With Governor Carney’s declaration of a state of emergency on March 12, 2020, the following upcoming events may be re-scheduled or held on-line. Please contact the church for the latest information about any of these upcoming events.
ON-LINE CALENDAR: Click here to see our on-line calendar.
Through April 10 — The Season of Lent. Whether you fast or not during the Season of Lent, it is a time to reflect on a new beginning with God. It is a time to pause and take stock of how we are doing on our journey as Christians. It is a penitential period of forty days (excluding Sundays, which remain feast days) stretching from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, a time of preparation for the events of Holy Week, when we observe Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), his betrayal (Maundy Thursday), his crucifixion (Good Friday), and his glorious resurrection (Easter Sunday). The term “Lent” comes from an old English word meaning “spring”. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spends forty days fasting in the desert before beginning his public ministry. Lent is a time for his followers to reflect and renew.
Continuing Through June 13 — Adult Confirmation and Newcomer Classes. Fr. David will be offering sessions introducing the Episcopal Church to anyone interested in being confirmed or simple wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church. These sessions will also be on Saturday mornings beginning February 29 and will meet again on March 21, May 2, May 23 and June 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The text we will use for these sessions is Welcome to the Episcopal Church by the Rev. Christopher Webber. If you wish to join us for these sessions, please email me and we will order a copy of the book for you. Welcome to the Episcopal Church is the perfect book for inquirers and new members, as well as current Church members who may be unfamiliar with some of the Church’s history, beliefs, and practices. This new introduction to the history, polity, spirituality, worship, and outreach of the Episcopal Church is written in an easy-to-read conversational tone, and includes study questions at the end of each chapter, making it an excellent resource for adult parish study and inquirers’ classes. Please contact the church if you are interested in attending these sessions and we will order the book from the office.
Continuing through April 7. Our Lenten program will dig deeply into The Book of Common Prayer. We will use as our text the book Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book As Guide To A Spiritual Life by Derek Olsen. These sessions will begin on Tuesday evening, March 10 and will continue on March 24, March 31 and April 7. These sessions will be a wonderful refresher for life-long Episcopalians as well as an introduction to the worship of the Episcopal Church. Please contact the church to order a book and to let us know you would like to participate. The Book of Common Prayer is a gem and contains all things we need to worship in the rich Episcopal Church tradition that dates back to the English Reformation of the 1500’s. Many Episcopalians are only familiar with the Eucharistic liturgies (Rite I and II) and have not explored many of the other liturgies that may be found in this primary text of our faith.
POSTPONED: Sunday, March 15, 4:00 p.m. — Organ Recital by our music director, David Christopher. Litanies by Jehan Alain; Schübler Chorales by J. S. Bach; and Sonata No. 3 (Op. 65) by Felix Mendelssohn. Click here to learn more about special music offerings at SsAM.
Continuing Saturday, April 4, 10-11:30 a.m. — Faith Formation for Youth. These sessions continue on Saturday mornings, April 4, May 16 and June 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning. The curriculum we will be using is Faith Confirmed by Peter Jackson and Chris Wright. Please contact the church if you or or a youth 7th grade and older want to attend. We will order the book from the office. In our journey through life, we often face big questions: What is the meaning of life? Who is God? Why do people die and what happens after death? Throughout the ages, Christians have turned to the Bible and to the Church for answers. Faith Confirmed is an introduction to Episcopal beliefs and practices and is a perfect primer for those preparing for confirmation in the Episcopal Church and for all those who want to know more about the essentials of the faith.
Palm Sunday, April 4 — Palm Sunday. Hear the story of Jesus’ passion from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion on Good Friday.
April 5–11 — Holy Week at SsAM. Click here for details of the week leading up to Easter Sunday.
Sunday, April 12 — Two festive Easter Day celebrations at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Hallelujah! Christ is risen!
Saturday, June 13, 7:45 a.m. — The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits Friendship House and other agencies. We gather at Tubman Garret Riverfront Park, Rosa Parks Dr, Wilmington. Click here to register for the SsAM Team! You can be a virtual walker if you prefer. Questions? See Sharon Bryant or D-L Casson. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and we begin the 5K Walk at 9:00 a.m., the One Mile Walk at 9:15 a.m.
THIS SPRING: Dinner Groups will form in the spring of 2020. If you are interested in being a part of a dinner group, please contact us.
ONGOING thru April – Food and Water Donations for Local Food Pantry. Our Episcopal Church Women are collecting donations for the local food pantry of Lutheran Community Services. Please bring the following to church and put them in the collection box in the narthex on Sundays or leave them in the church office during the week: cases of bottled water (any kind but Nestle’s), boxes of cereal, and juice boxes. These are items the food pantry says they never have enough of.
ONGOING – Sunday Coffee Hour Food Donations. Members are encouraged to bring edible goodies to church once a month depending on the first letter of our last names. Please leave food items for coffee hour in the kitchen before the 10:30 a.m. service so the Kitchen Crew can set them out. 1st Sundays — Last names A thru D; 2nd Sundays — E thru K; 3rd Sundays — L thru R; 4th Sundays — S thru Z; 5th Sundays — Vestry Members.