There is a current need for folks to transport the food that has been collected over to Newark United Methodist Church. There is also a continuing need for small jars of mayonnaise, grape or strawberry jam or jelly, canned fruit, and canned tomatoes. Contributions go in the baskets as you enter the nave. The NAWC Food Cupboard also needs volunteers to distribute food at the Cupboard housed at the United Methodist Church on Main St. The Cupboard hours are from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Susan Hechter email@example.com.
Our Heavenly Creator, who has blessed this dedicated church family for 175 years serving our community in your faith and love, we ask for guidance for our Parish, Search Committee and Vestry as we embark on the journey to mutual ministry with our next Rector. Bless us with your grace and fill us with knowledge and fortitude throughout this process. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN
Our fun summer times are almost at an end and the time for fall preparation has come. I’m excited!
Regular Children’s Worship will begin again on September 10 for children 3 years (potty trained) to 6th grade. Sunday School normally runs from 9:30 to 11:10 a.m. Registration for Sunday School will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hall on September 10, 2018.
Our goal is to have three Sunday School classrooms this year. In order to do this in the best way that we can, we need at least two more teachers. I am praying we can find some new faces to join our children’s ministry team. Teaching involves an average commitment of two Sundays a month and an hour or two of preparation the week you are the lead teacher. We teach in teams of two so you would be lead teacher an average of once a month. If you are more comfortable being the helper teacher each time, that is fine too. This ministry is an act of both giving and receiving. The children teach and inspire us as much as we do them. And the team members are a tremendous support and inspiration to each other. Training for Godly Play and training for Living the Good News for anyone who needs it will be held in late August/early September and as needed. If you feel called to be a part of children’s ministry in any way, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all the support that you, as a congregation, provide to our children and their families.
This summer we will hold Ladies Night Out on the 13th of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 13th: Iron Hill Brewery – Downtown Newark
Thursday, September 13th: Olive Tree Cafe – Chestnut Hill Plaza, Newark
Sunday School resumes on September 9, 2018.
From May 27 to September 2, St Thomas’s nursery for children aged birth to 3 years will be open from 10:15 to the end of the 10:30 a.m. service.
Summer Children’s Worship for children 3 years and older runs through August 19. Our summer theme this year is The Fruit of the Spirit, based on Galatians 5:22-23 (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Each week, we will learn about a different spiritual gift through scripture lessons, stories, hands-on play/art activities, service projects, and/or take-home assignments to promote real-life applications of the fruit of the Spirit. On most Sundays this summer (when children’s worship leader is available), children are invited to the Undercroft from 10:30-11:10 a.m. The children will rejoin their families at the Peace. On some Sundays (when a children’s worship leader is not available), children will remain with their families and are invited to complete the activity in the Fruit of the Spirit bags found in the basket by the sanctuary door.
If you have questions, need more information, or would like to volunteer to help this summer, please contact Belinda Young-Payne at 302-388-4017.
The adult education (parlor) group is now on summer hiatus and will resume on the first Sunday AFTER Labor Day — September 9, 2018. We will be exploring the book – The Misunderstood God by Darin Hufford. It can be obtained on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for new folks who are interested in joining. Questions? Feel free to contact Ronnie Wilbur at email@example.com or Larry Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coming Sunday, August 5, is the first Sunday of the month, when the loose offering is given to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Cash, or a check to St. Thomas’s, with Discretionary Fund in the memo line, are welcome. Designated checks are always welcome. The Rector’s Discretionary Fund allows St. Thomas’s to provide confidential assistance to our neighbors in need. The money always goes to a landlord, power company, etc., never directly to individuals. Your generosity allows St. Thomas’s to to be a source of light to those who are struggling in a world that is often dark.
Nourished at Christ’s table and stepping forward in faith, we are instruments of God’s love, serving our parish family, the University of Delaware, our community and God’s creation.