Dear People of St. Bede’s,
At the direction of Bishop Marc Andrus, we are cancelling Sunday worship services at St. Bede’s through the end of March to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). There will be no worship services on March 15, 22 or 29.
In addition, we are postponing two Arts at St. Bede’s concerts until later in the season: the Candlelight Evensong scheduled for this Sunday, March 25, and the Menlo Brass Concert that was scheduled for Sunday, March 29.
In a related move, Trinity School announced yesterday that they will close the school on Friday, March 13 and hold classes via distance learning March 17 – 27. Depending on future health advisories, the school may remain closed until April 14, the end of Spring Break.
These decisions have been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our St. Bede’s and Trinity School community. It is important to note that there are no known cases of COVID-19 at St. Bede’s or Trinity School. However, the growing number of cases in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, and the speed with which the virus is spreading makes public gatherings risky to everyone’s health, particularly older members of our parish or those with health problems.
Several of the outside groups who use our facilities have already cancelled their meetings for the next few weeks and we are recommending that all others do so as well.
Bishop Marc and his staff will revisit the decision to cancel worship services by the end of March and will let us know about next steps. We hope to be able to welcome you back to St. Bede’s for Holy Week and Easter Sunday services – but will rely on the Bishop’s guidance.
For those of you who wish to attend a virtual service, the Diocese is gathering information about churches that will be live-streaming Sunday services; we will post a link to that information on our website (www.stbedesmenlopark.org) as well as our Facebook page (www.facebook.com.StBedesEpiscopalChurch). And we will gather your prayer requests via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to include in our weekly eNews to the parish.
I have always believed that God never gives you more than you can handle but sometimes throws you a challenge to see how you measure up. We are a strong, faithful community that puts our trust in the Lord. We pray from the 121st Psalm, “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth forevermore.”
Please keep our St. Bede’s community in your prayers – as well as those around the world who have contracted the virus and pray for their recovery.
Senior Warden, St. Bede’s Vestry