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News & Views
The Rev. Lyn Burns joins ST&G
St. Thomas and Grace Church is once again in transition, following the departure in February of our Priest-in-Partnership. On Sunday March 27, The Rev. Lyn Burns became our Priest-in-Transition (the new term what in the past was called "interim priest"). . She will serve as our part-time priest, celebrating Eucharist twice a month and guiding us, in person and on Zoom, in the important work of discernment of our needs as a faith community in the 2020s. She hopes also to offer some spiritual formation opportunities and to support parish leaders as we begin determining what a post-pandemic normal looks like at ST&G.
Episcopal Relief & Development - update: ST&G has a long history of making donations to ERD annually, and whenever there are significant natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes and wildfires. These donations are not part of the parish budget - they represent additional contributions by parish members or proceeds from fundraisers. Please send your ERD donations to the Treasurer (ST&G, 19 Conant Square, Brandon, VT 05733) and put ERD on the memo line. If you have prefer to donate to ERD directly online or via email, it would be helpful to tell the Treasurer so that the Vestry will know the total number (not amount) of donations to ERD from parish members.
Monthly Silent Prayer Vigils
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, members and friends of St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church participated in the first of what has become monthly silent prayer vigils as a public witness against racism and for social justice. From 1:00-1:30 pm participants stand quietly in front of the St. Thomas Church building on Route 7, many holding signs that proclaim Racism is Sin and similar messages. This event is part of a statewide effort publicized by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and involving many faith communities around the state. Since June 2020, the Vigil has only been cancelled once due to dangerous weather conditions and we average about 10 people each month, from a roster of 18 members and friends committed to this ministry. If you'd like to receive email updates and reminders please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.