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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

 
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Information for Our Community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Christian community exists to show the world the power of God to overcome death and despair and to proclaim the Kingdom of God in which love defeats death. One of the ways we do this is by loving each other. This is especially important here and now. We have been working on ways for us to show love to each other, to stay connected, to defeat isolation and despair, and Deacon Paul Kahn and Lucy Kuemmerle have been leading our efforts.

Here is some practical information about how we are maintaining our work as a community during the current crisis. Please do read to the bottom, where you will find information about how you can continue to support our work.

 

Worship

Public worship is now suspended through at least May 10. This is now also the policy of the Diocese of New York.

The Rector is working on keeping us together in a pattern of common worship. We have posted several worship offerings on our YouTube Channel and had hoped to be able to continue to offer you there the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. It is now most unlikely that this will happen.

Starting no later than Palm Sunday, however, we will be offering opportunities for us to worship together, live, on a platform like Google Hangouts Meet with Morning Prayer on Sundays at 11 AM and Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 6 PM. We will also gather in this way on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Pay attention to the Rector’s emails and this space for details and developments.


Parish Office

As our organist & choirmaster and office coordinator, Richard Porterfield lives on the church property, he will be at work and the office is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday afternoon. The parish office available by phone and email: 212-580-3326; porterfield@saintignatiusnyc.org

Furthermore, as we continue to operate the Soup Kitchen, our sexton will be in the building on his regular schedule, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday morning and Friday 8 - 4 pm.

Rick and Boniface’s presence in the building allows us to maintain the security of the property and keep the functions of the parish office going.

The Rector is working from home. He is in close working contact with the office, sexton, churchwardens and vestry; and is also available for parishioners by phone and email

We will advise you of any changes.


Communications

We want to be sure we keep in touch with you and that you can keep in touch with each other as our movements have become quite limited by the recommendations and restrictions that have been put in place.

You will continue to hear from the Rector via email; not necessarily daily, as he does not want to overwhelm your in boxes, but regularly. He is posting daily on Facebook and Instagram.

Link to Facebook here
Look at Instagram here or find us @saintignatiusnyc

The web site has been updated with the most recent information and will continue to be updated regularly (daily if need be). Please remember to refresh your browser to see the latest versions of web pages.

We also want you to be able to keep in touch with each other. Therefore, if you are a member of the parish in good standing and do not have a Parish Directory, email the Rector and he will send you one.


Pastoral Care

Pastoral care as we have come to know it, with the opportunity for in person visits and meetings, is one of the casualties of the present moment. If you are sick or in need, please do not hesitate to let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the best support we can. Right now no one can visit hospitals and nursing facilities and we can not make home visits.

At the same time we do not want people in need to feel isolated or be unable to receive what help we can give. The clergy are happy to speak with you by phone or even FaceTime (or Skype, etc.) and keep in touch via email.

We have been asked starting today to keep our movements and interactions to a minimum. Those over seventy are being asked to be particularly careful and wear masks. Stores like Westside Market have designated 7-8 AM every day as shopping hours for seniors. If you cannot or should not go out, the Leopards are on the prowl, ready to assist those quarantined at home or unable to go out by dropping groceries and other necessary supplies at their doors, current restriction permitting.  They are also looking for vigorous new Leopards to assist in this and future endeavours.

If you need help or want to volunteer to help, you can contact or here.

We are also creating a parish telephone tree, whereby one parishioner will call three others, and those three will each call three others, and so on.  This will provide an intentional way of checking in with each other, passing on parish and other news, lifting each other’s spirits, and making sure we are all okay.  We suggest that calls be made once a week on a scheduled day.  We will provide you with an updated parish directory. You will be hearing more in the coming days.

Email or to get started.


The Spiritual Life and Christian Formation

Holly Hughes has initiated a Daily Office e-mail, for which each day one assigned parishioner will offer a brief reflection inspired by their choice of one or more of the lectionary readings for the day.  We expect this to be launched today!  You can sign up to write for a day, or to just lurk and read the daily missives. Contact

The Rector is posting daily reflections on the parish Instagram (@saintignatiusnyc).

If you want some reading and reflection, check out our Sermon Archive. You will find our sermons here

Stephen Morris is continuing his Wednesday morning Bible Study, which is now meeting live on Zoom from 11 AM to noon EDT; the sessions are being recorded for later viewing as well.  He is making his way through the Gospel according to St Mark, and is currently on Chapter 15.  If you have not already downloaded ZOOM when you click on the link, it will prompt you to download it.:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/644352898?pwd=a25Na0E0VTVUZVlKWXlmYzRtbnpnZz09
Meeting ID: 644 352 898
Password: 091418


Other on-line resources:

Morning and Evening Prayer from the Mission of St Clare, complete with hymns
If you don’t have a Book of Common Prayer at home, here is a free pdf
Check the Episcopal News Service for information concerning sermons from the Presiding Bishop

These are just a few of the online resources available to you and we welcome suggestions that you have found to pass along.


Community Events

Over the last year or so, we have been holding regular community gatherings in restaurants and peoples’ homes in order to deepen our fellowship. These are, of course, suspended for the moment.


How you can support the continued work of your community

Even though we are not seeing each other in person, the clergy, staff, and churchwardens and vestry are hard at work ensuring that we remain here for you, maintaining the property, producing worship, and keeping the place going in all the ways I have described above. We can not do this without your financial support. If you have made a pledge for 2020, please continue to make your regular payments. If you have not pledged, please consider making one. We have made it easy to make your contributions. As many do already (thank you!), you can pay through direct debit (contact us for information) and you can now pay by credit card here

Please contact churchwarden or stewardship chairman,


We are grateful to all of you who give of your time, talent, and treasure to keep the church operating.