St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Stone Harbor, New Jersey

All are welcome. Please join us!

Staying Connected


Worship with us:

Sunday at 9:00 am in the sanctuary

in person and Live on Facebook

Worship at the Beach Saturdays 5:30 pm July 8 - August 26

Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer via Zoom

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14

Remember to pledge your support!

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We are now accepting donations via Venmo!


Rector's Corner

Dear Beloved St. Mary's and friends,

Thank you for all of your loving support in welcoming the Bishop, family, friends, guests, and Candidates from the Church of the Advent in Cape May. The day was tremendously successful as the spirit moved us in worship, song, fellowship, and conversation. I am grateful to each of you for your ministry, from hospitality to the altar guild, ushers, greeters, eucharistic ministers, all who cooked and baked, and especially all of our participating musicians who added beauty to our worship. Thank you also to our vestry, who stayed for a very fruitful conversation with our Bishop.

Bishop Sally arrived at 8:30 am, worshipped with us, enjoyed fellowship, sat down with the vestry, listened, and conversed about all things on our hearts and minds, and continued to pray with me after. Our Bishop was here until 2:00 pm. It was quite a long day, a meaningful day, a day of hope and promise. I am grateful to our Bishop for the time and care she gave to us all, and I am looking forward to her next visit.

May God's grace and peace be with you.

In peace and with deep gratitude,

Mo. Allison+

from Dr. John Curtis, Organist

Dear family and friends of St. Mary's,

I want to let you know that I will be leaving my position as organist at St. Mary’s in November. My wife, Judy, and I will be leaving the area and moving to the Adirondack region of upstate New York.

I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed providing music for this church for the past year. When we moved here 12 years ago, I aimed to be available to any church needing a substitute organist. When that happened at St. Mary’s last year, I was glad to help, but I made it clear to Mother Allison that it was on a temporary basis until she could find a permanent replacement. However, after a few months of your beautiful hospitality and many inspirational sermons from her and Charlene Snyder, I decided it would be good for my soul to make a permanent commitment.

However, life has had other plans for us, and we have decided to move to a place where our adult sons will be able to visit us more frequently and is equally as beautiful as the Jersey Shore. I can’t thank you all enough for your incredible support of the music I have brought to St. Mary’s in this short time. In my experience of being a church organist for 45 years in more denominations, than I can count, I can tell you that you are the first congregation ever that sits and listen to my postludes every week and even applauds. That never happens anywhere else!

I will always cherish the memories of my time at St. Mary’s, and I’m looking forward to my remaining weeks of enriching your worship experience with the best quality music that I can.


John Curtis

BAKE SALE - August 26th

On the morning of the annual Stone Harbor Sidewalk Sale, Saturday, August 26th, St. Mary's will join the fun with a bake sale from 9 am until about 12 noon.

We'll be out on the lawn, weather permitting, and we would greatly appreciate your contributions to baked goods - cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pies, cobblers, OH MY!

Items can be dropped off on Friday, August 25th or after 8 am on Saturday, August 26th.

Come and join us as we celebrate the summer of 2023!

If you have any questions, please ask

Serena Smith or Lillian Armstrong.

Forward Day by Day

The August, September, October issue of Forward Day by Day, large and small print booklets, is now available in the church narthex. Please help yourself. If you would like us to mail you a copy, let the church office know and we will be glad to.

Thursdays on the Lawn

Our Thursdays on the Lawn August 10th concert was postponed due to weather.

However, Three and One will return to wrap up Thursdays on the Lawn for Summer 2023 at a date we will announce by email and on facebook.

View Three and One at St. Mary's last year.

Worship at the Beach - 5:30 pm

Saturdays through August 26th

Worship at the Beach

"Come as you are" and join Mo. Allison and guitarist Tom Werkheiser on the 101st St. Beach Pavilion at 5:30 pm for a relaxed worship service in a glorious setting!

Bring a beach chair, invite a friend - all are welcome!

In the event of rain, the service moves to St. Mary's.

Worship at the Beach is held every Saturday from July 8th through August 26th.


