The “Be Not Afraid!” Church

Serving the West Harlem Community since 1823

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

Latest Updates:
Restrictions on gatherings of all kinds have tightened as advised by federal, state, city and church authorities.

The Bishop of NY has suspended all public worship through May 17 (with possible reconsideration after Easter). This includes our Lenten Services, Sunday morning worship, Holy Week and Easter. It is shocking to think about, and we have already begun to experiment with online and phone based options to stay in touch with each other. We had the first Zoom Prayer Group Meeting last Sunday, and will continue to hold them on Sundays at 1 pm; these are accessible through a landline phone and/or internet (see details below, reminder will be sent on Friday).

All gatherings at St. Mary’s have been suspended to follow the guidelines of not more than 10 people at a time. This includes 12 Step Groups. Meetings (this week Finance, Staff and Vestry) will be held on Zoom.

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 6 people in the Shelter, and many volunteers have had to step back because of quarantine, exposure and other responsibilities. If you are able to volunteer in the Shelter we need you now! Please Sign up now!

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

Thank you for doing your part!

Continue personal hygienehabits: 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!
Peace,

The Rev. Dr. Mary Foulke
Rector
212-864-4013

St. Mary’s Sunday Online Prayer Group at 1pm

On computer, tablet or smart phone: set up an account (free),
enter meeting ID539-380-276 
and click on “join a meeting” 
Password is notafraid

OR To dial in with a regular phone: 1 929-205-6099
enter the meeting ID: 539-380-276
and the password 66823243 (same as notafraid).