Dear People of God:
We have been keeping up on the recent developments in our public health, considering the information and guidance from health officials, the bishops, and the Episcopal Church, and making every effort to respond thoughtfully, prayerfully, and without fueling unnecessary anxiety.
Under the rapidly changing circumstances often mixed with differing information that has at times been challenging.
Given where we find ourselves today and anticipating how things might be evolving in the near future, as of today, March 12, all non-essential activities at The Church of St. Andrew are suspended through March 31.
What is essential to being church is gathering for worship. This will continue as scheduled on Sundays with the following modifications:
If you have any symptoms of illness or have compromised health that would put you at risk, please stay home.
The passing of the peace at the Eucharist will occur as a ritual action verbally between the presider and the people (without personal contact, handshakes, etc.).
We will not exchange handshakes as people depart after worship.
Communion with the common cup will continue consistent with the guidance from the Bishop of New York with our usual time-tested, scientifically supported practices.
Please observe good hygiene practices when you’re in the buildings (frequent hand washing, etc.).
Specifically, the following activities are cancelled:
Coffee hour following the 10:00 a.m. service will not be held through the end of March.
Finance Committee meeting, Thursday, March 12. -Irish Dinner, Saturday, March 14.
IPC Lenten Evensong at St. Alban’s, Sunday, March 15.
Vestry meeting, Tuesday, March 17.
Lenten formation series, including Eucharist, dinner, and program, Wednesdays, March 18 & 25.
Ambrosian Recital Series recital, Sunday, March 22.
Lenten Quiet Day, Saturday, March 28.
Youth Sunday bowling outing, Sunday, March 29.
Seder Meal, Saturday, April 4 (due to the necessity of planning ahead).
Any committee meetings that you have scheduled through the end of March should be postponed.
If you are in need of pastoral care:
Please continue to reach out by contacting the church office at 718-351-0900 or the rectory for after-hours emergencies at 718-351-3735.
The church office will remain open and functioning for now.
Pastoral care needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. While there might be circumstances where we are unable to make a face-to-face visit, we will make every effort to provide pastoral support to you and your family.
Specifically regarding the Irish Dinner:
If you purchased a ticket and would like a refund, please contact the parish office by Tuesday, March 17.
Refunds will be issued as soon as we are able. –
If you do not request a refund, we will apply your ticket amount toward your annual pledge.
If you are not a pledging member and do not request a refund, you will receive a gift acknowledgement. -If you have invited guests who are not regular members, please reach out to share this information.
We will keep in touch as things transpire and as we make further adjustments along the way. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to adapt. For now, this is the time for us to be the Church wherever we are, to continue our Lenten journey to BE light, people who radiate hope, compassion, and healing.
God’s peace,Fr. Aaron