A community of Christian worship, well-being and service

     Social Distancing ~ Spiritually Connecting

Welcoming Bishop Knisely

The week of September 13 - 19


The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

This week we welcome Bishop Knisely to preach and preside at Holy Eucharist. 

Our weekly bulletins and the video worship services will be posted on our website by Sunday evening, barring any technical difficulties. Please check back if you do not find it. 

You may watch the service in real time, 9 a.m. on Sunday morning at https://www.facebook.com/smcportsmouth/

The link to this week's bulletin is here.  

The Collect for The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Click here for the   
We are on Track 2   

To submit a prayer request to our parish prayer list email Karen Laroche, parish administrator.

Join us for outdoor worship, Every Sunday (weather permitting) 9 a.m.

Thank you for your feedback.  We are listening and adjusting. 

We have three seating areas: 
  1. On the lawn in socially distanced circles. 
  2. In your car in the south parking lot where you may tune in to the service on your radio, FM 88.7.
  3. In the Sarah Gibbs Reserved Seating, On the lawn in front of Gibbs House. This is for those who do not wish to carry a chair, walk on the grass, or who just need a bit of extra space. Get on the reserved seating list by contacting Murry Edwards at srwarden@smcportsmouth.org or ask someone in a blue vest when you arrive.
Things to know as we gather safely.
  • Our welcome begins at 8:30 a.m. If you arrive before 8:30, please do not drive past the welcome table; remain in your car until you are checked in. We need to check in everyone.
  • Restrooms are available on the lower level of the parish house. An attendant will sanitize after each use. 
  • In order to keep our fellowship alive, please call on the phone, make plans for socially distanced walks and gatherings.
  • Please wear a mask or face covering and remain six feet away from everyone except those in your household. 
  • If you click on the link in this week's bulletin you will find instructions as well as our diocesan covenant for regathering. Reading this information now will help you prepare.  
  • If the weather is not suitable, or you prefer not to gather in person, please stay home and watch the service on the  St. Mary's Website.  It will be posted by mid-day on Sunday.

Thank you to our Worship Coordinator, Marlo Pratt and the teams that make our outdoor worship possible. 

Safety and Parking Team
David Brierley, George LeBlanc, Steve Bakios, Lynn Carlson LeBlanc, Ray Edler, and 
Harry Gustafson

Welcome Team 
Murry Edwards, Judy and Bill Hall, Lee Ferriera, David Spengler, Jennie Nestlerode, Tara and Gretchen Alaniz.

Worship Team:
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, Michael Templeton, The Rev. Laura Palmer, Sheila Benevides, Lydia DeAngelo, Julie Zecher, Paul Westrom.

Flowers: Debby Timby
Set up/Break Down:
Jon Walker and Matt Spohn

Production Team:
David Brierley, Hailey Pratt, Bella DeAngelo, Rose Muller, Murry Edwards, Mattie Gustafson, Carol Brierley.

Do you need groceries, errands or help with something else? 

If you need anything please contact the head of our Pastoral Care Team, Pauline Davis. There are many people who can help. 
Her email address is here
You may also phone her at 401-363-1475, 
but she would prefer an email if you are able.

Ministries Returning to St. Mary's Campus

We invite you to return to St. Mary's grounds with your ministry group for a meeting or for ministry. At this time our buildings remain closed, but we have beautiful space for you to gather outdoors. If you would like to schedule a one time or recurring meeting or ministry, please contact Karen Laroche, our parish administrator to learn about the process and get on the calendar. 

Soup Kitchen in the age of COVID-19 September 2020

Thanks to everyone who helped prepare meals and hand out bagged dinners last Thursday evening. 

Thank you also to David Brierley for coordinating this ministry and taking all the extra steps to keep everyone safe. This is a labor of love as we work together to feed our neighbors.

Thank you to all our members and friends who have continued to contribute financially in support of the ministry of St. Mary's. Your generosity makes all the difference as we continue to share the love of God in Christ during this pandemic.

Here are ways people are giving:
  • On our our web page you can  Give Online
  • Mail in pledge payments or financial gifts to St. Mary's Church, 324 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871.
  • Set up online bill pay through your bank.
  • As we re-gather on the lawn and from our cars for worship, there will be big, blue buckets at the welcome station, as well as around our property.  They are marked offering and you can give in the buckets. 
Given the economic realities, we are sensitive to the potential financial changes our members may encounter. If, for any reason, you are not able to maintain your pledge, please contact the rector. This will enable us to adjust our income projections so that we can be good stewards of our resources. 

If you find yourself in financial need, please contact the rector. St. Mary's has a discretionary fund, which is used by the rector to offer support for the needs of our members. Members contribute to this fund anonymously, and members may receive support confidentially. 

Again, thank you for your generosity and commitment. Jennifer+

St. Mary's Leadership and Staff


Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards: srwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:  jrwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:   treasurer@smcportsmouth.org 
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:   vestry_clerk@smcportsmouth.org 


Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org

Our buildings are currently closed due to the Covid - 19 pandemic.
Our grounds, churchyard and outdoor labyrinth are open for walking and prayer - sun up to sundown. 
Watercolor of church

IMAGE CREDITS ~  Outdoor Worship: Raymond Edler and Murry Edwards

Sarah Gibbs with Mask: Murry Edwards
Watercolor: Richard Grosvenor.