Events Committee Invitation

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A new committee is coming together at St Thomas’s. This “Events Committee” will be responsible for commissioning events. So many brilliant ideas never come to fruition. This group will help to organize ideas and put together smaller commission groups to bring these events to life.

What ideas do you have? What events would you like to see happen at St. Thomas’s? More movie nights? Another NARCAN training? A potluck dinner? Many hands make light work.

If you are interested in joining this new committee or if you have event ideas, please reach out to Kristin: This group will communicate primarily through google groups with occasional in-person meetings. ALL are Welcome to participate.

Upcoming events you can be a part of:
• Confirmation celebration
• Newark community Spring Crocus photo contest
• A trip to the Glencairn Museum in Philly
• …what fun ideas do you have?

Lectionary Bible Study

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Lectionary Bible Study is a relaxed and friendly group that meets in the classroom at the church on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the lessons for the following Sunday. Come every week or drop in when you can for some new perspectives on familiar stories and maybe some speculation about where the sermon will go! For more information, contact Carol Palermo at

Blessing of the Animals

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Blessing of the Animals 2022It is time for one of our favorite St. Thomas’s traditions! And, this year St. Francis’s feast day is actually on Sunday, October 2, 2022, making this one extra special. Join us on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grove next to the church.

Please bring your companion(s) on a leash or in a carrier. If your wild one does not travel well, you are welcome to join in the blessing and carry it home with you. Human friends and their pets are also invited, so share this date with yours!

All of God’s creatures are welcome!

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

Celebration of Time and Talent

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St. Thomas’s worship and ministry are possible only with the generous gifts of time and talent offered by its members. Some of this service is public and visible, while much of it is done quietly and unobtrusively, especially in these pandemic times. All of it makes St. Thomas’s a vital, safe place where God’s people are cared for in many ways. Our offerings of time and talent are part of our stewardship of the resources that God has so generously given us.

This year, the event that was formerly Rally Sunday is going to be a celebration of the time and talent that go into making St. Thomas’s the wonderful place that it is. We are planning to celebrate all our wonderful volunteers (as well as recruit some new ones) between the services on Sunday, September 26, 2021. We are planning on making the event fun with door prizes and refreshments.

Come to St. Thomas’s on Sunday, September 26, 2021 to celebrate and give thanks for the gifts of time and talent that make St. Thomas’s possible! There will be opportunities for you to offer your own gifts. We will make tasks as doable as possible—no one will be asked to make a long-term commitment on the spot— and there will be opportunities for all ages and abilities.

We have been brainstorming tips to encourage people to become involved and would like your group to consider some of them.

  • Break tasks down into small, doable tasks, so that people do not become overwhelmed.
  • Give people a “free trial” of your activities.  Assure them that they can come once and are not making a lifelong commitment.
  • Assure people they can commit to as little or as much as they feel able.
  • Encourage youth to sign up, but do not have a Junior version of your group. If our youth sign up they are doing so as full members.
  • Think outside the box for times that new people can volunteer for your group, to encourage people with different schedules to sign up.

We are God’s hands and feet and voice. Everyone can be a part of the worship and ministry of St. Thomas’s. Everything that we do helps to create the kingdom of God here and now.

God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. 1 Peter 4:10

Blessing of the Animals – October 11, 2020

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Blessing of the AnimalsBring your furry (or not so furry) friends to be blessed by Fr. Howie on Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove next to the church.

All humans must wear masks and social distancing will be observed. Please remember, for the safety of all, to have your pets on a leash or in a carrier. If you believe that this gathering may not be a good idea for your pet, please come anyway and bring your favorite photo of your pet.

ALL are Welcome!

Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020

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The Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020, and it looks fascinating!

Comparing Religions CourseSunday, Sep. 27, 2020 officially kicks off our Christian Education season here at St. Thomas’s.  We are beginning with a 4-week series on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. “What we believe, What we share” is a short course comparing religions.  This will be offered via Zoom and in-person in the church building with social distancing. The dates for this series are Sundays Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

This four-session course will cover the theologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, using a comparison with Christianity as a way of pulling the threads together. Our goal will be to see how the major faith traditions approach the same questions- creation, sin, eternity, and the righteous life. Come learn what we have in common, how we see the world, and maybe even what others can tell us about our own faith.

Please use the following iCalendar (.ics) link to add this event to your calendar:

Following this series, on November 4, 2020, our own Connie Cooper will tell us the story of St. Thomas’s Parish and its work in Newark. 

This year’s schedule looks phenomenal.  See the 2020-21 Christian Education program in its entirety.

I will be sending an invitation this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. with the link.  If you have questions about the upcoming 4-week course or any of the educational offerings, please contact the office or Fr, Howie.

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

Poet’s Corner Reading Series presents Devon Miller-Duggan on February 15, 2020

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Devon Miller-Duggan

Poets’ Corner Reading Series for Spring 2020 presents Devon Miller-Duggan on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The reading will be held from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. A free will offering is appreciated. All are welcome – open to the public.

Devon has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature,Gargoyle. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall (2008), Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013), and Alphabet Year (2017).

The Poets’ Corner Reading Series is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English. See the Poets’ Corner Spring Series of readings.

For questions, please email or call the Parish Office at (302) 368-4644.

Meet the Rector Dinner and Sing-along

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Please join us on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a picnic and sing-along in the Grove with our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Howell C. Sasser. This evening provides an opportunity to get to know Father Howie and spend time as a parish. Signup sheets will be posted in the Great Hall shortly. Food and drinks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

The Finance Committee

St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries Breakfast on April 28, 2019

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Hello St. Thomas Community.

Just a reminder that this Sunday, April 28 is Family Church Sunday at St. Thomas’s and it is also the day we will have our annual St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast hosted by St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries. Everyone in the parish is invited, but especially children, youth and their families. See below (or the flyer attached ) for details and please RSVP if you can with how many are attending and what food items you are bringing, if any. You can RSVP by calling me at 302-388-4017 or emailing or by going to SignUpGenius by copying and pasting the link below:

Thanks!! See you all soon!


Annual Children’s Ministries Family Brunch

April 28 is also the day of our annual Family Brunch. On this day, families of children and youth and whoever else would like to join us, will gather in the Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a potluck brunch. Each family/person is asked to bring something to share (eggs, breakfast casseroles, meats, bagels, muffins, fruit, etc.) if you are able. Beverages will be provided. The children will then attend the 10:30 a.m. service with their parents.

Family Church Sunday

April 28 is a Family Church Sunday. There is no separate children’s worship time that morning. However, the nursery will be open for children ages birth to 3 years. Children will attend services with their families.

Family Trivia/Pizza Night

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Cana Hartman, Kelly Tompkins, and Kristin Sausville are planning “Are you smarter than a Sunday school student?” Join us for pizza, ice cream, and a chance to see what you remember from Sunday school alongside Father Howie. Adults can play, and kids can join our classroom panel to assist the adults with what they may have forgotten. This is open to the public so all are welcome and we hope to see a lot of you there!

This event takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. Thomas’s Parish. Please RSVP to Kristin Sausville at