June 11, 2020

Rector's Message

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Local Resources for Food During Crisis

Resources from the Diocese



A Phased Re-Opening

Dear All,

In light of both Bp. Dietche's guidelines for re-opening and Governor Cuomo's recent pronouncements I want to bring you up to speed on where things stand regarding a phased re-opening at St.B's. Your Vestry met Tuesday via ZOOM for their monthly meeting to organize for the "new normal" once we re-open our church doors. Although you may have heard that our Bishop has given his blessing to a July 1 reopening across the diocese, he is however, encouraging a methodical and gradual approach that is appropriate to each church setting and situation.  With his guidance in mind, your Vestry leadership has been tasked with organizing for a phased re-opening, overseen by the wardens and myself. The Vestry's over-arching goal is to ensure the safety of parishioners, staff, volunteers, non-members (such as AA groups) and all those who cross the threshold of our church on a daily basis. To that end, they will assess needs and set guidelines for safe worship, safe working conditions for staff, as well best practices for keeping all our facilities as "virus-free" as possible with the resources we have available.

In organizing this effort, the Vestry has divided into sub-groups with specific areas of oversight. These areas are broadly framed as follows:
a) Enter into a phase of "Discovery," including surveying the congregation to discern expectations and needs and develop a timeline for re-opening.
b) Assess the "Physical Space" by identifying the risk points where social distancing may be difficult, assigning safe seating arrangements, and organizing foot-traffic flow.
c) Develop "Policies and guidelines" for church members and user-groups, hygiene and safety procedures and deep cleaning protocols. 
d) Manage the "Transition" by putting plans and practical help in place to assist our members and user-groups in getting accustomed to the changes, and manage the "road-bumps." The goal is to identify how we will re-gather safely, not just in the sanctuary but in the parish hall and the Church School/ICC wing.

Reflecting on the process outlined above, I am so grateful to the wardens and vestry for their shared commitment and care for all of us and all those members of the wider community who call St.B's "home." As your rector, I know just how stressful this COVID reality is and just how much we all need and want church to get back to normal. The question that our leadership - with your help - will establish is this: 'What will 'the new normal' look like when we re-open?" As we discern, discover and decide upon this question, I am struck by the necessity of immersing ourselves in God's grace and love as we watch and wait for the Vestry to do their work. We also need to be aware that some members will not be able to return in the immediate future, even with safeguards, protocols and procedures in place, due to health concerns that put them at particular risk. I am sure that we can all empathize with our fellow members who would rather connect through our digital church platform than attend in person, until there is a vaccine available. 

Please be assured that the Vestry, Wardens and I will do all that we can to mitigate against the risk of infection with all the appropriate measures in place before we open our doors even to small gatherings of 10 people, "25% Occupancy," (to quote Governor Cuomo) or initiate outdoor gatherings. 

In the meantime, I hope you will continue to tune-in on Sunday Mornings for worship, especially this coming Sunday, upon which we celebrate our Patron, St. Barnabas with Bp. Mary Glasspool, preaching.

Keep the Faith, be kind to yourself and to one another,

Reach the Rector

Call the office ( 914) 591-8194 to arrange for visit with the Rector.
For pastoral emergencies call Gareth directly at (617) 930-3728.
Office Hours Wednesday afternoons, 1-3.30PM, no appointment necessary.
The Rector's Sabbath (day off) is Monday. 
Please contact Kelli Scott at kellisherelle@gmail.com if you have upcoming events or announcements you would like included in this newsletter. All announcements are due no later than Tuesdays at 8AM.


Unarmed black citizens wantonly killed by police. Peaceful protestors assaulted with tear gas and rubber bullets.  Angry politicians demanding "Law and order." So far, so familiar.

But maybe this time is different? Demonstrations persisting for weeks, not days . . . millions of white Americans agreeing that systemic racism is a real problem . . . even some conservative politicians declaring "Black Lives Matter." It feels as if our world may be at an inflection point.

Join us on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30PM, when we'll gather via Zoom to discuss it all--how we are feeling; how today's events connect with our nation's long story; the potential for change; and what we are doing to respond.

SAVE THE DATE now! Login details and other instructions will be posted in advance of the meeting on the REPAIR website,  www.repairrivertowns.org We're looking forward to bringing the REPAIR community together for this second, virtual gathering.


Morning Prayer - 10:00 AM
Gareth leads us in a festive service of Morning Prayer via YouTube Channel.

  Sunday, June 14, 10:00AM
To join this service, please  Link to The St. Barnabas YouTube Channel .

Link to this week's service bulletin HERE


Join us for online Sunday School, this Sunday, June 14, at 9:30AM. We are offering a condensed version of the  Godly Play program. We look forward to seeing our children via Zoom!
- Godly Play Teaching Team
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Meeting ID:  336 690 268
Password: 10533 
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Immediately following Sunday service, please join us for our virtual coffee hour.
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336 690 2686 
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Son of Encouragement Broadcast
The St. Barnabas Word of Encouragement is our new, pre-recorded broadcast with an inspiring and thoughtful message that posts on YouTube every Wednesday.


Join us every Wednesday at 4PM for meditation and prayer and reflection on current events. 
See you there! 
Join Zoom Meeting 
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Find your local number:  https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbMSKuG0jw


This year, Irvington High School seniors will be celebrating graduation with their families on the morning of Saturday, June 20. A car parade, one car per family, will depart from the Riverfront, proceed up Main Street and then on to Heritage Hill. At the school, they will receive their diplomas and awards in a drive-through ceremony. 

How can you help?  St. Barnabas has been asked to decorate the front lawn along Broadway. Would you or your children/teens be willing to help create a bright poster or make green/white paper chains, etc.? If they have friends graduating, they could do a special poster for that graduate. 
Also, if you have a 2020 high school graduate in your family, please send us the name, so we can properly celebrate them! These are the St. Barnabas grads that we know so far:  Sophie Grieder and Natalie Lockhart.
Please email Linda Pierpont (LindaPierpont@optonline.net) or Rose Lawson (RoseLawson@mac.com) if you have questions or would be able to volunteer to help with socially-distant decorating on June 19.


The next (Zoom) meeting of the Book Group will be on Wednesday, June 24th, at 7: 30PM
We will be discussing "Clay's Quilt" by Silas House.  If you would like to participate and are not on the Book Group email list, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at  Paintmoth@gmail.com


Connected Parenting has started up again, and we had a great conversation this past Sunday evening.
Please join us next month for an ongoing conversation about family life in these particular times on June 28.


I am grateful to Barbara Mahoney for updating the list of local agencies whose support to those in need among us is absolutely crucial. Right now, the food pantries are completely stretched and are in need of monetary donation as many more people seek help due to the devastating economic effects of COVID-19.
Click here for RESOURCES


Our Bishops are offering inspirational messages available 


Even though we are physically separated, we are working hard to keep us together as a faithful community. We hope you will continue to keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate a challenging new environment. Please make your pledges or contributions, even as we are isolated.
Make online payments 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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