Virtual Prayer Card
2020 St. Andrew’s Parish Meeting Info
In addition to presenting challenges for resuming our worship services, COVID-19 has made it difficult for us to schedule a live version of our 2020 Parish Meeting. After seeing the guidelines, we realized that many who normally attend our Parish Meeting would not be able to be present any time soon.
We have developed an approach that overcomes this problem and it may even improve on aspects of our previous Parish Meetings. This Thursday, May 21 you will receive an email that contains several items for you to review at your convenience:
- A recorded presentation from the Leadership Team that gives you summarized background information on the handouts you will receive. It will be in a similar format to the way you have been receiving our Sunday worship services.
- A detailed Financial Report that contains information on our 2019 financial results, along with the 2020 Budget. Yet, instead of receiving this at the beginning of the Parish Meeting, you will have a week to review it before we come together.
- A copy of the PowerPoint slides that we used in the Leadership Team’s presentation.
We ask that you submit any questions that come to mind as you review these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 26. Then, on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., we will conduct a live webinar to respond to the questions you have emailed us, along with any questions you submit during the live webinar itself. You will receive an invitation to the live Webinar that will make it easy for you to attend.
We are hopeful that this process will allow more members to participate in the Parish Meeting and that it will give you plenty of time to review all of the written information well in advance of the webinar. It will help us keep the presentation more concise. It should also give us more time to answer the questions on your mind, rather than on the presentation itself. This will also give many more members the opportunity to have their questions answered.
God has blessed, and continues to bless St. Andrew’s in this unusual time. We are thankful for your generosity to help God’s Kingdom to spread in Little Rock and beyond. We take seriously our responsibilities to be good stewards of these funds and look forward to our time together to report to you.
The Leadership Team of St. Andrew’s Church
Midday Gathering Returns!
While we can’t meet in person, we can still make meaningful connections with each other thanks to technology! Join us through Zoom at noon on Tuesdays for a time of quiet reflection on the Gospel reading from the Daily Office Lectionary, small group discussion on how you can apply the scripture, and a time of corporate silent prayer accepting God’s presence and action in our lives.
You can join by clicking here.
To be added to a Tuesday email reminder or to ask questions, contact Ephraim McNair.
Daily Office readings are available any time on our home page.
Return to Corporate Worship
Dear St. Andrew’s Family,
Christ’s peace to you! We have a lot of specific details to share with you today, as a plan for phase 1 of our return to corporate worship is now in place. Please take a careful look at all the information below. As we communicated before, this will be a gradual process requiring grace and flexibility from all of us. Even so, we are grateful and trust that God is at work in the midst of these challenges!
RETURN TO CORPORATE WORSHIP
Sunday, May 31 • 10 a.m.
Single service, limited attendance
(Note: State of Arkansas guidelines click here)
(see below for more information on signing up)
WHAT TO EXPECT
1. Connecting from home—live streaming
While worship services will resume during phase 1, it continues to be unsafe for many members of our congregation to return to worship. As such, we are working to bring live streaming service online as quickly as possible. Until then, recorded services will continue to be provided. Once live streaming is operational, those at home will be able to worship with those in the sanctuary live, in real-time.
2. Not everyone will be able to return during Phase 1
People in the following categories are asked to continue to worship remotely for the time being (per the direction of the Ark. Dept. of Health):
- Anyone who is, or recently has been, sick with
- a fever in the past 2 days; or
- a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.
- Anyone who has had contact with a person infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
- Those over the age of 65.
- Children too young to maintain social-distancing measures.
- Those with chronic health conditions, such as:
- heart disease;
- lung disease;
- or a compromised immune system.
3. Social distancing will be required for all attending
- Masks will be required for everyone over 10 years, throughout worship.
- No food or drinks will be allowed in the building.
- A six-foot distance should be kept at all times.
- No physical contact outside of families.
- No gathering in the Narthex before or after the services.
- A three-seat gap should be maintained between families while seated.
4. There will be no Early Childhood or Children’s Ministries
All children will remain with their parents throughout the service.
5. The service and worship space will be different
You will notice a number of small changes. Some of the most significant will be:
- only two entrances will be open—the east and west front doors (on either side of the Narthex);
- many seats have been removed;
- many areas of the building will be closed, including the downstairs;
- communion will be taken from our seats using the packaged communion we have been using in our homes; and
- we will leave row by row at the end of the service.
With all of the limitations listed above in mind, anyone who plans to attend services is asked to let us know by signing here. This will help us prepare a safe space, where appropriate social distancing is possible.
7. Clean up
Finally, we are looking for volunteers to help sanitize the building after each service. If you are willing to help with this, or are open to knowing more about it, please contact Jessie Smith. Thank you for considering serving in this way; it will be a huge blessing to the body!
The Lord bless and keep you! May his face shine upon you!
Things to Know
- We will have communion pick up next week, Monday–Friday, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Pavillion. If you would like it delivered to your home, please contact Jessie Smith.
- If you need technical help learning video chat services like Zoom or FaceTime, or you’d like to brainstorm ways to stay in touch, please reach out to Jessie Smith.
- To gain access to our online directory, contact Veronica Zamora.
- For questions about and to submit your video, email Veronica Zamora.