A community of Christian worship, well-being and service

     Social Distancing ~  Spiritually Connecting

Taking up the Cross

The weekend of June 20-21

A Message from the Rector

Dear Friends, 

This morning about 18 of us gathered for outdoor worship -- both to participate in worship, but also to test run the plans we have made. We decided to offer worship during the fair weather months outdoors, because we have plenty of beautiful lawn space and gathering outdoors is far safer than gathering inside. In addition, we can safely re-gather many more people from our community this way. We will also be broadcasting the service to the parking lot on FM radio for those who wish to remain in their cars, but still be connected to the worshipping community. 

This week's online video for worship is from this morning. This will help you picture it. Next week, we will be ready to greet you starting at 8:30. Come early so you can get you safely situated by 9 a.m.  

I know many of you will have questions about what to do, how to prepare and what this will be like.  Here's what you need to know right now.  Prepare to be outdoors: wear sunscreen, bring water, wear cool clothes and a hat, bring a chair and or a blanket to sit on. Shade is first come, first served.  If you click on the link in this week's bulletin you will see abundant instructions as well as our diocesan covenant for regathering. 

As you arrive in your car next week you will be welcomed, greeted and instructed. We have great teams who will keep everyone safe and organized.   Inside the cover of the bulletin you will also find instructions.  

This is a completely new experience, and as such there will surely be ways to improve it.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions. 

It will be a blessing to re-gather in our beloved community.  I can't wait to see you again. 

Faithfully, Jennifer+

Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday at 11 a.m. 

Meet up with friends 
and make some new ones. 
Bring your own treats and coffee. 
We have been gathering on Zoom as a part of our continuing fellowship.  Even if you feel technically challenged, please give it a try. 

Here's what to do.  Go ahead and   Click this link to join the meeting.  It will get you set up to use Zoom if you need to download the application. 

Topic: Sunday Coffee Hour
Time: Jun 7, 2020 11:00 AM 

Alternatively, you can go to the Zoom website, and use this information to download the app and login to our coffee hour. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 0186 9594
Password: 090343

Then on Sunday at 11 a.m., use the link above that says "click this link to join the meeting."  

Farewell to the Douce-Solomon Family

This week we give thanks and pray for the Douce- Solomon family - Tonya, Nathan, Maggie and Elijah - as they move to Virginia. They have been worshiping with us for about a year as Nathan was serving as the Executive Officer at the Naval Chaplain School. He will be stationed at the Pentegon for his next tour. Tonya has served as our Interim Coordinator of Children's Ministry and we are so grateful that they have all been a faithful part of St. Mary's.  

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

Our weekly bulletins and the video worship services are posted   on our website.   

The link to this week's bulletin is here.  
The link for this Sunday's video is here

The Collect for The Third Sunday After Pentecost

O  Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving¬≠kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

To submit a prayer request to our parish prayer list email Karen@smcportsmouth.org.  

Starting Sunday, 
June 28, 9 am
Join us for  outdoor worship (weather permitting)
as we regather our community and share God's love. 
  • Using our South lawn, we will gather by households in safely spaced clusters.
  • Face covering required. Masks provided if needed. 
  • For those who wish to remain in thier cars, we will have "drive-in" style worship behind the lawn. FM transmitter will allow audio from your radio. 
  • A recording of weekly worship will continue to be available, posted on our webpage if you are away or want to worship from home. 
Thank you to the teams that are making this worship possible: 
  • Safety and Parking Team - David Brierley, George LeBlanc, Steve Bakios, Jennie Nestlerode, Lynn Carlson LeBlanc, Harry Gustafson
  • Welcome Team - Murry Edwards, Judy and Bill Hall, Rose Muller, Lee Ferriera, David Spengler
  • Worship Team -  The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, Michael Templeton, The Rev. Laura Palmer, Sheila Benevides, Lydia DeAngelo
  • Outdoor Worship Coordinator - Marlo Pratt 


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.

Thank you for your giving! You are making a difference.

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.
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 ~  Photo at top: Murry Edwards
Watercolor: Richard Grosvenor.