St. Thomas of Canterbury Church
Welcome to St. Thomas of Canterbury Church

Please note our new and more simple web address: http://www.stoc.us/

On February 9, 2014 we were honored to have Bishop Marsh visit our church. He performed the Holy Communion Service. After the service Bishop Marsh stayed for lunch and conversation for several hours.
Blessings, great food and fellowship, and selected organists! Click here for pics!

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Hey you! Are you a teen? At a crossroads? Having trouble with something? Looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? God loves you and STOC wants you! Bring your fabulous self along with all your talents to help us start a relevant youth group. If you don't think you have any talents, let us help you figure out what you have. We want your friendship and input on how to help you and your friends grow in Christ. Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help us come up with a name! If you're interested in the idea, contact me, Emily Dibble, at 315-765-1856 or try my dad, Father Rich Dibble at 315-725-3745 or at diakonio@windstream.net. Together we can!

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Modern church growth often involves advertising all its attractions: dramatic preaching; glorious music of the latest style, unlimited ministries, and overflowing attendance. Scheduling emphasis is placed upon spectacle and personal convenience, rather than slowing down to honor the Lord. Some may offer a temporary 'feel good' experience without depth or real ties to the other members. In all of this somehow something of Jesus may seem lost.

 St. Thomas of Canterbury

Our little church, St. Thomas of Canterbury in Halfmoon, sees modern life as fragmented, in a hurry and harried. The individual man, woman and child is caught up in relentless frenzies and is ultimately alone. We strive for a community where each member is an integral part of a deep and vibrant life together where love for each other reflects God's love for each of us. God's mission of reconciling all creation is centered on calling and gathering a people who will bear witness in their life together this work of God in Christ. In good time the intimacy of our lives together will ripple out from our altar forming personal examples of what a Christian really is.

Our faith is simple. Our prayer life is rich. Our songs honor Christ not "I". We discover meaning in our lives by knowing the season's of Christ life. His Passion is our passion.

We do our utmost to reconnect with that which is truly important. We harken back to a simpler, more rooted existence by promoting the blessings of quiet time, fellowship and sharing. We treasure the stability of place, family and enduring friendship. We see ourselves as caretakers of His creation. These are not radical ideas. They are Christian ones. To us hospitality, gracious liturgy, hymn singing, quiet prayer and works of mercy are ideals. We come together to do something of importance in our lives, to be thankful and to love each other as God loves each of us.

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Morning Prayer

Our fine rector, Father Richard Dibble, divides his time between St. Lucy's Mission and our parish. He celebrates Holy Communion at St. Thomas of Canterbury twice a month. Sundays, when he is not here, we read Morning Prayer together around a table we set up in the narthex, Everyone takes turns reading the service, the psalm, the canticles, the lessons and the collect. Father Rich provides beforehand comments and questions on the day's readings. Morning Prayer can be said in twenty minutes but what with talking points and questions our do-it-yourself service usually consumes a quick hour and a half. This often proves to be a profound spiritual adventure.

 

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Services

Sunday 10:00 AM

1st & 3rd Sundays Holy Communion
2nd & 4th Sundays Morning Prayer
Please join us for coffee hour after services

The Reverend Richard Dibble

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June 8 Holy Communion
June 15 Morning Prayer
June 22 Morning Praye
June 29 Holy Communion
July 6 Morning Prayer
July 13 Holy Communion
July 20 Holy Communion
July 27 Morning Prayer
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News and Events with our Parish

Archived News, Events, Items of Interest

Father James Hurd came to our church on January 19, 2014 to offer Holy Communion.  His sermon was to the point, inspiring and humorous.  We enjoyed having lunch with him after the service. 

This New Year brought us a chance to begin again the Year of the Bible, a plan of daily readings which takes us entirely through the Bible in one year.

We put the “MOO” in HalfMOOn.
Advent Family Fun Days with calves, goats and sheep were held on the lawn of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church on December 14 and 15, 2013.  Children of all ages were invited to pet the friendly animals and to enjoy music, refreshments and prizes.   Because of the bitter cold we had a smaller turnout this year, but our local community responds well to this annual event.

 On October 6, 2013 we held a Blessing of the Animals Service in celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi’s feast day.  Father Dibble prepared a beautiful service.  Animals or pictures of them were brought to be blessed.  We all enjoyed this very much.

We are contemplating offering the Third Option program in our communities of Halfmoon and Clifton Park. Third Option assists couples in difficult marriages to overcome their difficulties and discover happiness together.

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Useful Links

Anglican Church in America  /   Diocese of the Northeast  /   Traditional Anglican Communion

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer | Daily Offices | Ordo Calendar and The Church Year | Occasional Offices

1928 BCP of Fixed Holy/Saints Days | Propers for Sundays, Holy Days and Saints Days for the Liturgical Year

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© 2013 - 2014   St. Thomas of Canterbury Church
242 Grooms Road
Exit 8A of the North-Way near Route 9 Intersection
P. O. Box 5014
Clifton Park, New York 12065
(518) 348-0842
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