St. Thomas News

Out of the Stone Age, Into the Digital Age

St. Thomas Episcopal Church like all churches in the New York Diocese have been directed to halt corporate worship in the midst of this COVID-19 Pandemic. Many churches of many denominations have been turning to live streaming, recorded service, and the like to continue to serve everyone’s spiritual needs, which are much more strained with the fear, and doubt, that come with the uncertainty of this awful disease.

St. Thomas will be using Zoom, to conduct Easter Service on April 12 at 11:45AM. You need only the free version to be able to join in and participate in the service. Once you download the app to your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you need only to access the meeting ID, which will be announced the day before service with the password which can be found on either Facebook or our Instagram. When you join the meeting you will directed to a digital “waiting room” and will have to wait for approval to enter the meeting room. This is a mandatory step that has been added to prevent hackers from jumping into the meeting.

Please be patient with us as we use this new technology. It is not perfect, and it is not the same as worshiping inside God’s house, but what matters most is being able to come together and celebrate our blessings and offer our prayers. We also hope to record and post our weekly morning prayer service, and a video of a beautiful service called compline that you can listen to if you wish. Compline is a service used at the end of the day, to bring oneself to spiritual closure.

Thank you for your understanding, may God bless you all, Jesus Christ protect you, and the Holy Spirit continue to offer you hope in these uncertain times.

~Kara Smith, Warden