Updates on Church Services and Life at St. Stephen’s

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Please see the Sermons page for the most recent video offering from our Interim Rector.

Also, be sure to subscribe to our email list and visit our Facebook page on a regular basis for parish updates.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Please see the Sermons page for a mid-week reflection from our Interim Rector.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dear St. Stephen’s members,

We continue to adapt to the social restrictions required to keep our neighbors and ourselves healthy. Church services remain suspended; virtual services are growing.

Our website has been updated to include resources for virtual worship. More specifically, John’s readings, reflections, and prayers for the 4th Sunday of Lent can be found here on St. Stephen’s website.

This Sunday, The Rt. Rev. John Tarrant will participate in a Facebook Live service streaming from Zion Lutheran at 10 a.m. You will be able to see it on our Facebook page.

John is always available, 413-412-2471. The office is being staffed irregularly; both John and Sarah will be in and out.

Please keep in touch with each other, especially those isolated or living alone. We are stronger together.

These are extraordinary times in which we are living, but even in these times, God is in the midst of us. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear St. Stephen’s members,

These are extraordinary times. The Governor has ordered a ban on all gatherings of 25 or more until April 6th. This means that our suspension of public worship services will extend through Palm Sunday.

The leadership of St. Stephen’s and I, with the assistance of Chris Plankey, are working on a plan to bring some spiritual substance to this congregation over the next few weeks. This will be an ongoing process.

Our first effort at this can be accessed through this link. I hope you find this offering helpful. The prayers included are a litany written by the Rt. Rev. Jeffery Rowthorn and his wife Anne addressing the coronavirus.

[Editor’s note: please find our most recent video offering here. You will also find future online worship resources from St. Stephen’s on the Sermons page of this site.]

During this difficult and uncharted time, it is important we keep the parish and each other in our prayers. This is a difficult period for many people, not just those who contract the virus. There is increased anxiety, loss of income, isolation, and fear of getting sick.

St. Stephen’s Church also needs your continued financial support. Unfortunately, our expenses continue. The needs of the marginalized in our community will only increase as the closures continue.  Through St. Stephen’s Table and the Discretionary Fund, St. Stephen’s is, and will continue to be, a beacon of hope for those living life on the edge of survival.

Sarah and I will be in an out of the office this week and remember, I can always be reached by my cell phone (413) 412-2471 in an emergency.

God’s peace be with you,

John
Interim Rector  

Link to Bishop Fischer’s letter to the clergy.