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Friday, February 23, 2024


Children's Chapel this Sunday!

It's Children's Chapel Sunday! Students will begin worship in the sanctuary, and then follow the Cross out before the Gospel for a special lesson and worship with Pastor Sara. Children of all ages, and their grownups, are welcome! There will be no Sunday School this week.

Sunday School Training This Week

St. David's growing Sunday School program is looking for YOU! There will be a training for anyone interested in teaching, assisting, or subbing in Sunday School this Sunday, February 25 from 12-2. If that's you, contact Pastor Sara here.

Vestry on Retreat

Pray for our Vestry, who is meeting tomorrow for their annual retreat! They will be commissioned during both services on Sunday morning. Going forward, the Vestry meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall. Meetings are open to the congregation.

Lenten Discussion Sundays at 9:30

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for a discussion of our Lenten meditation guide, Walking with Suffering Creation. Written by St. David’s Earth Keeper, Mary Jane O’Connor-Ropp, this 8 day meditative guide offers an invitation to experience different aspects of creation (e.g., trees, water, the air we breathe, our non-human relatives, etc.), to reflect on our own relationship with each one, and to offer a prayer for healing. Copies are available on the table in the Great Hall. This meditation booklet is also available on-line. Please contact the church office if you would like to receive a copy by e-mail.


Mary Jane invites you to share your thoughts and responses to this meditation experience each Sunday morning at 9:30 in the church library.

Advocate for our Wabanaki Neighbors

The Wabanaki Alliance (of which St. David's is a member) is gathering written testimony in support of LD 2007, a bill to restore the Wabanaki Nations' inherent right to self-determination, in advance of the Maine Legislature's judiciary Committee public hearing on Monday, February 26. Learn more about how to help here. You can also read Bishop Brown's testimony here.

St. David's Author Event March 3!

Join St. David's author Roy Smoot and his wife, June, next Sunday at 3 PM for a reading of It All Belongs: Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again. Roy wrote this book with his late wife, Judy (to whom June was also a close friend), as they journeyed through her terminal brain cancer. It's a book for anyone who is facing loss and grief, looking for hope. Hard copies ofIt All Belongs will be available along with information of how to buy it online. Come with your questions, wonderings, life stories, tears and smiles. It All Belongs!! Please RSVP

Sanctuary Open for Prayer

St. David's sanctuary will be open and available for prayer and meditation on Wednesdays during Lent from 2:30-4:30. Drop by!

Maine's Welcoming Library is at St. David's!

Stop by the display in the Great Hall to check out the Welcoming Library at St. David's! This is a traveling ministry of the Diocese of Maine's Racial Justice Commission, and includes 30 children's books that focus on welcoming the stranger. It will be at St. David's through the end of Lent. Stop by and check out a book! More information in the Great Hall.

Stations of the Cross during Lent

During Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be offered each Friday evening at 5:30 PM. These in-person church services are a concerted effort of love from both St. David's, and St. George's, 3 Emerson St. (Rt. 109), Sanford to hopefully give you a way to meditate and pray with us through Lent. Please refer to the schedule as to where the services will be held.

February 23 - Mary's way of the Cross (St. George's)

March 1 - The Way of the Cross, Deacon Jean’s Liturgy (St. David's)

March 8 - Stations of the Cross Traditional (St. George's)

March 15 - Mary's way of the Cross (St. David's)

March 22 - The Way of the Cross; Deacon Jean's liturgy (St. George's)  

Secret Prayer Pal update

Are you praying for your Prayer Pal every day during Lent? You may choose to send a note or card to your SPP during this time. Do not sign your name, just sign, “your Prayer Pal”. Drop your card in the wooden box on the Information Table and it will be delivered. We will all meet our Secret Prayer Pal on the Sunday after Easter, April 7th, at coffee hours. 

Sneaker Recycling Opportunity

St. David’s will be collecting used pairs of sneakers for recycling. Community Outreach Services (COS) in Kennebunk will take our collection of sneakers to be recycled. There will be a bin at the back of the church for used sneakers. The drive keeps sneakers out of landfills and is a fundraiser for COS. Thank you from St. David’s Earth Keepers! 

Soup Bowl for Lent

Several years I bought a beautiful soup bowl at the Harvest Fair. I used it often, but as Lent approached I was reminded of all our local neighbors who experience food insecurity. During the days of Lent that year I asked parishioners to put an empty bowl on their table and put what they could in support of our Hands Across Our Community food pantry. Some people put their pocket change in the bowl at the end of the day, others, bills of various denominations, and other folks wrote checks, or maybe calculate the cost of meals made in your kitchen and make that your donation. With the cost of food being high I’m again asking for you to put an empty bowl on your table during the days of Lent and prayerfully consider how you might help to assure that the pantry shelves are full for those needing this important support.

Deacon Kris 

Upcoming Lectionary Readings

March 3, 2024

3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

Worship at St. David's:


8 AM In person Holy Eucharist, Traditional language in the Book of Common Prayer

10:30 AM In person (and livestreamed) Holy Eucharist with contemporary language

Sunday School 10:15AM ages 3-11

Youth Group 5th grade up

Nursery Care 10AM-1PM ages 0-3


9:00 AM: Healing Service and Bible Study


Saint David's Episcopal Church
138 York Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043

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