Dear Christ Church Family and Friends,
In response to the rapidly growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus and after much heartfelt prayer, discernment and discussion with the clergy in the Diocese, Bishop Stokes has issued a directive calling for all church buildings in the diocese to be disinfected and closed. Effective March 13th, all activity at the church is suspended and all church buildings are closed until further notice.
Read Father Michael's March 20th letter to the parish.
This directive applies to:
- All worship services, including Saturday and Sunday Eucharists, Weekday Morning Prayer, and Saturday morning Quiet Hour.
programs, including choir rehearsal, EFM, Adult Study, Youth Group,
Tuesday Women’s Bible Study, The Book Study, etc.
hospitality and special events.
church meetings, including Vestry, Social Justice, etc.
outside groups who currently use our facilities, including The Boy Scouts
and 12-step recovery programs, etc.
While we may not be able to gather in worship
physically, there's nothing to prevent us from doing so electronically! Thanks
to a technology that most of us have through our smart phones, we will be
livestreaming Holy Eucharist for the Saturday evening 5:30 pm service for Recovery and Healing, and Holy Eucharist for our Sunday 8 am and 10 am services. Livestreaming will be available
on Facebook at those times on our Christ Church Facebook page. Morning Prayer also will be livestreamed Monday through Friday on weekdays
at 7:30 am. If you miss any of these services live, the respective videos will
be posted on our Facebook page so that you can access them later (not live).
In addition, the gospel reflections will continue to be posted weekly. Bishop Stokes is also offering a Wednesday evening prayer group; please click here for more information, and click here to register.
Please feel free to call my cell phone, 732-759-4515 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any reason. We will take every safe measure available to us to make sure that parishioners' pastoral, spiritual and fellowship needs are met during this uncertain time. Again, more information will follow this letter as we in leadership achieve more clarity regarding our situation here at Christ Church.
Let us hold each other, our community, our nation and our world in prayer as we navigate these unfamiliar waters together.
Very Rev. Michael Way, Priest-in-Charge