What’s Happening Online This Week

Sunday, March 22
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship: Click here to join in worship! We will again stream morning prayer with a sermon and music at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
  • The Book of Common Prayer is online if you don’t have one at home!
  • Video and audio recordings will be shared so that you might pray and listen at your convenience if you miss it live.
  • Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license#A-725427
  • 10:45 a.m. Godly Play for Children Ages 3 – Grade 3 (online)
  • 11:00 a.m. Youth Group 4th Grade and Up (online)
  • The Godly Play and Youth Group are interactive classes just for our kids and youth, so they won’t be posted later.
  • 11:45 a.m. Welcome back to the discussion component of the Lenten series–now online! We’ll watch the video on shelter together (which we will be thinking of from a whole new angle now) together then talk about it and the concept of shelter.
Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Children’s Storytime: Live from the Rector’s Couch 
Have younger kids? Need 15 minutes? Here’s a recording of Ann reading “We’re all Wonders,” written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio, and “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. The next installment of Children’s Storytime: Live from the Rector’s Couch will be at 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday. Ann will read “God’s Dream” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and, by popular demand, “Dragons Love Tacos 2” by author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri. Share with your kids or grandkids! Click here to join live or watch the recording at a time convenient for you and your littles!
Thursday, March 26: Vespers at 7:00 p.m.
Click here to join Vespers online via Zoom Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. for the foreseeable future. Andrew will display the liturgy on the screen so that we can all pray together for our community and the world. Feel free to bring a candle to light, incense to burn, or whatever will help you feel prayerful. The link is on the St. Mary’s youth webpage and here.
The Lenten Series continues with online discussion option!
Click here at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 22 to participate in the Lenten series discussion! No prep work ahead of time is required.

COVID-19: UPDATE FROM THE RECTOR, MARCH 13

Dear People and Friends of Saint Mary’s, 

Well, after that long, carefully crafted email I sent you just yesterday, the wardens and I have now decided to suspend all worship and all activities at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Newton for the next two weeks. There will be no in-person Sunday services on Sunday, March 15 or 22 (though see below!). Christ the King will also not hold services in our buildings, and AA (our largest weekly public gathering) will not be meeting here as well. Hills and Falls, the preschool that meets on our premises, has also suspended its activities. 

This is not a decision made lightly but with an eye towards doing our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Though we are smaller and thus are supposed to be less at risk, we also must take into account that our demographic skews towards those who are more vulnerable. We will reevaluate after two weeks. 

We will not leave you comfortless! 
This Sunday, March 15:

  • 10 a.m. Worship: I will stream morning prayer with a sermon on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Kirsten will also be present so that you can hear some lovely music and sing a hymn.  
  • The Book of Common Prayer is online if you don’t have one at home! 
  • If you miss it live, an audio file and/or recording of the live stream will be shared so that you might pray and listen at your convenience. 
  • 11 a.m. Youth: Andrew will lead a meeting of youth (fourth grade and up) through Zoom this Sunday at 11 a.m. (note new time). The link is on the St. Mary’s youth webpage and here 

Thursday, March 19: Vespers at 7 p.m. 

  • Andrew will also lead Vespers online via Zoom this Thursday at 7 p.m. The liturgy will be displayed on the screen so that we can all pray together for our community and the world. The link is on the St. Mary’s youth webpage and here. 

Connect with Each Other

  • I encourage you to be in contact via phone and email with one another, especially with parishioners and friends who you are concerned about or who may not receive this email. If you are aware of a parishioner I should contact, please let me know. If you do contract COVID-19, it would be helpful to let me know, too. I will protect your privacy. 
  • Please contact me via email with pastoral concerns. If someone needs something like groceries and can’t leave his/her home, let me know. I won’t be visiting people in person since I don’t want to pass anything between different people. But there are TONS of options now–calling, video, texting. Be in touch!

But wait! There’s more! 

  • Do Faith at Home: This Episcopal, lectionary based website provides a prayer, Scripture, and prompts and reflections, for children to adults. It’s really good! 
  • Ways to Pray if You Can’t Get to Church: Daily prayers and resources (including a finger labyrinth!), compiled and curated by the Rev. Jo Kershew, priest in the Church of England

We will be providing more ways to interact and more resources in the days to come. I’ve been turning to this prayer these past few days. May you find some comfort in it, too.  


God of the present moment,God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; Bring hope and courage to us as we wait in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make us the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided, For your will is health and wholeness; You are God, and we need you. Amen.

Adapted from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer

I know the back and forth is not ideal. I would rather run the risk of being an alledged flip-flopper than be part of the problem. Thank you for understanding.

Sincerely, 

Ann

COVID-19: UPDATE FROM THE RECTOR, MARCH 12

As cases of coronavirus COVID-19 continue to multiply exponentially, it’s important to remember that people of faith have gotten through tough times before. We will get through COVID-19, too – by taking all mandated and recommended precautions seriously and by supporting one another in creative ways. 

