UPDATED MAY 6TH
Dear People 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 a vibrant Community for the World. 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 Governor Wolf and the medical experts give us more direction on beginning to open up, 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.
We are streaming Sunday worship at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through our website, Facebook, and YouTube. 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 stream when we are able to gather together again.
The Bishop is working on guidelines for coming back together in physical worship and the Vestry and Commissions and Staff are talking and praying about how we can open up safely and effectively. We are reading the same articles that you are reading and so I expect we will be physically apart for months to come or until there is a medical breakthrough (something to pray about).
A group of lay persons 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. The love and friendship of this simple act of calling and checking in on one another has been an important ministry for building up and maintaining our community. I give grateful thanks to God for their continued good work. If you would like to be a caller or know of someone in need, I encourage you to contact the Rev. Elizabeth Colton at email@example.com. 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.
The feeding ministries we participate in (St. John’s, Norristown, St. Mary’s, Chester, and St. James School) continue to serve those in need. Thanks to all of you who have sent money and who have dropped off canned food, pasta, peanut butter, jelly and water. The needs are great and this is an area where we can all give of ourselves to help others.
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 and stay closely connected with those you love to encourage them and yourself in this time of transition. Be assured, God is with us. I so look forward to the time when we are all together.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Frank Allen
Rector of St. David’s