Parish Email for Friday, 7 April 2023

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Good Friday – 12pm (nave)

Good Friday – 7pm (nave)

Great Vigil of Easter – 6pm – (outdoors (weather pending)/nave)

Easter Sunday (Rite I) – 8am – Holy Eucharist (nave)

Easter Sunday – 10:30am – Holy Eucharist (nave)


There will be no Sunday School on Easter (9 April).

Tomorrow, 8 Saturday, is the Great Vigil of Easter. Beginning at 6pm, we will tell our stories and sing our songs around the fire (outside), renew our Baptismal vows, celebrate the Eucharist (inside the nave), and share S’Mores afterwards (weather pending!). If it’s not raining, bring a chair and dress for the weather! You are also invited to bring a bell to ring at the Easter proclamation.

Kitchen of Hope is tomorrow, Saturday, 8 April.  Contact Vivian H. (856-366-8461) if you’d like to help!

The week following Easter, 2 concurrent, 4-week Adult Forum programs will be offered!

Are you interested in a practical conversation about the Basics of Bible Study? (This is part of our ongoing “ABCD’s of the Faith” series.) Join us for a 4-part conversation on the four Sundays following Easter (16 April-7 May), at 9am in the Parish Hall, followed by Coffee Hour.

In celebration of Campus Pride Month, join us for the Adult Formation offering, Hearts Unbound.  The overwhelming message of the Bible, in story after story, is that of God’s radical love and welcome. Every time we think we know who’s in and who’s out, God does something to challenge those assumptions, to unbind our hearts and minds from old ways of understanding, and to draw the circle ever wider.  We will be exploring 4 new stories, setup in a fun, informal reader’s theater – no costumes or props!  Readers needed!  Contact Sarah T. for questions/more info.  Starting 16 April at 9 AM in the Lower Level Parish Hall.

TEC@RU tabled at Rowan’s Pride Fest and 6th Annual Bunce Hall Illumination, last week to kick off Campus Pride Month.  The Episcopal church continues to be present and welcoming to our neighbors, the Rowan student body!  Many students that approached our table were grateful for a religious presence at their Pride festivities as we debunked the myth that God’s love is conditional.

TEC@RU concludes it’s Monthly Concert Series for the semester on Sunday, 16 April at 6PM.  Come listen to talented Rowan music students and show them that St. Thomas’ welcomes their presence! This month features a Saxophone Ensemble, starting at 6PM in the nave.  You can find out more about this group on instagram.

Our student choir director, Chris S. will be holding their senior recital in the nave on Friday, 21 April at 5pm.  A light reception will be held afterwards in the parish hall. Please join us for this entertaining evening of music!

The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) is continuing its work to prepare The Episcopal Church for the election of the 28th Presiding Bishop at General Convention in 2024. To that end they are releasing three essays this month to help inform the church about the ministry of the Presiding Bishop.  Read the third and final essay regarding The Basic Timeline and Steps of the Nominating and Election Processes here.  You can also read the first essay here and the second here.

Last Call!  Tickets for the Bishop’s Farewell gala are sold out at the Diocese level!  However, there are still a few seats left at St. Thomas’ third table.  Contact Donna F. asap before the tickets are released back to the Diocese.   If you would like to attend but find the cost is prohibitive, we have one “gift” seat that was anonymously donated.  Speak to Father Todd if that seat speaks to you.

Father Glenn D. and his husband César M. would be grateful if you could join them at their home for an Open House and/or House Blessing on April 16.  Follow this link for details and note, there are three pages, please scroll down to see parking information and a map:  Open House Mailout for St. Thomas

202 Broadway
Westville, New Jersey 08093
Mobile: 619-751-5556

Did you know St Thomas’ streams almost all our worship services online?  Have you ever watched a TEC@RU student concert live from the comfort of your couch?  Thanks to the St. Thomas’ Stream Team, you can access many of our activities and worship services online!  Want to help out?  It’s easier than you think!  Contact Stacey N. for more info!  You can also watch all our past streams on (link here!)

Interested in joining a new ministry but don’t know where to start?  Every week, a different group will be highlighted at the end of the newsletter.  Information about meetings, what they do in the church or community, contact info and more!  If you have content you want to share about your ministry, send it to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Lectionary readings for this week:  Easter Sunday – Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Lectionary readings for next week:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31, Psalm 16

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Richard, Bea, Sue, John, Becky, Terryon, Bob, Andrea, Mary Esther, Braelynn, Jeffrey, Sam, Brian, Bill, Heather, Stacey, Antoinette, Tal, Barbara, Brenda, Neil

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Spring at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist (Nave – now with music!): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave – Rite I (Nave):  Sundays, 8am
  • Adult Formation (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Children’s Sunday School (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Coffee Hour (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10am
  • Holy Eucharist (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm



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