Dear People of Saints James and Andrew,
This morning our clergy, wardens, and faith community nurse met to discuss the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for houses of worship and Bishop Fisher’s March 10th Pastoral Directive in Response to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution we are limiting the number of face-to-face church meetings and events, as social distancing has been proven effective in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The following changes are effective immediately, and will remain in effect until the end of March. We will revisit these precautions at that time, or sooner, should confirmed cases of COVID-19 affect our community. Our hope is that in minimizing contact, we will protect the most vulnerable amongst us.
All in-person ministry team meetings will become virtual and/or phone meetings. If your ministry team needs help setting up a Zoom Video/ Phone meeting, please contact Rev. Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
All special or monthly events will be cancelled or rescheduled. This includes our monthly labyrinth walk on March 22, the Quiet Day on March 28, and the Middle Something Potluck on March 29. Please note the Quiet Day and Potluck will be rescheduled at a later date and time.
Mission & Outreach
Second Helpings and Whitney’s Pantry will offer their services to-go. Our local board of health understands the importance of offering these essential services to our community. They suggested offering these services to go would be the best way to proceed.
We will suspend making in-home visits, except to those on hospice care. We will transition to pastoral phone calls. We encourage everyone to routinely check-in on one another by phone or email so we can remain connected.
We are notifying property use clients of these outlined changes and that we cannot provide extra cleaning during this time. It is up to individual clients whether they would like to continue meeting.
We will begin live streaming our worship services on YouTube so those who need to worship from home may do so. We will post a link to the live worship service on Facebook.
Bishop Fisher has given a pastoral directive (click here to read the entire message). These are not suggestions, but rather instructions the clergy are canonically bound to carry out. The following bullets are from Bishop Fisher’s directive:
“These are challenging days for us all. Fear of something like this is truly human, but as followers of Jesus, we know we can give this to burden to God - even as we do all that is ours to do. Do you remember when we talked about "doubling-down" on prayer? Let's do that. Let's carry this together and send all our love out to those whose lives have already been affected. May we never forget that we are connected - all members of the Body of Christ. When one suffers, all suffer. Our Presiding Bishop reminded us today that "we are in this together, we can walk through this together, and we will find our way in our life together."
Rev. Heather & Rev. Molly