Response to the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus
On Sunday, March 15, we received a Diocesan-wide message from Bishop Hollingsworth, The Bishop for the Diocese of Ohio, instructing all public worship to be suspended until further notice and, if possible, for meetings to move to virtual platforms. He explained the thoughtful and prayerful process by which the decision was made.
Following the Bishop’s instruction, St. Andrew’s in-person public worship will be suspended until further notice.
This Sunday, March 29, at 10 am, St. Andrew’s offers a 10 am Morning Prayer Service available on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 105 530 297
If this is your first Zoom meeting you can download easy software at zoom.us You can join by computer, tablet or smart phone.
We also want to share a message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Word to the Church: Holy Week and Easter Day 2020 Online worship supported and encouraged. You can also read Presiding Bishop Curry: Statement on coronavirus.
Please follow this link to read, Messages from Bishop Hollingsworth regarding the coronavirus crisis. The Bishop posts regularly and each post is dated so you have access to the most current message from our Bishop.
The Parish Office is closed during this time but the church voicemail is checked multiple times each day.
Each Sunday, you can also join and gather at the National Cathedral from the comfort of your home. The service begins at 11:15 am and can be found at this link. This is also the link to Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer at 7 am and 7 pm.
You are encouraged to have in-person worship in your home with your family or phone call worship with friends. An online Book of Common Prayer can be found at this link. Morning Prayer (page 75) or Evening Prayer (page 115) as well as Compline (page 127) and Daily Devotions (page 136) can offer opportunities for these at home prayers.
Food Pantry and Community Meals are continuing with changes to minimize contact (i.e. “take home” meals and pre-bagged groceries which can be picked up etc.) The meal schedule is shifting based on the availabilities of some of our partner churches and efforts are being made to continue to provide these much needed meals.
(Updated, Friday, March 27)
The next scheduled Community Meal is Wednesday, April 1, and we will be offering “To-Go” meals served outside our door on Holly Lane. We will have a table set up and ask all our guests to comply with guidelines on social distancing. We expect to continue serving “To-Go” meals for the foreseeable future. Please check Facebook, our website and calendar for updates as we faithfully move forward on this uncertain journey to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus while continuing to provide meals to our community. Future meal dates are Wednesday, April 22, and Monday April 27.
These are days full of uncertainty. As we consider the unknown, as we carry concern for health and resources, as we wonder when this will end, my prayer for you is that you will remember that God loves you, is always with you and that there is nowhere you can go where God is not there. Look for places where God’s love “shows up”, often in quiet and simple ways.
Know of my continued prayers and gratitude for you.
Be well, practice social distancing, and be faithful. Pray for those who are ill and those who are caring for the sick. Pray for first responders and those whom livelihood is threatened. Pray for the lonely and those who are afraid. Pray that God’s love will be seen in new ways in these days. Remember that that church is not a building but the people of God in ministry and on mission. God is with us and with the whole world.