We're so glad that you've arrived at our website. We welcome all persons of any age or background to our community. If you are a guest visiting our website for the first time, be not dismayed! You may wish to scroll down to see what we do "When things will get back to normal."
In the meantime, as of March 14, 2020, due to the coronavirus, St. Michael's Church, the Parish Office, and its Thrift Shoppe are closed until further notice.
This is disappointing news that we will miss our treasured communion and friendship in person, but do keep in touch with each other through other means of communication that we have at our disposal. Think of how wonderful our eventual reunion will be!! in the meantime,
- SERVICES ON LINE AND COMMUNICATION. St. Michael's is meeting with parishioners and friends through a computer application called "Zoom" to offer Services of Compline and Morning Prayer. To receive St. Michael's E-News via email with day and time of services while we are homebound, email Parish Administrator Pat Vine at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add you to St. Michael's email list.
- LET US UNITE IN PRAYER. Pray that we can meet together in the not too distant future. Using your own prayer or the prayer below, let us unite together in prayer for this challenging worldwide situation. Choose the day and time that works for you: Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 9 AM, Noon or 7 PM. Because there is no time in eternity, all of our prayers will be united!
- IF NEEDED, contact Wardens Flo De Blieck, 973-851-9675, or Carmela Brancato, 908-852-5109 or 862-254-1663.
- SMALL GROUPS CONTINUE. We offer a Men's Bible Study on Tuesdays at 7 PM and a Women's Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10 AM. During the pandemic, these groups either meet on Zoom or outside of the church weather permitting. Participants must wear masks, maintain social distance, and bring their own lawn chairs. To learn more, contact Ted Drake, email@example.com for the Men's Group, and Jan Sivertsen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Members are encouraged to have phone conversations, emails or texts with parishioners to encourage each other.
- COSTS CONTINUE. Even though closed, St. Michael's premises will continue to incur utility bills and other costs so it would be extremely helpful if you would mail in your pledges and offerings during these weeks so we have no shortage of cash flow. Warden Flo De Blieck will obtain the mail and make deposits during this time. An On-line donation process is currently being explored.
- STAY SAFE & HEALTHY. Continue to stay home and follow the guidelines given by CDC Health Officials.
- ST. MICHAEL'S THRIFT SHOPPE IS CLOSED until further notice and not receiving donations.
A PRAYER FOR THIS CHALLENGING TIME Recommended by Deacon Deborah
Creator God of the universe, divine source of health and wholeness, whose compassion embraces the entire community of Earth: behold your fearful people all over the world as we confront the coronavirus. Out of the depths we cry to you, O God. Holy God, hear our voices. Let your ear be attentive to our cries (Psalm 130:1-2, adapted) as we pray for all who may be affected by the virus. Loving God, hasten the day when the virus will have run its course; quicken scientists to develop medications and vaccines; call out the best instincts of your people—love, neighborliness, compassion, and a sense of caring for every member of your beloved community on Earth. We pray out of the depths to you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Adapted from Anne & Jeffrey Rowthorn)
When things get back to normal,
We worship at 10 AM on Sundays, with Holy Eucharist every Sunday and Morning Prayer on the fifth Sunday of the month, followed by refreshments and friendship in Duncanson Hall. We also offer a 5 PM Holy Eucharist on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, followed by refreshments and friendship in Duncanson Hall.
St. Michael's has created a lovely Parent/Child Space in our Sanctuary so that Parents may sit with their children while they quietly play with soft toys. There's also a Parent/Child Comfort Room off the Foyer.
Kid Church takes place during the 10 AM Sunday services featuring Godly Play stories that encourage children to wonder and ask questions in order to grow in their faith at their age levels. Kid Church is on vacation through the summer.
We currently utilize supply Clergy as we are without a resident priest, but are hopeful to hire one in the future.
You are welcome in this place!