St. Thomas of Canterbury
Community Mission of Hope Food Drive
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:30 a.m
St. Thomas is undertaking a Food Drive to support the Community Mission of Hope in Temecula. We have worked with this group before and it’s a great way to help others in this time of need. Learn more here...
St. Thomas is proud to announce we will be hosting Sacred Ground, a 10-part faith-based series developed by The Episcopal Church as part of our long commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and prejudice in society. Built around a powerful on-line curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific Americans as they intersect European-American histories, participants are invited to “peel away” the layers that have contributed to the profound challenges and divides of the present day ̶̶ all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
Sacred Ground provides a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism by reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. Too often people of color are asked to lead discussions on race resulting in “interracial dialogue fatigue;” therefore this curriculum is designed intra-racially by white people for white people with some interracial group dialogue.
Our journey will require a significant time commitment. All readings and documentaries will be made available to you at not cost. All preparatory work MUST BE COMPLETED before each session, no exceptions. To provide sufficient preparation time, we will meet every other week on Zoom in dialogue groups of 6-10. Start date TBD. You are strongly encouraged to visit the website for detailed information. episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground
We invite you to join our journey lead by Rev. Julie Bryant, Rev. David Jackson, MD, Dr. Deb Mitchell and facilitators to be named. Please direct your inquiries to Fr. David or Deb. If we can identify the historical markers where we went astray, ask genuine questions of our history, be humble students of our past, acknowledge the harms done and the harms endured – if we can do these things, then God willing, we can eventually come to some centered spot, take stock, see, sense, feel, mourn, pray, and then turn and walk back out, together.
Please continue to collect your recyclables and bring them to the church on the second Wednesday of the month between 7am - 11am. Leave them in front of the courtyard gate. It would be very helpful if cans, plastic, and glass are already separated! TY! The next collection date will be Wednesday July 8th.
On Tuesdays 2:00 - 2:30 p.m., Lani-Karyn Jones will introduce and then read passages of the Bible. This is a time to immerse yourself in the beloved Word, to let it wash over you, and carry you into deeper relationship with God and the human family.We’re in the early chapters of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.
Join us on Zoom https://zoom.us/join Zoom Meeting ID: 812 1569 2448 Participate by Phone +1 669 900 9128 No Password Required.
Bible Study Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
looking at the Lessons coming up.
Password required If you did not receive the list of passwords and would like to attend our online services and activities, please contact The Reverend Julie D. Bryant at 310-625-9377.
ST. THOMAS SUPPORT MINISTRIES
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
Even without Covid19, life has a way of dealing us some pretty tough challenges. But you don't need to face them alone. Whether you need prayers, food or emotional support, our assistance ministries are
offered to everyone...you, a loved one, a friend. And you
don't need to be a member of St. Thomas or Episcopalian. More...
In-Person Worship Suspended
A Message from The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am writing to you with regret to ask you once more to suspend in-person worship at our churches during the month of July. This decision does not come without significant prayer, discussion, and deep thought. As you may know, the governor of California today instituted broad restrictions on in-person gatherings in Imperial and Riverside Counties, and Arizona’s caseload is very high and increasing rapidly. San Diego County was not affected by the governor’s order, but also has tightened restrictions; the number of new cases per day in San Diego County is now almost four times as high as when I first allowed in-person worship to resume on June 21. Although the governor is still allowing churches to meet, I cannot justify taking this risk with our members’ health, or encouraging our members to believe that gathering in groups is safe, even with all the careful precautions our parishes have instituted. More...
During this unprecedented season of prevention, many members of our diocesan family have made collaborative steps toward producing VBS for our congregations and other ecumenical partners. Using Rocky Railway from Group, we’ll explore Jesus’ role in our lives. Join us for the videos of songs, skits, scripture, and prayers led by church leaders from across our diocese. Starting July 12th, these 20-30 minute videos will premiere each Sunday afternoon at 3pm. This year's VBS is a great way for families to explore faith together, and continue the conversation during dinner and into the night.
Eucharistic Visitor Training
As we prepare to return to in-person worship, it is clear that many in our congregations will not be able to or will not wish to return. Small group worship and Eucharistic Visitors can assist in extending the Eucharistic table to those who are not in their midst. To that end, the latest offering from the EDSD Lay Ministry Series is a 2-hour session that includes the Eucharistic Small Group Visitor Workshop and the Small Group Leader Workshop. Read More
Faith to Go: Your weekly formation resources
A Weekly, On The Go Resource for Parents and Non-Parents Alike
Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar. Joined each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go team highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week. More Here
Diocesan Youth Group - a chance to be together, when we can't be together! - youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a diocesan wide youth group offering. The group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 for games, movie nights, music and more. On Thursdays there are faith formation opportunities for both Middle and High School students. The Middle School group meets at 10:00 a.m. and the High School group at 11:00 a.m. Our time together includes check-ins, scripture, laughter and prayer. Please contact Charlette Preslar, youth missioner, for more information: email@example.com