Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Sykesville is welcoming as interim rector the Rev. Dr. Martha Watson, who will begin her new assignment in October.
A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's degree from Rice University and her Master of Arts degree and doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. Although she technically "belongs" to the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, in the last few years she has served in both the Diocese of Washington, D.C., and the Diocese of Maryland, most recently at St. Peter's Ellicott City.
Watson will facilitate the congregations calling process for a new full-time priest vacated after 11 years of service by the Rev. Walter Earl Mullins. Here initial efforts will include the communication and understanding of Christ's interim process depicted in the Bible and the identification of the congregation's core values which serves Christ in the Community. The interim and search process are expected to last till the calling of a permanent Rector.
In addition, a Blessing of the Animals will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The community is invited to bring their cats, dogs, snakes, hamsters, turtles, spiders, and whatever else makes its home with you, on a leash, in a box, or in a cage. In a brief service, participants will thank God for giving us animals as family members and acknowledge our responsibility for all animals as stewards of God's creation.
The church is located at 13135 Forsythe Road, Sykesville. For information, call the church at 410-489-2800.