BRUNSWICK, Md. — The Rev. Tom Claggett is no stranger to the Brunswick area.
A descendent of the first Episcopal bishop of Maryland, Claggett resides on a farm that has been in his family since 1793. He is a native son of St. Mark's Parish, which includes Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick.
When Bishop Eugene Sutton assigned Claggett to Grace, it was more like a homecoming.
Claggett splits his ministry between Grace and St. Paul's in Point of Rocks, Md.
The church also has welcomed the Rev. Anjel Scarborough, who will serve the parish.
"I think we could subtitle this 'The Native and The Newbie,'" Scarborough said. "Tom and I have known each other since I moved to Maryland in 1988. He is our 'senior' deacon in the diocese and served for 32 years at All Saints Parish in Frederick, which is where I met him. It is a blessing for me as a 'newbie' to the Brunswick community to have Tom serve with me. He knows the people and the territory."
Scarborough is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., and was ordained a priest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown. She has served several congregations, including Gathered by Christ Mission, St. Luke's in Baltimore, St. Mark's in Lappans and Calvary United Methodist in Frederick, Md. She also has served as a hospice chaplain.
"I am delighted to be called as priest-in-charge at Grace," Scarborough said. "The congregation is warm, welcoming and seeking new ways to reach out and serve Christ. We are exploring how Grace can be a healing presence in the region and a haven for those seeking a place of peace in an increasingly noisy and chaotic world."
Scarborough resides in Myersville, Md., with her husband, Stuart, and two daughters.
Grace Episcopal Church was founded in 1890 as a chapel of ease and is part of St. Mark's Parish, which originally included St. Luke's in Brownsville, Grace in Brunswick, St. John's Chapel in Burkittsville, Md., and St. Mark's in Petersville, Md. Grace's ministry and membership extends into southern Washington County, Loudoun County, Va., and Jefferson County, W.Va.
Grace's weekly worship is on Sundays at 10 a.m.
The church will have two Christmas services. Christmas Eve will feature a traditional service with hymns at 10 p.m. Christmas Day will feature a contemplative service at 10 a.m.
Grace Episcopal Church is at 114 E. A St. in Brunswick.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/GraceBrunswick.