The St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 6.11.20

St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard
Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation! 

Small Groups for Families!

Are you interested in participating in a family small group? Small groups will begin to gather outdoors in the coming weeks. Please reach out to Katie via email at so we can create groups!
Each group will follow safety protocols: keeping distance, masks when age appropriate, etc.
All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle and High School Youth!

Middle and High School Youth Gatherings
At the request of our youth we will be gathering twice on Sundays. Join us for prayers at 9 a.m. and stay for family worship. Youth group will be later in the afternoon. Please note we will use the same Zoom for both gatherings. 
This Sunday, June 14
Check in and Prayer 9 a.m. via Zoom
Youth Group 1-2 p.m. via Zoom Click Link to join
Meeting ID: 966 1711 1762 Password: church
High Schoolers: Don’t forget you are always invited to participate in the Diocese of Maine Youth weekly Compline. Fridays at 8 p.m. Click Link to join, or call (301) 715-8592Meeting ID: 912 2904 6535 
Join Us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, June 14, the Second Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story and sharing with our friends! 
Here is the link for the Zoom gathering.
10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, on the Facebook live feed
11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom. 
Here is the Zoom link.
Fun Things for Families
Here are some helpful resources to keep you and your family faithfully connecting during this season at home.  

Family Sunday School brought to you by SparkHouse! Enjoy some faith based family time. This resource includes a video with songs and stories, an info/ activity sheet and coloring page! 

Building Faith Brick by Brick brings Legos and Bible stories together for this playful way to explore scripture. Parents, all questions/ prompts are included in each lesson! 

Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play. Well suited for the youngest among us.

From paper print outs to how to make-your-own 3D labyrinths, use these ideas for finger labyrinths for a grounding moment. 

Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice? Pray As You Go.

Here is a helpful website, also available as an app for your smartphone or tablet, that offers you a daily practice of readings, prayers and even musically Psalms!Here are some helpful articles for talking with your children about COVID-19.*
Building Faith has a helpful article about how to talk about COVID-19 with your children.
The CDC has also provided some helpful information for supporting children during this time.
Resources for Racial Justice
Family Sermon by Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones about the sin of racism.
list of resources from some Epsicoapl friends in North Carolina. 
Book Lists: (various social justice topics, including racial justice)
Social Justice Books; A Teaching for Change Project
Act for Social Justice
Embrace Race: “Diverse” Books for Children
The Episcopal Church, “Sacred Ground”
Sacred Ground “Sneak Preview” this Sunday

This Sunday at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to a Zoom “Sneak Preview” of the Episcopal Church’s “Sacred Ground Dialogue Series” to learn about the 10 session film-based dialogue program on race and faith.

Many parishioners have indicated interest in moving forward to learn more about racial justice and how we can help. “Sacred Ground” is designed to promote gentle and deep conversations for white parishioners to understand ourselves in the context of racial justice and inequality.

The “Sneak Preview” will include video clips of some of the content and a syllabus that includes the outline of the 10 session course and the readings.

If you are feeling called to this kind of conversation please join us.

Contact the Parish Office or the Rector if you are interested: or
Podcast Series on Hope
Podcast Series Begins June 15

Faith in Maine begins an eight-week series of audio essays on the concept of hope by Rev. Martin Smith. The series runs Monday, June 15 until Monday, August 3. 

Find Faith in Maine at or anywhere you download podcasts.
Newcomers Gatherings
Welcome Newcomers!

Following CDC guidelines, St. Paul’s will be offering small outdoor fellowship groups.

The first groups will be Vestry sponsored Newcomers Gatherings June 21 and June 28.  

We invite St. Paul’s Newcomers to join us as you feel comfortable doing so.

For more information please contact Patsy Oehl at 844-8332.
How St. Paul’s is Staying Connected
Parish Office Staff Hours for June and July:
Beginning June 1 to end of July 2020 (Possibly August, provided no one tests positive and the outbreaks in our area reduce).

