In this Issue:
Celebrating Calvary's Ministries:
Calvary Children & Family Ministry 2020

Calvary Youth present Black History Month Forum this Sunday

You're Invited to the
Wednesday Lenten Series
on Life Together: A Classic Exploration of Christian Community

Can you help St Andrew's Food

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Benevolence Fund

Current Worship Schedule:

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Prayer List
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Celebrating Calvary's Ministries:
Children and Family ministries
Submitted by Sally Engelbert

In a typical year, Children’s Ministry focuses on weekly Sunday School lessons following the Godly Play curriculum and monthly Family Ministry events focusing on community building, outreach, or education depending on the event.
This past year was far from typical and two weeks into our Kids Lenten Program we had to re-envision how we do this work. With much technical help from my husband, JJ Engelbert, I was able to move to recording Godly Play lessons and posting them to YouTube to be sent out in a weekly email. Once we got into our Summer Stories program in June, several volunteers started helping with the recording. We were able to send out videos of volunteers reading a picture book along with an associated instructional craft video. Families came to pick up packets from the church with craft supplies each week and the program ran really smoothly with commitment from both leaders and participants.
When Godly Play started back up in the fall with my wonderful and dedicated group of Sunday School teachers, I was able to offer classroom supply packets to families to have at home to complement the recorded lessons. These kits included story manipulatives, felt and cardstock story pieces, coloring pages, and art supplies. We have also included a monthly virtual feast as a chance for children to come together in a relaxing and renewing way to talk about any prayers they have or exciting things going on in their lives.
Family Ministries this year has provided some different opportunities. We sent home care packets with activities and gifts for Easter, Advent, and Christmas as a way to stay connected even when we can’t be together. We also made some summer activities such as gardening and sidewalk chalk available at the church for people to be able to come and enjoy our spaces in a safe way.
Moving forward, I’m reminded of our Godly Play wondering questions that we think through at the end of many of our stories:
I wonder what your favorite part of the story is?
All of the people who make this work possible. The staff, volunteers, parents and families who are Children’s and Family Ministries.
I wonder what the most important part of the story is?
The hard work and dedication of so many people that allow us to still share these important stories.
I wonder if there is anything we could leave out and still have all the story we need?
I believe that although this part of our story has been a challenge, it has also been a blessing. We could not have left any of this story out and still have accomplished what we have done this year.
I wonder where you see yourself in this story?
Godly Play is working on an exciting new series of stories called People of Color Who Inspire along with some other updates focused on inclusivity, so that everyone can find themselves in these important stories. I am really looking forward to seeing all of you in our Calvary story in 2021.

Wednesday Lenten Study
Books now available

We are studying the classic exploration of Christian community Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

This week: Chapter 1 - Community

Bonhoeffer was a contemporary of Alfred Delp, whose powerful Advent of the Heart we read last Advent Season.

Complementary books and accompanying study guides are available on the stage at church.

Study continues on Wednesday, February 24 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. via ZOOM through Holy Week. Come as you are able to attend. Topics vary from week to week.

Calvary Youth Group presents a Black History Month forum

Plan to support the youth this Sunday,
February 21 via Zoom Coffee Hour after Worship


Can you help St. Andrew's Pantry ?

Thanks to the many folks donating to
St. Andrews Pantry.
The latest update on items that we can provide to support our neighbors coming to the pantry:

  • Small jars instant coffee regular and decaf
  • Crackers (small boxes saltines, Ritz, etc)
  • Non dairy creamer (packs)
  • Sugar packs
  • Cocoa packs

Thanks for continuing to support the needs addressed by the
St. Andrews Food Pantry.

Miriam Hill
Hamilton County COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Hoping to get the Covid-19 Vaccine? Go to this LINK to see When, How and Where Vaccines are available for you.

Do you need help getting a vaccine? Please call the church office - lay members of the parish are ready to walk with you to complete this process. 513-861-4437
The Benevolence Fund
The Rector and Vestry of Calvary Parish have established The Benevolence Fund.

Please notify the rector of any need for housing, medications, or utilities expenses you will struggle to meet Rev. Allison. The Benevolence Team will blindly review requests and one-time payments will be made.

If you find yourself in a challenging position during this time, please reach out to Rev. Allison. Your conversation and concerns will be held in the strictest confidence.

Funds are available to cover mortgage payments, utility bills, and medical expenses for members of the church.

To donate, please send checks to:
Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(in memo: Benevolence Fund)

or CLICK HERE to donate.
Sunday: Online Service ONLY 10:30 AM

Due to the rising COVID numbers, the Rector, with the advisement and support of the Re-Open Team, have determined to move to ONLINE ONLY worship for the indeterminate future.

Current Weekly Worship Schedule:
10:30 AM
ONLINE service
Click one of these links: FACEBOOK or Calvary Website
If you are having trouble accessing the Worship Service from the Website
Sunday Virtual
Coffee Hour

Black History Month Forum led by our Youth

Virtual Coffee Hour will take place via Zoom this Sunday, following the 10:30 service. To join the coffee hour follow this link. For instructions on how to access the meeting, click here ,

You can also access a Facebook group to talk with other Calvary members and get updates from the parish. To join that group, click here
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
Caprice Warren, Cynthia Bourgeois, Paula Winans, Reed Coen, Roger Percer, Carol & Lois, Monica, Anne, Mandy, Sophia, Kylie, & Lauren Flagerty, Joseph Farrell
For Homebound Parishioners
Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben

The Faithful Departed
Mary Ann Bragg, daughter of Phyllis Reid
(note: a private service in memorial will be held for family only)
Expectant Parents
Hannah & Clairice Galey

Send your prayer requests to Rev. Allison
Prayer requests are spoken aloud in worship for two weeks / kept on prayer list for two months. Keep us updated for long-term requests.

If you have a pastoral need, please contact the
Rector, The Rev. Allison English at 513-401-5781
or Rector Associate, The Rev. Olivia Hamilton at 513-236-0526.
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