On Sunday, July 3 at 5 p.m., Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Camden begins a series of weekly summer services based on Celtic and other traditions of Christian spirituality.

“This Vesper Communion service will match the rhythm of our Midcoast community in summer,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Rafter, in a news release.

This service will make church more accessible to more people, including young families with children, those who cannot attend the 7:30 or 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning services, and those just enjoying a twilight walk in Camden. All are welcome to drop in on this casual service of light and life.

“The innovative thing about this service,” according to Father John, “is that it will evolve naturally over time as those attending help shape the worship so that it meets their needs and aspirations. For example, I wouldn’t be surprised if participants contributed their own music in the future. This is very much a ‘living’ service. So come and see what happens!”

Late afternoon activities are not new to Saint Thomas’ Church. An open Centering Prayer group continues to meet on Sundays at 5 p.m.; Sacred Music Series takes place one Sunday a month at 7 p.m.; and an AA group gathers Mondays through Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

“Our church’s mission is to serve our community and respond to its needs,” said Father John. “And we have a rich and diverse heritage that we love to share.”