DayTime Staff Member
Building Closed except to Counters, twice monthly
Noon – 4 pm Susan Tyler
10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Thursday 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky
Friday10 am – Noon Carolyn Farr
Noon – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & SundayBuilding Closed

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building of St. Paul’s
We want parishioners and guests to be able to contact staff members in person while at the same time we take the Maine CDC recommended precautions.
The hallway off the Union Street parking lot to the office and the office itself are the only areas open.
Call or email the staff member working that day to alert them you’ll be coming and use the intercom at the parking lot door to call them to open the door when you arrive.
Wear a mouth and nose covering when in the building. We have a mask to give you.
Use hand sanitizer to wash hands. (Restrooms and kitchen will be closed.) We will provide hand sanitizer stations along the hallway off the Union Street parking lot.
Please be sure to sign in.
Observe distancing precautions: 6 feet apart.
No more than four will be in the building at a time.
Spotlight on St. Paul’s Small Groups
Featured This Week: Holy Stitchers

Holy Stitchers is a small group brought together through an appreciation of all types of needlework. 

Along with our own individual projects, the Holy Stitchers create prayer shawls for clergy and other ministries to give out and goods for the Fiber Arts Christmas Fair table. 

We make items collectively (such as Newly Ordained Priest’s stoles) and we make donation items for the Gathering Place and other non-profit settings.

We also promote needlecraft education both through formal sessions like the teen knitting classes, one-on-one within after school programs, and informally in the meetings. 

We maintain a large supply of yarn & supplies, this allows us to supplement everyone’s project. 

If you need yarn for a project, let us know. 

Most importantly we talk, we share, and we listen to one another while we each work on our latest project. 

The comradery of this group is one of the highlights of my weeks in isolation.  We invite you to join us. 

Holy Stitchers meet Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 12:00.  Join us as your time allows. Contact St. Paul’s ( to receive a Zoom invitation or Charla Spann, chair, for more information.

Camp Bishopswood Update
Letter from Camp Bishopswood

Located in the beautiful woods of mid-coast Maine, Bishopswood is an Episcopal coed overnight camp affordable and open to all youths ages 6-16.

The staff of Camp Bishopswood works year-round to prepare the camp for the summer season.

However, this summer, Camp Bishopswood will not be open to campers.

Please consider making a contribution to help with costs of maintaining the camp and staff,

“Dear Friends,We at Bishopswood have been following the developments of this pandemic over the last few months and working very closely with organizations such as Maine Summer Camps, the American Camping Association, the State of Maine, and the CDC.

As our country continues to struggle with the containment of Covid-19, we feel it is time to make the responsible decision to cancel camp for the summer.

This is one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make, as we know how incredibly beneficial this experience is for everyone involved.

At this moment, we feel we cannot balance the health and welfare of all campers and staff while maintaining a camp experience. A lot of investments and preparations are made in advance throughout the year, which cannot be recouped at this point…”

This is a partial statement by Camp Executive Director, Michael Douglass which offers a full refund to campers who had already registered.

How to Help and Where to Find Help in Maine
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Resources in Brunswick

Link to Support Brunswick Facebook page 
Link to Fred Horch’s Support Brunswick Resource Guide 
St. Paul’s Online This Week
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Sunday 6/14Zoom9:30 amFamily Story, Prayer & SharingFacebook10:30 amSunday Morning PrayerZoom11:30 amVirtual Coffee Hour Zoom1:00 pmMiddle & High SchoolersMonday-SaturdayFacebook7:30 amMorning PrayerFacebook7:30 pmComplineTuesday 6/16Zoom9:30 amHoly StitchersZoom12:30 pmBible StudyWednesday 6/17Link to Meeting Format7:30 amMen’s Group – contactAl Niese at 406-2396Rick Wile at 756-0095 orPaul Womer at 449-7425Zoom7:00 pmChoirThursday 6/18Zoom11:00 amHealing Prayer ServiceZoomNoonPrayer Group