Wednesday, March 16 - 10:45 am
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Friday, March 13 – 5:30 pm
St. John the Divine Family,
I have just finished a meeting with our Senior Warden, Senior Staff, and Communications Department. In that meeting we reviewed Bishop Doyle’s communique to the diocese which he sent at noon today.
The current health concerns are creating challenges for all of us, and we wanted to let you know we recognize the gravity of the evolving situation and are working to do our part to protect the health and welfare of our community and the people God has put in our care.
Bishop Doyle, like other bishops around the country, is asking that Sunday worship services be conducted "virtually" (online) rather than in-person. Fortunately, this is easily doable for us since we already do that each Sunday. Please note that beginning this Sunday (March 15) and continuing on March 22 and 29, we will not be offering any in-person worship services on our campus.
Please note that we are not cancelling worship, we are simply going to worship in a different way. This Sunday’s Gospel is the story of the encounter between Jesus and the "woman at the well" from John 4:5-42. In it, we hear of the key matters of dispute between the Jewish and Samaritan peoples – chief among them being the issue of the proper place to worship God. Seems timely.
Please join us at 9:00 am or 11:00 am for these virtual services, which will consist of prayer, Scripture reading, a homily, and a musical offering (see below for how to access these worship services).
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve around the country, we will continue to monitor our response and schedule. At this moment, our plan is to resume the normal Sunday worship schedule on April 5, Palm Sunday.
The campus will be closed from Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, March 29. If all goes well, we will reopen on Monday, March 30. All campus activities during this time are cancelled or postponed. The staff will be working from home during this time. In addition, we are planning on a deep, sanitizing cleaning of all areas, with a particular focus on shared surfaces; anti-microbial treatment, and the addition of permanently installed hand sanitizer dispensers.
All of these decisions are made to take part in the public effort to slow the spread of the disease with guidance from the Diocese of Texas, the City of Houston, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As of this writing, no confirmed or suspected cases of the COVID-19 virus are known to be present in our SJD community.
While we are closed physically, we will maintain our community and remain available to our church family in the following ways:
- Services/lessons/etc. will be available via livestream at sjd.org/live and Facebook live at facebook.com/sjdhouston
- Connect with us on social media at facebook.com/sjdhouston or instagram.com/sjd_houston
- Our staff team will be working from home and will be available to you through email and phone. Please click here for a staff directory.
- While we will not be able to visit parishioners to deliver Eucharist and other pastoral support, we will be available via our Care Line at 713.354.2255.
- For those in recovery who would normally attend support groups here on campus, please access your organizations’ virtual support systems via their websites.
Please remember the basics to minimize the risk of being exposed to, or exposing others to, COVID-19 or other illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - we have found that reciting the Lord’s Prayer while washing provides an appropriate time frame – and added prayer!
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
May grace, mercy and peace be with each and every one of you in this uncertain and difficult time.