COVID-19

As of March 20, under the direction of the Episcopal Diocese of N.C., in-person gatherings at St. Paul’s are postponed until at least May 17. Offsite events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The good news is that the church is not postponed! Learn more about all the ways we “church from home” here >>

The purpose of this page is to provide a single source for information regarding St. Paul’s news and policies surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms, similar to the flu, range from mild to severe. Episcopal Relief and Development sums up the church’s role in responding to COVID-19 as:

  • Combat fear with knowledge in order to encourage preparedness and decrease stigma.
  • Maintain operational continuity and continue worship life in the case of potential quarantine and disruption.
  • Show God’s compassion and care to those in our communities who are affected.

Questions and inquiries? You can email the Director of Communications, Jason Franklin at jfranklin@stpauls-ws.org


News

We will continue to update this page regularly. Please note that due to the rapidly changing situation, policies are subject to change.

Parish Wide Updates

A Message from the Rector (March 20, 2020): Implementing CDC and Dioscean recommendations here >>

A Message from the Rector (March 13, 2020): Transitioning our parish life read here >>

A special note regarding COVID-19 (Thu, March 12, 2020): Regarding in-person gatherings read here >>

Diocesan Update (Thu, March 12, 2020): on Coronavirus regarding in-person gatherings read here >>

Diocesan Update (Wed, March 11, 2020): on Coronavirus Response read here >>

Parish Update (Fri, March 6, 2020): An important message from the Rector of St. Pauls’s read here >>

Parish Update (Fri, February 28, 2020): A message from the Rector read here >>

Children, Youth, and Family Updates

Episcopal Youth Community (Tue, March 24, 2020): Upcoming read here >>

Chorister Update (Fri, March 12, 2020): Update for practices read here >>

Episcopal Youth Community (Thu, March 11, 2020): Spaghetti dinner postponed read here >>

Chorister and Novice Choir Update (Fri, March 6, 2020): Update regarding practice read here >>

Preschool Update (Tue, March 3, 2020): Update regarding COVID-19 read here >>

Ministry Updates

Outreach Update (Thu, April 2, 2020): Ways you can help those most in need read here >>

Read Write Spell (Tue, March 24, 2020): Update on ministry read here >>

Outreach Update (Thu, March 19, 2020): A message from the Rev. Nancy Vaders read here >>

Kids Café (Wed, March 4, 2020): Update regarding COVID-19
read here >>

Eucharistic Ministry (Wed, March 4, 2020): Guidelines for the chalice and communion watch here >>

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Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765