjoy, there is a group for you here at Oak Hill. Check the church calendar for upcoming dates our groups will be meeting.

Bible Study

We have two adult Bible Study groups- Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM and Thursday Evenings at 6:30 PM.  Join us as we explore our faith and ask the tough questions.  

Choir

Share your musical gifts with the congregation as we lift up and praise God through music.  The Choir always has room for new singers! Rehearsals are held Sunday mornings at 9:00am.

Mission Team

We are a congregation of mission.  Join us as we love and serve in our neighborhood and throughout the city. Oh, and this summer, we’re going on a trip!

Fellowship Time

Join us after the 10:30am worship service for a time of snacks and fellowship with the congregation. On the first Sunday of the month, we share a full pot-luck meal!

Book Club

Cozy up with our book of the month and join us monthly for a discussion of the book and a time of fellowship with one another. Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. And our new Touchy Topics book club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Hartford Coffee.

Youth Group

Join our youth group on one of our many outings to area attractions or stay the night at a church lock-in.  Youth 6th grade through 12th grade are welcome to join in the fun. 

Presbyterian Women

There is always a place for you at the table with the Presbyterian Women of Oak Hill. We join together for fellowship, mission and, of course, food at our meetings. 

Foosball and Open Gym

Come out and PLAY! Church members, visiting mission teams, neighborhood youth, and really, anyone who likes pizza and fun is welcome to play, eat and enjoy! Foosball is the 1st Tuesday of the month and Open Gym is the 3rd Friday.

Crafting Group

BYOC (Bring Your Own Craft) or participate in a group craft activity with our Oak Hill Crafting Group.  We meet the second Friday evening each month and all are welcome! 

….and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God 

Micah 6:8

Serve

Whether it's down the street or around the world, our congregation is active in service and mission. Members are encouraged to walk humbly in Christ's shoes through service in the world.

Local Mission

God calls us to love and serve our neighbors.
At worship each week we collect food for our neighborhood food pantry, Isaiah 58 Ministries. We work for justice and equality, organizing, marching and advocating for dignity for all in our community with Metropolitan Congregations United. We partner with Winter Outreach, to provide food, warmth, shelter, and community to our unhoused neighbors. We have pop-up mission projects and ongoing relationships with local non-profits, schools, and community groups. We also share space in our building for groups to meet, including counseling services, AA meetings, the neighborhood assocation, block captains, mom’s clubs and so many more.

Mission Trips

Join us on one of our yearly mission trips. In the summer of 2019 we’re going to The Center, in Baltimore, MD, as part of the PC(USA)’s Hands and Feet Initiative. Past youth and inter-generational trips have visited urban locations like Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and Denver, as well as rural West Virginia, Arkansas, and Kentucky, and disaster impacted areas like Gulfport, MS.

AMEN

Mission teams from around the country are invited to stay here at Oak Hill in our recently renovated AMEN|Saint Louis house for a week of learning and service. Read more about that ministry and the groups who come and serve at www.amenstlouis.org.


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Grow

Here’s where to get the scoop on all Oak Hill happenings.

Learn about all that we’re doing to grow together, to grow in relationship, to grow in faith, to grow in community…


To check out our blog, click the link below! 

Under The Oak Tree

July and August 2019 Church Calendar

Check out this week’s worship service bulletin: July 7, 2019

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July/August 2019 Church Newsletter

                  (Archives of past newsletters, bulletins and sermons can be found below.) 

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We join the STL community in praying and working for justice and peace in our region.

Over the past few years we have participated in conversation, direct action, organizing, letter writing, meeting with elected officials and more to work for justice and peace throughout our community. In 2015, we participated in two rounds of Sacred Conversations on Race. That Spring we invited the congregation and community to join in reading and discussing two books on race and privilege. Some folks from that group decided to keep on reading and discussing these issues with our Touchy Topics Book Group, and we invite you to join us. We are also in the process of organizing our new grant-funded neighborhood youth outreach efforts, responding to the Ferguson Commission Report’s call to keep Youth at the Center. Members are also working with Metropolitan Congregations United on their Break the Pipeline Campaign to bring an end to the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
If you would like to get involved, or want to learn more about this work, please contact Pastor Erin (erin.counihan@oakhillpcusa.org).

Service Bulletin Archive Sermon Archive Newsletter Archive

 

June 30, 2019   June 2019 Newsletter
June 23, 2019     May 2019 Newsletter
June 16, 2019     March 2019 Newsletter
June 9, 2019     February 2019 Newsletter
June 2, 2019     January 2019 Newsletter

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About Us

Worship

We gather together to search and learn and pray and sing and explore. We welcome all who are on a journey, who are open to how God and community might find them along the way.

Love

God’s love is big. God calls us to share that big, wild, messy love with one another. Sometimes this looks like sharing a meal, sometimes it’s helping someone move, sometimes it’s advocating for justice…

Serve

We are called to serve God and our neighbors. We take that call seriously. We offer our time, our talents, our resources, and our action in service of God’s love in our community and the world.

Grow

Growing in understanding, growing in relationship, growing together… we are a people who are growing, indeed! Come join us! 

Our mission statement:  

       With Jesus as our guide and community as our goal, we worship, love, serve, and grow.

We are a gathering of people committed to telling the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a story of love that is capable of changing lives, relationships, and culture. We tell that story in worship, in study, in service, in action, in music, in prayer, and in relationships, in our neighborhood, throughout our city, and all over God’s world. We are certain that the Holy Spirit is inspiring us in new and creative ways, to share in what God is up to, in this time and in this place. We hope that together, as we worship, love, serve, and grow, we might be a small part of some incredible things God is doing, among us, through us, and in spite of us, right here, and right now.

