Parish Email for Friday, 17 December 2021


Thank you to everyone who volunteered for our last Kitchen of Hope Giveaway for 2021, last weekend!

If you would like to help Episcopal Relief & Development with disaster relief in the wake of this past week’s tornadoes, you may do so here:

The Gingerbread House decorating event for Sunday School families will take place this Sunday at noon.

Join us on Tuesday, 21 December, at 7pm for the finale to Advent Vespers as we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas with Young Preachers in the Nave and streaming online. Can’t make it to the service?  Watch it live here!

The email to send prayer requests to has changed!  All future prayer requests can be sent to

Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, and others who would like to facilitate our liturgical work together are needed! Contact individual organizers or to help. Training available!

Our Isaiah Bible Study concludes online this evening (Sunday) at 6pm.  Readings are Isaiah 60-66 (readings also available as podcast on church website)

Mark your calendars to join us for our next adult formation offering! On 9 January we will begin a new Bible Study series on Women in the Bible. Join us online at 7pm on Sunday nights through the season of Epiphany for a look at key women in the Bible, their stories, their challenges and their roles in leadership, faith, and evangelism. Topics will include, Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons, Women Leaders in Challenging Times, Women of Faith, Women Rivals, and more.

Outdoor services continue every Wednesday evening at 5.30pm (though they may move inside on occasion if the weather is very miserable).

On 9 January we will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord: one of the four Sundays set aside for Baptisms by the BCP. If you or someone you know is interested in baptism in January, please contact Father Todd right away!

Our parish Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, 30 January 2022.

Mark your calendar to join us throughout the season of Advent

  • 21 December, 7pm: Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle
  • 22 December, 7pm: Longest Night Mass (Blue Christmas)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve
    • 4pm: Outdoor Eucharist
    • 7pm: Eucharist in Parish Hall (and streamed)
    • 11pm: Eucharist in Nave (and streamed)
  • 25 December, 10am: Nativity of Our Lord (and streamed)

Daily Covid Cases
can be found for Gloucester County here.

Lectionary readings for this week: Advent 4 – Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45, (46-55), Canticle 15

Lectionary readings for next week: Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Galatians 3:23-25. 4:4-7, John 1:1-18, Psalm 147

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Jackie, Gary, Gage, Bob, Sandy, Karen, Janet, Marilyn, Lori, Ginny, Tracey, José, Chuck, Tal, Alan, Mary-Esther, Ruth, Ed, Christine, Nancy, Lois

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December 2021 at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall and Streaming online: Sundays, 10:30am
  • Bible Study on the prophet Isaiah Online:  Sundays, 6pm
  • Centering Prayer Online: Mondays, 4pm
  • Holy Eucharist at the Lychgate: Wednesdays, 5.30pm
  • Compline & Pizza (especially for Rowan students) at the Lychgate: Wednesdays, 8pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave and Streaming online: Saturdays, 5:30pm


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