Children’s and Youth Sponsored Holiday 2023 Celebrations

Greetings St Thomas’s Family,

As we approach the season of Advent, I would like to invite you all to join me at a holiday gathering on December 17, 2023. The event will be in 3 parts. The first event will be a live Nativity at 12 noon. Please let me know if you or your child are interested in playing a part in staging this gift to the parish. Second event will be a parish-wide holiday cookie exchange at 12:30; all members of the parish are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Part Three of the celebration is a holiday party for children, youth and their grownups.  

To sign up for the cookie exchange and/or the holiday party, please use the links below.

Kids Party: Exchange:

I look forward to celebrating with you!

Belinda Young-Payne

Saint John’s Bible experience December 2023

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St Johns Bible experience

The Saint John’s Bible, an amazing work of art, is coming to St. Thomas’s for the 2023 holiday season. It will arrive on December 13, 2023 and remain for the Christmas 2023 season though January 2024.

Everyone should experience this masterpiece of Sacred Word and Art.

The St. John’s Bible is a major artistic project – a hand-written and illuminated book – produced over many years. The book is quite large – two feet tall and three feet wide! The production of the book required the renewing of many historic artistic and calligraphic techniques. The artwork is especially interesting in the ways it combines many artistic styles and techniques. Full-page illuminations are engaging ways to talk about how we see the world and where imagination can take us.

The Executive Director of the St. John’s Bible project, Brad Neary, will be at St. Thomas’s on December 13, 2023. On that day, we will welcome school and other groups for 30-45 minute “tours” with Mr Neary in the morning (9-11:30). Do you have a group who would like to schedule a presentation or do you know someone who might?

We are also looking for St. Thomas’s docents. A group of individuals will receive training from Mr Neary following the noon service on the 13th. Light lunch will be provided. Are you interested in being trained to be a tour guide?

For more information, please speak to Fr Howie or email the office at

Schedule your personal tour, or bring a group. Open to the public.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2022 for the homeless

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Dear Family of St. Thomas’s,

Calvary Baptist Church on Delaware Ave., Newark, is once again hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2022 for the homeless in Newark. They are in need of food donations and “gift” donations from anyone who would like to do that.  Here’s what they need:

FOOD list:

            Sliced and ready to serve turkey, ham or beef

            Breakfast casseroles, donuts or pastries, juice

            Lunch meat, rolls, individual serving chips bags, canned soda

GIFTS:   $15 gift cards to Wawa, McD’s, Jersey Mikes or Dunkin

               DART bus passes (1 day,1 zone) – available at Acme for $4

                New underwear, warm socks, insulated gloves, hand warmers


             Christmas Eve: 3:30 – 5:30,  5- 7 , 7 – 9, 9 – 11

IF you have a donation for this, you can take it to Calvary anytime after 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve or leave it at St. Thomas’s and I will take it over after the 8 p.m. Christmas Eve service.   

Christmas Blessings to ALL,
Madeline Johnson

Christmas 2022 Letter from the Rector

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Christmas 20226 December 2022

It would be hard to imagine the Christian faith without any stories of the birth of Jesus. This is because Jesus’ origins are central to our understanding of who he is and what he means to us. Part of the power of Christmas is that we are not just telling a story about an amazing person who did amazing things. We are telling a story about someone who was both human and yet more than human. Our mortal life and God come together.

The story of the birth of Jesus gives us many things to think about. One of those things is that this birth is a great, divine act of self-giving. The Son is willing to be born, to somehow squeeze his godly essence into the incredibly vulnerable and limiting body of a human person. Such a gift!

It is that Godly example which also inspires us to give gifts of all kinds this season. Most of us will give gifts to relatives and close friends as tokens of love and affection. This letter is a small reminder that your church also has great need of your gifts – of all kinds – to continue to tell the story of Jesus among us and to do ministry in his name. 

And so, I ask that you consider giving a Christmas gift to St. Thomas’s. If you have already given all that you can this year, please do not worry or feel guilty.  Instead, I ask for your prayers for the ministries of our church. If, on the other hand, you can give a special Christmas offering, know that your gift will be received gratefully and applied faithfully to the work we all wish to continue.  There are a number of ways to give, including our secure on-line donation form.  A gift of your time and skill would also be most welcome.

Please join us at Christmas  – at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Christmas Eve, and 10:00 AM on Christmas Day. Please invite those close to you to come along. And thank you for remembering St. Thomas’s at Christmas and all through the year.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Howell Sasser

Christmas and Christmas Eve 2022 Schedules

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Christmas Eve – Saturday, December, 24, 2022:

  • 4 p.m. – This will be a fun, shorter, and family friendly service. This is a perfect last-minute wrap up to this Advent season, and a final surge of excitement with joyous caroling for the birth of our Savior!
  • 8 p.m. – A traditional, more peaceful and reflective service, with twinkling candlelight and tranquil music.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December, 25, 2022:

  • 10 a.m. – This will be a Rite II service with music, however, expect a more quiet, special and serene service as we praise God for the arrival of sweet little baby Jesus.

There are many more opportunities to fluff the hay in the manger of our hearts. See our parish calendar for a full listing. Please reach out to the office with any questions or additions.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator or (302) 368-4644

Christmas 2022 Angel Tree

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Dear Friends,

We will be helping a local family enjoy Christmas 2022 this year through our Angel Tree. We’re starting out with two small trees located on the small table by the sofa in the sitting area in the Great Hall. Please take a few minutes to look at the gift opportunities and select the one that speaks to you.

If you are unable to come to church to make your selection, the family can use ShopRite, Walmart, and Lyft gift cards. Easy to buy, no sizes or colors to think about, no limit on quantity. 

Do not wrap the gifts, but put the tag with the gift. There will be a box for the gifts in the foyer with an envelope for gift cards. Please return your gifts to church by Sunday, December 18, 2022.

We are Christ’s heart and hands in Newark. Our generosity will make Christmas more pleasant for a local family.

Any questions, let me know.


Connie Cooper

Christmas service booklet dedications

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Celebrate someone special in your life with a memorial or honorary dedication in the Christmas service booklet.  Everyone is invited. “Honorary” gifts are often given to show appreciation for someone’s kindness or to recognize their impact on your life, or to mark an anniversary or other special event. “In Memory” gifts are a special way to memorialize someone special who has passed away. A donation with your dedication turns your expression of love into a sign of hope. All names received for dedications will be published in the Christmas and Christmas Eve booklets, and all donations received will be used to support St. Thomas’s mission of following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, with each other and with the world.

Please use the dedication form or one available in the office and in the lobby. Please have everything turned in by the end of next week – December 12, 2021.  You can mail, email, or drop your dedication in the mailbox on the office door, or use the Giving form.  The suggested donation amount is $25, however, there is no required minimum or limit. The greening of the church building will again be modest this year; in this season, our priorities are staying safe and helping our neighbors. So, the donations collected will go towards those priorities.

Please let me know if you have any questions. This has been a year when we have experienced losses, and also a year when we have experienced new joys.  This is a nice opportunity to reflect and share those significant events and special individuals with our faith family.

Kind regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator or (302) 368-4644

Advent and Christmas 2020 Schedule

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We are worshiping via live streaming on YouTube at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel. Why not subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you are reminded to join us for our Advent and Christmas services? The full-text bulletins for our services may be found on our website and by email request.

See our Advent and Christmas 2020 schedule.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century and has long been a St. Thomas’s tradition. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons and each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer.

Family Fun Night & Cookie Exchange 2020

Good Morning Everyone, 

November’s Trunk or Treat was so much fun and it was great to see everyone who came. Our next family gathering will be Family Fun Night & Cookie Exchange on December 18, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in The Great Hall at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church This indoor event, like the last one, will have a plan and guidelines to keep everyone safe. One of the things we will need to do is wear masks inside so please try to eat your dinner before you get there!!  The cookie exchange means you’ll be taking your dessert home!! See the flyer.

Also, if space allows. I would be happy to include adults without children for the Cookie Exchange toward the end of the evening (around 7:30 p.m.?),  if there is interested.

Please see the flyer for the event, which includes information about activities, the link to sign up and my contact info if you have questions or want to volunteer to help with set up or clean up.

I can’t wait to see everyone!!

Ms Belinda <>

Letting our Light SHINE

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This is a call for Christmas Lights! And, it will be followed by a call to help decorate. If you have any extra working Christmas lights or see a deal too good to pass up, please share. You can drop them at the church office Mon.-Thur. from 9 a.m.-noon or email Cana, Parish Administrator, at and she will do a contactless porch pick-up.

Thanks in advance for your help! It is more important than ever, during this unusual season, that we remind our community that we are still here, that God’s love is constant, and we are filled with JOY remembering the birth of our Savior. Our parish will be participating in the2020 Newark Christmas light tour.