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COVID-19 Updates

Worship

We have in-person worship at 8 & 10 am on Sunday mornings.  Masks are required.  With social distancing requirements, there are 19 pews available for each service, 1 household per pew.
We are continuing to broadcast Morning Prayer at 10 am on Sunday on our Facebook page & post it on our Vimeo channel.  You can find the bulletin here.

Parish Events

Please take a minute and fill out our Looking Forward survey.  As we look to resuming something like normal congregational life, we need your opinions.  Here is the link to the survey.
Some of our parish events have resumed meeting in-person with masks & social distancing.  Others are remaining on Zoom.  Subscribe to our e-newsletter for up to date information and links.

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).

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.

The May Book Group will meet on Zoom on Tuesday May 25 at 7 pm.  We will be discussing the book We Shall Be Changed: Questions for the Post-Pandemic Church edited by Mark D.W. Edington.  The book is a collection of essays on various topics by a wide variety of authors.  The book is available for less than $10 on Amazon.  If you have trouble locating a copy let Pastor Vicki know.  The link for the Zoom meeting and call in information will be in the This Week and Sunday Links e-newsletters.

The Small Plates adult education program will meet on Zoom at 9 am on May 16 & 23 and June 6 & 13.  We will be discussing a document called Hybrid Church: A Way Forward for Church Leaders as a way to begin a discussion about what the future might look like.  You can find the document here.  We will also be doing a one evening discussion of the document on May 20 at 7 pm on Zoom.  The Zoom links and call in information will be in the This Week and Sunday Links e-newsletters.

 

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.

 

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.