St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 6-3-21

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, June 6
Second Sunday after Pentecost
9:30    Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story and sharing with our friends! 
 Click here for the Family Worship Booklet
Click here to link to the Zoom gathering
10:30   Spiritual Eucharist on St. Paul’s Facebook Live
11:30   Explore the Sermon over Coffee. Here is the Zoom link
1:00    NO Middle and High Schoolers gathering (meets on 2nd & 4th Sundays)
2:30    Family Group in the Garden Family Ministries Sunday Schedule

9:30-10:10 am: Family Worship via Zoom.

Starting June 20th
9:30 am Family Worship will change to 2 pm Family Picnic Eucharist in the Memorial Garden!
BYO chairs and bread!
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 GardenGraduates to be Celebrated!
Graduates to be Celebrated on June 20 at 10:30 and 2:00 In-person Outdoor  “Picnic” Eucharist!
Please email us ( with the name of a loved one who is graduating from high school, college or graduate school. It will be important for our parish to recognize them, particularly again this year as remote and hybrid schooling continues.

A Prayer
A prayer from the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland

God in our courage,
God in our caution:
on this beautiful day
may we greet each other
as companions
on a shared journey.

We acknowledge what we
and others have carried:
gratitude and sadness,
excitement and anxiety;
private struggles and
collective hopes.
As we take
this next step forward,may we do so in the knowledge
that we do not walk alone.

Summer Finale Day
Summer Finale Day for Youth, Individuals and Families
Sunday, August 29 at Camp Bishopswood

This day-long opportunity for youth will be paired with an opportunity for individuals and families to engage in faith formation while enjoying all camp has to offer. Folks will have the optional chance to spend Friday and/or Saturday night, August 27-29, at camp.

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 wear a mask, practice physical distance

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

Save-the-Date: Play, Pray, Connect LIVE!
Sunday, June 27 from 1:00-4:00 PM at St. Mark’s, Waterville
Sunday, July 25 from 1:00-4:00 PM at St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland
Sunday, August 29, during Summer Finale Day at Camp Bishopswood
Come once, come twice or come every time! These programs are open to all youth completing 5th-12th grades. We can’t wait to meet outdoors LIVE and IN PERSON! Youth will come together to play fun games, do an outreach project, connect with one another, and gather around good ice cream and good worship. We can’t wait to see what everyone looks like in 3D! Look out for registration and Covid safety information in the coming weeks. We’ll also provide families with a list of fun things to do in each area. And BONUS: Summer Finale Day is open to families as well as youth – and families are invited to spend Friday and/or Saturday nights, August 27 and 28, at Camp Bishopswood.
Mark your calendars! More info coming soon!
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 VoicesThe 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.

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!

Updated Guidance for Gatherings
St. Paul’s Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings*

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, but they are recommended for the sake of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised.
Physical distancing is not required.
There is no limit to number of people gathered.
Masks are not required for congregational or choir singing.
for contact tracing is required.
Community groups such as the 12-step groups may meet outdoors.
If possible, it is recommended to bring a chair to use.
Limited entry to the closed building for restroom use one at a time.
Food and drink are served by servers who are masked.
Food is served on individual plates. 

Due to work on the building, the building will remain closed until mid-August. Please note the advisory below regarding restrooms.
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, but they are recommended for the sake of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised.
The building will remain closed with the posted office hours schedule.
There is no limit to the number of people in the building or parish office.
There is no physical distancing required.
for contact tracing is required. 

Summer Sunday outdoor “picnic Eucharist” will be in-person in the memorial garden at 10:30 a.m. and Family “picnic Eucharist” at 2:00 p.m. beginning June 20. (see above guidelines for outdoor gatherings)
On June 13 and July 8, St. Paul’s will offer Diocese of Maine pre-recorded Spiritual Eucharist. There will be no outdoor “picnic Eucharist” on these Sundays.
When heavy rain is forecast, Spiritual Eucharist from the Nave at 10:30 a.m. will be offered on Facebook Live instead of outdoor in-person Eucharist. The Saturday email and a Facebook announcement will be the vehicles to inform the parish of this change.
In-person indoor gatherings including Sunday worship will begin mid-August depending on the flooring installation in the building. New guidelines will be introduced at that time. 

*  See guidance by the governor of Maine as of May 24th, 2021 located on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
**Thanks to a generous gift given by Caroline Russell, contractors will be painting and replacing flooring in the restrooms, kitchen, Great Hall, sacristy, hallways and parish office during July and the first weeks of August. The building will not be open until mid-August. Because of June-July renovations, downstairs restrooms will either have a reduced number of toilets or even none. Upstairs restrooms will be unaffected.

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World Too Beautiful

World Too Beautiful – An Online Contemplative GatheringFirst & 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 (

Food Drive for MCHPP June 20th
St. Paul’s will be collecting food for MCHPP on June 20th.  When you come to the outdoor picnic Eucharist please bring some of these items: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, beans, canned vegetables, pasta, and sauce. 

Our last food drive on Holy Saturday was a great success. At that drive, we collected 175 lbs. of food—a record. I hope that we can break that record on June 20th! Another great reason to donate in June 20th is also Fathers Day. Honor your father by donating food items in his name. You may also donate by writing a check in any amount and sending it to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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