Copyright 2020 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-436-8842 christportsnh@comcast.net
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH and Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton, NH entered into a Shared Ministry in November of 2011. The Shared Ministry E-News is typically sent out weekly on Thursday evenings. If you are not yet receiving the E- News and would like to receive it please sign up through the “Join Our Mailing List” link. If you ever decide you no longer wish to receive the E-News there is a link at the bottom of the email “unsubscribe.” If you like it then please forward it on to your friends.

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We welcome submissions that have a connection to the ministry of our two churches. PIease email submissions to porthamp@gmail.com or mail to the Shared Ministry office at Trinity Church, 200 High St, Hampton, NH 03842. NOTE: The deadline to send a submission is Wednesday at noon.

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Links to our Calendar

Click here to see our normal calendar of events. Note that most of these are currently suspended and will resume once the coronavirus emergency eases.

Join us the next two Sundays on Zoom!

Our Sunday online services on July 12 and 19 will feature the Rev. Dr. George Koch presiding and preaching. Here are the Zoom links for the next two Sundays: Sunday, July 12: From your browser, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78145655894?pwd=OVVodW5wZ3MySHFOUVVzUnlR OUpiUT09 If prompted for a password, enter: 2u7MWh. Alternatively, you may dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 – when prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 781 4565 5894. The bulletin for this service may be found here. Sunday, July 19: From your browser, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78392050333?pwd=aHdYcGhuRXJDTHFIZ1lNZzZzdEZ NUT09 If prompted for a password, enter: 2wsLm3. Alternatively, you may dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 – when prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 783 9205 0333. The bulletin for this service may be found here. Both services will consist of the Liturgy of the Word, a meditation, prayers, and an invitation to join one another in “spiritual communion.” After the actual liturgy itself, you are invited to stay on line and join us for a “virtual coffee hour” so we can catch up with each other and keep our connections going while in- person worship is suspended. If you need a “tutorial” on how all this works, just click here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Some changes to our reopening plans

New directives from the Diocese of New Hampshire have led us to make some changes to the reopening plans announced in recent weeks. Our first Saturday evening service will be held outdoors (weather permitting) on August 1. Evening Prayer will alternate between the two churches, starting with Trinity Church on the 1st and Christ Church on the 8th. Barring further changes in diocesan guidance, services from August 15 forward can be held indoors, but may remain outdoors if the weather permits. If it rains on August 1 or 8, the services will be canceled, as we are not permitted to bring those services indoors. Stringent safety measures will be in place – but we hope these will avail our parishioners who prefer not to worship by Zoom a venue for resuming communal worship. Sunday morning services will continue to be offered by Zoom for the foreseeable future – even after live worship in that setting is reintroduced. Our Reopening Task Group is currently weighing when Sunday morning services can resume – and in what format. Be looking for further announcements about this. Regular office hours at Christ Church resume Tuesday, August 4 (note change from previously-announced date), Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 a.m. The Shared Ministry Office in Hobbs House will reopen Monday, August 3 (note date change) – although Nita is still coming in to do those tasks that cannot be done from home. For now, please do not come in person to transact business – use phone or email, limiting in-person visits to such essential tasks as picking up mail or check-signing. Our Reopening Task Group recently met, and will meet again on Tuesday, July 21. That evening, they will present their final recommendations to a special joint meeting of the Bishop’s Committee.

We are looking for “deep cleaners” to help us get our

churches ready

In preparation for reopening our churches to in-person worship, we are looking for a team of folks who are willing to come in a week ahead to thoroughly clean and sanitize each location…and a team (can be the same folks, your choice) who are willing to stay after any service to clean and sanitize in preparation for the following use of the building. There will be strict guidelines, protocols, and checklists involved – and you may wish to “pass” if you are of the age or health condition that makes you vulnerable. But if you can help us, will you? Please respond by Tuesday, July 21 to seacoastvicar@gmail.com if you can help.

