July 9, 2020
InCommon E-News

In This Issue
  • Rector's Message
  • Sunday Service & Coffee Hour
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources
  • Giving
A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR
Parish Survey - Your Input Required!

As you will recal l,  normal physical church gatherings ended in mid-March due to the onslaught of COVID-19. Given the public health emergency, we simply closed our doors and went online. I wish that I could tell you that as we look ahead to  reopening it will be  as straightforward as unlocking the doors and picking up where we left off. But, of course ,  it isn't. In fact, we are looking at a phased  reopening as soon as possible after Labor Day. The exact Sunday we will open our doors has yet to be determined,  because the Vestry's final determination will be based on the best (emergent) public health advice available at the end of August. In the meantime, Vestry sub-groups are working over the summer to ensure that, when we do reopen,  policies and guidelines will be in place to ensure we are safeguarding everyone's health to the best of our ability. 

There are numerous needs to consider and questions to ask , and that is why I am appealing for your prayers and practical feedback  so the Vestry can confidently make the best decisions for our whole congregation. To that end, I urge you to fill out the survey linked below  to voice your perspective before we welcome members back to worship and welcome guests and various user-groups back into our buildings. As you will discover, the survey asks when you would like to begin attending church, your comfort level for attending and precautions you would like to see your leadership take ;   and there are also some basic demographic questions that will help the Vestry contextualize your response. The deadline for submitting your feedback is July 31st. Thank you in advance for your participation. It will go a long way in making our reopening as smooth as possible. 


Onward with Hope,
Gareth


  • To schedule a meeting with the rector, call the Parish Office, (914) 591-8194.
  • Office Hours are Wednesday, 1:00PM-3:30PM. No appointment necessary.
  • The rector's Sabbath (day off) is Monday.
  • For pastoral emergencies, call Gareth directly, (617) 930-3728.

OUR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE IS ONLINE
G areth leads us in a service of Morning Prayer.

Sunday, July 12, 10:00AM

Join the Online Service   HERE
Service Bulletin  HERE

If the service does not appear at the link above, please go to our  YouTube page, which is al so located on our website homepage. Just click on the box labeled Join Us

Our worship services will continue online through the summer.

VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
Join us for our virtual coffee hour, immediately following Sunday worship service.


Meeting ID:  336 690 2686    /  Password: 10533
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INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE POSTED WEEKLY
Saint Barnabas was known for his kindness and openness and has been called the "son of encouragement."  Each week our rector posts a brief message to lift spirits.
 

CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS
If you have announcements for this weekly newsletter, please  email K elli Scott at kellisherelle@gmail.com.  Information is due by Tuesday mornings at 8:00AM. Thank you!

GREAT READS! JOIN OUR BOOK GROUP ON ZOOM
The next meeting of the Book Group will take place on Zoom to discuss  Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30PM

To learn more, contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at Paintmoth@gmail.com.

RESPONDING FROM THE HEART TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

This list of local agencies support those in need during this critical time. Food pantries are stretched and in need of monetary donations as many seek help due to the devastating economic effects of COVID-19.
Click here for RESOURCES
RESOURCES FOR THE MIND, HEART AND SOUL

The Bishops of the Diocese of New York offer regular inspirational messages 
here .

The National Church also has useful resources related to the pandemic and racial reconciliation on their website here .

A NOTE ABOUT GIVING TO ST. BARNABAS
Even though we remain physically separated, we strive to hold us together as a faithful community. We hope you will keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of this environment. Please continue to make your pledges or contributions, even as we worship remotely.
   
Online payments may be made by  clicking here, on our website under the "Give" section, or by mailing your check to St. Barnabas Church, 15 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.
 


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