COVID-19 Update

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Allow me to say how proud I am of the Diocese of Atlanta! 
So many of you are bringing imagination, compassion and good cheer to this pandemic. I was heartened to see the variety of online worship and prayer opportunities that are already being offered across our Diocese. Still, after much consultation and prayer, and in light of the most recent update from the CDC, I have decided to direct every congregation to move all worship and meetings online effective immediately and until further notice. 
Now is the time for us to use the gift of our tradition along side of new ways to practice being the body of Christ and to deepen our connections with one another and with the wider world.  
To that end, links to resources for individual and family devotions can be found here
In all of this, I encourage you to be on high alert for the Spirit’s blessings in this disruption! The church cannot be cancelled, the church can only adapt! Press on, take care of one another, take care of yourself, God Is Trustworthy! “These present afflictions are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is being revealed in us.” - Romans 8:18

Stay Informed...Stay in Touch
Please watch out for our regular Tuesday & Friday E-News, or any emails with updates and information. Our Facebook & website will also be sources concerning what's happening. Our facebook, website and emergency notification phone line (ext. 12) will be up to date by 3 pm today.

We will be offering some new ways to connect with each other and share common worship. There will be a learning curve for all of us. Be on the lookout for announcements and instructions. If you have a question about a specific event, call the office at (478)-743-4623 and use ext. 12 to learn the latest.

Parish Office Closed
Well, not really. However, there is no need to add additional people to our office spaces . St. Paul's staff will be working behind the scenes to maintain our parish life and to prepared for a hopeful return to "normal". Feel free to call or email (preferred) the office with any needs. There will be a skeleton crew, so please be patient.

This is a time of great concern and uncertainty for everyone. I will be available to answer any & all questions as they arise. However, as calls into the office increase I may need some time to get back to you. Please know that I am trying my best to get back to everyone as quickly as possible, whether it be through email or a phone call. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the office with any needs. We will get through this together! Thanks for everything + stay safe!

-Leah Lowndes, Parish Administrator

Sunday & Thursday Services
Due to the Bishop's directive to suspend worship, our regular Sunday Eucharist and Thursday Healing Service will not be held until further notice . Please watch the above mentioned communications to learn about ways to continue worship on your own, and how to engage in virtual worship, together.
Wednesday Lenten Series
Our Wednesday Lenten Study will be suspended, but our reading of "The Gift of Years" will continue. If you registered as a member of this group, you will receive a separate instructional email today.
Thursday Bible Study
We will not meet for the coming Thursdays, tentatively resuming on Thursday, April 23, subject to change. We will recommence with the Pastoral Letters, starting with 1 Timothy. A separate email will be sent to registered members of the class today.
12 Step Programs & Al-Anon
We have traditionally given space and autonomy to our 3 twelve step & al-anon programs to do the healing work they provide to their attendees. In doing so, we participate in their healing work. We will continue to do so , encouraging safe practices to minimize virus transmission. There may be risk in their gathering. There is also a great risk in their not gathering. Pray for our friends in this anxious, testing time.
Feeding Hungry School Children
Since St. Paul's, through Freedom School, is recognized as a summer school feeding outpost, the Bibb County School System has asked us to allow them to be a school lunch drop off point while school is not in session . We will follow best practices for health and hygiene. The distribution should actually take place in our parking lot using labor provided by the school system. Please pray for these efforts and celebrate this small way God has invited us to help those in our own community.