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Fairmount Visitation

2010 November 3
by Gordon Reid

On Saturday (symbolically, as it happens, when the Diocesan Convention will be sitting and producing its usual volume of hot air) a team of St Clement’s volunteers will  be hanging a card on every door in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia.

The card will tell the residents that St Clement’s is their nearest Episcopal church, and will assure them of a warm welcome if they come. It is a beautiful card with fine pictures of St Clement’s, so I hope it will  not be consigned immediately to the  trash, as happens so often with menus from Chinese restaurants, for example.

As a Brit, I had no idea that it was illegal in the USA to push such cards though letter boxes. This is a privilege reserved to the US mailman. Our card will have to be hung on door handles, and so it is printed on paper that has a hook shape at the top. As a long-time deliverer of my own political cards, telling the electors of Sciennes/Marchmont to vote for me as their Lothian Regional Councillor (to  non-Scots, this was in Edinburgh in a different era), I can see at least one advantage in the US system: one’s fingers will be safe from fierce dogs who lurk behind doors hoping for a bite.

We plan to distribute 2000 cards, and if even 1% (20 people) were interested enough to come to our Advent Carols or Christmas Masses or even to a normal Sunday (all of which are advertised on the card) the effort will have been worth while. I have even included the rash statement that Father Reid will be glad to call on anyone at home who would like a visit. More than American doctors will do:  and maybe I’ll find out how wise they are!

3 Responses leave one →
  1. November 3, 2010

    Extraordinary! I love it. Please post any results or stories that emerge.

    In Christ,

    Chad OPC

  2. ambly permalink
    November 4, 2010

    Excellent and sensible!

  3. Stacey permalink
    November 5, 2010

    Excellent! We actually threw this same idea around at my church but never did it. I think it should be reconsidered! Good luck with it, I hope it works- even if you only find that “one lost sheep.”

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