Sunday & Beyond: Faith & Formation
At Saint Mary's Episcopal Church we believe that the Christian faith takes shape within community and throughout a lifetime of exploration and discernment - we are each on a pilgrimage to God. Within every circumstance, every object, every person, God’s love is already at work, moment by moment. In our learning we give space for young and old alike to learn and grow together. Like the beauty of stained glass, the light and life of Christ shines in and through us, and God makes of us together something that we are unable to be alone.
Infants & Children
(Ages 0 to 2)
Each Sunday trained and licensed members of St. Mary's Church facilitate nursery for families with infants and young children. We observe the Safe Church policies of the Diocese of Lexington that require its parishes to adopt guidelines for the Protection of Children and Youth.
We give space for kids to be kids, to support and nurture the spiritual lives.
We offer an environment for children to encounter the living God, a safe space in which to imagine how their lives and personal stories are intimately intertwined with the Bible and Christian tradition!
We believe that children will have faith so long as there is a community of faith for them to thrive in, to influence and be influenced by.
KIDS UP FRONT
(Ages 3 to 12)
The final Sunday of each month is KIDS UP FRONT Sunday, a special occasion for children to gather with their parents and the entire parish family during the 11:00 a.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Children embody the rhythms of prayer and praise, and together partake of the Eucharist that is made with home baked bread. Children's totes - filled with healthy snacks, coloring books and bulletins, soft toys and books - are available for visiting families too, and may be retrieved near the entrance to the church.
Child care is also offered in the Undercroft on KIDS UP FRONT Sunday for any parents who wish to avail themselves of these services.
Weaving God's Promises
(Ages 3 to 12)
On every Sunday of the month except the final Sunay, during the 11:00 a.m. liturgy, gifted and licensed child caregivers facilitate Weaving God's Promises, a children's education curriculum of The Episcopal Church that nurture the spiritual lives of our littlest saints.
The Sunday routine is as follows:
Children accompany their parents on these Sundays for the opening prayers and songs of the liturgy. Then, prior to the first reading from Holy Scripture, a trained and licensed child caregiver processes with the children to the Parish Undercroft, where for 20 to 30 minutes in the Children's chapel, everyone engage in a lesson from Weaving God's Promise. Lesson plans follow a five-fold pattern:
1. Gathering - (the Entrance Rite)
Simple activities focusing the children on
the lesson to come
2. Telling the Sacred Story -
(the Liturgy of the Word)
Telling the biblical story
3. Prayer- (the Prayers of the People)
Giving thanks to God for
God's presence with us
4. Sharing - (Holy Communion)
A time of fellowship and snacks with time for
sharing that week's story
5. Sending Forth - (Dismissal)
Closing prayers send the children back upstairs for worship and Holy Communion
When the lesson from Weaving God's Promises concludes, children join their parents once again to partake of the Holy Communion.
Above: Restored original stained glass panels of the Western Window at Saint Mary's Church, imported from England in 1890 (Photo: Tom Shay, 2014).
Policy for the Protection of Children & Youth.
We diligently safeguard the lives and wellbeing St. Mary's children and youth. Anyone who is commissioned at St. Mary's to work with children and youth in any capacity are required to undergo extensive sexual misconduct and abuse prevision training, following the Safeguarding God's Children modules.
Please click below to view the Diocese of Lexington's Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth.
Youth & Adults
The Order of the Daughters of the King ®
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of The Episcopal Church, churches in communion with The Episcopal Church, and churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with The Episcopal Church. Our membership currently includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), and Roman Catholic churches.
Reaffirming the promises made at Holy Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service, and evangelism. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women.
St. Mary's DOK Chapter is the Kyrie Eleison Chapter, whose members meet regularly and welcome you. For more information about the DOK and to submit prayer requests, please click here to visit the Kyrie Eleison Blog.
Canterbury Episcopal Fellowship
Canterbury Episcopal Fellowship represents Episcopal and Anglican life to undergraduate and graduate students of the Tri-state region of Appalachia.
We gather twice monthly for food, prayer, and intentional community.
We foster Safe Space, where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
(Ages 12 and up)
We heartily welcome anyone of an age to lend a hand in the worship of the parish. The liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer, the official worship manual of The Episcopal Church, calls for the support of many lay ministers. Youth train for a variety of vital ministries, including that of the Guild of Acolytes, Crucifers, Torchbearers, Lectors, Oblationers, Thurifer, among others.
The Healing Ministry of St. Luke the Physician
St. Mary's Church strives to embody the Great Commission of Jesus to proclaim by word and deed the healing love of God in Christ. We do so, in part, through the Healing Ministry of St. Luke the Physician, whose membership at St. Mary's believe that healing exists today, and occurs through the hands of health professionals as well as through the hands of fellow Christians.
On the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of each month, we offer an Healing Station situated near the church's West Window, where, after receiving the Holy Communion, all are most welcome to come forward for special prayers and intercessions, for oneself or on behalf of a neighbors and friends.