Forest Hill & 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known

St. Monica’s Guild

2021 Activities

ChrismonsThe Chrismon Tree: The guild will meet Tuesday Nov. 30 at 3:30 to trim the tree and to make ornaments for the children on the Angel Tree. We will meet in the 43rd Street entrance and in the Altar Guild Room downstairs.  All ladies welcome.
St. Monica’s Fall/Advent Project: In support of CARITAS’ New Women’s Shelter on Stockton Street, the women of St. Monica’s Guild are collecting the following items to donate:
Disposable face masks
Twin comforters
Twin air mattresses with pumps
$20 dollar gift cards (Visa or Lyft)
Silverware, glassware, bowls, pots and pans
Donated items can be placed in tubs located at the 43rd Street entrance and the Springhill House.
Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the church: Women of the church, St. Monica’s resumes! Our speaker will be Ellen Stamps, who will tell part of her life story during World War II in the Netherlands and her later work with Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place. Following the presentation, there will be discussion of meeting times and ministry projects for the coming year.


ActBagsNow St. Monica’s Guild’s two dozen Children’s Activity Bags are ready for visitors and children of the parish to use to participate on an age-appropriate level in our Sunday worship. Parents can find these bags, separated into early and later grade levels, in the narthex (Forest Hill Ave foyer). Together with the Family Bible Study sheets, these bags are an effort to more fully welcome children into our community.
(Although we were unable to hold our monthly meetings during the first half of 2021, St Monica’s guild members were busy sewing cloth bags to fill with child friendly service guides and other coloring/writing items. They were ready for this fall.)

2020 Activities

(During the pandemic year of 2020, we were unable to meet for most of the year. Thankfully we were able to continue our Angel Tree tradition, which is described below.)
Advent 2020: A small group of St. Monica’s members met (socially distanced) on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Our Angel Tree needed decorating! On ornament tags we wrote the names of this year’s Christmas children — along with wish list items. Then we decorated the tree with our chrismons and the “Angel Tree” ornament tags.
On the next Sunday morning members of the congregation selected a child’s name tag with its requested gift on the back. During the next two weeks the wrapped gifts appeared under the tree and were picked up by a representative for the children.

A Sampler of Yearly Activities

At the beginning of Advent we design ornaments for the Chrismon tree at the 43rd street entrance. The ornaments hold the names, ages and gift suggestions for needy families serviced through such organisations as Good Samaritan Ministries or Bridge RVA. All parishioners are invited to adopt a child, parent, or teen from the tree. On a Saturday in January we prepare and serve the Crossover Ministry Lay Healthcare Provider luncheon at St. Paul’s Church on Belt Boulevard. (Our traditional menu includes: chili, cornbread, and brownies.) During Lent we fold the crosses for Palm Sunday. During our May meeting we enjoy our annual flower arranging class.


St. Monica’s Guild has a long history of service at Good Shepherd and is an active chapter of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. All women of the church are invited to participate in our meetings and activities. Unless otherwise publicized, we meet the first Tuesday of each month, September – June. The ECW supports church outreach programs including youth ministries, missions, community feeding programs, church activities, the rector’s discretionary fund, Good Shepherd School, and a long list of church and charitable organizations throughout the year.  The proceeds from our fund-raising projects are used for charitable giving and to support projects in Good Shepherd’s mission outreach.  Our signature ministries are a luncheon for the Crossover Health Care Providers in January, sponsoring needy families at Christmas, and organizing the semi-annual UTO in-gatherings (United Thank Offering). Our Tuesday evening meetings include a short program, often about various ministry opportunities in the area.  St. Monica’s combines prayer, fellowship and service to the glory of God. In the St. Monica’s Gallery below you can view some highlights from this year and previous years.

We invite you to visit St. Monica’s Gallery below. To see the full image, click on each picture.