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On Saturday, September 9th, St. Dunstan’s will be reviving its popular Dover Days “food-raiser” for A Place to Turn. This has been a fun and meaningful event for St. Dunstan’s and the community, as it gives everyone an easy way to give back and help feed area residents who are facing tough times. It’s also a great way for St. Dunstan’s to share one of its important outreach missions with the community.
As you may recall, we do the shopping in advance and set up a mini-grocery store at our Dover Days Booth. Community members buy a bag of groceries, and we deliver it to APTT on their behalf. We’ve included some pictures from past years at the bottom of this email. Members of our youth groups can play an active role in this event and high school students can earn community service credit. It’s also a great multi-generational outreach opportunity that parents can share with their kids. There are several ways to help out: you can help us prepare for the event by doing some shopping, or you can sign up to take a shift at the booth
We need shoppers! On your next shopping trip please purchase groceries from this list (if you’d like to be reimbursed, please leave your receipt with your name on it in the outreach mailbox in the church office). We are not asking for items in cans or jars, and we would prefer to have multiples of the same thing. Also, we prefer more items in smaller sizes, versus one large package as we are aiming to provide about 600 individual grocery items to APTT. Often the items on the list will be on sale when multiples are purchased:
• Pancake Mix
• Mac & Cheese
• Dried beans
• Hamburger Helper or varieties
• Dried soup mix
• Boxes of Tea
• Fruit snacks
• Cookies or crackers (in boxes)
• Cake & brownie mix
• Granola Bars
• Lunch box snacks
• Boxes of tissues
We need Dover Days volunteers! On Saturday, September 9th, we need help with set up, working the booth, and closing up shop. If you would like to help with setup, we will meet at church at 8 am to load up the Motley trailer with the tent, 4 tables and chairs, then set up the “grocery store” at our booth. You can help out at the booth throughout the day by taking a two hour shift, anytime between 9-3:00 pm. We will also need help with closing up, beginning at 3:00 pm. Shortly after Dover Days, on a date to be determined, we will deliver all of the groceries to APTT and help them stack the shelves.
If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, please contact Cathy Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, you may reach out to Cathy or Carol Chirico at email@example.com
Thank you! We are looking forward to a great Dover Days!
St. Dunstan’s hosted its 6th annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the last week of June. The theme was Hero Central, where 41 kids, 27 teen counselors and many adult volunteers learned that we are all God’s Superheroes. We capped off an amazing week with our Family Night Celebration, where we shared all we learned with our families: that God’s Heroes Have Heart, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, and Power; and that we should always “Do Good! Seek peace and go after it!” (Psalm 31:14b). Following the Family Night presentation, we all came together in community with a picnic supper in Fellowship Hall that featured “Hero” sandwiches.
In addition to our Bible, crafts, music, science and recreation lessons, this year we had two field trips that tied into the curriculum, visiting our local superheroes at the Dover Police Station on Tuesday and the Dover Fire Station on Friday. Thanks to Officer David Chaisson, who gave us a tour of the Police Station and a police car; thanks also to Firemen John, Rich and Dan at the Dover Fire Station for showing us around before they got called away into action!
Each year, the children at VBS collect coins for a charity. This year, in honor of these local heroes, the children raised $199.71 for the Dover Police Association and $199.71 for the Dover Fireman’s Relief Fund. They raided their piggy banks, asked for donations, did chores, and some even held a lemonade stand (and got a thank you visit from Dover PD!).
Once again, some of the CITs and counselors did an outreach project of their own after VBS each day. This year, they held two bake sales to raise money for the Lighthouse Organization (www.lighthousechildren.com), which houses orphaned and abandoned children around the world. They chose this group because one of the CITs, 8th grader Cecilia Fielding, is going on a mission trip with this group to Tres Rios, Costa Rica, in July with her grandmother’s church. Through their efforts they raised $436.67 for this group!
Pictured are the VBS groups, as well as photos from when, the following week, some of the children and counselors from VBS and Father Sean presenting the donation checks and notes of thanks to Officer Harry Grabert of the Dover Police Department and Fireman Dan Murphy of the Dover Fire Department.
Thanks to all who participated to make VBS a success!
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Bishops join MA church leaders opposing refugee restriction
St. Dunstan’s Art Committee’s current exhibit, “The Art of Worship” has been featured in the January issue of the Episcopal Journal. ”
Congratulations to Tia Dennis, whose photography is showcased in this exhibit. You can read the interview and article HERE.
St. Dunstan’s Fiftieth Annual Meeting took place on Sunday, January 29. The Annual Meeting began after a Service of Morning Prayer at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Potluck Brunch. The meeting took place in Fellowship Hall.
A link to a copy of the Saint Dunstan’s 2017 Annual Report can be found here:
Annual Report 2017 St. Dunstan’s
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover to Host Election Eve Prayer Service and Dinner for the Community on Nov. 7
Oct. 31, 2016 – St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover is offering an Election Eve Prayer Service at 7pm on Monday, November 7. Open to the community, all are invited and welcome to come together in prayer for our country and its elected officials.
“This election cycle has brought with it so much contentiousness and division in our country, and I feel the real need to saturate ourselves and our country in prayer at this time,” said The Rev. Sean T. Leonard, Rector of St. Dunstan’s.
Rev. Leonard said he had been mulling over the possibility of hosting a prayer service on the eve of the election when The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop Diocesan, issued an invitation to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to observe a vigil of prayer surrounding election day.
“Once I heard Bishop Gates’ invitation,” added Rev. Leonard, “I recognized that this might be the Holy Spirit at work, inviting us to be intentional in prayer around this coming election.”
St. Dunstan’s also welcomes the community to come together in fellowship and share a meal together. Chili will be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall before (6:30-7 pm) and after (7:30-8:30) the service.
For more information, please visit www.saintdunstansma.org or call the church at (508) 785-0879.