St. Peter’s plans Tuesday pancakes and jazz, Ash Wednesday services


Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday is traditionally the time to throw a party before the more somber days of Lent.

Eleanor Meli prepares decorations for the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at St. Peter's. Sharon Sheridan photo

Tuesday at 6 p.m., the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Youth Group in Morristown will host a supper featuring pancakes, fruit toppings, sausages, egg casseroles and ice cream. The award-winning Newark Academy jazz band Chameleon will provide music for listening and dancing.

Youth Group members spent Sunday evening decorating the Great Hall in the St. Peter’s parish hall for the annual supper, which will raise funds for their summer mission trip. The teens will return this year to Topsail, North Carolina, where they will engage in construction projects for elderly residents. Details about last summer’s trip can be found here.

Tickets cost $12 adults, $7 children, $30 for families of three or more.

On Wednesday, the church on South Street will offer imposition of ashes at 6:45 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 5:30 service is a family worship service, with children particularly invited to attend. The 7:30 service will include choral music.

Lauren Watson cuts out a butterfly for the 'Alleluia banner' the children created at St. Peter's on Sunday. Sharon Sheridan photo

On Sunday, the children of the parish created an “Alleluia banner.” Following the tradition of not saying the celebratory word “alleluia” during Lent, they will “bury” the banner on Feb. 17, the first Sunday of Lent. The banner will re-emerge on Easter in celebration of the Resurrection — just in time for the annual egg hunt in the church graveyard after the 9 a.m. worship service.







St. Peter's Episcopal Church Youth Group members hang streamers in the parish hall in preparation for Tuesday's pancake supper, a fundraiser for their annual mission trip. Sharon Sheridan photo


The 'Alleluia banner' created by the children at St. Peter's awaits 'burial' on the first Sunday of Lent and resurrection on Easter. Sharon Sheridan photo







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