Organist Tim Keenan Devlin, with guest soloists, will present

Magnificat, Prelude to Assumption

on Sunday, August 13th at 3 pm

at St. Paul's RC Church, Stone Harbor. 

All are welcome.

Stone Harbor Museum

Join us for a wonderful evening on the water at the Reeds at Shelter Haven on Wednesday, August 23rd, as we celebrate Stan and Marlene Casper for their lifelong support of Stone Harbor.

Tickets to the Stone Harbor Museum's 2023 Gala are now available by calling the Reeds at 609-368-0100.

Only a limited number of tickets are available for this event.

We hope to see you there!

Membership at St. Mary's

Stewardship Minute

Faith Community

“Charge them to do good, to be rich in good works and generous, sharing what they have.” (1 Tim 6:18).

May Timothy’s letter move us to better see how we are using all that the Lord has entrusted to us; our income, our talents. This sense of stewardship will help us grow in faith and concern one for another.

That’s what faith community is all about.

Some ways to support St. Mary's

  • Become a member
  • Volunteer
  • The Sunday collection plate
  • Send a check payable to St. Mary's to:

St. Mary's Church,

9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

(Your envelope and number is not necessary, only your name.)

  • Setting up a personal online banking "bill pay" option. The bank will mail the check for you to the church office.
  • Online giving through our website at
Visit our Website

We have now joined Venmo! If you have Venmo, you can donate to the church -


Happy Birthday to

Donna Anne Montemuro, Louise Mihalek and

Tabitha Tobias on August 17th!

If you would like to be remembered on your birthday or anniversary, please give us your information so we may add you to our data base. Email the church office: [email protected] or call 609-368-5922

Altar Flowers

Dedicating altar flowers in honor or memory of, or in thanksgiving for a loved one is a wonderful way to remember someone. If you would like to do so, please sign up on the chart on the bulletin board in the parish hall. After the service, you may take the flowers to enjoy or give.

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is held after service every Sunday in the parish hall. It is an opportunity to get together for relaxed conversation and fellowship over a cup of coffee. If you would like to provide a snack for coffee hour, please pick a Sunday and sign up on the sheet on the door to the kitchen. Nothing elaborate, just a small snack to enjoy with coffee. Thank you!

St. Mary's This 'n That Thrift Shop

Looking to refresh your summer rental or have a room that could use an updated piece of furniture? Then you might want to check out the new FURNITURE SHOP at St. Mary's This 'n That Thrift Shop!

Gold Winner of the 2022 and 2023 Best of the Jersey Shore thrift shops, the Furniture Shop is a great addition to the home goods, housewares and clothing shops at This 'n That.

Don't forget the thrift shop when you're fall cleaning and re-organizing. Household items, furniture and clean usable clothing are welcome!

Remember - Upcycling is good for the planet!

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Donation days: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm, and on the

1st Saturday of the month 10 - 3 pm.

Location: St. Mary's This 'n That, 1304 Rt. 47 So., Rio Grande, NJ 08242   609-886-7272

You can keep up with special sales and featured furniture by following them on Facebook at:

Upcoming Events

Saturdays 5:30 pm July and August - Worship at the Beach

Sunday, August 20th - 10:30 AM - Vestry Meeting

Our Summer at St. Mary's pamphlet of events may be downloaded here.

12 Step Meetings in the Church Hall

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Monday at 7:30 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Tuesday at 8:00 pm

Alanon Tuesday at 7:15 pm (beginners meeting in the chapel)

Alanon Tuesday at 8:00 pm (in the chapel)

Alanon Friday morning at 10:00 am

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR on our website for all activities taking place throughout the week.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14

1 Kings 19:9-18

Psalm 85:8-13

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33

Worship Services

Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer via Zoom

Third Thursday's 6:00 pm Healing Service

alternates between St. Mary's and St. Barnabas

Sunday 9:00 AM in person (church)

Saturday 5:30 pm on the 101st St. Beach Pavilion

Services, studies, and service bulletins may be accessed on our website: