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!
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!
Summer Service Schedule
Beginning this Sunday, July 1st we will hold services at 7am on Sandy Beach, and 9am in the church. We will return to 8am and 10am services after Labor Day. Happy Summer!Please note that the church office will be open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-3pm during the summer.
Godly Play This SummerStarting July 1, we will be telling Godly Play stories for children from Grade K – 5 during the 9am service. The children will be assembled in the church after the beginning collect of the day and brought to the Walton Rogers Hall for the story. It will not be a full Godly Play class session, so children will return to church earlier than during the normal school year and so will get some important “big church” time too! Stories will be offered on July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and August 5th and 19th.
Picture of the Week
June Spirituality and Contemporary Fiction Book Group Meeting