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As a Parish of the Diocese of Maine, we are part of a church family that extends from Kittery to Fort Kent, and connects us to the rest of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.  We share ministry with our Bishop and with every worshipping community.

Some events and notes of interest about the Diocesan Bicentennial coming up in 2020:

  • November 2019 Historic Worship service at Christ Church, Gardiner   — The oldest congregation still in communion
  • May 2nd, 2020 Energizing for the Next 200 Years: Revival with The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry in Bangor

The Dio-Log, the twice-monthly Diocesan newsletter, is available <here>, and you can sign up to receive it in your email.  If you FaceBook, visit and like The Episcopal Diocese of Maine

St. Saviour’s is in a ministry-sharing collaboration with two other parishes on MDI:  The Parish of St. Andrew & St. John in Southwest Harbor, and The Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove.  We share worship once a month, as well as coordinating outreach and fellowship ministries.

Parking in Bar Harbor and at St. Saviour’s

From May 15th to the end of October each year, things have changed in Bar Harbor.   St. Saviour’s parishioners can get their private lot parking permits from the office Monday to Friday until 12 noon. Groups using our facility regularly can get a permit for the duration of those times, but visitors to meetings and concert musicians will not need them.

A letter from Fr. Tim:

April 24, 2019 To St. Saviour’s Parishioners and Friends: I have heard a lot of anxiety expressed about the new parking plan set to take effect in Bar Harbor in May, and I want to take the opportunity to speak a few comfortable words. Members of St. Saviour’s vestry have attended Town Council meetings, and I have spoken with Chip Reeves, Director of Public Works about the plan. Between no-tag resident permits, free Sunday mornings, longer-term parking in some locations, and phone-app-based parking meters and renewals, I am confident that this plan has been well thought out and will not unduly hamper our ministry. I understand that people are concerned, but it seems to me that this is an opportunity for us be clear about our mission as the Body of Christ. On Sunday, our focus should be on making our church welcoming and convenient for visitors, as well as for folks with mobility issues.

There are a number of small, easy things we can do to make this go smoothly. If you are able, walk to church! Besides exercise and fresh air, walking is an opportunity for contemplation and prayer (and can be less anxiety-provoking in high season traffic).  Choir, Altar Guild, Greeters, and other folks who need to be at church early, consider parking on the street: metered spaces will be no-charge on Sunday morning, and side streets (High, Kennebec, Ledgelawn, etc.) are free for registered Bar Harbor residents. If you need to be closer by, consider parking in the Parish Hall lot off Kennebec, as it is less obvious to guests. 

If you need to drive and are able, consider parking a little further off than you might usually and walking, leaving the parking lot for guests and those who need it.  Consider carpooling with folks who live near you. This is especially helpful if you have neighbors who do not drive.  If walking is difficult or if you use a wheelchair, go ahead and park where you need to: on the Rectory Common Lot to access the cloister, or on Mt. Desert Street to access the front door ramp (once it is finished). 

If you know that you are likely to be at church beyond noon and you are a registered Bar Harbor resident, consider parking on side streets. On weekdays, the concern has more to do with keeping our lots available for the many groups who meet here during the week.  Make sure to get a parishioner parking permit from Muffet to park in the Rectory Common or Parish Hall lots. We anticipate being rather more diligent in enforcing our permit parking regulations once the season starts. 

For our parishioners, as convenient as it is to use the church lots when you are in town for errands in other places, please be aware of other groups using the church during the week, as well as weddings and funerals. Check the Google calendar or talk to Muffet. 

While we have negotiated with The Parish House for the right to use their parking lot for church events and concerts  (with St. Saviour’s permits), please keep in mind the needs of staff and residents there. Spots along their building are reserved for them.

With just a little forethought, we can continue to make St. Saviour’s welcoming and accessible to all! In the peace of the risen Christ,

Tim+

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Lane: Healing the Church of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

To: The People of the Diocese of Maine

Re: Healing the Church of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

Dear Friends in Christ:

As you are well aware, the church is not immune to the sins that beset every human institution. The news frequently carries stories of improper and abusive behavior on the part of clergy, a great deal of which is coming to light in response to the activism of victims, the #MeToo movement. The Episcopal Church has made great strides over the last generation in educating clergy and lay leaders about the maintenance of personal boundaries and the responsibilities we share to protect the most vulnerable from harm. But we are not exempt from bad behavior. There are far too many instances of sexual misconduct in our church.

At last summer’s General Convention, The Episcopal Church suspended for three years the statute of limitations for reporting and addressing sexual abuse and misconduct by clergy against adults………to continue reading this letter, please click here.

 Faithfully, 

 +Stephen T. Lane

 The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane

Bishop of Maine 

 

CLICK HERE for a printable copy of this letter

On the trail of the stolen Tiffany Lily stained glass window…

Katharine Whitney with the assistance of Eva Davis and Lee Garrett spoke to “Coffee’s On” and the Acadia Senior College at the Maine Seacoast Mission on Tuesday, February 16th, about our stolen Tiffany Easter Lily Window, and some of the technological improvements in the pursuit of stolen fine arts, which give rise to a cautious optimism, that we may be closer to the possible recovery of our window than at any point since it was stolen 28 years ago.  (Photograph used with permission of Mt. Desert Islander/Liz Graves.)

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St. Saviour’s Panorama

 


Seth Thompson, an assistant professor of design at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), produced this beautiful panorama of St. Saviour’s.  Click here to explore the depths of this 360-degree view of our sanctuary. He has graciously allowed us to maintain a home for this on our website.

This panorama is also featured in Mr. Thompson’s Sacred Spaces of New England project.