“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’” —From “A Brief Statement of Faith” in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions

Our Affiliations:

Oak Hill is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and locally, the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery.

We are a Certified Hunger Action Congregation.

Statement of Clarity:

At Oak Hill we invite and welcome all who are seeking God into faithful community. 
The Presbyterian Church (USA) and our congregation do ordain and install LGBTQ individuals to church leadership positions. 
Our pastor has and will officiate weddings for same gender couples. 

Our History:

One of our members and elders, Janet Stanford, wrote a wonderful history of Oak Hill church, which you can read by clicking here.

About Presbyterians:

Presbyterian and Reformed churches share a common origin in the 16th-century Swiss Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin, and today make up one of the largest branches of Protestant Christianity.  There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide; about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The name “Presbyterian” comes from the representational form of church government called presbyterian. In presbyterian churches, governing authority is given to elected lay leaders known as “elders” (or “presbyters”), who work with the congregation’s ordained minister. Presbyterian belief and practice center on the Bible and the sovereignty of God.

To learn more about PC(USA) or what Presbyterians believe visit pcusa.org.

Leadership

The ministers of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church are its members. They are assisted in ministry by the session (our board of elected leaders) and our staff.

Our current session is made up of 12 ordained ruling elders. They each serve 3 year terms, in rotating classes, so that only 4 elders roll off the session at a time.

Class of 2019

Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Joe Bradshaw

 

Donna Cook Brent Crittenden
Dena Roper

 

Lisa Thompson Brian Hueckroth
LeAnne Smith

 

Richard Weithop Heather Macarthur
Anne Stoltz Christine Woodward

Josh Smith

 

Oak Hill Presbyterian Church Staff

Rev. Erin Counihan

Rev. Erin Counihan

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Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers

Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers

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Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Minster of Music View Details
Carole Adams

Carole Adams

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Annie Girresch

Annie Girresch

AMEN St. Louis Director View Details
Janet Frederick

Janet Frederick

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Rev. Erin Counihan

Rev. Erin Counihan

Pastor

The Rev. Erin Counihan joined Oak Hill Presbyterian in ministry in July 2014. Although she doesn’t fully understand the cheese that guy Imo puts on the pizza here, she quickly came to love the parks, museums, neighborhood restaurants, and of course, the people of her new hometown, St. Louis! Originally from Maryland, Erin went to college in Ohio and in Argentina, worked in Colorado, Baltimore, Mississippi, and Chicago before heading to seminary in New Jersey. Erin likes to travel, be outdoors, slowly participate in triathlons, engage in community happenings, and she usually packs along Cheetos with everything. She is passionate about serving both God and neighbor and couldn’t be more thrilled to join Oak Hill in the way they do just that, right here in Tower Grove, right here in St. Louis. Erin holds a BA in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University and an Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives in the Tower Grove East neighborhood with her brilliant and talented niece, Tegan (17), and their adorable dog Eddie.

Erin can be reached at erin.counihan@oakhillpcusa.org.

Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers

Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers

Parish Associate

Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers serves Oak Hill as Parish Associate. Alan has been teaching, preaching, leading worship and sharing life with the congregation as parish associate since 1990. A St. Louis native, Alan went to the late lamented Southwest High School and was a member of the late lamented Southampton Presbyterian Church. He studied at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a pastor of churches in Troy, New York and Lawrence, Massachusetts before returning school at what is now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and earning a PhD in doctrinal theology. Alan and his wife Rosemary moved back to St. Louis in 1987 for her work – she was an assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis before she retired in 2010 – and Alan started teaching religion at Lindenwood University, from where he has since retired, but insists on continuing to teach some classes.

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Minster of Music

Susan Brown serves as the Music Minister at Oak Hill- directing the choirs, playing piano and organ, coordinating all music and musicians who play at worship and special events, and serving on our Worship and Christian Education committee. Raised in Charleston, MO, Susan started playing the piano at age 6 and taught herself to play the organ as a teenager because he church didn’t have an organist. She holds a BS in Education and an MA in Reading from Southeast Missouri State and taught middle school reading and music in Jefferson County for 32 years. For the past 25 years, Susan and her husband Bill have called South St. Louis City home, and currently share it with Skippy, Atticus, Oliver and Titus, their precious King Charles Cavaliers. Susan loves dogs, reading and Cardinals baseball and is quick to tell people that “the past 15 years at Oak Hill have been the happiest of my life!”

Carole Adams

Carole Adams

Church Secretary

Carole wears many hats at Oak Hill. We are most grateful for her service to the church and so glad to have her as a part of the team, even if she won’t let us take her photo for the website! Just stop by the church office and get to know her face-to-face!

Annie Girresch

Annie Girresch

AMEN St. Louis Director

We are thrilled that Annie Girresch has joined us to serve as AMEN St. Louis Director, beginning in August 2018. Annie is a lover of Life and a seminarian at Eden Theological Seminary. She has a background in working for dignity and justice in the workplace. Annie loves walking with people of many faith traditions as they find their role in the work of building the Beloved Community, and is constantly challenged and changed by those people in return.
You can read more about our ministry with AMEN St. Louis at www.amenstlouis.org.

Janet Frederick

Janet Frederick

Janet is currently a graduate student pursuing both her Master of Social Work and Master of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to attending WashU, she worked with various nonprofits focused on providing academic and mentorship services for youth. In one of her most prominent roles, she served as the Program Director of the Ezekiel Center in Columbia, SC, a Christian ministry focused on empowering youth to reach their potential. Since moving to St. Louis, Janet served as a mentor for Creative Reaction Lab during the first ever Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy in 2018. Janet is a devoted follower of Jesus, mom to Jeremy, and wife to Jason Frederick. She loves to read, dance, spend time with family, and explore the many fun things to do in St. Louis!

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