The “Be Not Afraid!” Church

St Mary’s Homecoming September 13, 2020

Serving the West Harlem Community since 1823

Sunday, September 13, 10:30 am, we will celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with in-person as well as online Service of Morning Prayer.
* Masks will required for everyone.
* Temperatures will be taken at the door.
* Everyone who comes in will give name and information for contact tracing.
* Chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart (social distancing at all times).
* No singing!
* No coffee hour.

We will celebrate love and life and St. Mary’s through our prayers, some special movement and art.

The Corona Virus Information
St. Mary’s encourages connections not fear!
Symptoms, prevention and other information from Episcopal Relief & Development

If you have questions or want more information about Covid 19 in New York, please call the NY Department of Health hotline: 1-888-364-3065, or its designated website.

Dear Members and Friends of St. Mary’s Community,

We remain firm in all COVID precautions for our own well being and those of our neighbors.

Here is what is happening:

St. Mary’s is worshiping online!

Every Sunday we offer Morning Prayer at 10:30 am on Zoom and on facebook live.
Join Zoom with this link, or log in to Meeting ID 700 867 563, password: praise
Or join by phone: 929 205 6099
Facebook live has not been 100% reliable, so we will post a video of the service if it does not go live; St. Mary’s facebook page is found at:

Other opportunities for prayer

Sunday Prayer Group – every Sunday at 1 pm, prayer meetings led by St. Mary’s lay and clergy leadership. On Zoom – link – or log in to Meeting ID 539 380 276, password: notafraid, or phone-in to 929 205 6099.

Online Compline at 9 pm
  • Wednesday Compline w/Lysander Puccio
    Zoom link, Meeting ID: 965 681 133, Password: 075083
  • Sun & Thurs Compline by The Rev. Christine Lee
    On Facebook Live, or Instagram Live, @revchristineleew
  • Friday Compline w/Lisa Marie Slocum
    on Facebook Live,
  • Habits of Grace: weekly video meditations from the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, posted on Mondays.
  • Create and use a home altar for regular personal prayer.
Prayer in Action

We continue to provide food for Pantry clients, Saturday Outreach, and we will provide a take out meal for Movie Night for two weeks (after which we hope we will be able to gather again). Volunteers welcomed to help distribute meals on Friday and Saturday. Sign up!
The RDJ Refugee Shelter is not accepting new guests at this time; there are currently 7 people staying in the Shelter 24 hours per day/7 days per week. Staff and regular volunteers are putting in extraordinary efforts to support guests through conversation and daily activities. Thanks also to generous donors who are helping sustain our ability to provide food

Thank you for doing your part!

Thanks to all who are keeping up their pledges through online donations or mailing in checks! If you have any questions, please contact the Rector.
Continue personal hygiene habits: hand washing and more handwashing (when you arrive at a new location, before and after eating, after coughing or blowing your nose…), it helps protect you and prevent any spread of viruses of all kinds.
Take care of yourself in this strange time – we love you! This is a very paradoxical way to practice love of neighbor (keep in mind that this is loving our neighbors), and always remember that caring for yourself enables you to care for others. If you need food or want to talk, call the church 212-864-4013, or 929-266-6279.
Don’t hoard, do stock up on some extra food in case of quarantine. If you would like a bag of non-perishable food, come to the Food Pantry, Mondays at 4:30 pm (basic staples no choices); if you would like to “shop” (choose the food you want) please bring an ID and a piece of mail. If you are under quarantine and need food, please contact the Parish Office.

Other ways to Help

Would you have time to call members of our community, it might be fun for you? Thanks to those who have signed up already, and if you want to join in, sign up to be a caller!