I’m standing on a ladder taking pictures of small hands using metallic watercolor paints to create painted crosses for our stewardship packages. As the Communications Coordinator at St. Mary’s, I feel privileged to be among the young hearts and minds of our Sunday School who are eager to contribute their time and talents.
During the coffee hour, I watch as the creativity continues at a table full of crayons and colouring sheets of original sketches of St. Mary's stained-glass windows, courtesy of Gilroy Stained Glass.
Another contributor of coloring pages for the children to download from the St. Mary's website, is the amazing artwork done by, J. D. Rosenthal. John is St. Mary's artist in residence, and has contributed many original projects that help youth explore their faith through story, and enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. He has created crosses that are puzzles six feet wide. He is also the author of Monkeys Go Surfing, a book that can be purchased on Amazon along with seven other books. John has expressed interest in sharing his time and talent with other churches.
Over this past year, I have experienced many parishioners, volunteers, staff and clergy share their love and gifts in a way that is enriching and engaging, making St. Mary's a unique place. Many prepare homemade food for each Seniors’ Eucharist Tea, while others participate in the weekly community gathering, welcoming people to St. Mary’s and offering a tasty warm meal. Some donate floral arrangements for the chancel guild to decorate the church creating beautiful ambiance.