Interactive Stations of the Cross 2023

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When I was a girl the only thing I knew about The Stations of the Cross were vague references from my Roman Catholic friends. Sometimes I would see Roman numerals around the perimeters of Catholic or Episcopal churches and figured out they were for the purpose of marking the Stations.

When I arrived at St. Thomas’s I learned that on Good Friday a small group of folks would “walk the stations.” But I didn’t “get it” until I attended my first National Youth Workers Convention and visited an exhibit in a prayer space that provided INTERACTIVE Stations of the Cross, designed by Lilly Lewin. That’s when they became meaningful to me. Each stop of Jesus’ journey from where Pilate dismissed him by washing his hands to where he was laid in the tomb was interpreted with an action or space for reflection.

That’s when I started to make the connection. You literally wash your hands. You make a cross and carry it. You stop where Jesus stumbled and think on things that make you stumble. Where Jesus met his mother you remember things that are on your heart. You pray for folks who are ill or in trouble at another stop. You make an image of the cross where Veronica legendarily wiped Jesus’ face and where he left his image on her cloth. You mourn with the women of Jerusalem and stop to mark hurt places in the world. You drink vinegar and drive nails. You experience the torn curtain of the Temple. You imagine how it would feel to have your dead son laid in your arms. You smell spices at the Tomb. And there is a 15th Station that shows the promise of the Resurrection.

Interactive Stations of the Cross have been installed at St. Thomas’s and will remain until the evening of Good Friday. If this sounds like something that you would like to participate in, as a way to mark your Lent, or as a way to think about Jesus’ suffering on his way to his death, I urge you to visit them, placed around the edges of the sanctuary. There are ways that groups and individuals can experience this.

You can visit anytime the church building is open, before or after worship on Sundays, or during office hours: during Monday – Thursday 9-2. You can make arrangements for weekend or evening visits by calling the church office: 302-368-4644. You can also ask for someone to be there with you to answer questions or just to be present.

Sally Price, Parishioner

Shrove Tuesday 2023 Pancake Supper

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake DinnerHello Church Family,

St. Thomas’s Parish will once again be celebrating Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday … or Mardi Gras ….. or Pancake Tuesday….) with a Pancake Supper, fellowship, and fun on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  There will be plenty of pancakes, sausages and beverages for all who attend.  Music, games and crafts will also be part of the fun. 

In order to make this event the best it can be, volunteers are needed to set up, cook, plan activities, and clean up. A HUGE Thank You to those of you who have already volunteered.  We also need to have an estimate of how many people to expect.  (No worries!!  It’s absolutely ok to just show up, the more the merrier of course. But an estimate is always nice.)

Please RSVP if you can (even if it is just to say Maybe) or to volunteer to help with the event.

Thank you so much!  I am really looking forward to seeing as many of you as are able to come!

Belinda Young-Payne 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Family Fun Night

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St. Thomas’s Parish will again be celebrating Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Pancake Day) on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. There will be plenty of pancakes. sausages, and beverages for all who attend. Music, games and crafts will also be available. (Maybe a few pancake races??!!!)

In order to make the event the best it can be, volunteers are needed to plan the event, set up, clean up and cook. Please sign up to help and/or to let us know you are coming. Thank you!

Belinda Young-Payne

Ash Wednesday and Lent 2022 worship schedule

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In addition to our regularly scheduled Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday noon worship services, here are Lenten opportunities.

  • Dessert PARTY on Shrove Tuesday, LIVE on Zoom at 7 p.m.  You will receive an email invitation the day of.  In the meantime, check out the Facebook event page to get excited!
  • Draw nearer to Jesus during this Lenten season with a daily devotional by Fr Howie: Kenotikon.  Each morning in Lent, you can expect an email at 6 a.m. with a daily reflection. These are designed to be done one entry each day, however we all know that when we are building our relationship with God, there is no wrong way.
  • Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022: three services of Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes at 7 a.m., (spoken), noon (spoken), and 7 p.m. with music.
  • Beginning March 6, 2022, Sundays at 5:00 p.m. during Lent – Sunday evening worship service with Holy Eucharist, in-person only with precautions.
    • A service of penitence and reconciliation. 
    • A service of readings and music with projected images (“Son et Lumiere”). 
    • A contemplative service with candles and the music of Taize. 
    • A service of prayer with some of the interactive stations of the Cross. 
    • A guided meditation through the Durufle Requiem. 

Shrove Tuesday dessert party on March 1, 2022

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Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday is right around the corner!  While we cannot get together for our traditional pancake dinner and games, we cannot let this celebration pass by without some fellowship.  So, this year, we will be gathering via Zoom for a DESSERT PARTY on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. Mark your calendar!

