Noon Music in Lent at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., continues Friday, March 22, with vocalist Kathleen Christie, accompanied by Matthew Mainster on the piano. The series offers a half hour of music in the church, followed by a free lunch of homemade soup, bread and fruit in the Parish Hall.

Christie is a soloist who lives in Lincolnville with her daughter, Anna. She studied music performance at Philadelphia College of Bible and has been a soloist for local events and various community churches and theaters along the East Coast. Christie works for Long Funeral Home in Camden, where she sometimes sings for funeral services. Some of her favorite venues for performing have been at Northport Music Theater, Waterville Opera House and Lakewood Theater in Skowhegan. Mainster is the director of music at the First Congregational Church in Camden.

This marks the 12th year that St. Thomas’ has offered Noon Music in Lent. The series’ musicians donate their time and talent; this year’s free-will offering will go to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.

Minister of Music Jane Schroeder started the series in 2007 as a way of providing Sabbath time — a pause, a time for reflection — at noon on the six Fridays in Lent. Each year, volunteers sign up as soup makers, bread bakers, fruit providers, servers and cleaner-uppers for the lunch and fellowship following each program. It takes many folks from St. Thomas’ parish as well as the wider community to create the music and provide the lunch.

The church is handicap accessible at the Wood Street entrance. For more information, contact Schroeder at 236-3680 or visit

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