St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 5-6-21

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship

Join us this Sunday, May 9
Sixth Sunday of Easter
9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story, and sharing with our friends!
 Here is the link for the Zoom gathering
Click here for the 9:30 Family Worship Booklet 
10:30 a.m.  Pre-recorded Diocesan Spiritual Eucharist.  View on YouTube or St. Paul’s Facebook
 11:30 a.m.  Explore the Sermon over Coffee. 
Here is the Zoom link

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
9:30-10:10 am: Family Worship via Zoom 
1:00-2:00 pm on 2nd & 4th Sundays: Middle & High School Youth Group in the Garden
2:30-3:30 pm: Family Group in the Garden

A Prayer
“To build up spiritual resilience, we offer this series of prayers”
from the Corrymeela Community

God of neighbors
you call us to love,
God of neighbors
we know only as strangers:
the knitting together
of our frayed social fabric
starts with threads close to home.
From door to door
may we stitch a society
of friendly exchanges,
of glances that become real hellos.
In a shared cup of sugar,
or the lending of hands,
may we make the connections
and widen the circles that let
more and more know
love is near.

Family Groups

Family Group continues to meet in the Garden at 2:30 – 3:30 pm each Sunday.
If you are interested in joining a Family Group please reach out to Rev. Katie.
Please note: Wear a mask and practice physical distance.

Thanks to those who were able to help us paint our Coffee on the Corner picnic table this past Sunday at Family Group!

Missed this service project gathering? No worries! Family Group will be finding other ways to connect with various ministries through projects over the spring and summer. 

All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
2nd & 4th Sundays from 1-2 p.m. in the Garden. 

Please wear a mask, practice physical distance, and bring your own water and snack should you need them.
Gather with Youth from Around the Diocese
Let’s Talk About It: Compline + Conversation for 9th-12th graders
Fourth Sundays from 7:00-8:30 PM

Pray, Play, Connect: A Fun and Prayerful Space for 6th-12th graders
Third Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM

Connect on Instagram Follow us @maineyouth_episcopals! 

Faith at Home

Here are some helpful resources to keep you and your family faithfully connecting.  

Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints. An illustrated children’s storybook about people of diverse faiths who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice.
Common Prayer for Children and Families. Whimsical, simple illustrations and prayers drawn from Episcopal prayer resources Common Prayer for Children and Families is a collection of prayers and liturgies written for kids and the adults or communities who pray with them. 
Faith at Home, lectionary-based
family devotions.
Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play. Well suited for the youngest among us.

Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice?

Order of Saint Helena offers a free Daily Office “App” for smartphones and tablets. Check out these inclusive language daily office prayers. Visit their website by clicking the link above to learn more about this community of women in the Episcopal Church. 

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!

Justice Resources

Check out the new children’s book Netflix show:  Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
The Center for Racial Justice in Education has some great resources to help families in the work of racial justice.
 Family Sermon by Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones about the sin of racism.
 A list of resources from some Episcopal friends in North Carolina.
short family guide to supporting racial justice now.
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
Anti-Racism Books for Elementary Students
Indigo Arts Alliance Book list

21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids: These helpful videos cover a variety of topics to help us talk together about race and racial justice.
They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race: This helpful chart breaks down concepts of race that children can engage with based upon age. 

Justice Book Bags! We have a beautiful collection of justice-oriented and inclusive books for children. If you would like to borrow a justice book bag, please reach out to Rev. Katie Holicky to schedule a time to pick up books.

Katie’s Corner

Stories from Katie’s Corner:
Lent 2021: Snacks and Naps!
Advent 4: Joy

Advent 3: Love
Advent 2: Peace
Advent 1: Hope
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!

Parish Office Hours

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building and on the grounds of St. Paul’s
We love you. We do not wish to spread the virus to those we love. That’s why…
 1. Masks are required at all times – indoors and outdoors.
2. Sign in for contact tracing.
3. No more than six people at a time in entire building. To arrange a time, request this in advance through Susan Tyler at
4. Stay six feet or more apart.
5. Only one person at a time in parish office. (Please make arrangements with staff if you need to meet one-on-one in person.)
 Click for Parish Office Hours

Beware of Email Scams

Please note that neither the rector, any member of staff, or fellow parishioner will ask you for gift cards (or similar items), nor will we ask you if you’re ‘free now’ via email. Please don’t reply to these messages! If you want to check with the sender to confirm, contact them by phone or using an email address you know to be theirs. They are scams and these addresses should be reported to Google or your email provider.
To report to Google, you may visit
After reporting, block the sender from your account. 

Upcoming Events and Services

Thursday, May 13, Ascension Day
11:00 a.m.  Join us for a Celebration of Healing and Prayer on Zoom

Sunday, May 23, Pentecost
9:30 a.m. Family Worship Zoom Celebration: Lots of red for the Holy Spirit!
10:30 a.m. In-person Outdoor Spiritual Eucharist under a canopy in the Memorial Garden
11:30 a.m. Wear your red clothes for Zoom Coffee Hour

St. Paul’s Ministries – Moving Outside

As the weather improves, some St. Paul’s ministry meetings are starting up again in the Memorial Garden. Here are some upcoming dates to note:
· Sharing and Caring will meet Wednesday, May, 12 at 11:00 am (rescheduled from May 5).
· Wednesday 1:00 pm Bible Study is now meeting weekly in the Memorial Garden (on Zoom if it rains)
· Lay Pastoral Visitors will meet Wednesday, May 19 at 12:30 pm.

Sacred Ground Program Offered

Have you been wondering about how you might learn more about the history of racism in our nation and how you might consider your own call to anti-racism learning and formation? Have you been wondering about joining a Sacred Ground Circle? This Spring St. Paul’s will begin a second round of Sacred Ground Circles!
The deadline for signing up for this next round is May 10.
If you are interested in joining please email Rev. Katie Holicky.  For more information on Sacred Ground click here

World Too Beautiful

World Too Beautiful – An Online Contemplative Gathering
First & Third Wednesdays of Each Month @ 5:45 pm World Too Beautiful, a collaboration between St. Luke’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Maine, is a twice-monthly musical and meditative gathering that focuses on beauty, interconnection, harmony, mutual encouragement, and healing. Bring a candle to light during our prayer time. For more information and the Zoom link visit

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 camp is open again and accepting registrations now at
Scholorships are available through St. Paul’s. Please email the office if you are interested (

MCHPP Update
A bill was introduced recently in Augusta to establish an emergency fund to help food banks. This is great news. However, it will not end the need that MCHPP requires to carry out its mission. The demand for assistance in Brunswick and the surrounding area is as substantial as ever. We can and must help them through the checks that we write. Hopefully, with schools returning to in person learning, children will be able to have good meals and receive a package to carry them through the weekend. Karen Parker, Exec. Director of MCHPP, said that any amount that they receive goes a long way in assisting their clients. Please direct your check to MCHPP: 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011

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