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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
Sunday Morning Prayer is currently being held via Zoom. 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 Disaster Response Director, Rev. Canon Carl Andrews
April 29, 2020
As number of cases continues to rise across our state, I wanted to highlight a few areas in particular. In addition to previous orders by Adams, Logan, and Arapahoe counties, Denver and Denver County issued a Safer at Home Level 3 today, and there is a strong possibility this order will be expanded in the coming weeks. For Houses of Worship, there is no change between level 2 and level 3, see Amended Health Order 20-35, pages 5, 6, and 8 (capacity is 25% of building occupancy and not greater that 50 persons, including staff). I would encourage all parishes examine their own demographics, access their own risk tolerance, and continue to strive to keep people safe.
I recommend, to error on the side of caution, is that if your county reaches or surpasses 7% of the seven-day moving percentage, we then congregations use the Event Inside requirement number of 25 persons, rather than the 50, at minimum. This will vary from county to county as some counties have higher and some lower seven-day percentages. Clergy and parish leaders are encouraged to continually monitor the seven-day moving parentage for your county and adjust according to the risk factors.
The Office of the Bishop has shifted from partially remote work to fully remote work. Staff are fully responsive and available during business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
While we are making progress with the fight against this virus, we need to remain vigilant and true to our core values of caring for the most vulnerable of our population. Frankly, unless we able to play our part in helping to decrease these numbers, we can anticipate more governmental restrictions, including Stay at Home orders. Thank you for your leadership, creativity, and endurance during these times.
Compassionate God, support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern, and prayer for the sick and distressed. In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. In their concerns and fears may they know your peace. In their prayer may they know your steadfast love. May they not grow weary or faint-hearted, for your mercy’s sake. Amen. – Enriching our Worship 2, 93
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