This is an informal gathering open to all members of ECR for fellowship and outreach to friends and new members. It is held at different restaurants, usually on the third Saturday of every month. It allows parishioners to become better acquainted, especially those attending different services, and has helped to attract new members. A sign up sheet is placed in the Narthex monthly so reservations can be made.
The purpose of Foyers is to enhance fellowship and encourage parish members to become better acquainted in an informal and relaxed atmosphere through a ministry sharing of a meal by groups of 8 to 12 persons. It is open to singles as well as couples and groups are reformed twice a year. These meals range from simple to more complex with the hosts for that month providing the main course and everyone else bringing side dishes. Hosting duties may be shared and the location may be at homes or anywhere else the group agrees to come together.
Once a year in October, ECR has a parish retreat weekend at Camp Wellspring near Blanco, TX. This runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and offers an opportunity for parishioners to get away to a peaceful and beautiful place for relaxation, getting to know each other better, and for a unique Sunday morning worship service at the beautiful chapel there. Lodging is dormitory style and food preparation is shared. This is a highlight event for bringing the parish family together in a very informal and relaxing setting
St. Lydia’s Guild
St. Lydia's Guild has been active for at least 15 years. Our main purpose is to make items for the annual Christmas Bazaar. Money made from items sold at the Bazaar goes to the church. We have a mini-bazaar in the Narthex for the sale of left-over items on the first Sunday in December, and any money made from it is spent on purchases for the church and an annual contribution to North Central Caregivers. We are always in need of more ideas and more crafters to help with this worthwhile project and welcome any craft contributions.
Austin Christian Friends Network
The Austin Christian Friends Network is an informal, welcoming social group for Austin-area Christians of all denominations. Non-Christians who are looking to explore Christianity are also encouraged to participate. We plan to have regular social events including dinners, day trips and get-togethers. Once a month, we offer a monthly Christian networking group, where you can hand out business cards or just hang out and make new friends. We will look into exploring ways to share and appreciate the different aspects of our faith, with the common thread being our belief in Jesus Christ. We hope through this group to encourage interfaith friendship and cross-pollination…and have fun! The Christian Friends Network is sponsored by the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, located in north/central Austin.