The Holy Eucharist
At St. Martin's, worship is our main focus and reason for coming together. The atmosphere of our worship is best described as a "joyful seriousness." We are a welcoming church, meaning we welcome all people, families, children, and animal companions to share in our worship of the Lord.
Through all of our worship experiences, our objective is to be drawn more closely together within the Body of Christ and to be more clearly defined as God's Holy People in order that we might better serve the world. At the same time, we are deeply aware that such activity occurs within holy space and brings the participants into mystical contact with the Divine and so we respond with awe at the great mysteries in which, by God's Grace, we are privileged to participate, to the Glory of His Name.
St. Martin' worship services follow the cycle of the church year, celebrating the major holidays and regonizing the miracles of each season. Holy Week provides our most intense period of worship activities. The Palm Sunday liturgy includes an outdoor procession and members seated throughout the congregation participate in the reading of the Passion Narrative. On Maundy Thursday we share an agape meal and a communal foot washing to celebrate the Maundy Thursday liturgy of Eucharist and the stripping of the altar. An all night vigil is then maintained until the 7:30 AM Good Friday service. We also have an evening observance that incorporates traditional versions of Tenebrae as well as innovative dramatic presentations.
"Weaving God's Promise" Sunday School Program
Weaving God's Promises children and youth Sunday School program helps young Christians experience how God's promises of salvation are woven into our lives. Children are taught the way of Christ, not only in the church, but also in the world as Christ's ambassadors. Lessons give children and youth a solid grounding for furture youth and high-school program which prepares them for Christian adulthood. The program fosters the spiritual formation and growth of our children and youth in Christ's love and mercy and teaches the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The children of St. Martin's enjoy Sunday School and sharing God's love and messages of positivity with their peers. Enjoy this essay from one of our students:
An Essay by: Faith, age 8, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Sunday School student
"Courage," I read. I was teading the poster on the wall of Gloucester County Institute of Technology. I was at my first swim meet with my brother Noah when I was 5 years old. I liked that poster. It reminded me of the courage that I have. The day before, I was supposed to swim in my first swim race, but I was scared and I did not want to do it, so I did not swim that first day. Later that day, when we were leaving, I saw that same poster on the wall. It said, "Courage is being afraid but doing it anyway." For the rest of the day, I thought of that poster. That night, I thought about the race I was supposed to swim the next day.
When we got to Gloucester County Institute of Technology the next day we walked by the same poster. I looked at it and said, "I'm going to swim in my race today."
A little while later, it was time for my race. I swam a 50 yard backstroke and set a record for being the youngest swimmer on my team to win a 50 yard race. After that, I had to swim in a relay. There was a small girl in front of me. I think she was about 4 years old. When she saw me, she turned to me and said she was scared. I thought back to the poster I saw on the wall. I told her that if you have courage you won't be afraid. I told her to try. She swam her race and felt inspired. I hope you feel inspired, too.