Assist the Priest at the worship services and at other special occasions. Candidates must be in the 3rd grade or above. To sign up for this ministry please contact Lisa Benedetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members prepare the altars and vessels for all services.
Parishioners are selected by the Rector and licensed by the Diocese to assist with the services. They lead the Intercessions during the service and assist the priest with distribution of the wine during the Holy Eucharist. Some are also licensed to administer the Sacrament to house-bound parishioners.
Parishioners are selected by the Rector and licensed by the Diocese to read the Scriptures at the services.
Serve for month long turns at the worship services, and at other special occasions as required. The Greeters hand out leaflets and welcome members and guests to the church. For more information, please email Terry Asci at email@example.com.
Is the elected body of parish officers and representatives which conducts the business of the parish. It is composed of the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Clerk, nine members-at-large and the Rector. It meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September through June. Elections to the Vestry take place each year at our Annual Meeting in February.
Building and Grounds
We establish task groups to assess and monitor the condition of our property and report to the vestry. From time to time we seek resources to assure the continued maintenance of these valuable buildings. The ongoing maintenance fund collects pennies and other coins on an ongoing basis to assist in this work.
Lobster Roll Day
Saint Thomas’ largest fundraising event held each spring is one of our finest events. There is a need for ‘pickers’ to clean the lobster meat the night before, packers to make the rolls in the early morning, and drivers to deliver the orders. These ‘picking and packing’ parties are a great place to make new friends and enjoy ‘old friends’ fellowship.
Betty Angell Memorial May Breakfast
For more than 60 years Betty was a member of the St. Thomas Altar Guild, serving as our Directress for the last 40 years. She carried out this ministry with love and faithfulness. This is the Altar Guild’s and Mission Team’s main fund raising event, which benefits selected missions and charities. It is held on the first Sunday in May, from 7:30 AM to 11 AM and is open to all parishioners and friends.
A major fund raising event, held in the fall, includes crafts, country store, religious items, auction, etc.
Yard sales are held from time to time as the parish desires. The proceeds benefit the parish’s annual budget. Furniture and household items are eagerly sought. Volunteers are needed to clean and price the items during the week before the sale and to set up and sell on the sale day.
Cursillo is a three day renewal program of the Episcopal Church, held on weekends at the Marist Center in Framingham. Fifteen “Little Lessons in Christ” are presented in a joyful, fun filled experience in order to help the candidates understand the call to be apostles of Christ in their daily lives.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
MBSR offers tools for dealing more skillfully and compassionately with ourselves and others as we face the stresses of busy and demanding lives. The course was first taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical School in 1979. It is now being taught both nationally and internationally. Ongoing research studies attest to its effectiveness in participants who apply the practices to daily life. For more information, please email Ethel Fraga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Spiritual Direction
The accompaniment of individuals along their personal spiritual journeys is an ancient contemplative and reflective practice that spans many different spiritual and faith traditions. In this evening class, Still Harbor spiritual directors Ed Cardoza and Colleen Sharka, will examine the roots and help unveil the process of spiritual direction for those who are interested. This is ideal for people who wonder what spiritual direction is and are interested in learning about whether they might want to seek it out in their lives.
Healing Prayers are held at the first and third Sunday of every month during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service at the Servicemen’s Altar during Communion.
The practice of Centering Prayer comes out of ancient monastic practices in the Christian contemplative tradition. It has been made more accessible since the 1970’s through the work of Fr. Thomas Keating and other monks from St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA. Since that time this approach to prayer and meditation has been taught nationally and internationally. The workshop will be taught by Ethel Fraga of Taunton, who has been involved in the Centering Prayer movement for 30 years as workshop presenter, group facilitator and retreat leader. She serves on the Board of Contemplative Outreach of Boston.
Some members pray individually each day for the special needs and intentions of parishioners and friends. If you have a prayer need you can call Lynn in the office at (508) 824-9595 Monday to Friday 8AM – 2PM
Each year Saint Thomas awards “The Rev. Thomas L. Crum Scholarship” for higher education, based upon an applicant’s financial need and past participation in church activities.
Stewardship is the response to God for the blessings in our life by pledging to support the work of God’s church. In the Episcopal Church all funds for the support of the local ministry are gathered from the local collections. Each fall we conduct a stewardship program to seek pledges, but individuals may make a pledge at any time during the year by clicking the DONATE button on the home page or by contacting Lynn at the church office at 508-824-9595, or email the Church Treasurer at MVS31@comcast.net.
Come join us at the 10:00 service and stay for some food, fun, a chance to welcome everyone back from a restful summer, and to meet new friends. Highlights include: Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Slip-n-Slide, Sunday School Registration, and the chance to meet new friends. Homecoming takes place the Sunday after Labor Day in September.
