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COVID-19 Updates

Worship

At the direction of Bishop Rowe, we are suspending all in-person worship and parish events, until further notice.  We are continuing to broadcast Morning Prayer at 10 am on Sunday on our Facebook page and posting the video on our Vimeo channel later in the day.  We are continuing to host many events on Zoom for all ages – subscribe to our e-newsletter for information and links.

Holy Week

Holy Week is, as the name suggests, the holiest week of the Christian year.  We are offering two ways to celebrate Holy Week and Easter at home this year.

Holy Week at home is activities for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and an at home Easter Vigil for your household.  You can sign up to get a Holy Week at Home packet here.

On the Day before Easter, April 3, we will be dropping off stuffed Easter Eggs so that you can have your own, socially distanced, Easter Egg Hunt.  You can sign up for the drop-off Easter Egg Hunt here.

Puzzle Exchange

We have a puzzle exchange located in the garden area in front of our building.  It works like the little free libraries. Bring the puzzles that you have finished and pick up a new one or two.  We are suggesting that you leave the puzzles in your trunk or garage for a day or two (Johns Hopkins says the virus might live up to 24 hours on cardboard).

During the winter the path to the box is cleared from the north side of the building (closer to Main St.) – so drive around, park on that side & walk past the red doors to the box.

What We Do

St. Paul’s welcomes all to celebrate God’s love through faith and action.

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Children & Youth Activities
Right now our usual activities have been adapted to digital formats.  Look for more details on the Children & Youth page about upcoming events!

We are offering digital Sunday School & digital Youth group.  You can find the schedule on the calendar and the Zoom links in our weekly e-newsletterContact Pastor Vicki for more information.

In addition, you can download a brochure that includes a number of different prayers you can use with your family.

Creepy (Virtual) Escape Room – Our youth group discovered a, really very creepy, skeleton while cleaning out the church attic.  He has become something of a mascot for the youth group, who call themselves the Creepy Club.  This virtual escape room is based around Creepy and his club.  Huge thanks to Peters Township Public Library, and Youth Librarian Sydney Krawiec, for the tutorial on which this room is based!

St. Paul’s Animals (Virtual) Escape Room – Our second virtual escape room, based on a story about the stuffed animals that live in our building.  This one is a bit harder than the Creepy room.  (It helps to keep track of the clues you’re given on a piece of paper.)

As students and teachers head back to school, we have developed some prayers for children, teachers and families to use. Download them here!

 

Adult Education
Right now our usual activities have been adapted to digital formats.

Our weekly Bible Study continues to happen at 10 am on Wednesday mornings.  Contact Pastor Vicki for the Zoom link.  A recording of the session is posted to our Podcast site each week.

We have moved our Pub Theology gathering to Zoom too.  Bring your favorite beverage and join in conversations about God, faith, life and what it all means.  You can find the schedule on the calendar and Zoom links in our weekly e-newsletter.

Bible Study is on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 and is meeting on Zoom.  We are picking up our look at the books in the Bible written by St. Paul.   The link to the Zoom meeting is in This Week and the Sunday Links emails.  Recordings of the Bible Study are posted on our podcast site, harrishill.podbean.com.  You can catch up on past Bible Study sessions there too.

For Lent Education this year we will be looking at the writings of a variety of thinkers through the years who were or are writing in times of great stress and change.  Pastor Vicki is putting together a booklet of these writings and we will discuss one a week.  If you would like the booklet of writings sent to you please let the parish office know.  We will have our discussions on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9 am.  Links to the Zoom meetings will be in This Week and Sunday Links emails.

Deacon Leann will be leading a Lent Quiet Morning on Zoom.  This will be Saturday March 13 from 9 am to noon.  The Quiet Morning will begin with Morning Prayer and will have several spiritual activities through the course of the morning.  This is an opportunity to explore some different spiritual practices and spend a morning focused on finding the presence of God in our lives.  The morning will end with noonday prayer.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be in the This Week and Sunday Links emails.

The April Book Group is taking a look at a couple of parables and the way that several different authors have talked about them.  There is no pre-reading for this session, just come and talk about The Workers in the Vineyard and the Unjust Judge.  The April book group will meet Tuesday April 27 at 7 pm on Zoom.

 

Parish Events
Right now most parish social events have been suspended.  We hope and pray that we will be able to resume gathering safely soon.

We miss Sundae Sunday, Parish Family Dinners, Trips to Darien Lake, Tourist in our Hometown Events and all the other ways that we gather, have fun and learn together.  We miss each other’s company and look forward to the time when we can be back together.

We will have Zoom Coffee Hours at 11 am on March 11 and April 18.  These are a chance to catch up with each other and talk about what is going on with each of us, and just to see each other.  The links for the Zoom Coffee Hours will be in the This Week and Sunday Links emails.

 

Outreach Opportunities
Right now many of our outreach activities have been adapted or suspended because of the pandemic.  Check out our e-newsletter for updates on how you can help our neighbors.

One of the ways we are supporting our community right now is providing a puzzle exchange.  There is a box in front of the church where people can pick up a new puzzle and drop off puzzles they are finished with.  It’s a small way to help keep spirits up in our neighborhood.

We are partners with the Buffalo Elementary School of Technology.  We collect school supplies and hygiene items for students, help in the classrooms and provide the hands and feet for the weekend food distribution among other services to the school.

We are also partners with Harris Hill Elementary School.  We serve as the evacuation site for the school, help in classroom and with PTA and school events.

We are supporters of Hearts and Hands Faith in Action, which connects volunteers to seniors in our community to provide rides to appointments, shopping help and home repair services.

We have other Outreach projects through the year, depending on what is going on in our neighborhood, our region, and the world.