Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Andrew’s,
Our vestry met last Thursday, July 9th. This was our first meeting in six weeks. At last gathering we agreed on all the procedures need to re-open the church with all the required special procedures.
We had a lengthy and serious meeting. Most of our time was used discussing the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases in San Antonio since it has become hot spot for the infection.
* When we had previously met on May 28th and finalized our procedures for re-opening the average number of new cases for the previous 7 days was 30.
* Now on July 10th the average number of new cases for the previous 7 days is 690.
In light of this dramatic upward trend, the vestry has unanimously agreed that after the Sunday July 12th service, we will stop in-person services until further notice.
All Sunday and weekday services will continue to be broadcast online.
It is disheartening to go backwards after just re-starting only for four weeks ago. Know absolutely that we do not take this action lightly, and only to protect our people and the larger community.
We have decided that this plan will remain in place until positive cases show a significant downward trend - in keeping with the CDC and Diocesan Guidelines.
I know this is disappointing and frustrating for many of you who were hoping we could at least stay in track with our first phase of re-opening - even though the alterations in our service were severe. The vestry and I feel the same way. Yet we are forced to recognize the trend of the infection is moving dramatically upward and we feel compelled to take this action.
On the positive side, we now have all the workers, supplies, procedures, and experience we need to re-open again quickly when the time comes. With endurance and steadfastness we will pass through this difficult time and come out the other side together.
This letter and email is not a one way communication. Everyone is welcome to contact me to express whatever is on your hearts and minds: frustration, relief, ideas, and dreams for the church… or all of the above.
Here is our schedule for our online services:
Morning Prayer - 9:30 AM - Monday – Thursday
Evening Prayer 7:30 PM - Monday – Friday
Contemplative Prayer Noon - Monday – Thursday
Sunday Eucharist - 9:30 AM
Please use the following links to watch our online services (they are simulcast to all of them at the same time). If you have a problem with one, please feel free to use another:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/standrewsep/
Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/standrewsep
If you would like to add to the prayer list which will be in the online Sunday Announcements you may call the church office or use this form to send them electronically (in lieu of our blue prayer cards.)
If you would like to follow along, here are the documents for services/groups, list is updated daily as well as posted on our Facebook page:
Things you will use most services:
Book of Common Prayer (BCP) - Please feel free to download to your device to use during any of the services.
For use with evening prayer:
For use with Children's Church:
Updated Order of Services ( → arrow denotes where we are):
Morning Prayer - Tue
Morning Prayer - Wed
Morning Prayer - Thur
Evening Prayer - Fri
If there is not a live-stream currently available, check back at a later time.