Watch this Sunday’s worship online!
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Father Cramer emailed/mailed parishioners information regarding action St. John’s is taking in response to the COVID-19 risk. The full text of that communication can be reviewed online here (este mensaje también está disponible en español en línea aquí). You can also watch a video introduction to this pastoral message below:
For the health and well-being of parishioners and the community all in-person gatherings at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven are suspended through May 10, including public worship.As a suggested alternative to church attendance, St. John’s Episcopal Church encourages online participation in worship as follows:
- On Sundays, Father Jared Cramer will lead a celebration of Morning Prayer with a Sermon at 10:00am that will be live-streamed on the Parish YouTube Channel. Director of Music, Nick Palmer, will provide music appropriate to the setting, joining the live-stream from his own home.
- For our Sunday 12:45pm Spanish-language service of Holy Eucharist, our Missioner, Luis Valencia, will live stream a Spanish-language offering of worship and preaching, drawing upon the resources of Morning Prayer in the prayer book. This will be streamed live on the Spanish-language Iglesia de San Juan Facebook Page.
- On Sunday evenings, at 8:30pm, we will stream sung Compline by Candlelight on the parish Facebook page, led either by Father Cramer from his home. This will be a peaceful end to your day of worship.
- Every day, Monday through Thursday, at 12:30pm, Father Jared will also offer a livestream of noonday prayer with a reflection upon the Gospel appointed for the day in the Office. You can access that on our YouTube channel.
- On Tuesdays, Father Jared will offer a weekly Bible Study as an online Zoom offering at 2pm. You may join that Bible Study at 2pm on Tuesdays online here. We will explore the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday
When we arrive at Holy Week and Easter, Father Jared and Director of Music Nick Palmer will work together to stream offerings for worship and prayer from our own homes.
The Parish Office is hereby closed. However, we are still trying to help those who we know will be most affected by this pandemic:
- Our Loving Spoonfuls Meal Ministry will continue but with a strict “curbside only” system. That means that an extremely limited number of volunteers (no more than five) will prepare the food in our publicly licensed kitchen. (Meals prepared at home may not be served publicly, according to Ottawa County Health Department Guidelines). During our regular serving times on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, a table will be setup outside the West Entrance and to-go containers with the hot meal for the day will be made available for pickup. Every effort will be made to avoid person-to-person contact so that the hungry may be fed while reducing risk for contagion
- .Our Food Pantry will shift its hours to 4pm-6pm, Monday through Thursday. At 4pm, a table will be setup at the West Entrance with food and staples placed on it along with a sign inviting people to take what they need on an honor system. That setup will be done by the Parish Administrator. At 6pm, we are asking for a volunteer to come to move all food and staples to a different table inside the church so that it can be locked up overnight. If people are unable to come during those times, they will be invited to contact Cindi with a list of any needs they have. She will prefer a sealed bag with that person’s name on it and set it out by the West Doors for people to pick up as needed.
It is entirely possible that situations could shift for the better, enabling the lifting of restrictions, or things could worsen, requiring even more restrictions. Church leaders will continue to monitor this situation and respond to the advice and counsel given to us by the medical community and the wider church.
Our faith will enable us to walk through this time and we will find Easter joy and life on the other side.
For information about the restrictions on public worship at SJE (or additional information about these temporary changes mentioned above) please review the full text of Father Cramer’s message. If you have questions after reading his pastoral message on COVID-19 please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to St. John’s Episcopal Church! Our Sunday worship in English is at 8:30am and 10am and in Spanish at 12:45pm. Sunday school and adult faith formation is at 11:30am from September through May. In the summer months, the Spanish service is at 11:45am
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