Coronavirus Information (updated: March 31, 2020)
- How Governor Northam's stay-at-home order will affect churches (March 31) - Bishop Haynes
- Holy Week, Triduum and Easter during coronavirus/COVID-19 (March 21) - Bishop Haynes
- From the Rector: Updates, New Videos and Resources (March 18) - Rev. John Rohrs
- From the Rector: Worship Resources and Staying Connected (March 14) - Rev. John Rohrs
- Suspension of All Church Activities Effective Immediately (March 12) - Bishop Haynes
- More news on coronavirus (March 10) - A message from Bishop Haynes
- Guidelines for congregations to prevent spread of illness (March 3) - Diocese of Southern Virginia
I hope you are well. It has been an anxious time for all of us with the daily changes and updates on the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. It is an important time to hold each other in our hearts and prayers, and to remember that God's love and peace surrounds us always.
The bishop knows, and we know, that Sunday worship is our core gathering and expression of faith and community. These other events are important opportunities for connection for many of our parishioners as well, and we don't cancel them lightly. We are working on ways that we can stay connected during this time. We are developing a phone and care tree for our older parishioners who live alone. We also are making plans to stream short reflections and prayer services via our Facebook page and/or a new church You Tube page.
You may be in touch with the clergy and staff directly via phone or email if you have any needs or questions. Maya Angelou once said that eventually every storm runs out of rain, and we will weather this together as the parish family of St. Andrew's. Let us keep each other in mind and in heart. Let me conclude with a prayer shared by Bishop Haynes. It is adapted from the New Zealand Prayer Book.
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.