You are invited to an All Saints’ Choral Evensong on Saturday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m.at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 258 Concord St in Newton Lower Falls. The St. Mary’s Choir will be remembering our beloved choir member, Jane Sabin, and all faithful departed as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints.
The service of Choral Evensong originated in 1549 with the first Book of Common Prayer for the Anglican Church. Composers have written settings of this liturgy and choirs throughout the world sing it regularly in cathedrals, churches and chapels.
In addition to readings, prayers, and the traditional Evensong canticles, the service will include Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, sung by the St. Mary’s Choir accompanied by harp, strings and organ.
Please come and experience the serene beauty of this music as we remember loved ones who are no longer with us. All are welcome to attend free of charge. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
Evening Prayer, also called Vespers, is one of the great gifts of the Church. We sing, we hear scripture, and we join our hearts in prayer. Join us this Thursday, October 17 in the parish hall, for the first service of Vespers here at St. Mary’s. All congregants are encouraged to attend. This will be growing into a youth-led service, so please come support them as they are becoming the leaders God has called them to be.
At tomorrow’s services (October 13) we welcome both the Reverend Bailey Whitbeck and the Reverend Priscilla Wood.
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church authorized the ordination of women in 1976 and St. Mary’s sponsored one of the first women ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts. The Reverend Bailey Whitbeck was sponsored for the priesthood by St. Mary’s in the late 1970s and is coming back on Sunday to tell us her story.
We will also have with us the Reverend. Priscilla Wood who was also ordained about the same time in the Diocese of Newark. As we prepare to welcome the Reverend Ann Bonner-Stewart as our next rector, we are proud to celebrate our parish’s longstanding support of women’s ordination.
Sunday,October 13 8:00am Holy Eucharist 9:30am Church School 9:45am Nursery Care 10:00am Holy Eucharist 3:00pm CTK Bible Study 4:00pm Christ the King Monday, October 14 Columbus Day – Office Closed 7:30pm AA (6:15 newcomers) Thursday, October 17 9:30am Chapter Room – CTK 6:30pm Junior Choir 7:00pm Vesper Service 7:30pm Adult Choir Sunday, October 20 8:00am Holy Eucharist 9:30am Church School 9:45am Nursery School 10:00am Holy Eucharist 11:00am Coffee Hour 11:15am Ministry Fair 3:00pm CTK – Bible Study 4:00pm Christ the King
Church School – 9:30 a.m. Children and youth will have their classes in the Parish Hall. Children and youth are always welcome to remain with their parents in the sanctuary for the entirety of the service. Church School begins at 9:30 a.m. for children who would like to hear stories and play games and sing songs with other children. The Godly Play class is for kids age 5 to grade 5, and the youth class is for grade 6 through high school. Both classrooms will rejoin their parents for Eucharist.
Nursery Care Begins on September 29 As we continue to seek to serve the families in our congregation, we’ve realized that we need to offer nursery care for our youngest kids. We are putting together a rotation of volunteers so that we can have a nursery while ensuring that everyone who serves can still attend the service most weeks. Children will learn how much we love them every single week. Starting September 29, we plan to offer a nursery available each week for kids infant to age 4. Nursery care will start at 9:45 a.m .and go through the service. To make sure this is consistent each week, we will all work together to make sure the Nursery always has two adults serving. At StMarysYouth.org, you’ll find a single signup form for the Church School and the Nursery. You will be able to pick a day that fits your schedule and you’ll have the option of choosing Church School or Nursery.
Acolyte Retreat/All-Parent Retreat – Saturday, October 26 from 2-4 p.m.Sometimes in the busyness of life, we don’t stop to rest or reflect on what we are doing. This retreat is designed to help us take a breath and reconnect with why we come to church. Acolytes will gain the confidence and skills they need to serve at the altar. We will reflect on what being an acolyte means to each of us. All kids with an interest in the acolyte program are invited to come, even if they just want to “try it on” before they make a commitment. Parents get the opportunity to take a break in their week, getting a rest from the hustle and bustle of life. We will get to use spiritual practices to rest and rejuvenate while we reflect on spirituality. This will be a rich retreat and a wonderful time to connect with each other and God. Whether you come once a week or once a season, you are welcome to come here and take a moment to find new life this fall. Childcare will be provided
Kids Sacristy Tour – Saturday October 26 from 2 – 2:45 p.m.Last Sunday in Church School, we learned about the colors of the Church Year. One thing we wondered about was where the colors in church live when we don’t see them. All children are invited to a tour of the Sacristy–that place where we keep all of the special cloths and dishes for worship. After some opening worship and prayer, Catherine Catchpole, the Directress of the Altar Guild will be showing us all around so that we discover what happens on Saturday (or another day) to help us get ready for Sunday. All children are invited
Introduction to Church School Webinar – Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.Andrew is offering a virtual introduction to Church School so that you can watch from your home! This is for all congregants, and especiall parents, so you can learn about what our youth and children will be doing this year. Click the “Webinar on Youth and Children’s Programs” button at StMarysYouth.org
Parents GroupsParents have the opportunity to connect with other parents every month in different ways. In Parent’s Community, reflect on parenting and find support from others on the same journey. In Parents Council, reflect on the programs at St. Mary’s as we minister together. Mark these dates on your calendar and plan to hear more next week. Next Parents Community: Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the ChurchNext Parents Council: Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. online (link at StMarysYouth.org)
We are very pleased and blessed to announce that the Reverend Ann Bonner-Stewart has been called to be the new Rector of St. Mary’s in Newton Lower Falls. This is the culmination of over a year of hard work, discernment and prayer by the Search Committee, who identified a number of excellent candidates. Ann was ultimately recommended on the basis of her abilities as pastor, preacher, community leader and as a woman of deep faith in God in Christ.
Ann is returning to the area after serving as chaplain at Saint Mary’s School, an independent Episcopal all-girls boarding and day high school, in Raleigh, North Carolina since 2009. She was originally ordained in Boston in 2006.
Rev. Bonner-Stewart was born in and raised in South Carolina. She attended Duke University, where she earned a degree in Economics and studied abroad in China and France. After college, Ann moved to Boston to be in the third cohort of Micah interns in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. As a Micah intern, she served at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester, who sponsored her for ordination.
She earned a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Yale Divinity School and a certificate in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Ann was ordained to the transitional diaconate in June 2006 at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Boston. Ann’s first parish call was as associate rector at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina, where she introduced new worship services and created new systems for communication and administration.
Ann has also served as a hospital chaplain in Bridgeport, Conn.; a guest theology instructor in Maseno, Kenya; and on the staff of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas.
Ann will start her rectorship at St. Mary’s in late November with an official date to be determined and shared shortly.
Ann is married to Jeff, an electrical engineer. They have two school aged daughters, Claire and Celeste, and a cat named Speckles. Please let Cécile Tucker know if you would like to be part of a group who will help Ann and her family with getting settled at St. Mary’s.
We’re excited to embark on this next chapter for St. Mary’s along with Ann and her family. Thank you to Jeffrey Hughes, Lynn Farnell and the Search Committee for all their efforts to bring us to this point. Thank you also to the Rev. Dr. Paul Kolbet for his continuing service to St. Mary’s and support as Interim Priest.
Ann will be sending a letter of greeting to the community next week. In the meantime, we welcome her enthusiastically to St. Mary’s.