COVID-19 and Sunday Worship

The phrase   ' flatten the curve'   is an appropriate response to the current anxieties around the CoronaVirus. It means to take active steps to lessen the opportunities for infection spread. Presently we have no reported cases of infection in the parish but out of an abundance of caution, and after consultation, I have decided to:

  • Cancel all Sunday Worship & activities on March 15th & 22nd  - after which we will review the situation.
  • Permanently cancel Tuesday evening Stations of the Cross.

Morning Prayer - Tuesday - Thursday at 9am will continue. As will the 7am Wednesday Service which will now include Stations of the Cross. Thursday's Meditation Hour 5:30-6:30 will also continue.

Updated cancellations:
  • Schola Cantorum concert for this weekend.
  • Young Families event on March 20.
  • Knitting Group cancelled until further notice
  • RI Civic Chorale & Orchestra, March 21.
  • Easter Egg Decorating for kids, March 28 - see you next year!

The Thrifty Goose will be closed for the next two weeks pending review. Please do not bring donations until further notice.

Sung Morning Prayer with Sermon will be recorded and posted in time for Sunday morning here .

You can follow Morning Prayer on page 79 of the Book of Common Prayer or online here . Weekdays, you can follow A Morning at the Office, Forward Movement's Episcopal Morning Prayer. You can also find daily updated morning, midday, evening and night prayer here in simple text format.

Reading Morning Prayer at home, although you may be alone, you are actually like a lamp plugging into the electrical current of the Church's great 24/7 cycle of public prayer - creating a virtual community of common prayer encircling the world.

Please go here for Stanford University Hospital's brief CoronaVirus diagnosis pointers.

Social distancing does not mean isolation. If you find yourself feeling isolated or in need of practical assistance, please let us know. This especially applies should you have to self quarantine -so please let us know! The best way to do so is to phone the office between 9:30 and 2:30 weekdays or to email Susan Esposito, Linda+ or myself for a quick response.

I will send regular E-Blast updates as they come to hand. Remember we are a community rich in resilience and we will all come through this period of uncertainty strengthened by a reconnection to what really matters in life.

Mark+
St. Martin's Church | 50 Orchard Ave | Providence, RI |02906
(401) 751-2141