The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world.
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Caronavirus Worship Service Guidelines
1. On entrance to church and parish hall post signs stating the Symptoms of COVID-19 and guidance to return home if symptomatic. Announce the same at the beginning of each service or other gathering such as Vestry meeting.
2. Require acceptable social distancing guidelines both for indoor and outdoor activities. For outdoor activities recommend each person bring their own seating. When using the Parish Hall seating will be spread out to meet social distancing guidelines. Once we return to using the church building the pews can be marked off to meet social distancing guidelines.
3. Masks will be required for indoor activity and strongly recommended for outdoor activity.
4. Sanitizing surfaces will be performed using CDC approved sanitizer after each activity. The Sexton usually cleans the church the day after services and will continue to do so. As our small church rarely has more than one service per week this should be sufficient. For unexpected use such as funerals or weddings, cleaning will be done after that service.
5. Prayer Books, Hymnals, pew cushions and removeable kneelers will be removed.
6. Outdoor services will be preferred weather permitting. Indoor services will utilize The Parish Hall which has room for more seats using social distancing guidelines. Current Internet service is not sufficient to broadcast live services but recording the service for future broadcast to those who are not comfortable attending is being studied.
7. Bulletins will be emailed to congregation prior to service and it will be requested these be brought to the service by each member. A few one-time use bulletins will be available for visitors who will be asked to take the bulletin home with them for disposal.
8. Eucharist will be offered with Communion in One Kind until suitable individual prefilled and disposable wafer/wine packets are available. Celebrant will wear mask and gloves to dispense elements by holding them out on a tray for one communicant/family unit to come forward at a time. Communicants should wear their mask while coming forward and returning to their chairs where they will then partake of the bread and wine. Participants may dispose of the containers in the provided plastic bag lined trash can.
9. Alms will be collected in a container into which the alms may be placed and the treasurer will collect the offerings. It will be recommended he/she wear gloves.
10. Passing of the Peace will be by voice and acknowledging others from socially acceptable seating distance. No leaving the pew/seat to greet others.
11. When services are indoors the Usher/Greeter may direct persons to safe distance seating. Separate entrance and exit doors may be difficult in our small church but the Usher/Greeter will be the person to direct the flow of traffic.
12. Hand sanitizer will be available for all to use when needed; wipes will be available for cleaning door handles and surfaces touched during church, and masks will be available to those who do not bring one.
13. Bathroom cleaning supplies will be available and a sign will be posted on bathroom door asking those who use the facilities to disinfect prior to leaving. General cleaning and sanitizing by the Sexton will continue weekly.
14. Usher/Greeter/Acolyte will count attendance as is the usual custom. No formal health coordinator will be named. Rector will oversee this. NOTE: Bishop Haynes requires that we write down all the names of those attending for contact tracing if needed.
15. Instrumental music will be allowed although singing will not until so allowed by the Bishop.
16. Coffee hour will continue on hold. Other outdoor social gatherings may be planned in the future following acceptable social distancing guidelines.
17. Adult Christian Formation also remains on hold for now, and may resume using acceptable social distancing guidelines and the wearing of masks by all participating.
Pennies from Heaven
Each Sunday throughout the year we make small coin and cash contributions to be used to support various local charities. For 2019 as for 2018, we distributed $1,500 to the following local charities: H & H Pharmacy, Center for Independent Living, Lighthouse Ministries, Accomack Interfaith Crisis Council, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Worcester County YMCA.
For 2020, we have received $791 as of Oct. 23.
— THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT EMMANUEL —
The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world. It is in this tradition that we offer a Ministry of Healing here at Emmanuel, Jenkins Bridge.
The healing ministry is a part of our approach to worship and pastoral care and is a vital component of the strong and committed lay ministries that have been part of Emmanuel’s long and proud history. With every Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist we offer the opportunity for prayers and the laying on of hands in a Rite of Healing. The physical touch through the laying on of hands is a rich tradition in the Christian faith and transmits the power of the Holy Spirit to those who seek God’s grace in bringing healing and wholeness to their lives. The rite is administered by Lay Healers who are devout members of the parish especially commissioned for this ministry. These “healers” serve as a channel for God’s healing grace, and will pray with you and offer the laying on of hands.
You are welcome to receive a prayer and the laying on of hands in the name of Christ, for whatever reason. Perhaps you may have been ill and desire physical healing or you are facing an operation; you may feel anxious or depressed and come for healing of your mental distress; you may wish to offer Intercessions for someone else for whom you would like to pray; you may wish to come forward for spiritual deepening, of offering yourself to be more available to God; you may wish to come for a blessing or to offer thanksgiving for an occasion of joy in your life; or you may come simply to receive the touch of Christ through a Lay Healer. “Come unto me who, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:8).
PARTICIPATING IN THE RITE OF HEALING
If you wish to participate in the Rite of Healing, as you come forward to receive the Holy Communion, take a purple ribBon from the bowl in the Font close to the organ. Place the ribbon around your wrist and proceed to the Altar Rail. Following your receiving the bread (Christ’s body) and wine (Christ’s blood) from the Priest, a Lay Healer will stand before you and lay his/her hands upon you. Share quietly with the Lay Healer anything special needs to be prayed for. Feel free to say “no” when the Lay Healer asks if you have a special prayer. The Lay Healer will then offer a prayer asking God’s healing and blessing for you. (What you offer in prayer will remain absolutely confidential. The lay healer serves as a channel of God’s healing grace and what you pray for is turned over to God and God only.)
— COMMUNICATIONS —
Messages from Bishop Susan Haynes
Easter Day 2020 Sermon
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