COVID-19 Update

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UPDATED MARCH 24TH

Dear People and Friends of St. David’s,

I pray that you and yours are well in these trying and challenging times and I know from many of you that you are praying for me, for our staff and Vestry leadership and for the world. At present we are all fine and are working diligently to keep St. David’s vibrant and this living Community for the World. And though we are physically apart from one another, we are joined together in the presence and grace of Christ and God’s love living in us and supporting us always. Even though St. David’s and our school are closed and will remain closed until after May 3, we continue to be on the mission to Know God in Jesus Christ and to make Christ known to others.

I want to catch you up on some of our shared work and plans going forward in this time of being physically separated.

Worship and Holy Week

We are live-streaming Sunday worship at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The participation and response have been remarkable! Our shared worship, even apart from one another, has deepened my understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives in new ways and I expect that we will continue to live-stream when we are able to gather together again.

Since the Bishop has directed us to refrain from coming together until after Sunday, May 3, we will continue to worship God together online, including during Holy Week and Easter. Like many of you I am saddened that we will not be able to celebrate Easter together, but I encourage you to join in, nonetheless. We will have another Easter Sunday when we are back together with all the flowers and choirs and instrumentalists and one another.

Pastoral Care
Over the past week, a group of volunteers has reached out or attempted to reach out to everyone in our community to ensure that they are well and remain connected to St. David’s. Of course, we found out that some of our phone numbers are outdated as well as emails, so if you didn’t receive a call or know of someone in need, please email The Rev. Elizabeth Colton at lcolton@stdavidschurch.org.

There will be more pastoral work to come as some of our members have already lost their jobs due to this shutdown and we are a community that can help them find employment. If this is something you have gifts for and experience in, please reach out to me as we will be putting together a little committee to help place people.

Outreach
The feeding ministries we participate in at St. John’s, Norristown, St. Mary’s, Chester, and St. James School continue to serve those in need. The St. John’s program has moved away from casseroles, but are making sandwich based meals that are being handed out to upwards of 150 people on Wednesdays and if you would like to contribute financially, that would be a help. The Men’s Bible study has taken on supporting the feeding program at St. James, and next week, if you’re able, please drop by canned food and pasta for the food pantry at St. Mary’s, Chester.

May God bless you and keep you. Be safe. Be smart. Only watch the news once per day (that’s plenty). Spend time in the presence of God. I so look forward to seeing you soon.

Grace and Peace,

The Rev. Frank Allen
Rector of St. David’s

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UPDATED MARCH 15TH

Dear Friends,

I pray that you and yours are well in this time of uncertainty and fear. We follow a Lord who is with us always and is walking with us even now.

I want to thank our staff for their good work and the incredible live-streaming on Sunday as well as their faithful work from home and the pastoral ministries that ate continuing.

I want to thank the Vestry for their leadership in calming fears in our congregation and for your support of closing down.

We have made the decision, in keeping with the Bishop’s directive and the government, to remain closed through Sunday, March 29, with plans for now to re-open the offices on Monday, March 30.

Be well and be at peace. The Lord is with us.

The Rev. Frank Allen
Rector of St. David’s

Dear People of St. David’s,

I pray that you and yours are well. I am writing to update you that after much prayer and discernment, I have chosen to take precautionary measures and close both St. David’s Episcopal Church and St. David’s Episcopal Day School.

Over the past week, I have been in conversation and prayer with other leaders and with many of you regarding the COVID-19 virus and how best to handle things in an effort to “flatten the curve” of the virus. Social distancing seems to be the most prudent and socially responsible measure. This decision is aligned with the Diocese response, as well as both local county and school decisions.

All activities and events are cancelled through Sunday, March 22nd.

This means:

  • In-person worship will be suspended on both Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22.
  • Instead, we will live stream worship at the 9:15 a.m. service only. This is new for St. David’s; please click here at 9:10 to begin streaming the service. No other services will occur on these days.
  • All Bible Studies, Choirs and other ministerial activities are cancelled.
  • The lay staff will be working remotely.
  • The Clergy will be available for Pastoral emergencies. Please call 610-688-7947 and press ‘3’ if you need to speak with a Clergy.
  • I will reevaluate the climate over the next week and update everyone with any new information.

    Mostly, I am sad. This notion of social distancing is counter-intuitive to our community which naturally witnesses to others by wrapping our arms around each other in joy and in pain and uses our hands to wipe away the tears of the broken.

    I invite you to spend this time with God and read the Gospel of Matthew each day. This is a great way to have Jesus in our heads and hearts as we walk together through this journey. Now is the very time to lean in and remember that the way we communicate with each other over the next few weeks may be different, but it is temporary. However, the message of God’s grace and mercy remains unchanged. Be still. Do not fear.
    We are a community for the world.

    Grace and Peace.

    The Rev. Frank Allen
    Rector of St. David’s

A Note from our Clergy

Each day for the next week, the St. David’s clergy will be sending video encouragements through the website and on Facebook. Please see below for the videos.

The Rev. Elizabeth Colton

The Rev. Maurice Dyer

The Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers

The Rev. Bill Wood

The Rev. Frank Allen

The Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers

We are a church on a mission to know God in Jesus Christ and make Christ known to others.