UPDATE: Oct. 2, 2020
Worshiping together is a huge part of who we are at St. Alban’s, and we will continue to do so by providing options for in-person and online worship.
In-person worship will be offered Sundays at 7:30 AM and 11:15 AM, and Wednesdays at 12 Noon. Services will be outdoors in front of the Welcome Center. Masks and social distancing are required. Please RSVP for services here.
How will we worship from home? The clergy of St. Alban’s will be live-streaming a service of Morning Prayer from the church on Sunday at 9:00 AM on YouTube (youtube.com/
We will not gather on campus for Sunday School. We will offer Sunday School via livestream.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
The Rector will continue to offer this Bible Study virtually via livestream.
These may continue to meet at their own discretion. Contact the Rev. Neal McGowan if you would like to join a group.
Youth group’s Wednesday night meetings are taking place online as well as occasionally in person for outdoor events. Contact Stephanie Drum for more information.
If you would like a pastoral visit, please call or email us. We will evaluate the safest thing for us and for you, which may be over the phone. If you are in a nursing home or similar facility, please be aware that Gov. Abbot has asked that all non-essential personnel suspend all visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This includes clergy. The one exception is clergy who are called to end-of-life moments.
AA AND TWELVE-STEP RECOVERY
These groups may meet at their discretion, though experts are recommending no gatherings larger than 10 people. A.A. has communicated alternatives on their website, including the use of intergroup, which offers online gatherings. If you have questions about whether your group will meet at St. Alban’s, please contact your group leader or your sponsor.
Please contact Dr. Hardie for more information.
If you have questions about whether a ministry or program is meeting, please contact the leader of that ministry. In general, experts discourage meetings larger than 10 people.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
While our campus is not shut down, staff members will be working from home when possible. If you need to talk with a staff member, office drop-ins will likely not be effective. Please email them. A staff email directory is available here.
Schedule changes are temporary and will be evaluated regularly. We will continue to communicate via email, social media, and our website.
The following resources will be helpful as you seek to stay abreast of the latest developments:
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019
- McLennan County Health Department: waco-texas.com/cms-healthdepartment
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Health Resources of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas: https://www.epicenter.org/health-resources/
- Episcopal Relief and Development: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/faith-based-response-to-epidemics/
A 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
Read past parish communications about COVID-19 below.