IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR MARCH 15, 2020 SERVICES
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
CHRISTMAS EVE and CHRISTMAS DAY
Our Christmas Eve services will be at 4:30 p.m. (Family Service) and 10:30 p.m. (Choral Eucharist).
On Christmas Day there will be one morning service at 9:15 a.m..
The Sunday after Christmas (12/29/19) there will be only one service that day at 9:15 a.m..
Our Regular Church Services
During the “academic year” at Christ Church we normally have three services. The first, at 8 a.m., is a quieter service using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Rite One Eucharist. The Rite One Eucharist (Holy Communion) uses more traditional language (“thy” and “thou”). At 9:15 we host the Rectory School Morning Chapel service which is based on Morning Prayer but includes a sampling of materials appropriate for middle school-age students. It is conducted by the Rector or by the Chaplain of the School on alternating Sundays. Our church band, Nine6teen, often plays at this service. The third service, at 10:15, is our Family Eucharist which usually uses a full-text leaflet to be more helpful to newer members/visitors. Our Nursery, Church School and Teen Programs begin at the same time in the education wing and the young people and their teachers all join us for communion. Our church band leads all the music at this service once a month (often the third or fourth Sunday). About 5 times a year we also do a “Church First” Sunday in which everyone, young and older, gather for a shorter communion service at 10:15 and then go to a variety of educational experiences.
We find a mixture of both the traditional and the innovative very important as we approach worship at this time in our life with Christ. For instance you will find both a Maundy Thursday table eucharist as well as a traditional Good Friday evening liturgy, a contemporary music service on certain sundays as well as a Rite 1 service at 8 a.m. the same day.