We're looking for some help with our Saturday services

As you have read above, we are restarting Saturday evening services in August – initially outside, but in time, indoors. To make these possible, there are several ways we will need help: 1. We will need a team of people who are willing to be trained as greeters/safety officers for these services. Under state and diocesan guidelines, there are several roles that go beyond normal “greeting” duties, and while we only need one per service, backups are desirable in case someone scheduled has a conflict. 2. We will need a Lector for the scripture passages each week (they're the same as Sunday's readings the next day). 3. We need people who are willing to help us sanitize any items brought outside and/or frequently touched surfaces inside. A team of two per weekend would be ideal. One thing we will ask of all attending the outdoor services: Please bring your own lawn chair. We wish to minimize trips inside the building to haul chairs or other items needed in or out. Our plan is to bring out only a music stand to use as a lectern, the portable sound system and its microphone, and a greeting table.

Staying in touch and spiritually nourished through the

week

Each week, we now have two Zoom gatherings to help keep our people connected with one another and spiritually nourished. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30, we are offering a brief Noonday office, followed by a time of conversation and connection. This link will access any of these gatherings between now and the end of July: https://zoom.us/j/96264493478 No computer? Dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 and when prompted enter the meeting ID: 962-6449-3478.

Electronic giving – even without PayPal or the like

Another way to give electronically to your congregation during our time of physical distancing is through your own bank. Most banks these days offer their customers an automatic bill pay service where the bank will send payments directly to whomever you designate. You set up the amount and frequency, and the bank sends a check to your church with no additional fees. You will need to check with your bank to see if they offer this service and for information on how to set it up.

Resources to help us deal

with the COVID-19 virus

The Diocese of New Hampshire’s resource list Forward Movement’s “A Morning at the Office” audio recording of the Daily Morning Office The Episcopal Church’s national resource page

Our Diocese has revised its

reopening guidelines

Please click here to download this 12- page guide with comprehensive guidelines as to how we plan to implement a phased return to in- person worship over the coming weeks and months.
Copyright 2020 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-436-8842
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

News

Links to our Calendar

Click here to see our normal calendar of events. Note that most of these are currently suspended and will resume once the coronavirus emergency eases.

The Shared Ministry

E-News

Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH and Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton, NH entered into a Shared Ministry in November of 2011. The Shared Ministry E-News is typically sent out weekly on Thursday evenings. If you are not yet receiving the E-News and would like to receive it please sign up through the "Join Our Mailing List" link. If you ever decide you no longer wish to receive the E-News there is a link at the bottom of the email "unsubscribe". If you like it then please forward it on to your friends.

Content submission

We welcome submissions that have a connection to the ministry of our two churches. PIease email submissions to porthamp@gmail.com or mail to the Shared Ministry office at Trinity Church, 200 High St, Hampton, NH 03842. NOTE: The deadline to send a submission is Wedsnesday at noon.

Join us the next two Sundays

on Zoom!

Our Sunday online services on July 12 and 19 will feature the Rev. Dr. George Koch presiding and preaching. Here are the Zoom links for the next two Sundays: Sunday, July 12: From your browser, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78145655894?pwd=OVVodW5 wZ3MySHFOUVVzUnlROUpiUT09 If prompted for a password, enter: 2u7MWh. Alternatively, you may dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 – when prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 781 4565 5894. The bulletin for this service may be found here. Sunday, July 19: From your browser, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78392050333?pwd=aHdYcGhu RXJDTHFIZ1lNZzZzdEZNUT09 If prompted for a password, enter: 2wsLm3. Alternatively, you may dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 – when prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 783 9205 0333. The bulletin for this service may be found here. Both services will consist of the Liturgy of the Word, a meditation, prayers, and an invitation to join one another in “spiritual communion.” After the actual liturgy itself, you are invited to stay on line and join us for a “virtual coffee hour” so we can catch up with each other and keep our connections going while in-person worship is suspended. If you need a “tutorial” on how all this works, just click here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193- How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Some changes to our

