Appearance Behind Locked Doors (panel 1) 1308-11
Tempera on wood, 40 x 52 cm, by Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena

Be careful: If you come here, you will grow!

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
Easthampton, MA

A note from the Rev. Michael A. Bullock
Dear Folks:In last week’s NOW, I wrote about our plan to re-open on April 25 for in-person worship.  As things presently stand, we continue to prepare for this much-awaited occasion.  In order for us to be able to do this and to be safe, there are a few adjustments to our reunion.  We will continue to wear masks, keep social distance, and sanitize very consciously.  We are training our ushers to be in a position to monitor our coming together.  We haven’t had the need for ushers in 13 months; and now as we anticipate reopening, their responsibilities entail much more than showing hospitality.  I know that we all will take our cues from their assisting guidance; and all will be well.

Another important adjustment, one that has no precedent for us, has to do with the limited seating that the Covid protocols require.  Specifically, those who plan on attending worship in-person must reserve their seats.  This will allow us to maintain the appropriate personal spacing among the congregation and to keep accurate tracing records (should they be needed).  The seating reservation form will be available in each week’s NOW.  The link provided will reserve a seat (or seats) for two Sundays hence.  For instance, the link in today’s edition is for reservations for 4/25 (which is the Sunday after this Sunday).  Please help us work through this very unusual procedure so we can gather together after a very long year.

With all this talk about reopening, let me remind you that we will continue to live-stream our worship in the same manner we have during this pandemic experience.  Nothing in this regard will change.   Read More

This Sunday we celebrate
the Third Sunday of Easter 
Our Holy Eucharist service is streamed online at 10:00 am on Facebook Live.
The Prelude starts at 9:55 am.
You do not need a Facebook account to view this Livestream of our service.
https://www.facebook.com/stphilipseasthampton/live/

Please contact the Parish Administrator (office@stphilipseasthamptonton.org or call 413-527-0862) by 4:30 pm Thursday to sign up to receive communion in the church parking lot following the service.

Please click HERE for the bulletin to follow along with the liturgy.

Sunday Lectionary Study is at 8:45 a.m.
and Coffee Hour follows the service on Zoom.
USE THIS ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 495 873 2817   |   Passcode: 270862To Join by Telephone

Audio conferencing participant (joining by telephone) will need to call: +1 929 436 2866 US AND follow the verbal instructions. Enter the meeting ID you wish to join followed by the # key. If you are asked for a password, enter the password followed by the # key. You will be asked to enter your participant ID. If you do not know your participant ID, simply press the # key.
Come Worship In-Person April 25th,
but sign-up in advance!
Presuming that Covid cases remain low, we will be offering in-person worship, beginning April 25th, which is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, known popularly as “Good Shepherd Sunday”.  Given the pandemic protocols for indoor group gatherings, seating in our church will be limited to a maximum of 54 (including our liturgical leaders).  Consequently, it will be necessary to reserve your (and your family’s) place  ahead of time.  Signing up each week (by using the online form linked below or calling the parish office) is required so that we can comply with contact tracing guidelines and maintain size limitations.  Please take note of the guidelines and sign up by 4:30 pm on Thursdays.
Looking for Ushers
As we return to in-person worship, we are in need of more Ushers to help with the flow of the service.  Please contact Julie Flahive (julieflahive@gmail.com or 413-433-2300) if you are interested in learning more about assisting in this important role. Thank you.
Organizational Meeting: Saturday, May 8 at 3:30 pm.
We are very pleased to announce the formation of small groups designed to draw our hearts closer to God in Christ and to one another in community. The groups will include prayer and study, reading and reflection, and most of all conversation: a chance to discuss and question, to explore together our relationship with God and with our fellow pilgrims. We would love to have you join us for an organizational meeting on ZOOM on Saturday, May 8 at 3:30 pm. At this meeting we will share format and content of the Pilgrim groups and will arrange meeting times for each small group based upon members’ schedules. Please contact Linda McCullough Moore at bythegraceofGod@outlook.com to sign up for this first organization meeting or with any questions.

 

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