Dear Calvary Parishioners,

As you've been checking in with the church and its goings on via e-mail, Facebook, and the website, so much good ministry has been happening from our homes.

This week, we wanted to highlight Calvary's ministry to youth, children, and families. There has been a great deal of care taken to provide vibrant at-home lessons and connection opportunities. Read below to hear more about how we are ministering to the youngest in our community during this challenging time.

Read more, also, about ways you can connect virtually in worship, study, and community throughout the week. More information about Calvary's new Benevolence Fund can also be found in this edition of the Chimes, along with the weekly updated prayer list.

The Reverend Allison English
Update from Children and Family Ministries

Children’s and Family Ministry has looked a little different for Calvary since mid-March. I have been
working on providing ways to have church at home. In a time when we have upended our normal routines and schedules, I have been looking for ways to provide a sense that we can do familiar things in a new way.

To that end, I have been sending out electronic copies of the Children’s Worship Bulletins activities
pages that can usually be found in the church spaces on a Sunday morning. I have also been recording
Godly Play stories and sharing a youtube link with families who I would normally get to see in person in
Sunday School.

At our house on Sundays, after we
wonder about the story and say prayers for whatever is on our hearts
and minds for the week, we still share an animal cracker feast like we would at Calvary. We like to imagine that all the other families are sharing with us in that Sunday ritual.
Last month we also had a revised Easter Egg Hunt! Families were invited to come pick up a bag of
trinket-filled eggs from the church steps to enjoy at home in lieu of gathering to hunt communally as we
normally would on Easter morning.
We are going to continue sharing with each other as best we can through electronic versions of stories
and modified physical event plans.

Going into our Summer Stories season, we’ll do a combination of the
two. If your family would like to be involved in this new way of connecting, I’d love to include you.

Take care,
Sally Engelbert

Director of Children and Family Ministries
Update from Youth Group

Calvary Youth Group meets weekly throughout the church year. Since March 15, we’ve held virtual meetings using Zoom. Each week, we check in, share scripture and liturgy, and we end with prayers of intercession and thanksgiving. Miriam McKenney leads the youth ministry. The youth group used Zoom to read and record the Passion narrative for the Good Friday online worship. Currently, we’re beginning to think and plan an action we can take to help people in our community - such as supporting kids of parents who are nurses and doctors. Read more about the recent ministry of the youth group in this blog post

Miriam wrote for Grow Christians , and in these Episcopal News Service articles. Click below to read:

Connect with our Youth Minister, Miriam McKenney

Sunday Virtual
Coffee Hour

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
Pictured above: Metaphorical fellowship. There will be no physical touching of hands at Virtual Coffee Hour!
Virtual Bible Study
40 Minutes at
Four o'clock
May 12
4:00- 4:40 PM
Join the rector in studying the book of 1 Peter in a three-week Bible study hosted virtually via Zoom.
If you are interested, Allison will send you detailed instructions on how to start a Zoom account and how to connect to the study. Jump in anytime during the three-part series.

Connect with the Calvary Community and ground yourself in the ancient message and hope of Holy Scripture at the close of the upcoming Tuesday afternoons.

Interested? E-mail Allison English at  to sign up and get log-on instructions.
Gospel Meditations

The Gospel Meditations continues to meet on Thursday morning via Zoom. Mediation is in your own sacred space and disscusion is via zoom at 9:30. Contact Robert Smith at

The Benevolence Fund

The Rector and Vestry of Calvary Parish have established The Benevolence Fund.

For some of us, our day-to-day ability to live and work has not changed beyond adjusting to the stay-at-home order.

For others, COVID-19 has devastated our livelihood.

For those with abundance, you're invited to give.

For those in time of trial, you're invited to receive.

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

To donate, please send checks to:

Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(in memo: Benevolence Fund)

or CLICK HERE to donate.
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
Zora, Ebony, Jack, Mary, Jill, Bob, Frank, Ruth, John, Susan, Cameron, Paul McCauley, Joel Belsky, Hazel Ison, Thomas Bowman, Paula Winans, Roger Percer

For people with challenging work decisions or who are unemployed

For Homebound Parishioners
Mary Ann Bragg, Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben

For Expectant Parents:
Andrew & Jenna Sturgeon

Send your prayer requests to
Calvary Episcopal Church | 513-861-4437 |