A group of volunteers take weekly turns at preparing refreshments for the coffee hour following the 10 AM Sunday service.
We have a growing program and currently have two youth groups. Activities include education, snow tubing, rock climbing and service projects.
Saint Thomas supports a number of camps and campers through scholarship support. Some of these include Boy Scout Camps, YMCA Camps, and our own church camp. The Vestry has pledged support for the Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center to which we send a number of campers each year. For more details. please contact our church office at 508-824-9595.
During the past year, the young children of our parish have enjoyed a casual service at 9 AM with all children participating in lighting candles, taking the offering and helping in many ways. This coming year, under the direction of Renee Vitale and Annemarie Amoedo, the children’s services will continue. Plans are being made to expand the program which is geared toward children 0 – 8 years of age (the ‘young at heart’ are always welcome to attend as well). Watch for more information and sign-up sheets during the Homecoming celebration on September 9th. PRAYERS, SONGS, STORIES, CRAFTS …a place where children can be themselves
Memorial Flowers & Memorial Tribute
Names can be listed in our Sunday bulletin by giving a Memorial Tribute or to have a placement of flowers on the altar on Sunday or Holy Day in the memory of loved ones by a gift to the Memorial Flower Fund of $50.00. You can also memorialize a loved one in perpetuity for $100.00 on a certain date during the calendar year. After the services the flowers are distributed to home bound and hospitalized parishioners. For more information, please contact the church office at 508-824-9595.
The parish cemetery is located at the site of the original St. Thomas Church on Tremont Street. Parishioners may purchase plots for the interment of cremated remains. There is always a need for lawn mowing.
Arranged through the church office, preferably at least six months in advance, weddings are a sacrament of the church. For detailed information, please visit our website at www.StThomasTaunton.com.
The weekly parish bulletin contains information and Order of Service distributed to worshippers each Sunday. They are mailed to housebound parishioners. Short items and notices are always welcome. The deadline for items in each issue is the preceding Wednesday. If you would like to write and article for the Grapevine, please email Beverly Kimball at email@example.com.
Our monthly parish newsletter reports the activities and events of the church. The editor welcomes articles written by parishioners. The deadline for submitting items for each issue is the 15th of the preceding month.
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread is a not for profit soup kitchen located in the Parish Hall of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Our Daily Bread provides the following services Monday through Friday: 10:00 AM – Open for Hot Breakfast, Coffee and Donuts; 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM Lunchtime Meal. Departing guests also leave with a “bag” lunch. We are “no questions asked” kitchen and do not judge those who come in for a meal. All are welcome. Those fed include the homeless, elderly, needy, lonely, deinstitutionalized and disadvantaged. The majority of the daily effort of preparing serving, and cleaning up after a meal for approximately 150 guests is the responsibility of the volunteers with the support of a paid director and director’s assistant. Started by Saint Thomas in 1985 with a grant from the Mustard Seed Foundation, Our Daily Bread now has an ecumenical board of directors and receives widespread community support.
Brown Bag Program
The Brown Bag program is a supplemental food program that gives a free bag of food each month to low-income seniors. The Brown Bag program is sponsored by Massachusetts food banks, local agencies such as Councils on Aging and Elder Services organizations. To sign up for the Brown Bag Program, contact the church office at 508-824-9595.
The luncheons begin at noon in the Parish Hall, which is handicap accessible. It is our hope to provide a pleasant meal, opportunity to socialize, and a program on some topic, which meets needs and interests expressed by Seniors. All members of the greater community and their friends are welcome to attend. Lunch and programming are free of charge. A free will offering is taken for Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. If you have questions, please call the church office at 508-824-9595.
Our international ministry includes orphans in Haiti, school children in Belize, and families on the Navaho Reservation at 4 Corners. Annually, we send mission teams to one of these locations. We also support the building of homes in third world countries and in 2011, 2014 & 2017, we sent people on a mission trip to Belize to help build a primary school for children who had no school. Also, in 2013 we sent a team to Navajoland in New Mexico on a Mission Trip.
A diocese is a grouping, usually geographic, of congregations (self-supporting parishes as well as missions, chapels and chaplaincies) under the jurisdiction of a bishop. The diocese is organized and ordered according to its Constitution and Canons, and it has three primary governing bodies: The clergy and elected lay representatives from all congregations meet annually in Diocesan Convention to conduct the business of the diocese.
Taunton River Deanery
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is divided into subunits called deaneries. The deaneries have been formed around watersheds, because baptism and water are so central to our faith. Deaneries are important for the election of representatives for diocesan administration, for pastoral care of the clergy and parishes in the deanery, and for other activities that can be supportive of our life together for our work for Christ.