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. We will offer Morning Prayer on Easter Sunday and will celebrate Easter all together once we can return to worship in person.
All in-person activities and meetings are on hold until further notice.
Grace's Kitchen is serving take-out lunches at its regular hours. 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
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.
We are only offering take-out options for meals until further notice.
We will deliver meals at our South Door, on North Street.
We are offering one bottled or canned beverage as drink option per meal, which we may not have on hand due to current circumstances.
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.
Our bathrooms and public spaces are not available until further notice.
Tuesday 12-1 pm
Thursday 12-1 pm
Saturday 12-12:30 pm
Our office will be closed to in-person visitors until further notice. We will be responsive by phone (970-565-7865) and email (email@example.com) 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
Sunday Morning Prayer will be held weekly over Zoom through Mary 10th. More information is on the Worship page!
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).
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
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.
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:
Prepping take-out lunches
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
April 29, 2020
For the past few weeks I have been praying an adaptation of a prayer written by Trappist monk and priest Thomas Merton. I invite you to pray it with me:
Lord God, we have no idea where we are going. We do not see the road ahead of us, and we cannot tell for certain where it will end, nor do we really know ourselves. And the fact that we think we are following Your will does not mean that we are actually doing so. But we believe that the desire to please You does in fact, please You. We hope that we will never do anything apart from that desire and we know that if we do this, You will lead us by the right road that we may know nothing about it. Therefore, we will trust You always. Though we may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death we will not fear for You are ever with us and You will never leave us to face our struggles alone. Amen.
Like many of you, I miss deeply gathering in person as the body of Christ. Like many of you, I miss deeply gathering around the altar and sharing the Holy gifts of God with one another.
As we entered this season of COVID-19 church leaders, bishops, priests, deacons, lay leaders scrambled to meet the adaptive challenge before us. Several weeks ago, word came from the presiding Bishop about what options were not on the table in terms of worship. One of those was communion to go. The other was the idea of virtual communion. That is me blessing something here, and you having your elements, and they being blessed virtually. Other than that, the presiding Bishop said it was up to each diocesan Bishop to decide what they would do about worship in this season.
I prayed long and hard over this. I wanted to avoid a few things. I wanted to avoid the cheapening of Eucharist, but I also wanted to avoid what professor James Farwell called the fetishizing of Eucharist. I wanted to avoid the commodification of Eucharist. And I also wanted to avoid the privatization of Eucharist. And while many in other dioceses have accepted the aspect of spiritual communion, I refrained from that for this reason. While Holy communion is deeply spiritual. It is also deeply personal and intimate. Holy Eucharist is not simply about the breaking of bread. It’s about the sharing of the bread, the offering of bread to all of us who are gathered around the table as the body of Christ, receiving the body of Christ. Holy Eucharist is deeply incarnational. And ultimately I decided that morning prayer would be our mode of worship as a gesture of hospitality.
To me, Holy communion is not for the sacred few, or those of us with Holy hands. Holy Eucharist is for everybody. And until we’re at a place, until we are in a new season where we can share Holy Eucharist with everybody, I have decided that instead we will mind the deep riches of our prayer tradition. Because I actually believe that we are not being called in this adaptive moment to simply recreate what we have known. I believe we are called to explore the riches of what it means to be the body of Christ. To mine the depth of our prayer tradition. To understand so much more about what it means for us to be church, together.
In this adaptive moment we are all being challenged. And that prayer from Thomas Merton is so powerful to me because it reminds me that, that all we are called to do in this moment is take the next faithful step. Even though the path is not clear, even though there’s so much uncertainty, you and I are being called to take the next faithful step. And I have been so blessed to join you in prayer, in morning prayer. I have been so blessed to be able to hear your sermons, to hear you all praying with and for one another.
And I ask you to continue this curious, hopeful, prayerful discernment of how we are church together. Knowing that God is with us on this journey every step of the way. Amen.
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