About Us

Faith

 We are the body of Christ.  We welcome all who seek and believe!  Come grow your faith with us today.

Fellowship

Church may be once a week but how else will you get involved?  From youth group to potluck dinners, bible study to crafting, we have a group made for you. 

Outreach

We are a mission minded church actively involved in our community.  Put your faith to work today and be the disciple you’re called to be. 

Faith

Worship With Us!

Sunday
Christian Education for All Ages 10AM
Worship begins at 11AM 

 

Our mission statement 

Guided by the Holy Spirit, we are inspired to:

              Speak, teach and live the gospel (or good news) of Jesus Christ,

              Seek  justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God,

              Welcome, nurture and sustain all God’s people.

 

 

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.

Oak Hill is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and locally, the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery. To learn more about PC(USA) or what Presbyterians believe visit pcusa.org.

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.

When is worship? 
Our service starts at 11am (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.

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!

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? 
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.

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 them! Or contact our church office at 314-664-5525 or office@oakhillpcusa.org.

Fellowship

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

Bible study meets Wednesdays at 11AM.  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 9:30am.

Mission Team

We are a congregation of mission.  Join us for our yearly traveling mission trip or pitch in at one of our mission outings in our own city.

Fellowship Time

Join us before and after the 11am worship service for a time of snacks and fellowship with the congregation. COOKIES!

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. 

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. 

Circle

One of many social groups at the church, we meet and share a time of fellowship over a meal once a month with our sisters and brothers in Christ. 

Crafting Group

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

He has told you, O man, what is good; 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

 

Outreach

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.

Mission Trips

Join us on one of our yearly mission trips. Past youth and intergenerational trips have visited urban locations like Chicago, Atlanta, Gulfport, San Antonio and Denver as well as rural West Virginia, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

Service Days

Service doesn’t require a long trip. Join us for one of our afternoon outings gardening with Gateway Greening, serving meals with SLU Campus Kitchen, or sorting food at the STL Area Foodbank.

AMEN

Mission teams from around the country are invited to stay at the adjoining AMEN|Saint Louis house for a week of urban service and reflection.

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People Served 

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Meals Served

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Agencies Served 

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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 Erin, Susan and Carole:

Rev. Erin Counihan

Rev. Erin Counihan

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Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Minster of Music View Details
Carole Adams

Carole Adams

Church Secretary View Details
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 that cheese that guy Imo puts on the pizza here, she has already come 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. She loves sports and free festivals, knitting and hiking, disaster recovery and elections, and always Cheetos and fancy cheeses. 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 neighborhood with her brilliant and talented niece, Tegan, and their adorable dog Eddie.

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

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Minster of Music

Susan is the master of all things music. Whether it’s playing the organ, accompanying musicians on the piano, or directing the choir Susan has things under control. And she does it all while wearing the coolest polka-dotted organ shoes you ever did see. We’re blessed to have her and her talents with us at Oak Hill.

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!

  • Your church made us feel very much at home.

    Jim
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    Laura
  • What a loving family this church is.

    Jonathan
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News and Happenings

We join the greater St. Louis community in praying for justice and peace in Ferguson and throughout STL.
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Under The Oak Tree

November 2014 Church Calendar

Check out this week’s worship service bulletin (11/16/14).

Read this week’s sermon: “Longing to Be In Your Temple” Sermon November 16, 2014

Read our current newsletter

 

Service Bulletin Archive Sermon Archive Newsletter Archive
 Nov. 9, 2014 Matthew 23 Sermon November 2, 2014  October 2014 Newsletter
 Nov. 2, 2014 Jesus’ Back Side: Sermon October, 26 2014  September 2014 Newsletter
 Oct. 26, 2014 Wicked Tenants Sermon 5 October 2014  August 2014 Newsletter
 Oct. 19, 2014 Exodus1:8-2:10 August 23, 2014  July 2014 Newsletter
 Oct. 12, 2014 Matthew 15: 10-28 August 17, 2-14.  June 2014 Newsletter
  Oct. 5, 2014 Matthew 14:22-33 August 10, 2014.

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