Following a pastoral directive, the Bishop has extended the suspension of all corporate, indoor worship gatherings in Episcopal Diocese of Alabama churches and facilities until August 17th. This includes all public worship. We will notify you when public gatherings can resume. We will still celebrate with Morning Prayer on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. until further notice, with an approved worship team, and encourage you to join us via live stream.
Roadmap to Re-opening
Saint Luke's will move to Phase 3 of re-opening in compliance with CDC and Jefferson County Department of Health guidelines and recommendations. Masks are required inside the building, and social distancing must be observed. Please do not attend a meeting or event if you are not feeling well. Find a list of COVID-19 related symptoms here. Saint Luke's staff is following this protocol since re-entering the building. We encourage at risk individuals to continue to worship from home. Streaming of Sunday worship, Noon-day Prayer, and various Bible studies will continue to be available online.
The spirit of moving to Phase 3 is to allow very small Saint Luke’s member groups ( up to 10 people) relational in person time together in a short 45 minute period of time (T, W, Th until to 4 pm). We will require a staff host to be present in the building . The room used will be cleaned as soon as the group meeting is over. The spaces allocated to be used for these small groups that are scheduled are the following:
- Founders Room
- Tilson Room
- Dining Room
- Commons Sitting Area
We will utilize the pastoral conference room, large conference room, medium conference room, and small conference room for staff. You must schedule room usage with Erin Davis. We encourage our committee meetings and training to continue to utilize zoom technology to meet. We strongly encourage that persons over the age of 65 and/or who have chronic medical conditions should be advised to stay home to ensure their safety.
- Those assigned top floor will utilize upstairs restrooms and those assigned downstairs will utilize commons area restrooms.
- Certain areas of the building will have restricted access to non-staff members. If you have a scheduled meeting with clergy or staff, a staff member will escort you.
- Elevator use is discouraged, but if necessary one participant at a time may ride the elevator.
- No coffee, food or drink stations in building. This includes the water fountains. They will not be shut off entirely, but we HIGHLY discourage their use during this time.
- All scheduled groups will be asked to enter the Commons Area doors. A mask will be provided should an individual not bring one. A sign in/out sheet will be in the assigned room. On the sign in sheet will be a statement at the top saying by signing in below you are not experiencing any of the following symptoms (CDC guidelines).
- Employees, Recording Groups, Vendors, and individuals meeting with staff will still be required to sign in and take temp each day as we have been doing at the front desk.
- Traffic Flow in the building is important. In order to help facilitate flow and maintain protocols mentioned above, you will find ample signage around the building directing traffic flow. Please help our facility team by letting us know if you notice anything that is confusing, damaged or missing.
- The outside Pavilion is open for recreational play with posted play times for up to 10 individuals.
Questions? Contact the church office at 205.871.3583Safer at Home
An Outreach Update from the Rev. Cameron Nation
Dear Saint Luke’s Family,
A few weeks ago, you received a letter from me informing you of ways that you can keep supporting our community in this time of need. I thought it was time to send you an update to let you know what your Outreach Committee has been up to in the meantime and to share some new ways that you can get in the game!
I recently received a letter from a seminary classmate of mine, Robin Hinkle, who now serves as the rector of St. Mary’s in Jasper. Robin wrote about how— though St. Mary’s was already acting as a hub for many important resources in Walker County— demand for their food pantry in particular had exploded, and they needed help. To meet this increased need, St. Mary’s is spending over $12,000 per week in food alone!
In reaching out to some of our other community partners, we have found their stories to be much the same— demand is high and the needs are great. Greater Birmingham Ministries, for instance, has seen a tenfold increase in the demand for their food pantry, and the food pantry at St. Andrew’s in Southside (which Saint Luke’s helped get off the ground last year) has had to turn families away due to lack of adequate resources.
Accordingly, we are now focusing our efforts on helping get resources to these agencies who need it most so that they can purchase the food and supplies they require to meet this increased need. We have already disbursed some emergency grants, but will need to do more in the coming days.
