In accordance with Bishop Sloan’s pastoral directive, St. Mary’s will suspend all in-person worship services through the month of April. We will also suspend all in-person weekday worship, gatherings, and meetings. In the days ahead, our vestry, program staff, and ministry leaders will be working to make sure or parish remains connected and informed. We are also committed to using every resource at our disposal to provide worship and education opportunities online or in print. Please expect to hear more about these plans in the immediate future.
Announcement from Bishop Sloan extending suspension of worship services.
Stay connected:• PARISH OFFICES: Staff are working from home- responding to emails and answering telephone calls. Periodically during the week some staff are in the office as needed. However, please do not visit the office or the church building. This will help protect everyone’s health and safety. You can contact the Parish Staff at 205-933-1140 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
• SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and our website (www.stmarysoth.org)
• EMAIL: Our daily emails are sent out at 3:00 PM. To be added to our email list, please contact email@example.com.
• WORSHIP: Visit our website (www.stmarysoth.org) for numerous resources for at-home worship during Holy Week and beyond.
• COVID-19 COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Here is a link for resources and how to stay connected to outreach.
• MISSION OF ST. CLARE: Visit The Mission of St. Clare. This website site allows people from across the nation to join in daily Morning Prayer.
Resources for Information on Coronavirus:
The Diocese of Alabama
Episcopal Relief and Development
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal News Service Twitter
The World Health Organization
St. Mary's Outreach
Below are links on how you can help or offer assistance to our community.
St. Mary's Community Outreach
St. Mary's Community Partners
Resources for Faith Formation at Home
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Forward Movement and Forma
Family Ministry Tools
Interesting Article from Building Faith at Virginia Theological Seminary
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon from Sunday, March 15
Prayers for Our Parish
Please email prayer requests to Cissy Henderson, or call (205) 933-1140.
Please pray for our parishioners and staff:
Sheard, Joe, Katherine, Camille, Wilson, Elizabeth, Charles, Kendrick, Shirley, Jayne, Bob, John, David, Michael, Beverley
For our families, friends, and neighbors:
The Daugherty Family, Jim, Rana, Ryan, Don, Dan, David, Mary, Scarlett, Bryan, Molly, Don, Cai, The Smith Family, The Shebester Family, Jeannie
For those who are grieving:
The Family of Claire Love, The Family of Frances Christenberry, The Family of Mavis Jacqueline Hopper, The Comeaux-Tortorich Family, The Family of Jane McFadden, The Family of Robert Lister, The Family of Elaine Whitaker, The Family of Owen Molloy
For those who experience ongoing challenges:
Joseph, Sarah, Ralph, Anthony, Dee, Jan, Muff, Joy, Joe, Allen, Debbie W., Debbie G., Beth, Bill, Hannah, Harry, Sandra, Joyce, Ron, Suzanna, Ann, Shannon, Julia, Amy
For those who await the birth or adoption of a child:
Megan & Barnett, Chelsey & Kyle, Louise & Heath, William & Alexandra, Heather & Bill, Mallory & Jonathan
And for those serving in the Armed Forces:
Brian, Ford, Jack, James, Jesse, John, Marjory, Steven, Davis, Daniel, Brandon
God our Father, when evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will. Amen.
Tips for Using the Books for Morning Prayer
Tips for Using the Books for Morning Prayer in a two part video series.