St. Mary’s will be following all new diocesan mandates and recommendations on Sunday, including: 
• Offering communion bread only. 
• Passing the Peace with no physical contact. 
• Not passing offering plates – You may drop in a contribution on your way to the altar rail or mail a check to the church. 

The following persons are particularly at risk and should take extra precautions: 
• Persons over the age of 60 
• Anyone of any age with underlying medical condition, particularly respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, those undergoing or recently receiving chemotherapy, and cigarette smokers 

What else is St. Mary’s doing? 
• Plans are in motion to increase our sharing of digital resources—music, meditations, and more—in the days to come. 
• Special Music Sunday with Mozart’s Mass in D major, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is being postponed. 
• Coffee hour and the in-person portion of the Lenten study are cancelled for the next two weeks. 

Calendar – Week of March 8

Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour!

Sunday, March 8
  8:00am  Holy Eucharist
  9:30am  Church School
10:00am  Holy Eucharist
11:00am  Coffee Hour
11:30am  Lenten Study
  4:00pm  Babson Night
  4:00pm  Christ the King 
Monday, March 9
  8:30am  Yoga 7:30pm  AA (6:15 – Newcomers)
Thursday, March 12
  9:30am  CTK – Chapter Rm
  6:30pm  Junior Choir
  7:30pm  Adult Choir
Saturday, March 14
  3:00pm  Parish Hall Reserved for
                Hills and Falls Event
Sunday, March 15
  8:00am  Holy Eucharist
  9:30am  Church School
10:00am  Holy Eucharist 
11:00am  Coffee Hour
11:30am  Lenten Study
  4:00pm  Christ the King 

Special Lenten Music Sunday on March 22 at 10:00am [POSTPONED]

On the Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22) the St. Mary’s Adult Choir, soloists and string trio will present Mozart’s Missa brevis in D at the 10am service. Mozart composed this setting for the Salzburg Cathedral in 1774 when he was still a teenager. It was the first of Mozart’s masses to be published, printed initially in 1793. Because of its expressive character and beautiful melodic lines it has remained one of Mozart’s well-known sacred works. Please join us on Sunday, March 22 for a service of musical refreshment!

Lenten Series – Signs of Life: Why Church Matters


Sundays in Lent, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Chapter Room
From a daily Lenten calendar to online videos, from in-person discussion to personal reflection on themed poetry, Ann will provide a variety of ways to consider how Christian worship possesses the capacity to change the way we view and interact with ourselves, with each other, and with the world. The in-person discussion will take place on Sundays in March after coffee hour in the Chapter Room. 

March 1: Light

March 8: Water 

March 15: Food       

March 22: Shelter      

March 29: Community


This series is being designed and produced by Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal monastic order in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

This Week at St. Mary’s – March 1

Sunday, March 1
  8:00am  Holy Eucharist
  9:30am  Church School
10:00am  Holy Eucharist
11:00am  Coffee Hour
11:30 am Lenten Study
 4:00pm  Christ the King 
Monday, March 2
  8:30am  Yoga
 
7:30pm  AA (6:15 – Newcomers)
Wednesday, March 4
   6:00am  CTK – Chapter Rm
   7:30pm  Adult Choir
Thursday, March 5
  9:30am  CTK – Chapter Rm
  5:00pm  United Way Cafe
  6:30pm  Babson Night Rehearsal
Friday, March 6
10:00am  H& F – Parish Hall
Sunday, March 8
  8:00am  Holy Eucharist
  9:30am  Church School
10:00am  Holy Eucharist 
11:00am  Coffee Hour
11:30am  Lenten Study
  4:00pm  Babson Night
  4:00pm  Christ the King 





February 23 – This Week at St. Mary’s

Join us on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30PM for Celebration of Ministry and Pancake Supper

Sunday, February 23
  8:00am  Holy Eucharist
  9:30am  Church School
10:00am  Holy Eucharist
11:00am  Coffee Hour
11:15am  Choir Rehearsal in Sanctuary
 4:00pm  Christ the King 
Monday, February 24
  8:30am  Yoga
 
7:30pm  AA (6:15 – Newcomers)
Tuesday, February 25
  
5:30pm Celebration of Ministry
followed by Pancake Supper
Wednesday, February 26
   6:00am  CTK – Chapter Rm
   9:30am  Ash Wednesday Service
   7:30pm  Ash Wednesday Service
   8:30pm  Adult Choir
Thursday, February 27
  9:30am  CTK – Chapter Rm 
Friday, February 28
10:00am  H& F – Parish Hall
Sunday, March 1
  8:00am  Holy Eucharist
  9:30am  Church School
10:00am  Holy Eucharist 
11:00am  Coffee Hour
11:30am  Lenten Study
  4:00pm  Christ the King