Part of the fun of this celebration is the preparation; let’s get excited!!! Here is a link to its Facebook event.  Please let us know you will be joining in the fun, and feel free to share this invitation with anyone who could use some community.

I found a copy of “The Feast is Ready”, the 5th edition of the St. Thomas’s Parish recipe book and it includes recipes from our congregation dating back to the 1920s.  I’ll be listing some of these recipes on the Facebook event page.  Please share some of your own!  What will you be preparing for our gathering?  Let me know if you are interested in providing a video tutorial of your recipe: do we have any Jeff Smiths or Gina Neelys out there?

And, finally, if you are just not into making a dessert – WE STILL WANT TO SEE YOU!!  Join us with a glass of water, and we will be glad to see your smiling face.  And, if you really enjoy preparing sweets and would like to share, post it in the Facebook event, and I’ll bet that someone out there would be ecstatic to receive your gift.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this FUN event.  I will be emailing out the Zoom link on the day of the party.  Friends are WELCOME: please let me know if there are additional email addresses to add to the invitation, or you are free to forward the link to your contacts.  HOORAY FOR FELLOWSHIP!

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday 2021

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 is Shrove Tuesday.  It is a day to finalize one’s Lenten sacrifice, as well as, eat pancakes and other sweets.  I know I for one am looking forward to celebrating this feast with my faith family next year – oh what a sweet sweet celebration it will be!  

But, for 2021, we will be eating pancakes at home and enjoying scenes from New Orleans’ Yardi Gras!  Because they were not able to hold their annual parade with decadent floats, many New Orleans residents have decorated their yards in the style of floats.  The colorful and over the top decorations are not only fun to view and a boost to morale, but it is a much needed support to the hundreds of artists whose livelihoods revolve around this celebration that is famous around the world.  If you search for “Yardi Gras 2021,” you can see this year’s festivities.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 is Ash Wednesday.  There will be three opportunities for you to join in prayer to begin this season of Lent: 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. Here are service leaflets: 7 a.m. leaflet or Noon and 7 p.m. leaflet to accompany the services.  There are a few printed service leaflets in the lobby available to pick up.

You will receive invitation emails to all three services tomorrow.  The YouTube link is the same as always.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

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

Lenten 2021 Book Study

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The Newark Parishes of Saints Nicholas & Thomas’s Adult Christian Education
Lent 2021: Thursdays at 11 a.m.

THE HOPE OF GLORY by Jon Meacham
Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross
Lead by Fr. Bill Lane of St. Nicholas

Feb 18, 2021 : Prologue and First Word (Father Forgive Them; LK. 23:34)
Feb 25, 2021 : Second Word (You Will be With Me in Paradise; Lk. 23:43)
March 4, 2021 : Third Word (Behold Your Mother; Jn. 19:26-27)
March 11, 2021 : Fourth Word (Why Have You Forsaken Me; Mt. 27:46)
March 18, 2021 : Fifth Word (I Thirst; Jn. 19:28)
March 25, 2021 : Sixth Word (It is Finished; Jn. 19:30)
April 1, 2021 : Seventh Word (I Commend My Spirit; Lk. 23:46)

If you would like to take part and are not already participating in the Thursday Adult Study, please email
your request to and you will receive the sign on information.

Ash Wednesday 2021

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Ashes have been a symbol of penitence and sorrow for thousands of years.  In ancient Israel, they seem to have been used in a common, “non-religious” way – those who were in mourning or expressing remorse for some action wore very plain clothes (sackcloth) and sprinkled ashes over themselves as an outward sign of their emotions.

Some parts of the church adopted this practice as a way of marking the beginning of Lent.  In earliest times, ashes were sprinkled on the tops of the heads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday.  This is still the method used in some Roman Catholic churches.  More recently, a smudge or cross of ashes on the forehead came to be an icon of our devotion at the beginning of Lent.

This year, we are unable to gather for Ash Wednesday, and even if we could, the physical closeness required for the imposition of ashes would be risky.  So instead, we are distributing ashes in small packages, one of which is enclosed with this note. 

You may choose to mark yourself with them at the beginning of the day on Ash Wednesday, or during one of the services that will be broadcast on YouTube (7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM), or you may choose to leave them in their bag and let them be simply a reminder of the simple and honest devotion that we are all called to renew in Lent.

May your Lent be a time of blessing. 
Fr. Howell Sasser, Rector

Holy Week Schedule for 2020

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You are invited to join us for some special Holy Week gatherings. Each day brings a unique opportunity to experience growth and meaning during this solemn time in our calendar, and draw closer to our Lord.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 8:00 and 10:30
Monday, April 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Thursday, April, 9, 2020 – 6 p.m.service and watch vigil
Friday, April 10, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 2-4 p.m. and 8 p.m. services
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – 8 and 10:30 a.m. services

Please watch for more details to be published for each day.