Covid 19 Response

St. John’s responds to the Covid-19 disease

Sunday services will resume September 20. For the complete guidelines, and what to expect when you join us on September 20 and subsequent Sundays, click here.

Until further notice, in compliance with current Diocesan guidelines, there will be no Saturday morning ministries, no Thrift Shop, no meetings.

In an email to the parish on Sept 15, 2020, Mother Judith shared the following message:

As we announced last week, the Wardens, Vestry, Deacon Paul and I are happy to be re-opening on September 20! Guidelines for this re-opening, which embody the best safety requirements of the State of New York, the Diocese of Albany, and our medical advisor, Dr. Lisa Thorn, are attached. They are also being mailed out today, with a quick reference guide, from the office in hard copy. You will note that we are re-opening both the 8 am and 10 am services.

It has been especially important to me that those of you who continue to shelter in place feel connected to this community as we re-open. The video live stream is working well, and will allow you to communicate, if you so desire, that you have tuned in to join the service. We will say hello at the offertory. A link will be sent in Friday’s e-blast, and it will be available also on the website.

If you have additions to the Prayers of the People for the worship bulletin, please submit them to the office by the end of the day on Tuesday each week. After Tuesday, please be in touch with Deacon Paul before the service.

As we move through the week, we will be sending e-blasts with additional information, so please stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I wish us every joy and pray God’s protection on us as we move into this new phase of our life together.

Addditional worship resources:

We offer the following links:

Bishop Love presides at a weekly

Sunday Eucharist

 National Cathedral

 Livestreamed at 11:15 am Sundays

 or posted the next day at

Book of Common Prayer:

 Daily Eucharist at the Cathedral of All Saints--see their Facebook page




Evening Prayer at the

Monastery of St. John the Evangelist

Compline (note that there is a period of silence
at the start)

 Beaver Cross Ministries “Day by Day” 

 Danny and Kait Hyde will be posting daily YouTube videos to offer
 fun, Jesus-centered programming for youth during this time


You will find tips on shopping safely here.

In planning your trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, you can use Google Maps to help find less-crowded times. Open Google Maps and type the name and address in the search bar. Once the store appears on the map, swipe up from the bottom of the screen (on your phone) or click on the map (on your computer) to reveal the information card. From there, scroll down until you see the "Popular times" section.

There will be a graph right under "Popular times" which shows the busiest hours for that store. The information displayed is for the current day, and will even display a pink bar for some stores to show you how busy it is at that exact moment.

These restaurants are open for take-out: click here.

Other useful links:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:


New York State:

Fact sheet from the Seattle Times:

Albany County:


City of Troy:

From the Book of Common Prayer

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of  everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy gracious and ready help;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer For Protection, 832)

O  God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be  saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our shall be our  strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray you, to your  presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus  Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Prayer for Quiet Confidence, 832) 

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer for Doctors & Nurses, 460)

O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we pray, deeply aware of the  shortness and  uncertainty of human life; and let your Holy  Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that, when we shall have served you in our generation, we may be gathered to our ancestors, having the testimony of a good conscience, in the communion of the Catholic Church, in the confidence of a certain faith, in the comfort of a religious and holy hope, in favor with you, our God, and in perfect charity with the world.  All this we ask through Jesus Christ our  Lord.  Amen. (Prayer for Holy Living, 504)

(Thanks to Dean Harding, Cathedral of All Saints, for this compilation).