Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 
 

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Churches Offering Remote Services

 
If you need assistance accessing a remote service, contact junior warden Brendan Deocariza-Nee at bfdeonee@gmail.com or (760) 688-6722.
 

St. Bede’s

St. Bede’s is offering a Morning Prayer service via conference call at 9:30 a.m. We recommend dialing in about 5 minutes before the call is scheduled to start.

To participate by phone, dial one of the following numbers and enter meeting ID 879 365 446:

  • – +1 (669) 900-6833 (San Jose)
  • – +1 (253) 215-8782
  • – +1 (301) 715-8592

Alternatively, you can join the service online with both video and audio here: https://zoom.us/j/879365446

Download a copy of the Morning Prayer service so that you can pray with us:

Neighboring Churches

Click on the church names below to be taken to the site where online service is being offered:

This list is selected from the Diocese of California’s Church Online page, which includes over three dozen churches offering remote services on Sunday and during the week.


Letters from Our Senior Warden

 

Latest COVID-19 Guidance

Posted March 20, 2020

With shelter-in-place orders in effect throughout the Bay Area, Bishop Marc Andrus issued new guidelines this week for all congregations in response to COVID-19. All public, in-person worship services are suspended, and all other in-person gatherings, including meetings, funerals, memorial services, weddings and non-emergency baptisms, are cancelled for the CDC’s recommended eight weeks, or until May 10.

These guidelines are in alignment with the most recent directives from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the public health orders issued in the six counties in which the Diocese of California operates.

In his directive, Bishop Marc notes, “I want to assure you that Easter will happen, and, once these orders are lifted, we WILL celebrate the resurrection with joy and great fanfare in our respective congregations and as a diocese.” We hope to celebrate Easter with all of you – just a bit later than usual.

Here’s how we have responded to the shelter-in-place order and the latest Diocesan directive:

  • – The parish office is closed and our staff is working from home. The office telephone is checked at least twice a day for messages and staff will respond as needed.
  • – Arts at St. Bede’s concerts scheduled for March have been postponed and the Junior Bach concerts scheduled for this month have been cancelled.
  • – The use of our facilities by all outside groups has been cancelled; they will not be invited to return until we can fully open our church facilities on May 10.
  • – Trinity School has closed their campus and is conducting classes via distance learning The school was tentatively set to return to campus after Spring Break on April 14; that will likely change as a result of the latest directive from the Bishop.

So, how do we stay connected as a beloved community while all of us are sheltering at home over the next several weeks? Most church committees will continue to meet, using conference calls, Zoom meetings and other apps. Members of the Vestry and the Community Outreach Committee are working to establish an old-fashioned “phone tree” to call parishioners and check in periodically. Starting this Sunday, Irene Lawrence will offer a Sunday morning prayer service via conference call; if this approach works well, we may look to expand this during Holy Week. Read further for more details on some of these efforts.

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks and I’m grateful for all of you who are getting through this with patience, resilience and good cheer.

I look forward to seeing you when next we can gather in person.

– Anne Vitullo, Senior Warden

 

Worship Services Cancelled to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Posted March 12, 2020

Dear People of St. Bede’s,

At the direction of Bishop Marc Andrus, we are cancelling Sunday worship services at St. Bede’s through the end of March to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). There will be no worship services on March 15, 22 or 29.

In addition, we are postponing two Arts at St. Bede’s concerts until later in the season: the Candlelight Evensong scheduled for this Sunday, March 25, and the Menlo Brass Concert that was scheduled for Sunday, March 29.

In a related move, Trinity School announced yesterday that they will close the school on Friday, March 13 and hold classes via distance learning March 17 – 27. Depend on future health advisories, the school may remain closed until April 14, the end of Spring Break.

These decisions have been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our St. Bede’s and Trinity School community. It is important to note that there are no known cases of COVID-19 at St. Bede’s or Trinity School. However, the growing number of cases in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, and the speed with which the virus is spreading makes public gatherings risky to everyone’s health, particularly older members of our parish or those with health problems.

Several of the outside groups who use our facilities have already cancelled their meetings for the next few weeks and we are recommending that all others do so as well.

Bishop Marc and his staff will revisit the decision to cancel worship services by the end of March and will let us know about next steps. We hope to be able to welcome you back to St. Bede’s for Holy Week and Easter Sunday services – but will rely on the Bishop’s guidance.

For those of you who wish to attend a virtual service, the Diocese is gathering information about churches that will be live-streaming Sunday services; we will post a link to that information on our web site (www.stbedesmenlopark.org) as well as our Facebook page (www.facebook.com.StBedesEpiscopalChurch). And we will gather your prayer requests via e-mail at office@stbedesmenlopark.org to include in our weekly eNews to the parish.

I have always believed that God never gives you more than you can handle but sometimes throws you a challenge to see how you measure up. We are a strong, faithful community that puts our trust in the Lord. We pray from the 121st Psalm, “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth forevermore.”

Please keep our St. Bede’s community in your prayers – as well as those around the world who have contracted the virus and pray for their recovery.

In faith,

Anne Vitullo
Senior Warden, St. Bede’s Vestry