Members of your Saint Luke’s Outreach Committee have been working to find ways not only to help places like St. Mary’s financially, but also to provide fresh produce that they can distribute to families, as most food banks supply only canned goods and nonperishable foods.
If you are interested in helping to purchase fresh produce from the Alabama Farmers Market and help deliver it to St. Mary’s in Jasper, please contact Outreach Committee Member Barbara Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. This not only helps meet St. Mary’s need for fresh produce, but it does so by supporting local Alabama farmers who may also be feeling the crunch during this difficult time. Barbara and I have already made one weekly run to the Farmers Market, and it was a lot of fun!
So, in addition to reaching out to Barbara about delivering produce to Walker County, how can you help?
You can help out in a substantial way by giving us the resources we need to support our community partners.
You may recall seeing some envelopes tucked in the back of the pews in the nave that say “HUNGER” on them in large letters. The money that is placed in these envelopes each week goes to fund a number of important hunger-related ministries throughout the year, and now these funds are being used directly to feed families here in Birmingham and beyond. Even though you aren’t able to grab a physical envelope from the pew, I would invite you to please consider making an online donation (or mailing a physical check) to support this particular fund.
Any money you donate to the “Hunger Fund” at Saint Luke’s will go directly to feeding families here in our community. These funds provide direct relief through some of our strongest community outreach partners like the ones mentioned above.
Additionally, I want to remind you of this list that our own Leslie Naff put together outlining some additional ways that you can serve many of our local outreach partners.
Even as preparations get under way to reopen certain sectors of the economy, our assistance will still be as necessary as ever and needs will continue to remain high. This will be a long road ahead. But in the midst of these challenging circumstances, we will have the opportunity to do what our parish’s namesake implies— we will be a healing presence for our hurting community.
Update: Friday, March 20, 2020
Shelby Next Instruction Guide
Update: Monday, March 16, 2020
During these weeks when we are not able to physically meet together, pastoral care is here and will still be in touch and lift you in prayer. Nothing can separate us from God’s love and the Holy Spirit unites us all. Please contact us if you are ill, hospitalized, have an emergency, or simply feeling anxious or lonely. Also let us know if you have been diagnosed with Covid 19 or are awaiting test results. We will keep this information confidential. For emergencies, please call 205-909-5907 and the priest on call will be notified, or email the following:
The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan – email@example.com or 205-802-6203
The Rev. Rebecca DeBow – firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-802-6202
Sandy Porter – email@example.com or 205-802-6207
During these ever-changing times, may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:7)Faith Formation Resources Noon Prayer 3.16.20
Update: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Update: Saturday, March 14, 2020
All: Per Gov. Kay Ivey’s COVID-19 state of emergency declaration Friday evening, Saint Luke's clergy, staff, and leadership have decided to cancel all worship services beginning Sunday, March 15th, until March 29th at the earliest. This decision comes after further conversations with local health experts who's guidance we are relying heavily on as we navigate this unprecedented situation. Per our previous message, we are proceeding not in fear, but rather out of a deep desire to love our neighbor and care for each other during an uncertain time. We want to stand in solidarity with all those across the diocese, the Episcopal Church, the nation, and the world who are working hard to make sure we flatten the curve and slow the spread of this new virus. Worship services will be streamed and available via social media, vimeo, and our website. We will make these resources readily available to you in the coming days. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to update you as things progress. Yours in Christ, Rich
Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020
How is Saint Luke's Responding?
ALL mid-week programming is suspended for a minimum of three weeks. Staff and clergy are available via email or phone. In the event of an emergency, contact the clergy on call number: 205.909.5907.
With the suspension of worship and the offertory, we encourage you to consider online giving. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Saint Luke's Day School is following the Mountain Brook school plan and will suspend activity on campus for a minimum of three weeks.
Founders Place has been suspended on campus for a 3 week period.
Wednesday night programs are suspended.
We have raised our basketball goals and locked the playground.