Notes From Calvary

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Notes from Calvary

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"What are we doing about Sunday school?"

Anyone who wants to be a talented musician, play a sport well enough to make a team, be a decent cook, or even engage in a personal fitness routine at home begins by learning a set of basic skills. Then, as we master those, we add more and more refined techniques. As we grow we need to keep adding skills and theory if we want to be able to handle more demanding adult tasks.

Our spiritual lives are similar to our musical or athletic or culinary lives. When we are baptized we do not have all the spiritual skills we will need in order to live out our baptismal promises (pages 304-305 of the Prayer Book). We acquire those skills first and foremost in our families—by watching and overhearing our parents and caregivers in their faith life. Secondarily we acquire them by being active participants in the Church.
’Sunday School' and 'Youth Group' are the programs that previous generations devised to meet some of the needs for their children’s spiritual growth, when the lives of young people and families were structured very differently than they are today.

Are they still the best approach? In some places yes, in some cases, not so much. Based on participation numbers in recent years, it is time to revisit this question at Calvary.

The most important thing is that we identify what spiritual experiences and understandings we want our children to have as they grow, and then figure out the best way of providing them in today’s society—whether or not those methods look the same as what we ourselves experienced as children.

This Sunday I invite all adults who are parents or other significant adults in the lives of children to join me in the parish hall at 11:00-ish after you’ve grabbed a glass of lemonade. Let’s talk together about what you hope your children will experience in their faith life before they reach adulthood (and maybe even what you need to experience in yours to be able to walk alongside them as guides!). Then we can figure out how Calvary can support you and them in that journey!

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr, Rector

Westerly Sun Interview with the Rev. Gillian Barr

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Calvary's new rector was the lead story in Tuesday's Westerly Sun. If you missed it, you can read the full article here.

You are Invited to Join a Small Group Study

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Spiritual Practices & Our Faith Journeys

Three small study groups were launched last year by Calvary's Spiritual Formation ministry to give parishioners interested in deepening their faith journeys the opportunity to study readings and spiritual practices together. These groups meet in homes or at church. The topics and books are determined by the people attending with the guidance of the rector.

Small Group contact information:
Wednesdays, 5 p.m.
Kate Robins,, 860-389-5092

Thursdays, 9 a.m.
Karen McGee,, 513-919-1542

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Julie & Steve Schaub,, 860-333-3165

Episcopal Relief Helping Those Impacted by Hurricane Dorian


Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting dioceses located in the path of Hurricane Dorian as they respond to the needs of impacted communities.

“We’re seeing that dioceses who have experienced catastrophic hurricanes in the past two years are not easily shaken by new occurrences; resiliency has been built into their recovery efforts,” said Katie Mears, Director for Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “They have emergency plans in place, clearly established roles and responsibilities matched with an impenetrable passion to match their gifts with the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors.”

Please pray for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development’s church partners provide critical emergency assistance. To learn more about building a Season of Resilience and to download disaster preparedness resources visit

Calvary to Host Ugandan Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Singers

Tuesday, 9/24 - Wednesday, 10/2

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Many parishioners will recognize Peter Kasamba, the founder of the AYF Singers, at the far right in the photograph. Your editor Betsy Stevenson will always remember the wonderful care Peter took of her and Sage MacLeod during our health needs assessment trip to Uganda two years ago.

The AYF Singers will spend their weeklong visit performing in schools and leading worship services in the region. Look for their schedule in next week's issue.

Volunteers are needed to help with housing, transportation and meals for the 10 singers during their stay. Please prayerfully consider if you can lend a hand.

If you are able to help, or have any questions about what is needed, please contact Barbara Loftus at (860) 599-5732 or

Thank You,
Calvary Uganda Mission Team

Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, September 8

Our next Brunch will be on September 8, at Breakwater at 11:30 a.m. Join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.
Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus or
860.599.5732 for more details.

All are welcome.

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Calvary Nursery School accepting new children

There are still places available at Calvary Nursery School for this coming year! If someone you know is looking for a quality pre-school experience for their child or grandchild or friend, invite them to consider Calvary's own preschool. More information about the school is at and admissions information is here.

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Stewardship Potluck Brunch
10:30 a.m., Sunday, September 29

Catered by:
The Calvary Church Congregation

Buffet Menu

Quiches, Baked French Toast Casseroles,
Egg and Cheese Stratas,
Baked Ham, Bacon, Sausage,
Potatoes, Fruit Salads, Bread & Muffins, Juices & Coffee

In order to ensure a good variety of food,
please sign up after church service to bring one of the menu items or by contacting Jim and Mary McAuley by 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 27th, 2019

(860) 536-1980

Upcoming SECT Region Events


SE Region Episcopal Church Gatherings

2-6 p.m, Sunday, September 15 "One Region, One Body"-- Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

An afternoon of making connections with other Episcopalians in the SE Region. We will have time for music, prayer, conversation, and selecting members of the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We will also have light refreshments! By God's grace, we will catch a glimpse of the life we share as members of Christ's one body.

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry:
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food -- canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple, and baked beans

Home Supplies -- laundry detergent, dish detergent, and diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6

Thank you for your continuing support.

Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, September 8
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- Families & Faith conversation / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Refreshments / yard
11:30 a.m. -- Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
4 p.m. -- American Guild of Organists reception / yard
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, September 10
1:30 p.m. -- Staff meeting / rector's office
6:00 p.m. -- 'Meet the Rector' / host, Carole Barnard (sign up required)

Thursday, September 12
6:30 p.m. -- Vestry / parish hall
6:30 p.m. -- Choir rehearsal / choir room

Friday, September 13
7:30 a.m. -- Men's Breakfast / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Sunday, September 15
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
2 p.m. -- One Region, One Body / Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton CT
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Refreshment Hour


Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Weather permitting, "Refreshment Hour" can now be served on a card table in the courtyard. Tables are stored in the Parish Hall closet. Hosts provide a gallon each of lemonade and iced tea (sold at Big Y), and some cookies. Paper cups are stored in lower drawers in the kitchen. Any questions...Please email or call her at 203-249-2497

How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included

Sunday Service From A Distance

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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.

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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

Lori Taylor