A Note From David DeSmith
We come in all shapes and sizes representing different ages, opinions and family configurations. Regardless of the unique image of God each of us is living into, we all look to our Creator who gathers us for worship, to Jesus who transforms our lives and to the Holy Spirit who sends us out into the world to witness to radical love and reconciliation.
Whether we are cradle Episcopalians or new to any church, God keeps proving to us time and time again that we are God’s people answering the call to worship and mission. We talk and pray about how God is calling us to share God’s abundance which is all around us.
Outreach is key to the life and mission of St. David’s. Parishioners have taken part in building new homes for Habitat for Humanity or helped our young people renovate older dwellings for low income families in upstate New York with the RISE mission we share with the Reformed Church of Kinnelon. Other missions we support are: the Prison Ministry ministering to the children of women in prison, providing meals every two months for St. Paul’s Shelter for Homeless Men in Paterson, North Porch, and carol singing at residential homes. Volunteers assist with the work of Willing Hands.
St. David’s Church is dedicated to the name of the patron saint of Wales since the topography here is similar to that small country in the United Kingdom. At the same time, we who worship and work and give here also use the name St. David’s as a term of endearment. We love this place, and we love to welcome others to it.
So welcome! May this website be a resource for you to get to know who we are and what, in God’s name, we are about.
The Rev. David John DeSmith, Rector
Visitors are welcome!
Visitors are warmly welcomed to attend our Sunday worship services. There are two Sunday morning services offered from September until June; an 8:00 AM quiet morning prayer service with Eucharist and a 10:15 AM Eucharist Service with choir.
Children are welcome although no Church School is currently offered on Sundays. Please ask the greeter for a ‘Rainbow bag’ with Bible-based puzzles and activities.
Coffee hour fellowship follows in the parish hall September until June.
Iced Tea and lemonade is offered on the patio June-September.
On (most) Thursdays at 9:30 am, all are welcome to a service of Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers (currently a Healing Prayers service with no Eucharist) is held in the Chapel (come to parish office entrance). Readings are taken from Holy Women, Holy Men, a resource produced for and by the Episcopal Church which celebrates the lives and work of saints, martyrs and prophetic witnesses from the first days of Christianity up to the present day.
On the first Sundays of the month, healing prayers are offered after Communion by healing ministers.
You are invited to complete the welcome card in the pew rack and place it in the offering plate and to sign our Guest Book.
All are welcome to receive Holy Communion. St. David’s practices the theology of the “open table” since that is what our Lord witnessed to in welcoming everyone all the time. This includes children at the discretion of their parents or guardians. There are no outcasts.
All who seek God and are drawn to Christ are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
If you are unable to come forward for Communion, please indicate this to one of the greeters and Communion will be brought to you.
We all experience the risen Christ as a real presence in various ways by receiving Communion or a blessing. This is important to each individual and we cherish this presence which we are to carry out and proclaim to the world.
New Member Class
Learn about the Episcopal Church and how to become a member of St. David’s. This class is for adults who want to be received from another tradition/denomination or to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church. It is also for those who are just curious about the history, beliefs and practices of Episcopalians. Classes meet in preparation for a regional
Membership at St. David’s
Following Episcopal Church guidelines, the Vestry has set the following requirements for membership at St. David’s:
- A pledged/regular giver of time, talent and treasure
- Regular worship attendance
- Regular involvement in parish activities