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OUTREACH SUMMER CAMP! Every summer St. Thomas’ brings in children aged 5-11 from 3 different homeless shelters in Philadelphia to a 4-day camp for 3 weeks in the summer. We need your help! Here are the positions that need to be filled: youth counselors (paid position);
help in the garden (planting, weeding, watering); adult volunteers to run different activities such as art, music, cooking, or anything else that the adults are skilled at; donations of gift cards to Giant or cash donations to fund the extra activities we plan. We would love volunteers anywhere from one day the whole summer, to once or twice a week, to every day! The dates of camp are Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm June 26th-29th, July 24th-27th, and July 31st-August 3rd. If you would like more information or know someone who may be interested in this volunteer or counselor opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Kozemchak at email@example.com.
In Your Service Events Invites you to an Open House Reception unveiling Whitemarsh’s newest event venue: Hope Whitemarsh, a Venue at St. Thomas’.
When: Wednesday, June 28th or Thursday June 29th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. You may attend on either evening.
7020 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, Pa. 19034
Beginning with the Palm Sunday stories, we will read all of the synoptic Gospel (Matthew, Mark and Luke) accounts of Holy Week and post-resurrection encounters, using the text arranged in parallel format by Dr. Henry Sharman. Thoughtful questions will guide the conversation to reveal fresh insights, whether you are reading the text for the first time or the thousandth time! Facilitated by Sarah Elliott.
“I am welcome here in God’s House!” As the opening song of this special service suggests, First Steps to Worship celebrates the hospitality and welcome that God intends for all of his children, regardless of age. Especially designed and planned for all, but especially for households with young children (this means grown-ups, too!), the First Steps experience is vibrant yet instructive, playful yet powerful, flexible yet valuing ritual, and downright joyful! Communion is celebrated each week of the year at First Steps, and families gather afterward for fellowship. The liturgy itself begins at 10:15am, and it is held in Haas Hall, just off Family Alley, behind the worship space.
Each Sunday, we endeavor to make our 10am service in the church relevant to families as we include children and youth in worship leadership. Whether it’s the St. Francis Choir or the Choristers singing, a sermon that speaks to the needs of the family, collecting food to be blessed at the altar to share with the poor, or having a youth read Scripture lessons aloud, the focus is on family.
Winding Down Tuesday – relax and enjoy the beauty of the grove!
7:00pm Jim Fackenthal, Chicago, IL
8:00pm Tower Tours
Janet & Dwight Dundore Memorial Recital
7:00pm Lisa Lonie, PA
8:00pm Philadelphia Guitar & Mandolin Society, solo and with carillon
Eat to the Beat – bring your picnic dinner!
7:00pm Wesley Arai, Berkeley, CA
8:00pm Tower Tours
William (“Pastor Bill”) deHeyman Memorial Recital
7:00pm Thomas Le, Berkeley, CA
8:00pm Bagpipes & Drums of Eireannach Toirneach
The Orin Hamilton Memorial Recital
7:00pm Thomas Gurin & Lisa Lonie, carillon
7:30pm Excelsior Cornet Band, Syracuse, NY
The CARILLON is a musical instrument of 23 or more bells that when sounded produce music. Carillon bells are hung stationary with only the clapper moving against the lip of the bell. It is manually played from a console with both fists and feet activating batons and pedals attached to the clappers through mechanical linkage. There is no electronic assistance to ring the bells. Remarkable variations in expression are possible and controlled entirely by the carillonneur. With a live television feed between the St. Thomas’ Church tower and the ground, listeners can view the carillonneur during the performance.
The largest bell of the St. Thomas’ carillon weighs 3,300 pounds; the smallest only 24 pounds. Dedicated in 1974, the carillon of St. Thomas’ Church is memorialized to Catherine Colt Dickey. The 48 bronze bells were cast in The Netherlands.
The concert series is partially supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.