Current Practices at St. Barnabas in Response to COVID-19

  • Our office is currently closed to in-person visitors. We are responsive to phone and emails, so please reach out!

  • Sunday Services are being held via Zoom! Call or email the office for Zoom access information.

  • All in-person activities and meetings are on hold until further notice.

  • Grace's Kitchen is serving take-out lunches at its regular hours. We are welcoming volunteers who would like to help prep or distribute lunches for Grace's. More information and pictures of our current operations are below.

  • Fr. Doug is refraining from pastoral visitation at this time. If you need pastoral support, please reach out by email, phone, or text

  • We are asking all church members to limit their visits to St. Barnabas to what is absolutely necessary

  • Montezuma Youth Pride clubs will be held virtually. Contact the office for more information.

COVID-19 Update from Fr. Doug

March 16, 2020

Grace’s Kitchen

We have determined at this time in continuing to provide meals with the following procedures, please respect our decisions as we attend to minimizing crowd size due to COVID-19.

 

  1. We are only offering take-out options for meals until further notice. 

  2. We will deliver meals at our South Door, on North Street.

  3. We are offering one bottled or canned beverage as drink option per meal, which we may not have on hand due to current circumstances.

  4. We will assist in bringing meal to sidewalk and ground level for guests, please let this need be known to our volunteers so they can bring meal to ground level.

  5. Our bathrooms and public spaces are not available until further notice.  

 

Meals Served:

Tuesday 12-1 pm

Thursday 12-1 pm

Saturday 12-12:30 pm

 

Office

Our office will be closed to in-person visitors until further notice. We will be responsive by phone (970-565-7865) and email (office@stbarnabascortez.org) at our normal office hours, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Church Member Access

We know that many church members have keys that allow them to enter St. Barnabas when the office is closed. In order to not place the kitchen at risk and continue the ministry of the church through Grace’s Kitchen, we are asking all church members to:

  • Limit and condense your trips to St. Barnabas to those that are absolutely necessary

  • Follow protocols for stopping the spread of germs while at St. Barnabas, including frequent handwashing, disinfecting surfaces, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes

Services

Sunday Morning Prayer will be held weekly over Zoom through Mary 10th. More information is on the Worship page!

Donations

Our ministries are reliant upon your generosity. At this time, there is an even greater need for St. Barnabas’ ministries within the community. You can be active in our ministries’ continuance through your financial giving. You can donate or make pledge payments by mailing a check, dropping it through the mail slot, or online through Paypal (scroll down for link).

 

Church Activities

All in-person activities except Grace’s Kitchen are on hold until further notice. This includes: centering prayer, Sunlight AA, proper study, Wednesday study group, book club, Montezuma Youth Pride meetings, bell choir rehearsals, and Community Conversation.

 

Please stay tuned for opportunities for virtual gatherings. We will post information about how to connect online as it is scheduled.

 

Sunlight AA Zoom info HERE

Pastoral Visitation

Father Doug is refraining from person-to-person visitation at this time. If you are in need of pastoral support, please call, email, or text him.

 

Grace’s Volunteers

We are welcoming volunteers to help with Grace's Kitchen willing to be on call to help out when there is a need. Tasks would be:

  • Cleaning

  • Prepping take-out lunches

  • Distributing

All kitchen safety protocols are in place and volunteers will be trained on how to prep and distribute food safely. We will support volunteers in finding tasks that align with their need for personal health and safety. We ask all potential volunteers to be attentive to their own health and contacts to ensure that we are caring for the health of all of our staff and guests.

COVID-19 Update from Bishop Lucas

March 20, 2020

Dear Siblings in Christ,

 

None of us knew how much we would have to give up in this particular Lent. This is not the season we hoped for; and, in these uncertain times we will have to dig a little deeper, leaning more heavily on the faith that is in us.

 

At this time, the Episcopal Church in Colorado should continue to forgo all public, in-person worship services and all other Sunday, Saturday, and weekday in-person gatherings (including weddings, funerals, memorial services, bible studies, prayer meetings, and non-emergency baptisms) from now until at least May 10 (as recommended by the CDC) or until we receive further information.

 

This extension, of course, means we will have to reimagine both Holy Week and Easter. And while my heart broke a little at this realization, my faith journey has taught me that the Spirit works in transforming us and building us in our broken places.

 

As your Bishop, my primary concern is for the health and safety of our members. We in the Episcopal Church of Colorado are being called to lead our State in caring for our communities by embodying a pastorally sensitive approach to physical distancing practices. Research shows that the more physical distance we place between ourselves and our neighbors, the more we help to slow the spread and mitigate impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). At the same time, we are called to embody Christ’s love, to be the Body of Christ for each other and the world. To that end, while we are physically separated, we will work to remain emotionally and spiritually connected to one another and to our world.

 

I encourage congregations to continue to connect with one another: to offer spiritual nourishment and pastoral care through virtual meetings, video, and phone calls. I ask that feeding ministries and food pantries continue to operate, instituting the recommended hygiene practices and serving in a “curbside only” capacity. I also ask churches to consider how to mobilize members that are at less risk from COVID-19 (those ages 20-40) in providing grocery delivery for our high-risk people.

 

I suspect that many of you are asking, “But what about Easter?” I am reminded that when the first Easter happened, the disciples were holed up, hiding in fear for their lives…and Resurrection happened! We, the body of Christ, know the promise of Easter, and even in these strange circumstances, Resurrection will happen. The Office of the Bishop is already working on gathering resources that will enable congregations to adapt how we do the spiritual work of Holy Week.

 

While this is not the Lent/Easter season that we had hoped or planned for, nonetheless, it is the season in which we find ourselves and God is with us. I give thanks for all of you, for your creativity, your humor, and above all, your faith and commitment to being the Body of Christ.

 

Faithfully,

Bishop Kym Lucas

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