ALL ARE WELCOME AT
St. Andrew's Episcopal
The Episcopal Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas
We now move into the season of Advent. Due to the dangerously high Covid-19 case count in Baxter County, and very little being done to curb the spread, we will be doing online only worship for the foreseeable future.
We will live-stream the 10:30am service. As always you will be able to watch if afterwards as well.
Here is the service booklet for today that is easy to use and also includes prayers of Spiritual Communion that we will pray after the consecration of the Eucharist.
Liturgy Book link
To watch the livestream of our services, please go to the Facebook page following this link:
Click here to go to the live stream video
If that link doesn't seem to work, just go to the St. Andrew's facebook homepage and the live video should be apparent.
We have continued to monitor the infection rate and case count in Baxter County every since we began in-person worship again last June. Now, four and half months later, it is no longer a safe risk to encourage people to leave their homes and gather at the church. At this time, until further notice, we are suspending in-person worship. We will livestream services that can be viewed on Facebook. We will send out worship booklets and readings as we have been doing previously. The church is also exploring ways we can use Zoom to increase our social and educational connections.
Please stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, please wear a mask. This is how we continue to do as Christ commands us, to love our neighbor as ourselves, by making decisions that keep others from being infected.
Finally, though our services may be online only for now, please know that your clergy and staff continue to work to ensure the ministry of this church continues and the home fires continue to burn.
For information on Arkansas' case count go here:
Arkansas Department of Health Covd-19 Cases
For information regarding the policies of the Diocese of Arkansas on infection rate threshold, please click here.
Dear siblings in Christ,
Previously we sent out a letter to members of the congregation explaining where we are at in terms of a plan to return to in-person worship. It was a rather lengthy letter, but sought to offer some of the guidelines we are working with and an understanding of what needs to be in place to return.
The first thing to say is that we are still in the midst of a public health crisis. Regardless of how long it has gone on for or how tired of it we may be, we are still fighting a virus with no cures. In 5 months we have had almost 120,000 people die in this country alone. Reopening church does not mean it is safe to return, but that hopefully our medical infrastructure can now handle the amount of cases that will occur as we return to normal activities.
I cannot overstate that attending church is one of the highest risk activities you can partake in. It is a large gathering of people from all over, who have been to many other places, possibly not those following standard safety procedures, and you are sitting for an extended amount of time in one room with all of these people. Unlike grocery shopping, where you get in and get out, this is a period of time where you remain in the same place for extended periods.
In this communication, I want to outline the specific guidelines that will be enforced when we reopen. These guidelines are taken from the State of Arkansas Department of Health and the Bishop of Arkansas's directives, and are done so based on the most recent available research per the CDC.
We will begin in-person worship on the weekend of June 27th-28th. There will be three service times:
5pm Saturday evening - Rite II
8am Sunday morning - Rite I
10:30 Sunday morning - Rite II (this service will be live-streamed)
We will be reaching out this week to begin the signup for the 27th and 28th. We will also need a reader to volunteer for each service. I am also thankful for those that have volunteered to help clean between services. A rota will be sent out soon for them. It will also be helpful to have ushers to assist in directing movement of folks. Together, we will get through this in the safest possible manner.
Earlier this week we sent out an email outlining the change to our worship this Sunday.
Over the ensuing days I have been trying to perfect the technology we have at our disposal.
As with anything tech related, everytime you try a new solution to a problem, six new problems show themselves.
We are still on schedule to livestream the service at 9am on Sunday morning. If you can't watch it that earlier, it is recorded and you can go back and watch it later.
The change is that we must move platforms from Youtube to Facebook. I did not want to make this change but Youtube won't allow me to livestream directly from my phone. We are working on more permanent solutions, but for now this is our stopgap.
To watch the service on Sunday morning, go to:
I think you will be able to see it without having to log in.
I want to emphasize that we will only be using Facebook hopefully for a short time before we get a better livestreaming solution as part of our return to in-person worship. Look for more information about that soon.
Blessings on you all, and I greatly appreciate your patience and grace as we navigate these complicated times.
Due to COVID-19 in-person attendance requires signing up for attendance.
Email St. Andrew’s
511 Coley Drive
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Tuesday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.