Online Worship every Sunday

Dear all,

I hope this message finds you all well. This has been a tumultuous few months in the United States and, indeed, at our parish church. All of you have been in my constant prayers and I trust that I have been in yours. Over the last few weeks, our Vestry has been working very hard in formulating a plan for reopening St. Thomas Episcopal Church for in-person public worship in accordance with CDC and Diocesan guidelines. I am extraordinarily grateful for their leadership and commitment to our parish. I am also grateful for everyone’s patience with this process and their recognition that this is a complex situation that requires an enormous amount of thought and planning.  Following the advice of our Diocese as well as local and federal health officials, we now feel that it is reasonably safe to return to in-person worship soon.

We will be returning to in-person worship on Sunday, September 13th at 10:30 AM. Bishop Hollingsworth is permitting the reception of Holy Communion so that will be part of our Sunday morning worship going forward. I, for one am looking forward to receiving the Blessed Sacrament with my community at St. Thomas. Our services will continue to be available for viewing online.

We have decided to limit ourselves to a single weekend service held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM at this time in order to better facilitate the extensive cleaning that is required under our Diocesan guidelines. We are asking all those planning to attend to register at the attached link Worship Registration or to call the office in order to enable contact tracing.

We are also planning to conduct a small weekday celebration of the Holy Eucharist starting in October. All other in-person activities will continue to be suspended unless otherwise indicated by me and the Vestry. Please speak with the me if you are interested in resuming these ministries as online/phone meetings via Zoom. We are also planning to resume Rector’s Forum as an online experience starting in October. Further details will follow. When services resume, the following social distancing guidelines will be followed by all, including lay-leaders and clergy until further notice.

  • Service attendance will be capped at 34
  • We ask you pay attention to all notices posted in the church
  • Wearing masks will be required
  • A six-foot distance between people must be maintained
  • Seating will be marked in order to facilitate six-foot distancing
  • There will be specific instructions for entering and exiting the building
  • Temperatures will be taken at the door
  • Those who are feeling ill are asked to stay home
  • Coffee hour and/or gathering in the church following the service will be suspended
  • The Exchange of Peace is suspended for the time being
  • Singing is suspended for the time being
  • The reception of Holy Communion will be suspended for the time being.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am available both by phone and email and will always get back to you as soon as possible.

Faithfully,

Fr. David Radzik, Rector

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Monthly Outreach

Every month we collect different items for Church Street Ministry and for the Veteran’s Ministry. Click on the image to see what we are collecting this month.

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online worship

Online Worship Experience

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to join us on Sundays at 10:30 am for online worship with Father David Radzik. This is a joint ministry with Rockport UMC and Rev. Lorrin Radzik.

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Worship schedule

Worship Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and by order of our governor, services are suspended until further notice.
We invite you to join us for Online Worship instead every Sunday.

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Food Distribution

St. Thomas Episcopal Church will distribute food as scheduled on May 7th.  Due to COVID-19, there are new rules in place to protect everyone.

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A Loving Church

St. Thomas Episcopal ChurchFor over 150 years, St. Thomas Episcopal Church has been doing God’s work. We encourage you to visit the various areas of our website to learn more about who we are and what we do. We invite you to view our worship schedule, the descriptions of our ministries, and our events.

We invite you to come and worship with us the next time you are in the area. Our chapel is an Ohio registered historical landmark. Our church is modern and inspiring. Our congregation is active and friendly.

We are child-friendly

We expect younger children to fuss and fidget a little, so we hope you will keep them with you. If you prefer, a “cry room” is available upstairs over the rear of the Church.

We are Bible-based

We recognize the Bible as the record of God’s loving action in human life during ancient times and as the starting point for looking at God’s action in human life today; while we teach it as the basis for Christian faith, we encourage everyone to find their own living relationship with the God of their understanding.

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