Ministries

Updates regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

    St. Mary's will be offering outdoor Sunday morning worship at 9:30am on Sundays, weather permitting, and in strict accordance with the guidelines described in the Pastoral Letter published on May 14 (see below).  

    All other organized in-person gatherings of St. Mary's Church have been suspended until further notice.  This includes liturgies, classes, meetings, and meals held at the church by any group.  St. Mary's Nursery School has closed for the rest of the school year, though weekly Chapel services are being livestreamed to our Facebook page each Wednesday morning at 9:30am through May 20.  The Alcoholics Anonymous group that usually meets at St. Mary's will be meeting in Goldsboro (call 252-521-5303 for more information).  AA also offers online meetings at this link.

    In efforts to keep the church staff safe, reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the office staff has shifted to a remote working schedule. You will still be able to call the church phone (252-523-6146) and correspond via email during the parish’s traditional business hours (Mon-Thu 8:30am-4:30pm and Fri 8:30am-1:30pm). 

    Fr. Tom's office hours are being kept in the church nave on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (9am-noon) and Thursdays (2pm-4:30pm), or by appointment at any time. The church is available for private prayer during Fr. Tom's office hours, observing CDC-recommended health and social distancing practices

    Various videos are being posted on our Facebook page (click here). In addition, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here) to view our videos. If you are not a Facebook user, you should still be able to see everything that is posted to our Facebook page without creating an account. 

    Stay in touch with one another!  The most reliable source of contact information for members of St. Mary's is our online directory.  Click here to access it, feel free to update your own information if there's been a change, and send Lori Kelly, our Parish Administrator, an email if you have any questions.

    We are learning more every day about how to bring our community together in these times, to celebrate the Christian hope, support your life of faith, and point us all towards Jesus!

    Latest Correspondence & Announcements:

    May 28, 2020: An Update from Bishop Skirving: Public Worship in Phase Two

    May 14, 2020: Pastoral Letter from Fr. Tom: Planning for Return to Public Worship

    May 13, 2020: An Update from Bishop Skirving: Planning for Return to Public Worship

    April 29, 2020: A Word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: "What Would Love Do?” 

    April 24, 2020: An Update from Bishop Skirving: Continued Suspension of Public Worship

    April 3, 2020 - Resources for Worship at Home for Palm Sunday and Holy Week

    April 1, 2020 - An Update about Palm Sunday & Holy Week

    March 28, 2020 - An Update on Office Closure & Worship Resources

    March 25, 2020 - An Update from Fr. Tom

    March 23, 2020 - An Update from Bishop Skirving: Continued Suspension of Public Worship

    March 20, 2020 - An Update from Fr. Tom

    March 18, 2020 - An Update from Fr. Tom

    March 18, 2020 - An Update from Bishop Skirving

    March 17, 2020 - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Word to the Church: Holy Week and Easter Day 2020 Online worship supported and encouraged

    March 16, 2020 - Pastoral Announcement - Funerals

    March 14, 2020 - Pastoral Announcement - Coronavirus Update Sharing Plans for St. Mary's Response to Bishop Skirving's Letter 

    March 13, 2020 - Suspending Public Worship - Bishop Skirving's Letter Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

    March 11, 2020 - A Letter from Bishop Skirving Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

    March 11, 2020 - Out of an Abundance of Compassion - A Pastoral Letter from St. Mary's Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

    Resources

    The Online Book of Common Prayer

    Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina's COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Page