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 Morning Prayer is currently being held weekly 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. 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 at St. B's

September 8, 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 is currently being held via Zoom. 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.

A Message from Bishop Kym Lucas:

A Resolve to Love and Protect One Another

December 16, 2020

Dear Siblings in Christ,

 

In recent months there have been several legal challenges, here in Colorado and around the nation, regarding whether or not the state can impose restrictions on church gatherings. These challenges escalated to the Supreme Court and the Court decided that the state could not restrict church gatherings, even with regard to Covid-19 safety protocols. While I have stressed throughout this pandemic that we should adhere to all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19, I have also been clear that these protocols represented the bare minimum we could do. As followers of Jesus, we are called to go the extra mile when it comes to loving our neighbors.

 

We who are called to live the Way of Love are called to do all that we can to care for our community. Our worship is not about what is legal; it is about what is meet and right. One of the priests of the diocese recently reminded me of the Apostle Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians (6:12) “everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.” And indeed, the apostle is right. Our question as disciples is not "What can we do?" but "What is the most loving, healing and reconciling thing that we can do?”

 

As Episcopalians we rely on scripture, prayer, and reason for our discernment so that we can make faithful decisions in difficult times. I have appreciated the way in which clergy and lay leaders have rooted themselves in this love-centered way and how you have made decisions on behalf of your congregations. I also know the weight and complexity of these decisions. I, like you, have lost sleep over how to nourish and care for our people. Thank you for making tough decisions. Thank you for putting the safety of our congregations and community first. Thank you for working to protect people even when it means disappointing them. 

 

As we approach the Nativity of our Lord, we realize most poignantly that we are incarnational people who long for physical community. It has been months since we’ve be able to gather with each other, to shake hands, to hug each other. This time of isolation has been exhausting and our fatigue is setting in. But even now, we cannot relax in our resolve to care for one another. Even with the hope that the recent vaccines offer us, this pandemic is still with us: people are still getting sick, being hospitalized and dying. Our hospitals in Colorado are overwhelmed and our nation’s death toll has cleared three hundred thousand.

 

Therefore, I strongly recommend that all congregations transition to virtual worship through January 17, 2021. While, I leave the final decisions regarding worship in the hands of the clergy and lay leaders of each parish, it is my position that we, as the Church, should make whatever sacrifices we must to protect the most vulnerable. If leaders determine they must continue with in-person worship, then I ask that those gatherings take place outdoors. If gatherings are indoors, I ask that no more that 25 persons be present, and that in all circumstances, we always employ masks and observe proper physical distancing.

 

I understand that many of us will be tempted to gather in-person for Christmas, with our friends and family and with our church. I know that this season of Covid-19 has taken so much from us. And I commend to you a line from the hymn “O Holy Night” which says, “Truly he taught us to love one another, his law is love and his gospel is peace.” Let Christ’s love guide your decision. The greatest Christmas gift we could give to each other is our resolve to love and protect one another so that the most vulnerable among us will see and celebrate next Christmas.

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