Sunday Morning Formation

Begins Sunday, Sept 15th, 9:15am

Elementary – Age 3yrs-6th grade
AtriumExperiential Learning is the foundation of our Elementary Formation program. Children up to 3rd grade meet in in classrooms on the 2nd floor for our Montessori based curriculum focusing on getting to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

4th-6th graders meet in a brand new classroom created just for them on the 3rd floor for an experiential learning experience focusing on the Family of God in the Fall, and then the lessons we hear in Worship in the Winter and Spring.

All our classes make us of creative materials like art, clay, journaling, etc, and include student led worship experiences.

The easiest and best way to assist your child on their faith journey is to join them in their formation experience on Sunday morning. In their classroom you discover what they are learning and you are equipped to carry over these faith conversations at home – the most significant setting for faith development. We welcome parent volunteers as assistants and teachers. You can observe or lead. No previous experience needed. If you are interested in leading, you can learn one lesson to present and try it out. Pastor Mary will be introducing the curriculum to classroom volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 9am-12noon. Brunch included!

Jr. High – Modern Day Parables – Stories for a Faithful Life
Youth in 7th-9th grade will meet in the old Sr. High youth room on the 3rd floor. Each month we will watch a movie – a modern day parable – and reflect on it in the light of the stories Jesus told.

Families can watch the movie together on the first Friday nights at St. Thomas. Youth will watch sections of the movies each week, with time for discussion included.

Come the Family Dinner and Orientation on Sept. 3rd at 6:30pm to learn the dates and the movies on this year’s list!


confirmationAre you in 9th-12th grade and ready to grow deeper in your faith?
Learn how to talk to God…and hear God’s voice in your life?
Join other youth in experiences that connect Faith and Scripture to your regular life.

This ministry will meet two Sundays a month. At the beginning of the month we will learn and listen from those who’ve lived their faith and pass their wisdom onto us – pilgrims both dead and alive!! The second Sunday will be a field trip to a place that connects those faith stories to our own experiences: camping trips, movies, museums, re-enactments, hospitals, soup kitchens, building projects, music, etc.

This is a two year journey. Young people may be Confirmed this May when the Bishop makes a congregational visit to St. Thomas, even if they have not completed the two years. Or they may wait until the Bishop returns two years from now.

Come the Family Dinner and Orientation  on Sept. 3rd at 6:30pm to learn the dates and details.

Youth and Family Dinner & Orientation – Sept. 3

Music! Movies! Field Trips! Retreats!
Sunday Morning Formation!

cropped-dscn2378.jpgWe have great things planned for Youth & Families for the coming year.

Join us for a “Back to Church” Night Family Dinner to learn all the details.
After sharing our summer highlights over dinner, Pastor Mary & Carlton will tell you what you can expect for the program year.

Elementary Families can go down to the their class rooms and parents can get a taste of what their kids will be experiencing on Sunday morning.

Youth Families will learn the details and dates of the Confirmation and Youth Programs, including dates for Mt. TOP.

Carlton will share details about Choristers, Choir and the Summer Trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Please bring something to share for dinner.
Families with last name ending A-M : Side Dish or Salad
Families with last name ending N-Z: Dessert

Meaningful Moments for Parents


Conversations with Pastor Mary

PreSchool is out, but Pastor Mary is still in.
Our gatherings will continue this summer, both during the day for parents and in the evenings for families.

Wed Parent Mornings, 10am-12noon
Visit with other parents as we check-in about family moments (both the joys and struggles), reflect on faith questions and discuss how to share sacred moments with our children. Nursery provided.

May 22nd
June 12th
July 3rd
July 24th
Aug 21st

Tue Family Dinners, 6-8pm
Join other families for a simple meal, followed by adult conversation while our children play in the nursery. Cost: $10/family
6pm – Gather
6:30pm – Dinner
7-8pm – Nursery

May 28th – Kick off adult conversation
Meyers-Briggs Personality Quiz: How are your relationships shaped by personality differences between partners, children and parents.
June 25th
July 9th
Aug 13th
Aug 27th

Youth News for May


May 5th – Sunday Morning – Time to be Determined
Volunteer to help with the Flying Pig Marathon
and Cincinnati Warrior Run. (provides support for “Surving the Teens” program at Children’s Hospital)
circle kidsWe will volunteer for a shift early in the morning and be back at St. Thomas in time for worship at 10:30. Contact Hester Sullivan to sign up and get more details. Call or txt 513-313-4124 or email

May 5, 5:30-7:30 @ St. Thomas
What’s Growing in Your Garden?

