117 MAPLEWOOD ST., PO BOX 1478, BETHANY BEACH DE 19930 | 302-539-7444
In the community
A community consciousness
St. Martha’s presence in the community includes its well known used book sales. The parish also offers its facilities to outside groups from yoga classes to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Area residents and visitors alike love St. Martha’s used book sales. Once the dates are selected for each season, many volunteers work to set up the tables which cover most of the parish hall and place the books by category in preparation. Volunteers work as cashiers and assistants during the sale, then take down the remaining books and store them afterwards.
On an ongoing basis, we collect book donations in a church drop bin, sort by type, and store the books for the next sale. Bake sales are often held side by side with the book sales.
Our bake sales started outside under a canopy to support the capital campaign for a new parish hall. Now they are held in the Parish Hall on Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends and at the Bethany Beach Arts Festival at the Boardwalk.
Many volunteers donate homemade cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, jams, and pickles, and then help package, price, and sell the donations. We also have a Christmas Cookie Sale in December which benefits both St. Martha’s and the lucky purchasers who take home those mouthwatering goodies.
Stitch and Sketch is an informal group that meets first and third Fridays from 10:00 to 12 noon in the church hall. We have knitters, painters, quilters and many other crafters who gather to stitch, craft and socialize. Several people work on Quilts of Valor that are given to veterans in the Bethany Beach area. All are welcome.
Adult Education and Community Events
The Adult Education and Community Events Committee conducts education and community wide activities. Recent functions have included a discussion on C.S. Lewis, a public safety seminar, and a presentation from an assistance organization for seniors. Scheduled for 2020 are a series on Monotheistic religions, End of Life workshops, and a summer bluegrass concert, all of which are dependent on state and diocese guidance on gathering and social distancing. Events are presented in formats tailored to each topic and are scheduled for maximum attendance and participation. Publicity for all events is conducted within the parish and greater community. The committee is a dynamic group welcoming involvement, both ongoing and occasional.
St. Martha’s hosts many activities on a weekly basis that are open to our community. These include various support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous as well as exercise classes such as Yoga and Barre/Yoga. In addition, we provide space for events such as annual Homeowners Association meetings.
If your group would like to host an event at St. Martha’s, please contact our administrative assistant for availability. Also, please be sure to check our calendar of events for daily schedules.