St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a warm and welcoming community in the heart of Sudbury, Massachusetts. The clergy and parishioners are committed to making St. E's a loving, supportive place for everyone, and to informing, involving, and inspiring the congregation.
Our worship services are both innovative and traditional, and we welcome those who are searching for a friendly place where they can grow with others in the knowledge and love of God. St. E's is a lively congregation, with activities for all ages. Blessed with many children, our church school and youth programs are an important part of who we are.
If you are looking for a place where you can seek meaning and make a difference, St. Elizabeth's may be that place. For more information please complete our Visitor and Newcomers Welcome Form
Announcements & Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
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• Chili Fundraiser for J2A Pilgrimage - January 11, 18, 25 and February 1
• Annual Meeting - February 8 - 11am
• St. E's Men's Group / Miracle Kitchen - March 10 - 5:30pm
• Bible Study - Tuesday mornings
• Choir Rehearsals - Thursday evenings
• St. E's Book Group - monthly
• Church School - Sunday mornings
St. Elizabeth's Annual Meeting - February 8th
The St. Elizabeth's Annual Meeting will be held on February 8th in the Parish Hall after the 10am service.
There will be a limited number of hard copies available at the meeting, so we encourage everyone to review it online before the Annual Meeting.
Annual Report for 2014: Annual Report for 2014 (PDF)
Multi-faith Bible Study: A Shared Reading of Genesis
The Sudbury Clergy Association invites the community of Sudbury to gather for multi-faith conversation about key passages in the Book of Genesis on five Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in February and March. A time of arriving, welcoming and fellowship at 7:00 PM will precede the evening's program. The dates are February 11, February 25, March 11, March 18, and March 25. This opportunity to learn more about how members of different faith communities interpret the same texts is open to persons from all faiths or no faith at all.
The shape of each evening will be similar. Participants will be asked to gather in small groups of four to six each and to the extent possible to sit with folks from congregations other than their own. For the first 15 minutes, four or five clergy will engage in a roundtable conversation about that evening's text with all the persons present listening in. The purpose of this initial discussion is two-fold: (1) to share observations about the meaning(s) of the text, and (2) to demonstrate multi-faith engagement of shared scripture. Then for the next hour participants would talk in small groups, using questions prepared in advance to help stimulate discussion. The evening will conclude with 15 minutes for the gathering to share observations from their small group exchange with the larger gathering. The locations and texts for consideration on each night are as follows:
- February 11, the chapel at Sudbury United Methodist - Creation Stories (Genesis 1:1-2:4a)
- February 25, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal - Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:4b-3:24)
- March 11, St. John Evangelical Lutheran - Noah (Genesis 6:5-8:22)
- March 18, The Presbyterian Church in Sudbury - Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 16:1-6 and 21:1-21)
- March 25, Congregation Beth El - The Covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21, 17:1-27)
Any questions can be directed to the e-mail for the Sudbury Clergy Association: SudburyClergy@gmail.com
Social Media at St. Elizabeth's - Survey
The St. Elizabeth's Communications Committee:
- publishes the monthly Mantle newsletter
- coordinates St. E's news with local media outlets
- updates the communications bulletin board in the Parish Hall
- manages the st-elizabeths.org website
The Communications Committee is currently exploring how St. E's can effectively use social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
Do you use social media? If so, we invite you to fill out this quick online social media survey form and let us know which sites you use, and send us your ideas on how we can best to utilize these networks. Survey Link: http://st-elizabeths.org/socialmediasurvey
The Communications Committee will be meeting in January to discuss social media. We invite anyone interested to attend. For more information, email Paul Grous at email@example.com. Thank you.
St. Elizabeth's Bad Weather Alerts Service
You must opt-in to receive St. E's alerts as txt messages sent to your cell phone or via email.
Subscribe to the St. Elizabeth's Church bad weather alerts service: http://st-elizabeths.org/alerts
If you need help with the alerts service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please answer this quick survey so we know what you might want or need. We welcome and encourage multiple survey responses so we hear from everyone in your household.
St. Elizabeth's Mission Statement
The vestry recently approved a more detailed version of the Mission of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. "Inviting, Forming, Sending, Serving" is officially part of the mission and logo of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. These words have played a significant role in our revamping of the St. Elizabeth's Mission Statement. Parishioners were asked to fill out pew cards indicating what they felt to be the mission of our church. Not surprisingly, the themes that surfaced again and again were largely related to these four words. People emphasized the value of St. Elizabeth's as an open and welcoming place ("inviting"); a place to hear and reflect on the teachings of Christ, to be shaped by prayer, and to help each other in our faith journeys ("forming"); a place where we are fortified to go out into the larger community filled with the love and hope of Christ ("sending"); and finally, as a community that reaches out to others through ministries such as The Soup Kitchen, The Giving Tree, City Mission and ASP ("serving"). Indeed, Inviting, Forming, Sending and Serving are words that crystallize the mission of our church. They encapsulate both what we are and what we seek to become.
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church invites seekers to share the joys and challenges of a journey of faith. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ and guided by scripture, tradition, and reason, we proclaim by word and action the love of God. We seek to serve and praise Christ in all people by celebrating the greatness of God's creation and all its creatures, helping those in need, and striving for justice and peace in all areas of our common life.
Church School and Youth Choir Registrations Available Online
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children in grades 1 to 6 is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible and the liturgy of the church, using the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium", a sacred room prepared for them, containing simple yet beautiful materials that they work with. Please use our church school online registration form to register your child(ren) for the church Children Programs.
The Youth Choir sings every Sunday, warming up with the Adults at 9:30 am, going to church school, returning during the offertory and usually singing during Communion. After a quick break for juice and cookies, we return to the balcony to rehearse for a half hour. Please use our youth choir online registration form to register your child(ren) for the youth choir.
Lotsa Helping Hands
Create a free of charge, private, web-based community to organize family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues - a family's 'circles of community' - during times of need. Easily coordinate activities and manage volunteers with our intuitive group calendar. Communicate and share information using announcements, messages boards, and photos. Perhaps you are caring for a loved one who is ill, or you are looking for ways to support a caregiving family. Coordinate meals, organize rides to medical appointments, manage logistical tasks that come with caregiving, and provide medical status updates.
St. Elizabeth's recommends the use of Lotsa Helping Hands. In literally minutes, a Coordinator can create, free-of-charge, a private and secure Lotsa Helping Hands web community, define volunteer activities using the supplied templates, and begin inviting members to the community. Through an intuitive interface that requires no training, volunteers can then easily view and sign up for any number of available tasks, review their current commitments, and be confident they won't forget any assignments as the system automatically sends out email reminders of upcoming obligations.
St. Elizabeth's Safe Church Guidelines
It is the commitment of the parishioners and staff of St. Elizabeth's Church to do our utmost to insure a safe environment for our most vulnerable members and to observe appropriate fiscal controls to protect our assets from misuse. To that end we have posted the Outline of St. Elizabeth's Safe Church Guidelines as well as the full text of the Policy for Safe Church Practices. Parishioners and staff members may register for diocesan Safe Church Training.