Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church!
You may be looking for a warm, caring church home or you may simply be “passing through,” hungry for God’s word and sacraments. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we hope that the love of Christ will be seen and felt in your encounter with the people of St. Mary’s.
We are a diverse parish with all kinds of people, programs, and activities, and we believe our church to be a place that respects the holiness of worship and the integrity of your mind. There’s a place, purpose, and ministry for everyone who comes through our doors!
We hope this website will give you a sense of who we are and what have to offer in the service of Christ’s Kingdom. Please feel free to contact us directly and please come and join us on Sunday!
In Christ’s love,
The Rev'd A. Michael Singer, Rector
This Week at St. Mary's:
Ash Wednesday - March 5, 2014 - the First Day of Lent
- Sunday, March 2 - The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
- Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
- Staff Nursery, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:00 a.m.
- Christian Formation Classes, 11:15 a.m.
- Jr. EYC 5:45 p.m.
- Sr. EYC 6:30 p.m.
- A.A. Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 4 - Shrove Tuesday
- Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
- Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 - 7 p.m. canceled
- A.A. Meeting, 8 p.m.
- Ash Wednesday, March 5
- Ashes/Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m.
- Ashes/Holy Eucharist at St. Augustine's Church, 12:15 p.m.
- Ashes/Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 6
- Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
- Cherished Member Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
- "First Thursday" Eucharist, 5:30 p.m
- Boy Scouts, 6:00 p.m
- Friday, March 7
- Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 8
- EYC Lock-In, 6:00 pm. (Ends after the 8:00 a.m. liturgy on Sunday, March 9th)
The imposition of ashes is often a central part of Ash Wednesday worship. Ashes have a long history in biblical and church traditions. In scripture, ashes or dust symbolize frailty or death (Gen. 18:27), sadness or mourning (Esther 4:3), judgment (Lam. 3:16), and repentance (Jon. 3:6). Some traditions also have considered ash a purifying or cleansing agent. All these images are caught up in the church’s use of ashes as a symbol appropriate for Lent. In Christ’s passion we see God’s judgment on evil; in our penitence we express sorrow and repentance for our sins; in our rededication we show that we are purified and renewed.
Ashes are the burnt residue of the previous year’s palms from Palm Sunday. Worshippers come forward and the priest makes a cross on each person’s forehead (the “imposition”), saying words such as “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
It is the obligation for all Episcopalians, to make a proper beginning of Lent, to attend an Ash Wednesday liturgy. St. Mary’s will offer the Imposition of Ashes and celebrate the Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, March 5th at:
7:00 a.m. - Chapel
12:15 p.m. - St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
707 E. Lenoir Ave., Kinston
7:00 p.m. - Church (with music)
Bishop Peter Lee at St. Mary's
for Confirmation and Reception
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, Bisop Provisional of the Diocese of East Carolina, will make a visitation to St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, March 16th, at 10:00 a.m. Bishop Lee will be the celebrant, preacher and administer the sacramental rite of confirmation and receive individuals into the Church.
Immediately following the service a reception will be held in Moseley Hall to honor the newly confirmed/received and their families. Come, be here to support the newly confirmed/receives and be a part of this grand celebration.