In May all kinds of beautiful things are emerging from the earth.What’s growing in your heart? Do you have weeds you need to pull? Are seeds planted long ago finally bearing fruit? Do feel like something new is emerging, but you don’t yet know the name for it? We will create our own Easter gardens to take home as well as consider what God is growing in us. Bring a friend for a creative evening

May 19th, 4-7:30
Canoe on the Little Miami

Get your water canon, pail and paddle join us for 6 miles of water fun on the Little Miami. We will meet at St. Thomas at 4pm or Scenic River Canoe Livery at 4:30pm. The cost is $20. RSVP to Pastor Mary by texting her at 215-630-1091 or emailing at If it rains we will munch on popcorn while we watch a movie at Jon Bezney’s.

ALIVE (Adolescents Living in the Valley Evangelized)
Saturday, May 11th Time to be Determined

Join Allie Howe’s Youth Service Club for another day of service. Contact Allie Howe Allie Howe ( to sign up or visit her website

Vacation Bible School with Friends of the Groom!


hope-1795-fRescue in the Night

St. Thomas Vacation Bible School


Friends of the Groom

Theater Company 

August 5-9, 2013 – 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Ages 5 (by Sept. 1) through 14

 St. Thomas Episcopal Church

100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park, Ohio 45174

A courageous hero, a powerful king, dastardly villains, and a chorus of street-wise lions! Come join Friends of the Groom Theater Company as we explore the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and other stories from the Bible with a week of theater activities, art projects, music, team building exercises, and fast paced-fun.  At the end of the week, grades 1-8 will perform selections from the musical Rescue in the Night:The Story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den by Tom Long and Allen Pote. (Friday morning at 11:00 AM)

We’re also looking for another very important group: adult and high school volunteers. You don’t need to have a child in the program to volunteer!  In fact, only two qualifications are needed – you love the Lord, and you love kids! (Nursery childcare is available to volunteers.)



Easter Quiet Day for Adults

Saturday, May 11th, 10am-3pm

celtic stepsWhat is growing is your Spiritual Garden?
Where does God want to plant something new?
How can praying with the Easter stories reveal God’s resurrection work in your life?

Join Pastor Mary at the Thomas House on the grounds of the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Mildford for a day of prayer and silence. She will set up a few prayer stations to get you started, or you can bring your journal or your questions for God. It will be a day for listening for the quiet voice of the sacred within us.

Cost: $25, covers breakfast, lunch, materials and use of a beautiful space!

Lenten Series: The Way of the Cross, the Way of Life

Lenten Altar & Cross Each and every year, Lent for all its differences from the rest of the year, can feel familiar. With its particular colors, prayers, music and readings, in Lent we are invited into the story and figuratively journey along with Jesus and the disciples. As familiar as it is, the imagery, words, and music call us deeper into our own experience, and what we bring from our lives helps make the story truly what shapes us – we are part of this story.

The theme of this year’s Lenten Series is: “The Way of the Cross, the Way of Life.” Following the discussions and enthusiasm from last year, our program team has put together a series that looks at this theme from several different perspectives and that uses different mediums. The result is a series that is both familiar and yet something more to discover each week . Sessions are stand-alone. Can join for all five weeks? – fabulous! Can only make one? – no problem! No matter how many times you can participate, you will find the time thought-provoking and meaningful. The Way of the Cross, the Way of Life will be held Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm throughout Lent beginning February 21st. Each session will be preceded by a simple soup supper, so come be fed!

DenaliThe Way of the Cross, the Way of Life
Thursdays at 7:00 pm (supper served at 6:00 pm)

  • February 21 – Prayer & Devotional Practice: The Way of the Cross
  • February 28 – Art & Reflection: The Presence of God in Suffering
  • March 7 – Music: The Power of the Passion: Inside Bach’s St. John’s Passion
  • March 14 – Art & Reflection: Fruitfulness from our Wounds
  • March 21 – Liturgy: The Depth of Prayer and Music in Holy Week

Pastor Mary Family Visits



Every family is unique. And I’d like to get to know yours! What makes your family special? Are you musicians? Into sports? Campers? Scrabble players? Bookworms? What’s your favorite family tradition? Vacation destination? What do you love about St. Thomas? What are you hoping St. Thomas Family Ministry will look like? Family Retreats? Movie Nights? Canoe Trips? Ways to make everyday rituals sacred? How to pray as a family? Books and resources for parenting?

dadchildIn 2013 I hope to visit the familes in our parish. I need your help. When can I visit with you?

I’m available Sundays and Tuesday evenings. We can visit in my office, I can come to you, or we can meet somewhere (a park? A pizza parlor?).

momchildIf you click on this link or paste it in your browser  you can sign up for a day and time, or you can sign up in the hallway outside the Parlor.

I hope to see you in 2013!

Youth Gathering

YOLO SMIC: You Only Live Once…So Make It Count
Next Gathering will be Sunday, January 20th (5:30-7:30p)

YOLO SMIC is a ministry of St. Thomas offering youth (grades 7 -12) a place to hang out with friends (and adults who care about the joys and struggles in their life). For more information, or to ask questions contact Pastor Mary at mlaymon@stthomas