St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 7-22-21

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

Join us this Sunday, July 25
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

10:30   Picnic Eucharist in the Garden & on Facebook
1:00    Middle and High Schoolers in the Garden
2:00    Family Picnic Eucharist in the Garden
Click here for the Family Worship Booklet
2:30    Family Group in the Garden
Please bring your own bread and chair for picnic Eucharist.
Ushers will provide both a wafer and chair if it’s not possible for you to bring these.

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
Sunday, August 1: There will be no afternoon Family Worship or Family Group.
1:00-2:00 pm on 2nd & 4th Sundays: Middle & High School Youth Group in the Garden
2:00 pm In-person Family Worship Picnic Eucharist the Memorial Garden!
BYO chairs and bread!
*We will offer a digital connection for Family Worship later in the Fall when we move back into the building for this service. 
2:30-3:30 pm: Family Group in the Garden
Dates to Remember
Sunday, August 1: There will be no afternoon Family Worship or Family Group.
Sunday, August 29: You are invited to join Rev. Katie at Camp Bishopswood on August 29th for Summer Finale! See info for registration below.  Note: There will be no Family Worship or Family Group 8/29.

The Move to Morning Worship and Family Group will be delayed due to renovations. 
TBA: Family Worship moves back to 9:30am followed by Family Group! 
Youth Group will move to 12-1pm the 2nd and 4th Sundays

Summer Finale Day

Summer Finale Day for Youth, Individuals and Families
Sunday, August 29 at Camp Bishopswood
Summer Finale is a program for whole households. Households can gather at Camp Bishopswood for free diocese-wide programming during the day on Sunday, August 29, and optional camping is available on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Swim, boat, hike, rest, lunch and worship on scenic Lake Megunticook.We will gather on August 29 in the morning and late afternoon for worship, and in the afternoon for a free Bishopswood lunch. Stations will be set up across camp throughout the day, where individuals and households can experience the liturgy on their own terms, at their own pace. Youth completing grades 5-12 will have Pray, Play, Connect LIVE programming available in the afternoon.

Want to camp overnight? Come up on Friday or Saturday, and enjoy Camp Bishopswood’s lodging, food and hospitality. Diocesan programming is only provided on Sunday, but everything Camp has to offer is available all weekend long. Scholarships are available – we want this to be accessible to all families.

Click here to register for Summer Finale, and for the optional camping. Questions? Contact Cn. Sara D’Angio White,, or The Rev. Katie Holicky,

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, August 29, during Summer Finale Day at Camp Bishopswood
Play, Pray, Connect LIVE programs are open to all youth completing 5th-12th grades. We can’t wait to meet outdoors LIVE and IN PERSON!
 Click here to register.
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.
Families who register will be provided with a list of fun things to do in the area while you wait. We take your child’s safety very seriously, and will be in communication about safety precautions during these events.
Questions? Contact Cn. Sara D’Angio White,
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.

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.
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. 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.
-Sign-in 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 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 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.
-Sign-in 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
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 Parish Administrator Search

The position for St. Paul’s Parish Administrator is posted on our website, Facebook page and will be announced in the Diocese of Maine “Dio Log.” It will be posted on the Maine Association of Non-Profits where our Sacred Ground Advisory Team has posted the contracted coordinator position with good success. Please share this position description with people who might be qualified and interested. It’s a great position and we are a wonderful, dynamic, God-loving community of faith!

Additional St. Paul’s Announcements

Mid-year Giving Statements have been emailed and are in the mail for those without email. Anyone with questions upon review, please contact Nancy Whitehouse, Treasurer.

Rev. Katie Holicky is away July 25 —August 1.  For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Carolyn Eklund.

We Welcome our new Sacred Ground Coordinator, Andrea Lauerman, who will be joining us starting in August.  Rev. Katie will share more information in this week’s St. Paul’s “What’s Happening…” Friday email.

 MCHPP Program Support
If you’ve been grocery shopping recently, you have seen the increase in prices of many food items. It impacts our food budget and it also impacts MCHPP in their ability to provide food to their clients. MCHPP is providing lunches in Brunswick and surrounding towns for children who are food insecure. Anyone in need can walk up and get a lunch, no questions asked. MCHPP needs our support to carry out the important mission and any amount you can spare will go a long way in helping them.
Their address is: MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011

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