January: Youth Sunday service: children & youth participate in the service as readers, ushers, musicians, acolytes; Linda preaches on “The Gifts We Bring” - Noisy Offering for Pettengill House - recession with bells! Open House & dedication of “The Well” (young peoples' space). Middle Schoolers' pizza lunch & planning session (at Anchor Stone Pizza) with Meg & Linda. Linda attends community meeting, starts Suicide Awareness campaign at St Paul's.
February: Valentine's care packages sent to college-age young people. Children & youth baked apple pies for Among Friends. 5 candidates for Confirmation attend classes with Meg & Linda (but are still waiting for their rescheduled service). High schooler Sam W. joins Vestry. Children decorated mite boxes for parishioners' donations.
March: "Green Sunday": Noisy Offering for Habitat for Humanity, youth acolytes, & recession with bells at Meg's last service. Videotaped welcomes & Newburyport Top Ten list created for the Mercer family. Church closes - Online Sunday School (every Saturday) & Youth (& Up) class (2x month) emails begin, written by Linda, sent to parish. Special Holy Week email.
April: Special Easter email. Nursery furniture & supplies (changing table, pad, playpen, high chair, more!) donated by parishioners: thank you!
May: Grade School Christian Ed program named "The Manger". Emailed classes & monthly newsletters continue. No summer camp at Barbara C. Harris Camp this year.
June: Zooms & socially-distanced staff meetings continue each week. Linda begins freshening the Nursery mural.
July:Youth join public BLM rallies. St Paul's youths Madeleine R. & Sam W. + chaperone Linda selected to attend EYE20 in Washington, DC; cancelled :-(
August: Youth add their voices to videotaped worship services - we are so grateful - & encourage them to continue!
September: Fr Jarred and Linda offered prayers, blessings & treats (including SPC knitted Prayer Pillows!) at our Drive-By Back-to-School Blessing event.
October: St Paul's Anti-Racist Awareness (SPARA) book club begins: all ages are invited to share "This Book is Anti-Racist" & other resources at online Zoom meetings. Kids' "Meet Bishop Gayle" materials created by Linda for her visit to St Paul's.
November: Christian Ed donated a basket: "Christmas at Our House" for SPC annual Fair (online this year). Middle schoolers' retreat at Barbara C. Harris Camp; cancelled. SPARA book club meetings continued. Special Thanksgiving email.
December: Special Advent email. The Mercer and Lagueux families stuffed stockings full of parishioners' donated treats for Among Friends. SPARA book club meetings finished sharing "This Book is Anti-Racist" & chose "Just Mercy" as our next selection. Christmas cards mailed to children. Charlie G. and Sam W. offered an online concert - catch it here! And our families & friends contributed videos for Fr Jarred to create a wonderful Christmas Eve Family Service: click here to see & hear! Special Christmas Day email.
At St Paul's Church:
we are family!
We are here for one another - offering encouragement, inspiration, support,