In response to the Bishop's Directive of March 14, Christ Church is temporarily suspending all in-person worship services and gatherings after Sunday, March 15, until further notice.
Taize worship at 7 pm on March 14 is the last in-person worship service or gathering until further notice.
The Vestry meeting this week is cancelled and the Friday Fish Fry is suspended until further notice.
The parish administrator will continue to be in the office Monday-Wednesday, 8 am to 1 pm, and Thursday, 8 am to Noon. The interim rector will maintain customary office hours Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am to early afternoon and welcomes visitors.
Please be sure to contact us to communicate special needs for yourself, for others or in the wider community.
Please mail or bring to the office your pledged contributions for Christ Church, for the F/M Food Pantry, and for other ministries, which will be especially valuable in caring for our community, at this time when life is disrupted.
Stay posted for future developments here at Christ Church.
This special diocesan web page provides information, suggestions, helpful and important links: https://cnyepiscopal.org/faithful-response-coronavirus/
1. Support your rector, wardens, vestry, diocesan staff, and bishop - whoever has to make hard decisions in times of uncertainty. There is no road map and there is not one right answer. Trust and thank them.
2. Send in your pledge - as long as you are fiscally able. If you can't give online, mail in a check, send a carrier pigeon. Bills, salaries, and mission commitments continue.
3. Check on your neighbors. Any time you help someone near you, you live out the values of our faith and congregation.
4. Pray for your church family - and send notes, make phone calls, and anything you do for shut-ins, do for everyone. In a sense and to some extent, we are now all temporarily shut-in!
5. Practice Sabbath. For some this shutdown of life as we know it will be an economic hardship. In the spirit of #3, they need our care. Let the downtime we experience become a gift, an opportunity to rest, to renew, and to reconnect with family, with God, with nature, with lost or new hobbies and interests.
Summarized by Pastor Rick Klafehn from an article by Erin Wathen. You can find the whole article at:https://www.patheos.com/blogs/irreverin/2020/03/how-to-keep-being-church-when-church-is-canceled/
Prayer for a Pandemic
By Cameron Wiggins Belim
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between
Preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children
When their schools close
Remember those that have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
In the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love during this time when we
Cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
Of God to our neighbor. Amen.
Adapted from The Iona Abbey Worship Book, p. 123
Jesus, you taught us to pray.
So, in a moment of silence
we pray for all known to us
who tonight need to know you are near.
We thank you,
for all engaged in the ministries of healing and reconciliation,
for those who work in hospitals and hospices,
for doctors and nurses,
for caregivers and counsellors,
for peacemakers and peacekeepers.
God our maker,
Jesus our healer,
Holy Spirit of love and life,
hear our prayers.
To those who seek you,
to all who need you,
to the world you cherish