IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SUNDAY SERVICES FOR March 15, 2020
March 14, 2020
After consultation with our Bishops and your Wardens and vestry members, I have come to the difficult decision to cancel in-person worship services tomorrow morning. I know in this anxious time it is helpful to feel together as a community and because of this several people and I are working on a way which will enable us to have an online service of morning prayer with sermon tomorrow morning at 10 am. We are still working on the details; we’ll be posting information on-line by tomorrow morning at 9 am (at the latest) with links and the way you can participate with your parish community by computer or phone as you are able. I don’t promise elegance but it is important for us to find new ways to be together in rapidly shifting circumstances. We will be making a decision about the following Sunday at the end of this upcoming week.
In the meantime, we’re working on ways to hold our Monday morning and Tuesday evening classes on-line and looking for additional ways for us to stay connected. We are also looking ways to provide on-line support for Rite 13 and J2A participants.
Your vestry and I are concerned about food-insecurity which will be faced by children and others who will be impacted by school closings and looking for ways to continue providing Pomfret Power Paks and other assistance as it becomes necessary. If you would be available to help with this, please let me or your vestry know. More information will be provided when we have a plan.
If you live alone and would like us to check in on you, or need assistance getting groceries or medications, please let me know. Several people have offered to provide this assistance.
Although the office will be closed for the next two weeks, I am available by phone, email or Facebook and will be checking the church answering machine as well. For those who would like to spend time in the Sanctuary, our doors will be opened during scheduled periods of time (tbd).
Blessings and Peace,
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For parents who would like to have religious education for children, resources are available at the Godly Play Foundation. The upcoming lesson, Faces of Easter, led by Linda Clapp (recommended by Jan Galante) can be found here:
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at a live-streamed service at the Washington Cathedral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUGZLwnLhUU
The Episcopal News Service has provided the following link to a variety of services here: https://episcopalchurch.org/concerning-covid19
Lenten Study Events
Bible Study: Join us on Monday mornings, starting on March 2nd from 10 am – 11 am, in our library for study of the Letter to the Hebrews. If you have a bible, please bring it with you.
Lenten Book Study: Join us on Tuesday evenings, beginning on March 3rd starting at 7 pm, in our library (unless otherwise noted) for our discussion of Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor.
Rite I SERVICE at 8 a.m.
This service is the more traditional and formal service with musical pieces once a month (on Contemporary Music Sundays) from Sept-June.
Family Eucharist SERVICE at 10:15 a.m.
While it is traditional it’s not as formal and the children help to liven things up from Sept-June. There is Nursery care during this service and the Church School and Teen Programs meet during some of the service time, joining us for the Eucharist portion.
Contemporary Music SERVICE at 10:15 a.m.
This service is usually once a month (3rd Sundays mostly) with the band Nine6teen that does all the musical numbers with the congregation joining in as well. There is Nursery care for these Sundays and Church School and Teen Programs still meet as well, but will on occasion join us for the whole worship service.
Summer SERVICE at 9:15 a.m.
Our summer service is only one time and that is at 9:15 a.m.. There is no Church School or Contemporary Music Sunday during the time of July to Labor Day Weekend Sunday with Nursery care on a volunteer basis.