Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
The Episcopal Church Women are committed to supporting the programs and mission philosophy of the parish, contributing time, talent and treasure to a variety of undertakings. The ECW represents all women in the parish, although the membership of two established chapters – St. Boniface and St. George’s – carry out the bulk of the duties. Each of the chapters has a distinctive personality and purpose, providing something for everyone. Both Chapters are managed by the ECW Board.
St. Boniface Chapter was initiated in the late 1950’s. Ladies of St. Boniface contribute greatly in supplying and preparing food for Lenten Luncheons, receptions for the Bishop and special visitors to our parish. Once a year we collect food items for Cape Henlopen Food Basket. We support our parish by donating gift cards to the church office to be used for needed families during the year. We assist our parish throughout the year as needed. We meet the second Monday in September, November, January and March. All are welcome to attend our meetings and join our ministry.
St. George’s Chapter meets on the second Monday of the month (except July) at 10 a.m. to plan coffee hours and focus on other events at St. George’s Chapel. The group meets on Thursdays to make crafts which they sell in the St. George’s Booth at the Christmas Shop. This chapter also sponsors an annual Christmas Fair in December at the Parish Hall.
Planning is well underway for CELEBRATION 2018 set for Wednesday, October 3 from 6pm to 8pm at the Atlantic Sands Hotel on the Boardwalk. Presented by the Episcopal Church Women of All Saints’ Church in Rehoboth Beach and St. George’s Chapel in Harbeson and co-sponsored by the Atlantic Sands Hotel, this fundraising event replaces the long running Rehoboth Christmas Shop while allowing the ECW to continue their ministry of compassionate support in the community. The Atlantic Sands has graciously offered the use of the Swan Ballroom where guests will socialize while enjoying delicious food donated by local restaurants, beverages, various raffles, and a very entertaining fashion show from the parish thrift shops.
Proceeds from the tickets to the events will benefit seven local non-profits -these include : Immanuel Shelter serving homeless men and women in eastern Sussex County, Camp Arrowhead, our diocesan summer camp on the bay, The Community Resource Center, created in 2011 to provide individuals in crisis with emergency assistance, Crisis House Shelter, providing shelter and supportive services for individuals and families since 1981, The Way Home Prison Ministry helping ex-inmates transition from prison to home and rebuild their lives, West Rehoboth Children and Youth, promoting literacy, learning and health in an after school and summer program and National Alliance on Mental Illness-Delaware, providing compassionate resources and programs for those suffering from mental illness.