St. Mary's Episcopal Church continues to strive to become a thriving community of hope, belonging and healing through worship, parish life, and service, and who rejoices in the love of Jesus to transform the world.
St. Mary's was Founded in 1910 to serve a group of summer vacationers to Stone Harbor and is part of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion - an apostolic church, continuing in the teachings and fellowship of the Apostles. The cedar-shingled frame structure built in 1910, and dedicated on July 2, 1911, was known locally as St. Mary's-by-the-Sea. It was a summer mission staffed by visiting clergy. In 1955, the church received its first vicar, and the parish was incorporated in 1967.
St. Mary's has come a long way since 1910 and we look forward with much excitement as we continue on this wonderful adventure. There is great work to be done and by God's grace, we will continue to move forward in hope, growing the ministry of our church for the greater honor and glory of God.
St. Mary's-by-the-Sea 1910
Mother Allison was ordained an Episcopal priest in June 2019 in the Diocese of New Jersey. Mother immediately began serving as a Priest Associate with St. Peter's in Spotswood, NJ. Prior to ordination Mother, raised from Trinity, Cranford served as an Adult member of the Diocesan Youth Council from 2014-2017. Mother served as an intern at St. Francis Dunellen, NJ, and the Church of the Ascension in NYC. She began her ministry at St. Mary's Stone Harbor March 1, 2020.
Mother Allison has a Masters in Divinity and Certification in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary in New York City. She is an avid student of the Meditative Practice and Contemplative Prayer. Mother Allison has a long and broad experience in intergenerational and multicultural ministry. Mother Loves Art, Music, and Creative expression. In her downtime, Mother enjoys relaxing with her dog, Pepper, and taking long walks with her spouse.
The role of the Vestry is to
Protect the Vision, Insure the Values, Uphold Financial Integrity,
Support the Rector,
Model Sacrificial Giving and
Be Spiritual leaders in the community.
St. Mary's Vestry serves as the
elected leadership body of the church. Members serve for three-year terms, led by a Senior and Junior Warden.
Clerk of the Vestry