Welcoming Our New Rector
The Vestry met with the Search Committee on Wednesday, May 30th, to hear their unanimous recommendation of The Reverend Doctor Maggie Arnold to be our new Rector. The Vestry, at the same meeting, after discussion, unanimously voted to call her to be the New Rector of St Stephen’s. We are delighted to announce that she has accepted that call!
The Search Committee noted that she met or exceeded the key criteria which included:
A belief in God
A champion of youth and young adults
A preacher of spiritually and intellectually challenging sermons
Strong collaborative leadership
Skilled at Pastoral Care
Able to lead and challenge us spiritually and intellectually
A warm and genuine style and ability to engage others
They also stated that:” She has many gifts beyond these and will be a gentle yet dynamic shepherd to lead St. Stephen’s forward to wherever God is calling us to be.”
“Rev. Maggie” is currently the Associate Rector at Grace Church in Medford, MA, where she has been since 2014. She also in 2014 was the Sabbatical Replacement for the Rector of St Gabriel’s in Marion. She has a long history in the church which included stints as Junior Warden, Seminarian and Intern, Chaplain at the Barbara Harris Camp and Curate at St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Duxbury, and has a number of Priests and a Bishop as forebears.
Her bio on the Grace Church website reads:
“The Reverend Dr. Maggie Arnold, our Associate Rector, has been at Grace since 2014. Her position shares in the pastoral and sacramental leadership of the parish, with a particular focus on Christian Formation: including our Wednesday Night and Sunday morning educational programming for all ages.
Maggie was ordained to the priesthood in 2010, has served parishes in Sandwich and Duxbury, and worked as a chaplain with the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry at MIT. She has her PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University; her book, The Magdalene in the Reformation, is coming out this Fall from Harvard University Press. Originally from Nova Scotia, she currently lives in Brookline with her husband, Christopher Brown, a professor of Church History at Boston University, and together they have seven children, ages 20 to 7. Maggie loves running in all weather, making art, cooking, reading everything from Harry Potter to medieval sermons, and watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
She holds multiple degrees including Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University Halifax; Master of Fine Arts, The University of Arts, Philadelphia; Master of Divinity, Boston University School of Theology; and, as mentioned, Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies, also from Boston University.
We anticipate that Rev. Maggie will be joining us on Sunday August 5th – so she will be able to lead us at the (her first) Beach Service!
Thanks be to God! The Vestry
And from Rev. Maggie:
Hello St. Stephen’s!
Thank you for calling me as your new rector! I have seen what a beautiful church and community you have, and have been impressed by the depth of your engagement with Christian Formation and discipleship in Godly Play and in the many outreach ministries at St. Stephen’s. It will be a great joy to share in worship with you, blessed by the amazing gift of your music. I am so excited to get to know you, and to learn and grow together in sharing Christ’s love with the world.
Vacation Bible School
There’s still time to register for Vacation Bible School. This year VBS will be August 13th-August 17th from 9am-12pm. Click here to register now and for more information. Spaces are limited so register today!
Youth on a Mission: Red Sox vs. Yankee Tickets!
Please support our youth traveling to White Earth Reservation to be the hands and feet of Christ to our brothers and sisters in Minnesota! Elle Kennedy, Elias Wittrup, and Caroline Donohue will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for their trip. Tickets will be available to purchase beginning Sunday, June 17th. Tickets are $10.- each. Buy 5, get 1 free! Drawing will be held at the end of June, and you need not be present to win.
Chi-miigwech! (Thank you in the Ojibwe language)
NuDay Syria Drive
Last spring, St. Stephen’s parishioners sent 40 bags of backpacks, school supplies and arts and crafts supplies to NuDay Syria’s two refugee camps! Last Sunday, we officially launched this year’s collection, to go through June 22nd.
Tragically, the needs are even greater now as the brutal war continues. Syrian refugees who have survived the last seven years of bombing and air strikes have suffered greatly and lost almost everything from their former lives. It is safe to say that our donations will go a long way in providing much-needed outlets and distractions from the daily hardships for refugee mothers and children.What to give? Lists of suggested donations for the camps are at the back of the church and outside the parish hall offices. Regarding condition: backpacks can be either new or “gently used”. All consumable supplies should be new.Where to bring them? Please leave your donations inside the parish hall accessed through the Church door in the courtyard during office hours: M-Th, 9am-3pm. If locked, ring the bell at the Office door, also in the courtyard.
Picture of the Week
Recognition Sunday Picnic