Hi St. James Church School Families. In fear of not reaching everyone, we are sending this to all families that were part of the church school family last year. Due to several reasons, we are going to adjust and make St. James Church School “Independent” study. We will not have the Tuesday Zoom lessons as we have planned.
So, Jill and I will be mailing out packets to families for the fall for the students to do independently and or with their famlies at their convenience. Kelly Kennedy and Eileen Lake are open to receive emails from students who want to ask questions or share ideas from their lessons. Just to reiterate, student packs are being sent out to famlies 8 to 10 weeks at a time, families may do the lessons independently at their convenience, and once we can all come back to St. James without social distancing rules in place, we will begin meeting on Sunday mornings once again.
Kelly Kennedy’s class of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders-Her Email Address is firstname.lastname@example.org Eileen Lake’s class of 6th, 7th, and 8th gradrer-Her Email Address is email@example.com
Finally, Jill and Bryan will scan the teacher editions for parents to reference to assist if they would like. The teachers found this very helpful. This is entirely optional for parents who would like to view. You do not have to access the scanned teacher copies if you don’t want.
Please let me know if you do not wish to recieve the lessons or any additional emails.
We will have our Sunday Service on the front lawn for July and August and September at 9 a.m. In order to worship together again we will have to follow safe practices to avoid the potential spread of any virus. First, if you feel sick, please stay home. And if you have any medical conditions that might make you more vulnerable to the Coronavirus, please consider your risk in attending. The plan for now is to worship outside in July and August to help limit any spread of the virus. In September we will need to move indoors and that will require additional planning.
Sunday 9 a.m. summer service:
Please bring your own chair (lawn chairs) though we will have a few extras for those who can’t. Everyone will be required to wear a mask (no exceptions as per the Bishop) and to keep to a distance of six feet. We will celebrate Holy Communion; I will bring the consecrated Bread to you if you wish to receive. The consecrated wine will not be administered for the foreseeable future. Masks must be worn throughout the entire service, even after you have adjusted it to consume the bread. We will not be using any Prayer Books or Hymnals; please bring your own if you have one. We will provide a program/bulletin you can take home or deposit at the end of the service to be recycled. Deacon Tom is enlisting soloists to sing at the service since there will be no congregational singing because of the potential spread of germs. We will not be able to share the peace or move around during the service. The ADA bathroom will be open for your use during the service, otherwise the rest of the Church and the Parish Hall will be closed during the service. We will have no Coffee Hour, but you can certainly visit with each other after the service, keeping social distance. If it is raining the service will be canceled. I will send out an email at 8am on Sunday if the service is to be canceled. I will continue to post the weekly service online for those who cannot attend.
These limitations hopefully will keep everyone safe and offer us the chance to worship together again. Of course this style of worship will not be normal or ideal but is the best plan for moving forward and resuming our congregational life. I ask for everyone’s cooperation as we try to find our way in this period of uncertainty. At some point we will all move beyond the present circumstance but in reality that may be some time away. In the meantime, in a spirit of love, let us exercise patience, support one another, and continue in hope that eventually we will pass through this pandemic. If you have any concerns or questions please call me or one of the Wardens.
The calendar (BCP, pp. 15-33) orders the liturgical year of the Episcopal Church by identifying two cycles of feasts and holy days-one dependent upon the movable date of Easter Day and the other dependent upon the fixed date of Christmas, Dec. 25. Easter Day is the first Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after Mar. 21. The sequence of all Sundays in the church year is based on the date of Easter. Tables and rules for finding the date of Easter Day, and other movable feasts and holy days are provided by the BCP, pp. 880-885. The date of Easter determines the beginning of the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday and the date of Pentecost on the fiftieth day of the Easter season. The Sundays of Advent are always the four Sundays before Christmas Day. The church year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. The calendar also identifies and provides directions concerning the precedence and observance of principal feasts, Sundays, holy days (including Feasts of our Lord, other major feasts, and fasts), Days of Special Devotion, and Days of Optional Observance. The calendar lists dates for celebration of major feasts and lesser feasts by month and date. Appropriate Sunday Letters and Golden Numbers are also provided. (see BCP, pp. 880-881). The calendar also lists the titles of the seasons, Sundays, and major holy days observed in the Episcopal Church throughout the church year, including Advent season, Christmas season, Epiphany season, Lenten season, Holy Week, Easter season, the season after Pentecost, holy days, and National Days.
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