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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 present COVID-19 Emergency

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.

I had very much hoped we would be able to return to in-person public worship after Labor Day. However, despite the infection rate remaining low in New York City while the pandemic has raged out of control across the country, there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what will happen as schools reopen and people return to the City after summer, and experts believe that a resurgence in the fall is likely. After discussions with the Churchwardens and Vestry, I have decided that we will remain closed for public worship at least throughout September.

We will, of course, continue our live streamed Sunday worship on YouTube, followed by Zoom Coffee Hour, Evening Prayer on Zoom, and Christian formation programs. I am also hoping that on October 4 we will have the Blessing of the Animals, with appropriate social distancing, outside, on the Church Steps.

As I have said repeatedly during these months in which we have weathered this pandemic, the health and safety of all members of our community is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, working on detailed plans for returning to public worship with appropriate precautions in place and that can be put into action whenever we determine it is time to do so.

Until then, we will continue to worship and gather together in the new ways that have become familiar and nourishing for us:

-The Rev’d Dr Andrew C. Blume, Rector

Worship

As stated above, public worship in the parish is suspended at least through Sunday, 27 September. Maintaining a pattern of common worship, however, is essential for Christian Community.

Solemn Mass is live streamed on our YouTube channel Sundays at 11 AM EDT, and as announced on feast days. These services are all available to watch anytime after on YouTube.

Evening Prayer is said weekdays at 6 PM EDT on Zoom
The Great Litany is said Fridays at Noon EDT on Zoom
The Office of the Dead is prayed Saturdays at 10 AM EDT on Zoom
You can find the links to all Zoom services here.

As long as there remains any need for social distancing (and hopefully beyond), we will maintain a pattern of live streamed and on line worship.

Additionally, it is also now possible for us to offer the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Matrimony. If you feel called to either of these sacraments, please be in touch with me and we can discuss how to proceed and what this would look like. We are also able to bury the dead according to the rites of the Church.

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


Parish Office

To contact the parish office, please email us at office@saintignatiusnyc.org

Our sexton is in the building on his regular schedule, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm. Organist and Choirmaster Richard Porterfield lives on the property and together with Boniface helps us maintain our security.

The Rector is working from home and in the Church at least on Sundays. 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 to get started.


The Spiritual Life and Christian Formation

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

Daily Office Readings Discussion Group  Each Thursday at 4 PM the group will meet to discuss the Daily Office readings of the preceding seven days.  Father Towner and Deacon Kahn do not envision the readings as “homework that must be done in advance, but rather as common territory in some part of which (this reading or that) each of us will undoubtedly have encountered something we wish to share with one another, whether a fresh insight, or an old connection made meaningful again in our present.  It will be a time to appreciate the relationship we enjoy in Christ as we reflect together on the story of our redemption.” You will find the Zoom meeting details here and in the weekly calendar, and in Thursday morning’s email. For more information contact .

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

Book Discussion: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Episcopal Diocese of New York is encouraging all parishes to participate in on-line discussions based on one of the most timely and important books of the day, Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist

In addition to starting a discussion group with fellow Ignatians, we will have the opportunity to join in conversation with members of another parish from the diocese, as well as a “meet the author” event at the end of October.  Thus we will have opportunities to address the crucial issues the book raises amongst ourselves and to create new relationships with other Episcopal parishes. Our plan is to have at least 1-2 parish discussion sessions mid-August to early September, before the wider diocesan discussions begin.

The book is readily available in print, Kindle, and audio editions from major retailers, but you may wish to support your local booksellers either directly or through www.indiebound.org  or www.bookshop.org, or use this link if you wish to purchase books from black-owned bookstores. If purchasing the book is an hardship, please let Deacon Kahn know confidentially and funds can be made available from the Rector’s Discretionary Account.

The Anti-Racism Committee and the clerical and lay leadership of St Ignatius encourage your participation! Please notify Deacon Paul Kahn by email here or by phone at 917.544.3626 of your interest and then stay tuned for more details.


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.

The support you have been showing for this, your own community is essential in these uncertain times. We are grateful that many of you have found PayPal an easy and efficient way to pay your pledge or make an offering to the church. It is, in fact, the most efficient way to make a donation at this time. PayPal, is accessed by clicking the Donate button on the front page of our web site or directly here.

However long our current situation persists, we are committed to meeting the needs of our community and those of the world with our liturgical offerings, Christian formation and pastoral care, and the critical work of our Soup Kitchen.

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.