St. Mary’s Responds to the Coronavirus Outbreak

St. Mary’s Vestry and Clergy are working to balance caution with commitment—how do we best protect our most vulnerable parishioners, while continuing to be a welcoming and loving body of people who proclaim the Good News of Jesus through our care for the sick, poor and oppressed. Please note that as the situation is very fluid, and we are continuing to monitor information closely, following the recommended guidelines of the Diocese, CDC and health department, and adjusting as needed.

  • St. Mary’s will email parishioners a Morning Prayer worship video each Sunday morning.  We also recommend The Washington National Cathedral’s LiveStream at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays, no special app or login required for either at-home worship offering.
  • St. Mary’s Church is closed and all access codes are suspended. All in-person meetings and events at St. Mary’s are canceled until further notice, including Sunday School and adult forum, choir rehearsal, youth group, youth confirmation retreat, lay-led committee meetings, yoga, and bible studies and book clubs. Where possible, ministry leaders will schedule Zoom videoconference calls.
  • While we can limit some things, much of the financial business of the church still goes on.  We’d like to remind you to keep your pledges current if you are able.  You may make payments through Tithe.ly or simply mail checks to St. Mary’s, 2609 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207. We are checking mail; email stewardship questions to Janet.Tasker@StMarysArlington.org.
  • If you are feeling isolated or anxious, please do not hesitate to reach out to St. Mary’s Father Andrew, Mother Sara, Father Chris, or Deacon Pete. We are here to pray with and listen to anyone in need. Your Pastoral Care Shepherds stand ready to assist with food, and prescription/grocery deliveries, or just to talk. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Bruington at elizabeth.bruington@stmarysarlington.org or 703-527-6800.

Bishop Michael Curry’s Prayer

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.

This we pray in Christ our Lord. Amen.

1. What St. Mary’s is Doing

FOLLOWING

Guidelines from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, CDC and VA Department of Health. We have systems in place and are staying informed, making changes as needed for the public good.

WORSHIPPING

 St. Mary’s is ceasing all in person Holy Eucharist worship services on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please check our weekly E-Updates for alturnative ways to pray and worship.

CLEANING

We are sanitizing surfaces–doors, handles, pews, rails, bathrooms, tables as well as altar vessels, vestments and linens. This effort is in addition to our regular daily cleaning practices.

2 What You Can Do

WASH

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or using the bathroom, touching your nose and before you eat.

CONNECT

Reach out to St. Mary’s Pastoral Care Shepherds, Fr. Merrow, Fr. Cole or Parish Administrator Elizabeth Bruington if you are in need of pastoral care, or if you would like to volunteer to help our Pastoral Care efforts.

REST

Practice self-care; get your rest, limit your screentime, and please stay at home when you are sick except to get medical care.

3 How Our Parish & Community Will Endure

PRAY

Pray for our neighbors, all those infected and affected by the virus and pray that Jesus Christ will bring strength, comfort and healing to all.

STAY ALERT

Check this page and our calendar for updates–this is a fluid situation and we are responding and making adjustments as needed.

BREATHE

Use common sense and rely on trusted sources for information. We will get through this situation!