Welcome to St. Mary's Episcopal Church!
You may be looking for a warm, caring church home or you may simply be “passing through,” hungry for God’s word and sacraments. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we hope that the love of Christ will be seen and felt in your encounter with the people of St. Mary's.
We are a diverse parish with all kinds of people, programs, and activities, and we believe our church to be a place that respects the holiness of worship and the integrity of your mind. There’s a place, purpose, and ministry for everyone who comes through our doors!
We hope this website will give you a sense of who we are and what have to offer in the service of Christ’s Kingdom. Please feel free to contact us directly and please come and join us on Sunday!
In Christ’s love,
The Rev'd A. Michael Singer, Rector
This Week at St. Mary's:
- Sunday, March 29th
- Holy Eucharist - Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
- Making of Palm Crosses in Moseley Hall, 9:15 a.m.
- Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10:00 a.m.
- Soles4Souls Packing in Moseley Hall, Youth Journey in Faith, 11:25 a.m.
- Jr. EYC at 5:30 p.m.
- Sr. EYC Supper, 6:15 p.m.
- A.A. Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
- Monday, March 30th
- Holy Eucharist, 5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 31st
- Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry/Queen St. Deli, 2:00 p.m.
- Holy Eucharist, 5:30 p.m.
- A.A. & Al-Anon Meetings, 8:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 1st
- Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:45 a.m.
- St. Cecilia's Choir End of Year Party, 5:15 p.m.
- Tenebrae Service, 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 2nd
- Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 3rd
- Good Friday Liturgy, 12:15 p.m.
- Private Confessions, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 4th
- Private Confessions, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Come on Friday evenings during Lent at 5:30 p.m. for Stations of the Cross. The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. (The new Stations of the Cross, hanging on the walls of the church, were created by the children at the Wednesday evening Lenten program.
NEXT SUNDAY IS EASTER: Please be sure to invite your family, friends, and neighbors, especially those without a church home, to our two liturgies at 8 & 10 am. When you come, children are reminded to bring fresh cut flowers to adorn the cross at Easter. Children through the Third Grade are reminded to bring their Easter baskets for the Easter Egg Hunt to take place at 11:15 a.m. All older children and youth are invited to hide the eggs.
Maundy Thursday Service – “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15) As fellow servants of Christ, all will be given the opportunity to participate in the foot washing portion of the Maundy Thursday service. The stations will be discretely located in front of the first pews, facing the altar and fresh water and towels will be provided by the altar party. You will not need to bring anything except a humble heart and love for God and neighbor.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES: The Association of Congregations invites you to the annual community Holy Week services to be held at Queen Street United Methodist Church, Monday – Thursday, at 12:00 p.m. There will be a different preacher and music group each day. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
FLOWERS AT EASTER: Flower offering envelopes for Easter flowers are located on a table in the Narthex. Your donations will be used by the Altar Guild to decorate the church for Easter. Your gift can be used to honor someone or remember a departed loved one. Please return your envelope by March 31, 2015 so names will appear in the Easter bulletin. Your generosity is appreciated.
THE BELL RINGER: Copies of the current issue of The Bell Ringer are located on the table in the Narthex. It can also be accessed on our website at www.stmaryskinston.com.
Private Confession: Reconciliation of a Penitent or Private Confession will be offered Friday, April 3rd, in the church from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 4th, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
EASTER FLOWERS: If you would like to contribute towards flowers for Easter please be sure to pick up a flower offering envelope from the table in the Narthex or in the Parish Office. Your donation may be used in honor of or in memory of someone. Envelopes must be returned by March 31st.
THIS WEEK WE CALL HOLY is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday and the season of Easter. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. Holy Week observances call us to move behind the joyful celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter, and see that these celebrations are born out of Jesus’ loving sacrifice of suffering, humiliation, and death. Holy Week is challenging. It is time consuming. Our culture won’t understand us gathering together five days in a row at church. But we, members of Christ’s church, follow Him and His example, and set aside our other earthly obligations for this holy time. Make Holy Week a holy time for your relationship with God and church family
JESUS ASKED: “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Couldn't you keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter.” Matthew 26:40 A holy hour is spending time with God. Just as communication in marriage means listening, so the holy hour means listening; only in this case it means listening to God. The Lord speaks to the disciples the night prior to his death, when they are overcome by sleep, while he is wrestling with the passion which he must undergo. On Maundy Thursday, (April 2nd) it is the custom of the Church to have individuals in the presence of the sacrament which is reserved from Thursday’s liturgy in the Chapel. We are currently looking for those who would sign up for an hour, from 8:00 p.m. Thursday – 12:30 p.m. on Good Friday. The sign-up sheet is located on the door to the Chapel. Please sign up for an hour. The Chapel is open all night for prayer.
TASTE OF HOPE: The Taste of Hope returns on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. We are happy to announce that Chef Khymi Harrell, will be this year’s Chef for Taste of Hope. Khymi is the chef at Ginger 108, in Kinston. The Taste of Hope raises money for the mission team going to the Dominican Republic. Tickets will soon go on sale.