ST. MARY’S HADDON HEIGHTS – GET TO KNOW US
Hello from St. Mary’s! You have reached the site of the beautiful, friendly, welcoming, Episcopal Church on the corner of the White Horse Pike and Green Streets in Haddon Heights, NJ.
Many of you may pass us by every day but know nothing about us. Here are some facts. The church is alive and well!! We are serving the community as we have for more than one hundred and six years.
We are currently looking for a new priest. Unlike other denominations, the Episcopal Church has a process by which clergy become leaders in a church community. That process is very substantial and time consuming but insures that a parish finds a person that will meet their needs and that of the community at large. That journey is underway at the present time. Until that individual is found, the parish is supported by “supply priests” who come to lead services on a weekly basis. The pastoral needs of the congregation are met by the church’s ordained Deacon.
Other than attending Wednesday and Sunday services, church members are on hiatus from activities over the summer to give everyone some much needed rest and relaxation after a VERY busy year.
This last year brought over 1500 people through the doors of St. Mary’s for our “Sundays at Four” Concert Series. We hosted our 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo, offered Advent and Lenten study groups, hosted a Flea Market and Strawberry Festival, and held a dinner for seniors from our local communities. We filled backpacks for school children in Camden, supplied juice boxes to Kid’s Alley summer camp, collected supplies for animals through the Animal Welfare Association and food and clothing on an ongoing basis for agencies in Camden that support the homeless. Personal care items were gathered and donated to the Camden County Women’s Shelter. A group of church members participated in IHOC’s fundraising walk. Our Prayer Fellowship prays for people on a daily basis, most of whom are not members of St. Mary’s but folks in need of prayer in our communities and beyond.
Our church building is a hub of activity with more than one hundred children calling the church “home” after school and on Saturday each week. Boy Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and the Poet’s Society, along with several music groups are using the building for their meetings and programs.
Church activities will commence again on Saturday, September 10th when our “homecoming week-end” starts with a “Program of Patriotism”. This event will recognize and salute the efforts of those that gave much to keep our nation free throughout our history. This program falls on the week-end of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. That weekend will mark the beginning of our return to a full schedule of activities and programs. On Sunday, September 11th the choir returns to the Chancel and leads the congregation in special music in remembrance of the victims and families affected by the 9/11 tragedy. Sunday school will begin that day and nursery care will also be available.
Our “Sundays at Four” series will return on Sunday, November 13th at 4pm with a Choral Evensong. The choir and soloists will be under the direction of Mr. William Fenimore. Curtis student organist, Joseph Russell will be at the console. More information regarding the full 2016-17 concert series will be published shortly in this communication as well as in the local Heights Report.
St. Mary’s parish community is one of varying ages, ethnicities, sexual orientation, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. EVERYONE IS ALWAYS WELCOME AT ST. MARY’S.
We invite YOU to come and meet us. Join us for our Healing Service on Wednesday morning at 10am or for our Sunday morning worship, also at 10am. You will be warmly received and made to feel at home. Get to know us. Come out and see our beautiful church and meet the members of St. Mary’s parish community as we continue spreading God’s love in the world for the next one hundred and six years and beyond!
A SPECIAL DAY AT ST. MARY’S
Please join us on Saturday, September 10th at 2 pm as we honor those that have fought, and died, for the freedoms that we enjoy every day. St. Mary’s will host a “Service of Patriotism” This patriotic program salutes our nation’s veterans. The program will be hosted by St, Mary’s educator, poet and resident historian, Craig E, Burgess.
Special presentations will be made by the Chapel of Four Seasons Chaplain, by Lockheed Martin, members of Audubon High School’s Project Memorial Committee as well as several local veterans from the Korean through the Vietnam Wars. There will be a special remembrance of those who died during the 9/11 in commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of that attack on the United States.
Each person in attendance will receive an American flag to wave as we salute our veterans, remember our POW’s and Mia’s and pay tribute to our Medal of Honor recipients in a program that spans more than 150 years of military history.
There is no admission fee but a free will offering will be taken.
THIRD ANNUAL DESIGNER BINGO EVENT – OCTOBER 7th
Tickets will go on sale on Sunday, August 28th following the 10AM service for this fun, annual St. Mary’s Event! Tickets are priced at $35.00 per person or a table of 8 people for $30.00 (pre-paid). Tickets will also be available through the church office as well. No tickets will be sold at the door!
CRAFTERS AND VENDORS ARE WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FROM 10 AM UNTIL 3 PM
We invite you to join us as we resurrect a St. Mary’s tradition from many years ago. Our Christmas Bazaar was a neighborhood event; the go to place on a week-end in mid November. although we are reinstating the Bazaar on a much smaller scale than in previous years, there will be something for everyone. We invite you to have a crafter/vendor table at this event. We will provide a 10 ft. space. along with two chairs. You will need to bring a table and your items for sale. Please contact the church office for more information at 856-547-3240. Space is limited so don’t delay.
It’s a new day at St. Mary’s
Come and worship with us!
St. Mary’s is an historic and welcoming parish located in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. Whether you are visiting in the area or seeking a church home, we invite you to join us. If you would like to introduce yourself to one of our greeters or ushers, he or she will answer any questions and help you feel at home.
St. Mary’s is located at the intersection of the White Horse Pike (US 30) and Green Street in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. In addition to US 30, the church is easily accessible via I-295 and other main area roads. If you would like door-to-door directions to St. Mary’s, this service is available through Google maps.
The main parking lot is behind the church and is accessible from the White Horse Pike (US 30). In addition, free parking is available along Atlantic Avenue and on-street parking is permitted along Green St., across from the front of the church.
Please note: Green Street is one way, heading towards the White Horse Pike. From the White Horse Pike, you must turn first onto Station Ave. (towards the stores/downtown area). Then turn right at the first intersection onto Atlantic Ave. and, again, turn right at Green St.