The building is closed, but the church continues.

After prayer and discernment, including consultation with our bishop, vestry, and with the County Executive’s office, I am suspending all public gatherings at Holy Communion. In addition to worship, we will suspend all in person formation opportunities and all meals. Meetings will happen online.

Out of caution and care for our most vulnerable, we will not meet in person at least through May 31. We will livestream services on Sundays at 10:30 am. Each Sunday morning you will find a link to the livestream here on our homepage and on our Facebook page here.

Especially in such anxious times, it is difficult not to be able to gather in person. I hope that soon we will gather again for Eucharist. For a season, however, we need to be careful for the sake of public health. Our Lenten fast has taken on a new dimension. In the days to come, the clergy and volunteer leaders will begin sending more and more resources for prayer and connection. In the meantime, I ask you to connect with one another online and on the phone. Call the person you were hoping to sit next to at church. You can use our digital directory to find a phone number. You can also reach out to the clergy and staff. Our contact information can be found here.

This crisis, like all crises, is likely to have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable. We will be working with partners to find ways to help that do not compromise public health. For now, we will drastically alter Laundry Love. One or two leaders of that ministry and clergy will pre-package quarters early next week for distribution by laundromat staff. We will also have a reduced number of volunteers coordinating the Trinity meal.

Recognizing that so many of these precautions are taken with our health system in mind, I invite you to join me in this prayer for doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers from the Book of Common Prayer:

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study
and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of
disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit,
that by their ministries the health of the community may be
promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ
our Lord.  Amen.

In Christ,

The Rev. Mike Angell

Precautions like these are especially important in an intergenerational space like church, where we need to be mindful of both older and younger people for whom infectious disease can pose a particular risk.