FRANCISCO-FACT: The process of regathering

Where are we in the process of regathering? The short answer is that we, and the whole Diocese, are very early in the process of regathering. At the last Vestry Meeting, Monday, June 15, the Vestry took the position to move cautiously in the process of re-opening the church. We perceive that in person churchContinue reading “FRANCISCO-FACT: The process of regathering”

Francisco-fact: Vestry work in COVID time

What is the Vestry doing for the church during this time of COVID-19 and social distancing? The role of the Vestry has not changed much since we initiated Zoom Worship, and its work may actually have increased as the church has moved to Zoom Meetings, Bible Studies, and Christian Formation. It might be helpful toContinue reading “Francisco-fact: Vestry work in COVID time”

FRANCISCO-FACT: When will we be able to do birthday and anniversary prayers again?

We will begin praying for birthdays and anniversary celebrations this Sunday, May 17, the 6th Sunday of Easter. It is clear that just as St. Francis is a place where we enjoy being with one another, it is also place where we enjoy celebrating with one another.

FRANCISCO-FACT: Will we ever worship in person again?

Will we ever worship in person again and when will that be? Church is something where gathering and sharing in-person are deeply apart of what we do. To do so without fear and concern is also important. We at St. Francis and the Diocese are working toward that reality—being God’s people in community and unity.

FRANCISCO-FACT: Staying in Place and Processing with Palms

How will St. Francis do the Liturgy of the Palms now that we cannot gather for Palm Sunday and the distribution of Palms is prohibited by stay in place orders? As with all our liturgies for the second half of Lent, Holy Week, and the first part of Easter this year, we will be focusingContinue reading “FRANCISCO-FACT: Staying in Place and Processing with Palms”

FRANCISCO-FACT: Does Zoom Meeting church count as church?

The age of digital community may be receiving a supercharge in this time of responding to COVID-19, but such ways of gathering have been in the works. Jesus proclaimed: “where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am among them” [Matthew 18.20]. As far as I can tell, he did not describe how the two or three are to be gathered.