Dear St. Christopher’s,
Out of a desire to slow the spread of coronavirus, Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows has asked
all churches to cease in-person worship and gatherings
until at least the end of March. Please know this decision was not made lightly but with much prayer, conversation, and public health advice around social distancing, vulnerable populations, and slowing the spread to ease the burden on our healthcare system. Gathering in community for worship, fellowship, formation, and outreach is both sustaining and transformative to our spirits. There are other ways to gather though; we will practice them and God will be with us. I confess though that I grieve the loss of sharing the sacrament of communion with you; it is only one way that God dwells in us, but it is one that is central to our common life. We will be the church in new ways in the time ahead and I know that God will bless us through the experience but there are also losses to acknowledge.
After consultation with our wardens, here is what we have decided for life at St. Christopher’s:
Sunday morning worship and in-person gatherings at the church are cancelled through March. That means NO worship this Sunday.
Meetings and small groups can choose to meet via phone or video calls and we are preparing to help with that; leaders of the individual groups will decide how they would like to proceed and communicate with their groups.
Pansy Flower Pick-up will happen tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
At this time you can also drop by to borrow a
Book of Common Prayer
from the sanctuary if you do not have one at home. We will have opportunities in the coming weeks to participate from home in the daily office (short prayer services) and it might be nice for you to have one on hand. Needless to say, the church needs them back when we re-open.
For this Sunday, March 15
, worship will be pre-recorded audio of morning prayer and a sermon with the Rev. Chana Tetzlaff will be available at the worship button below: