5/20/21 The Beckford Connection

5/20/21 The Beckford Connection

Please take a moment to review the prayer list to see if there are any names you’ve added that can now be removed. You can email the names to Melissa. Thank you to everyone who has already contacted her.

Starting June 1, we’re starting a new prayer list process. Every two months, the prayer list will be updated so that we make sure it stays current. We’ll include a note in The Beckford Connection for two weeks before so if there is anyone that needs to remain on the list, you can let Melissa know before the update. This will not apply to those in the military, health care workers or those at home. 

We have reached a moment we have long anticipated, when COVID-19 cases have declined as vaccination rates have risen. We are beginning a new phase of life living with COVID-19.
Governor Northam has lifted the mask mandate in Virginia for those who have been fully vaccinated.

As of May 28, Bishop Goff has updated diocesan guidelines and given local clergy more autonomy with respect to necessary safety measures for individual parishes.

Just over 1/3 of all Virginians are fully vaccinated and children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. The love of Jesus Christ calls us to consider the needs of all people in the Kingdom of God. I ask you to continue to show care for and honor one another – I will continue to wear a mask indoors in public places where I cannot guarantee everyone is fully vaccinated. I will remove a mask while leading worship and preaching from a safe social distance.

Pursuant to diocesan directives, we continue to refrain from using the common cup and a common communion wafer or loaf of bread.

It’s almost as if we are back at the beginning of the pandemic where things can and will change on a regular basis. So please bear with us as we make our move back to in-person worship. I can almost assure you that there will be new information to share next week.

Thank you for sending in your pledges this month! With you’re support, we’ve continued our support of the churches and community.

You can mail current or past month’s pledges directly to the church offices. 
Emmanuel Episcopal 122 E. Court Woodstock VA 22664 
St. Andrew’s Episcopal P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 

Bible study with the other Episcopal churches in our region is every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. online via Zoom.  Whether you’ve been able to come to other sessions or it’s your first time, you’re welcome to come. If you have any questions, please let Mother Kathy know.

The reader schedule for April through June is available on our website and below. As we begin in-person worship, this schedule will be changing. Please watch for info coming soon.

The pantry is open the second and fourth Tuesdays of May from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you know of anyone experiencing food insecurity, please let them know they’re welcome to come to the pantry. More info is on our website.

They are still seeking a volunteer (or two) who can devote approximately eight hours a month to taking inventory, ordering and determining what to place in pre-packaged bags. If you’re a detail-oriented person who is comfortable with computers and loves to be part of a team, we’d love to speak with you about volunteering.

Volunteers are required to wear a mask and social distance and must be 18 or older for this particular position.

If you’re interested or would like more information, please contact Mother Kathy. If you know someone who is interested, please pass along this info.


Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom 
All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services.

8 a.m. Emmanuel
9:15 a.m. St. Andrew’s
11:15 a.m. Emmanuel and Facebook Live 
 The bulletin will be available on our website prior to the service.