March 22, 2018
" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. "
~ John 3:16-17

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

March 25 - PALM SUNDAY
- 8 am & 10 am

March 26, 27, 28 - Holy Week Evening Prayer - 7 pm

March 29 - Maundy Thursday Eucharist - 7 pm
conclusion of service, the altar will be stripped and the Watch begins

March 30 - Good Friday - 7 pm
veneration of the cross

March 31 - EASTER VIGIL - 7 pm

April 1 - EASTER SUNDAY
- 8 am & 10 am
Welcoming Our New Rector
With a wonderful response from our church community, Rev. Suzanne Poulin officially joined us as our rector on March 11.

Between services and at coffee hour, after our 10 am service, Rev. Sue had the opportunity to meet and chat with many St. Thomas parishioners.

If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Rev. Sue, please join us at any of our services, in the Sunday cafe, or during coffee hour.

With joy and enthusiasm, we all look forward to strengthening our faith community with Rev. Sue's leadership and spiritual guidance.
EASTER
ALTAR FLOWERS
Please contact the office by March 26 if you would like to donate altar flowers for Easter. Gifts can be made in memory or honor of someone, or you can simply make a gift of thanks. The suggested offering is $50.
The Easter Bunny Is Coming For Breakfast
Hop on over to St. Thomas' Ervin Hall on Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 to 11:00 am for egg decorating, crafts, photos, and fun.

Chef Tim will be featuring breakfast sandwiches and tater tots. This event is open to all, children and adults. Please note that we are handicap accessible. The cost is $5 per person.

If you would like to help with the event, please contact Judi Turner. Helpers are needed for set up, clean up, and egg dying - looking for a special high or middle schooler to be this year's Easter Bunny.
Lenten Readings & Reflections
Explore the forgotten stories of African-Americans in New Hampshire told in a daily series of readings and reflections.

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire invites you to read and contemplate these stories over the forty days of Lent.

As we learn about and understand the past, may we deepen the conversation about race in our state and country with the goal of creating the "beloved community".

Loving With All Your Heart, Soul,
Strength, and Mind
Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life.
  
Join us for small group discussion and a shared simple meal for the 6 weeks during Lent on Sunday evenings 5-7 pm, February 18 to March 25. Come for one or all of the evenings as your schedule allows.

Free books are available for self-reflection during Lent. They are designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this guide provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of love and Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter.

Please contact the church office to let us know you are coming, if you need transportation, or if you need child care. Preparations for assistance can be made by request. ALL ARE WELCOME, bring a friend 
In Honor Of Rev. Gail Avery
Gail's photo
Our collection for the Hale House window renovations in honor of Gail totaled $1,500. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this meaningful tribute to Gail in recognition of all her work in our parish. This honorarium will be listed on a plaque of donors to the window renovation project.
St. Thomas' is in the process of raising $22,000 in 2018 as a match to the $22,000 from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). This will allow us to renovate all of the windows in the William Hale House, which is one of our two buildings on the National Historic Register. If you would like to make a personal gift to this project, please contact the St. Thomas office. Donors of gifts of $500 up will be listed on a commemorative plaque.
Kids 3 Years Old T0 6th Grade Are Welcome - 
Session starts at
9:30 am each Sunday!

Registration for our "Kids Rock" program is ongoing. Please make sure that if you are leaving your child in a class session that you have filled out a registration form for this academic year. Please also make a note of the remaining sessions that we have scheduled for this academic year and especially those Sundays when we are not meeting.

Worship Bags are located and hung on hooks in the church for use during regular worship service. Inside the bags are a version of "The Book of Common Prayer" for kids to follow and if they are readers, they can read along. This book is illustrated in a way that teaches and explains all the parts of the service. If your child is registered with us, your child has their own bag and book. If you do not see one for your child, speak to Judi Turner. We also have a few bags marked "Guest" to be used by kids who may be visiting. Please point these bags out to our young visitors. Kids who have worship bags assigned, should keep these bags in the church for their own use and they are welcome to add materials that will help them in our worship time together.

Kids Rock Session Schedule

3/25 - Palm Sunday- No Kids Rock; Please participate in the worship services at 8am or 10am

4/1 - Easter Sunday - No Kids Rock; Please attend a worship service either Sat. 7 pm Easter Vigil; Sun. 8 am or 10 am

4/8, 15, 22 - Kids Rock is 9:30 am - 10:30 am

4/29 - No Kids Rock for this "5th Sunday"

5/6, 13, 20 - Kids Rock is 9:30 am - 10:30 am

5/27 - No Kids Rock "Memorial Day Weekend"

6/3 - Kids Rock is 9:30am - 10:30am

6/10 - Recognition Sunday please attend the 10 am service where we will recognize children and our adult leaders.
There will be an "ice-cream" social after the service.

If you have questions about
Kids Rock, please contact 
Annual Tea

Our Annual High Tea At The Castle is being held on Saturday, April 14 from 2-4 pm.

Bring your friends for good food, good times, and a relaxing afternoon. Tickets available from Nancy Stafford Parsons in the cafe between church services or by contacting the church office. Tickets are $18 pre-sales, $20 at the door. 
Sunday Services are at
8 am and 10 am
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March 25 - 8 & 10 am - PALM SUNDAY
5 - 7 pm "Living Well Through Lent" discussion series

March 26, 27, 28 - 7 pm - Holy Week - Evening Prayer

March 29 - 7 pm - Maundy Thursday Eucharist - conclusion of service, the altar will be stripped and the Watch will begin

March 30 - 7 pm - Good Friday - veneration of the cross

March 31 - 7 pm - EASTER VIGIL
8:30 - 11 am Easter Bunny Breakfast

April 1 - 8 & 10 am - EASTER SUNDAY

April 11 - 5:30-9 pm - Safe Church Training in Ervin Hall, St. Thomas

April 14 - Annual Spring Tea
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Do You Have News?
If you have news to share about the St. Thomas community, please contact Larissa in the church office at 603-742-3155 or reach her by  email.

5 Hale Street
Dover, New Hampshire 03820

Phone: 603-742-3155
Web: stdover.org
Email: sttomas@stdover.org