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Bible Study and adult forums are held throughout the year. During Lent, St. Mary's provides a light supper followed by an educational program, or video study, reading and discussion. Programs have included "Episcopalian 101" and an exploration of the Book of Common Prayer. In 2018, we offered something different for our Lenten program. Fr. Ken Gorman and our organist David Condo invited us to join them on the Wednesdays of Lent from 12 noon to 1 pm for a brief program of Lenten Music and study, "Giving Up Something Bad," followed by a light lunch. Fr. Gorman and David continued with an Advent program titled "Making our Jesse Tree." Held on the Wednesdays, of Advent, we enjoyed music, lore, and ornament crafts.
Lent 2019 brought another combined program of music and study presented by Fr. Gorman and David Condo on the Wednesdays of Lent at 12 noon based on the book, Yes Lord, I Have Sinned But I Have Several Excellent Excuses by James W. Moore.
Adult Forum is held Sunday mornings between the services from 9 to 9:45 am in the chapel. The Rev. Dr. W. Kenneth Gorman is the facilitator. If you would like to reach Fr. Gorman, his e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fr. Gorman invites you to join him for Adult Forum and Worship all year long!
"Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis is the book for the current series of Adult Forum.
New to St. Mary's is conTEXTS. conTEXTS meets from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in St. Mary's parish hall.
What is conTEXTS? What that word means - The content of the news meets the texts of our faith. Church folks often bring up some current event that has caught their attention and want to discuss it as a faith issue. Up until now, we haven't had a place or time to do that. That has changed. We are offering this weekly gathering of parishioners and friends to discuss a current event alongside resources of our faith (e.g., biblical, church resources).
Church School sessions begin in October and end in May. After a blessing, the children proceed into the chapel for Children's Chapel or the parish hall for a craft. They rejoin the service at the Peace.
Although small in number, our Church School participates in their own outreach programs. They annually provide a coffee hour of soup & bread on "Souper Bowl of Caring" Sunday, collect donations of food for St. Barnabas Cares Food Pantry and choose a charity for monetary donations. They put together gift packages for children overseas at Christmas, and sponsored a stud for Habitat for Humanity painted with blessings and artwork for a home in Whitesboro. They have packed bag lunches for the homeless, hosted lunch at The Branches, collected personal toiletries and other necessities and packaged them for the homeless, learned about and collected donations for Nets for Life and the New Jersey Nature Center in Dennis Township. This past winter, they collected vitamins for children in the Philippines for Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry. At Christmas and Easter, they reach out to the homebound with care notes.
It takes a village to raise a child. This traditional African proverb, made popular in the West by former first lady Hillary Clinton's book by the same name, may be truer than we think. But really, it takes a church to raise a child because it is in the church that our children find a whole community of adults who love them, who have a deep concern for them, and who are eager to see them come to faith and grow in Godly character. Join Fr. Gorman summer 2019 to explore, discuss, and plan our version of this village/church project. For more information, please call the church office.