Christ is Risen, indeed! My prayer is that you and yours remain safe and well. Please know that the clergy are always available for conversation in these unsettling days.
Our Holy Week and Easter celebrations were filled with incredible blessings mixed with a sense of melancholy. I missed seeing your faces in the pews but rested easy in the knowledge that we are doing all in our power to keep each other safe by staying home. The clergy and staff were incredibly attentive to how best to invite everyone into a spiritual Holy Week journey, followed by a joyous Easter resurrection.
Godly Play stories offered children and adults an imaginative way to experience the unfolding of the Easter story. Two videos bookended our Holy Week with parishioners' faces popping up in the Palm Sunday procession and in the Easter Gospel message. Six worship services throughout the week via Zoom and Youtube gave comfort and solace as it told the powerful narrative of the last days of Jesus and the wonder of the Empty Tomb. Plus Greenwich Clergy Fellowship offered an incredibly moving worship service of hope and healing on Tuesday night. (see post below) Check out our Youtube Channel if you missed the videos, Godly Play story or worship services.
Consistent with the Governor's directive and per the Bishop's April 17th letter, St. Paul's will continue to be closed until May 20th. Remember that as the last weeks have shown, we are the living Body of Christ connected through our prayers to God and care for each other. While the building may be shut, we still function as a community of faithful, loving followers of Jesus.
Every week the staff and I continue to think and develop new ways to address this new reality. The vestry has begun reaching out to parishioners as the clergy continues pastoral care. In the weeks ahead, we will begin to offer a virtual coffee hour after Sunday services. I will resume our Discovery Hour program, via Zoom, beginning on April 26th. In an exciting effort, I've just become involved in a brand new collaboration with the ECCT Southwest Region which will allow us to share our formation programs across Fairfield County. Work on the congregational garden will begin in early May. Stay tuned for more details on all these efforts.
And even though the building is closed, we continue to manage the day to day building and administration from a distance. The Day School offers parents and children on-line learning opportunities everyday. I am very proud of the staff and clergy who have continued with passion and vision their ministry to God and God's people. Your continued pledges support are incredibly important during these times and I am deeply grateful for your continued commitment to God's church. We will be together again in person sometime soon, until then know that I carry you in my heart.
With Easter joy,