Holy Week with Oak Hill

We hope you will join us for worship this Holy Week.
We will have some services outside in-person and others on Zoom. With art and music, with scripture and prayers, with communion and love, we will gather together virtually and in person throughout Holy Week to join Christ on this journey.

3/28 – Palm Sunday – 10:30 a.m. in Tower Grove Park
Bring a chair and a mask, we’ll provide the palms and the liturgy. We’ll meet outside at the Humboldt South Shelter (click here for the park map) and engage in God’s story right there in the park. We will bring some technology with us so that if you feel more comfortable worshiping from home, you can still log into our Zoom and participate that way.
*Also, we’ll be collecting toothpaste for Isaiah 58 Ministries at this worship service, so if you remember, bring some to share!

4/1 – Maundy Thursday – 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
We will join with Compton Heights Christian Church (and maybe some others, too!) for an online worship service with communion. Click here for the Zoom link for this worship service. Meeting ID 881 4854 0627.

4/2 – Good Friday – On Your Own Time
We are creating a Stations of the Cross experience with community art. Our Art Wall will feature the 14 traditional stations, as interpreted by Oak Hill artists and friends. You are invited to come by and pray your way through the art. We’ve also made a video version you can watch from home: https://vimeo.com/532382428.

4/3 – Holy Saturday – Individual Vigil Keeping in the Sanctuary
Sign up to spend an hour in the sanctuary at Oak Hill, with masks and COVID precautions, by yourself, being with God, praying with God. We will supply some materials you can access online, or you can do your own thing. Please sign up here, and Pastor Erin will send you all the details.

4/4 – Easter Sunday – 6:15 a.m. in person outside, 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
On Easter morning we will hold an outdoor sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. on the front steps of the church. Please bring a mask and your own communion elements. Then we’ll gather on Zoom at 10:30 for a special service of worship with communion at-home. Please click here to download the two different worship bulletins (one for sunrise and another for 10:30) and for the Zoom log-in info. We hope to see you there!

Stations of the Cross Community Art Project

We are thrilled to announce our new community art project for the Easter season. We are going to create our own Stations of the Cross display.

The Way of the Cross has long been a way for Christians to join Jesus on the journey through Jerusalem and beyond. We are inviting you to pick one of the traditional stations and paint it as you might imagine it. To share with our community- both in person and online. (We’ll be making a video of the art to use as part of a short virtual prayer service for Good Friday)

Pastor Erin has put together a resource to help you prepare (download below), that includes some history, the list of stations, and lots of interpretations from all over the world that are accessible online. Please read through those materials first, and then click here to sign up to paint one of the stations. We’re hoping to have all of the art dropped off at church by March 21.  

Touchy Topics Book Group 2021

Our Touchy Topics Book and Discussion Group have selected their readings for 2021. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months (not exception for Holy Week in April) at 7:30 p.m. Right now we are meeting on Zoom. Pick up a copy of one of these books from your library or local book store, and join us!

2021 Touchy Topics Reading List

DateTitle & Author
Wed, Jan. 6Go Tell It On The Mountain
by James Baldwin 
Wed, Feb. 3The Yellow House
by Sarah M. Broom 
Wed, March 3 Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Wed, April 21 The Broken Heart of America: St.Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
Tues, May 11 (in conjunction with the Oak Hill Book Club)The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Wed, June 2 Caste:The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Wed, July 6 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Wed, Aug. 4 A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice and Freedom by Brittany K. Burnett
Wed, Sept. 1 Here For It: Or, How To Save Your Soul In America by R. Eric Thomas
Wed, Oct. 6 The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Wed, Nov. 3 What Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

What’s Happening This Lent?

Join us in observing the season of Lent at Oak Hill.

During our Sunday worship services, in this pandemic year when we cannot be in the sanctuary, when we cannot be in person together, we’ve decided not to take more away (as we usually do during Lent) and instead, we’re adding some extra blessings in. Each week, our resident artist, 13-year-old Lucie Crittenden will be creating an original painting on the scripture themes of the season. Join us for worship on Zoom, or keep checking back on this post to see Lucie’s creations.

Lucie’s Lent Week One creation, inspired by Rev. Sarah Are’s poem in the Lenten Devotional.

Our Intergenerational Sunday School Class is starting a series on prayer, using a curriculum from Illustrated Ministry. You can join us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Pastor Erin to get the link and password for the course materials.

Our Wednesday Bible Study Class will be reading Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Entering the Passion of Jesus this Lent. Join us on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Contact Pastor Erin for the Zoom link and to get a copy of the book.

We have printed copies available of this year’s Lenten devotional, Again & Again, from A Sanctified Art. If you would like a copy, please contact Pastor Erin.

We also have an activity calendar that is great for families who want to experience the season of Lent together at home. This resource, from Bless This Mess, is available for you to download and print at home. Just contact Pastor Erin for the link and password.

*** You may have noticed that contacting Pastor Erin is the way to get the inside scoop on all of this. It’s not because Pastor Erin super loves getting emails, it’s just because these materials are all copyrighted and we can’t just post them on the whole internet for free. Pastor Erin’s email address is erin.counihan@oakhillpcusa.org.

Ash Wednesday

We will be continuing our tradition of joining with our friends at Compton Heights Christian Church for Ash Wednesday worship. It will look a little different this year, though, as we will join together for worship on Zoom. We will have the imposition of ashes and at-home communion. Madison Peterson, the student pastor at Compton Heights Christian Church, has made the video below with some ways you can make ashes at home. Oh, and don’t forget to prepare your bread and drink for communion, too!

Then join us for worship on Wednesday 2/17 at 6:30 p.m. as we start the season of Lent with this special worship service. Please use Meeting ID 768 992 383.

Black History Month Art

The Oak Hill Community is celebrating Black History Month!

Our artists, crafters, and creatives are painting words and images of both historical and local Black leaders and groundbreakers to share with our neighbors. Throughout the month, we’ll keep adding to the collection. We invite you to roll, walk, and journey by the art wall and learn about the folks who inspire us!

A Virtual Cooking Party!

On Sunday Feb. 14th you are invited to join our friends at Isaiah 58 Ministries for an online cooking party!

Since the annual pancake supper, usually held in the Oak Hill Church basement, isn’t going to happen this year, we’re bringing the party to your house!

Join us on zoom as we cook alongside Chef Mickey Kitterman, making our own gumbo and praline bread pudding.

You provide the ingredients, we supply the recipe and the chef!

Hear live updates from the ministry, and maybe even play some games!

Can’t make it to the live event? Buy a ticket and you’ll get a recording of the lesson, which you can play at your own leisure!

Live zoom event: Sunday, February 14, 3-5pm CST

Registration: $10 per household, paid at https://i58ministries.org/mardi-gras-cooking-party-registration/.
A zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.

All proceeds benefit Isaiah 58 Ministries.

Questions? Call 314-776-1410.

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