Parish Email for Friday, 19 February 2021




Due to inclement weather, all in-person services are canceled this weekend. Join us via Zoom on Saturday at 6pm or Sunday at 10.30am. The Sunday 8am service will meet jointly with the 10.30.


Dear St. Thomas’,

This week we have begun the journey of Lent together. Covid, true to form, has modified our observance of the rites. But Covid cannot stop God’s grace from being poured out in our midst! In fact, as Covid fills the airwaves and reminds us of our mortality, it only brings us more fully into Lent, reminding us that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.

Lent is always meant to be a pilgrimage toward the cross, a place of death. Only by accepting and embracing that death can we find resurrection waiting for us on the other side. The attitudes and postures of Lent lead us to that embrace of God’s work in our lives.

St. Thomas’ is offering several invitations to a holy Lent in community this year:

  1. Stations of the Cross is a traditional tracing of Jesus’ final steps in the Holy Land. Sara Jordan is leading this online on Friday evenings at 7pm.
  2. St. George’s College, Jerusalem, is offering a Lenten journey through a set of brief videos that acquaint us with the Holy Land and invite us to see the stories of Jesus anew. I will lead this online on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Come early if you want visit!
  3. Holy Eucharist continues to be offered outdoors every Wednesday evening at 5.30pm.
  4. Morning Prayer is offered every morning (except Sunday) on the church website.

May your Lenten journey be a source of comfort and assurance.




Next month on Laetare Sunday, 14 March, at 10.30am, Bishop Stokes will make a visitation to St. Thomas’ for our outdoor service. This is a time for Confirmations, Receptions, Reaffirmation, or even Baptisms. Please contact Fr. Todd right away if you are interested in taking part in any of these rites.

Lenten Worship and Formation Opportunities:

  • Mondays, 4pm: Centering Prayer (Zoom)
  • Wednesdays, 5.30pm: Holy Eucharist (Lychgate)
  • Wednesdays, 7pm: Lenten Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Zoom)
  • Fridays, 7pm: Stations of the Cross (Zoom)
  • By Appointment: Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) (Zoom/Telephone)


The state of New Jersey has open a “pre-registration portal” for residents to sign up to receive vaccination against Covid-19. Sign up at You might also call around to local hospitals or pharmacies to see if they have openings in their own distributions of the vaccine.

Numbered pledge envelopes have arrived! Pick yours up at an in-person liturgy or from the table in the lower level of the Parish Hall. If you are unable to pick them up, your number will stay the same: please write that number in the memo line of your check and you will receive full credit for each gift.

Announcements for the bulletin or parish email are due into the office by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to or call the office at 856-881-9144. Announcements are subject to editing due to limited space.

Download this week’s bulletin or see the online version.

Lectionary readings for this week: Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25:1-9

Lectionary readings for next week: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38, Psalm 22:22-30

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Sandy, Andrea, Bob, Jimmie, John, Lou, Marie, Marla, Helen, Dean, Patty, Chuck, Valerie, Linda, Russel, Sid


This Weekend at St. Thomas’

Weekdays at St. Thomas’

Online events hosted by St. Thomas’ are accessed via Zoom: instructions here.


Every week during Lent we will have a brief video from the Holy Land followed by a discussion.


Join us online, Wednesdays at 7pm sharp, in a virtual pilgrimage to the land of the Bible!
Come early to visit!




See a calendar of Saints of the Episcopal Church.
Which Saint will you remember today?


See the official St. Thomas’ calendar or a list of upcoming events.
Are you serving in liturgy? Check the rota!


Saturdays, 6pm: Holy Eucharist
in the Nave: limited to 12 pews of up to two people each
moved online this week

Sundays, 8am: Holy Eucharist
in the Parish Hall and online
canceled this week

Sundays, 9am: Sunday School
online: for children

Sundays, 10.30am: Holy Eucharist
outdoors, rain or shine, unless below freezing
moved online this week

Sundays, 6pm: Youth Group
online: for teens

Mondays, 4pm: Centering Prayer online

Tuesdays, Noon: Coffee Hour online

Tuesdays, 6.30pm: Small Group Bible Study online

Wednesday, 5.30pm: Holy Eucharist
outdoors, rain or shine

Wednesdays, 7.00pm: Lenten Pilgrimage online

Fridays, 7.00pm: Stations of the Cross online

Daily on Weekdays: Morning Prayer
online: recorded



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Emergency Pastoral Care:
Call this number if you have a pastoral emergency, such as an alert about an ailing parishioner, a hospital stay, a death in the family, or to request last rites. Leave a message and with a phone number for your call to be returned.


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