reopening plans

New directives from the Diocese of New Hampshire have led us to make some changes to the reopening plans announced in recent weeks. Our first Saturday evening service will be held outdoors (weather permitting) on August 1. Evening Prayer will alternate between the two churches, starting with Trinity Church on the 1st and Christ Church on the 8th. Barring further changes in diocesan guidance, services from August 15 forward can be held indoors, but may remain outdoors if the weather permits. If it rains on August 1 or 8, the services will be canceled, as we are not permitted to bring those services indoors. Stringent safety measures will be in place – but we hope these will avail our parishioners who prefer not to worship by Zoom a venue for resuming communal worship. Sunday morning services will continue to be offered by Zoom for the foreseeable future – even after live worship in that setting is reintroduced. Our Reopening Task Group is currently weighing when Sunday morning services can resume – and in what format. Be looking for further announcements about this. Regular office hours at Christ Church resume Tuesday, August 4 (note change from previously- announced date), Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 a.m. The Shared Ministry Office in Hobbs House will reopen Monday, August 3 (note date change) – although Nita is still coming in to do those tasks that cannot be done from home. For now, please do not come in person to transact business – use phone or email, limiting in-person visits to such essential tasks as picking up mail or check-signing. Our Reopening Task Group recently met, and will meet again on Tuesday, July 21. That evening, they will present their final recommendations to a special joint meeting of the Bishop’s Committee.

We are looking for “deep

cleaners” to help us get our

churches ready

In preparation for reopening our churches to in-person worship, we are looking for a team of folks who are willing to come in a week ahead to thoroughly clean and sanitize each location…and a team (can be the same folks, your choice) who are willing to stay after any service to clean and sanitize in preparation for the following use of the building. There will be strict guidelines, protocols, and checklists involved – and you may wish to “pass” if you are of the age or health condition that makes you vulnerable. But if you can help us, will you? Please respond by Tuesday, July 21 to seacoastvicar@gmail.com if you can help.

We're looking for some help

with our Saturday services

As you have read above, we are restarting Saturday evening services in August – initially outside, but in time, indoors. To make these possible, there are several ways we will need help: 1. We will need a team of people who are willing to be trained as greeters/safety officers for these services. Under state and diocesan guidelines, there are several roles that go beyond normal “greeting” duties, and while we only need one per service, backups are desirable in case someone scheduled has a conflict. 2. We will need a Lector for the scripture passages each week (they're the same as Sunday's readings the next day). 3. We need people who are willing to help us sanitize any items brought outside and/or frequently touched surfaces inside. A team of two per weekend would be ideal. One thing we will ask of all attending the outdoor services: Please bring your own lawn chair. We wish to minimize trips inside the building to haul chairs or other items needed in or out. Our plan is to bring out only a music stand to use as a lectern, the portable sound system and its microphone, and a greeting table.

Staying in touch and

spiritually nourished through

the week

Each week, we now have two Zoom gatherings to help keep our people connected with one another and spiritually nourished. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30, we are offering a brief Noonday office, followed by a time of conversation and connection. This link will access any of these gatherings between now and the end of July: https://zoom.us/j/96264493478 No computer? Dial in at the following number: 1 (929) 205-6099 and when prompted enter the meeting ID: 962-6449-3478.

Electronic giving – even

without PayPal or the like

Another way to give electronically to your congregation during our time of physical distancing is through your own bank. Most banks these days offer their customers an automatic bill pay service where the bank will send payments directly to whomever you designate. You set up the amount and frequency, and the bank sends a check to your church with no additional fees. You will need to check with your bank to see if they offer this service and for information on how to set it up.

Resources to help us deal

with the COVID-19 virus

The Diocese of New Hampshire’s resource list Forward Movement’s “A Morning at the Office” audio recording of the Daily Morning Office The Episcopal Church’s national resource page

Our Diocese has revised its

reopening guidelines

Please click here to download this 12-page guide with comprehensive guidelines as to how we plan to implement a phased return to in-person worship over the coming weeks and months.