COVID-19 Protocols, Information and Resources
March 9, 2021

What’s happening at St. Francis

What's Happening at St. Francis

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, June 13, 2021
    9 am: Outdoor Holy Eucharist Rite II
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II - in person and livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    5 pm: Pickleball in back parking lot

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    10 am: Lectionary Bible Study via Zoom

  • Sunday, June 20, 2021
    9 am: Outdoor Holy Eucharist Rite II (weather permitting)
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II - in person and livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube


  • Support Ministry Volunteers Needed!

    Ushers, Greets and Altar Guild are vital and important ministries that provide hospitality to regulars and guests alike, and oversee important preparations for worship. Over the last 15 months, these ministries have operated, as needed, with minimal staffing and support.

    Now that St. Francis is re-opening, we need to expand these critical ministries again, and we are asking for your help. If you would be willing to serve in any of these three areas, please contact the church office: stfrancisfields@stfrancisfields.org. Thanks!
    Lectionary Bible Study

    Lectionary Bible Study meets on Wednesdays mornings at 10 am to pray and discuss the readings for the following Sunday. Anyone is invited to attend.

    Currently, Bible Study is meeting remotely, using Zoom. Information about connecting to Zoom on Wednesday morning is sent to the parish a few days prior to the meeting and can also be found here. Dial-in is also available for those who wish to join without video.

    Pickleball returns to St. Francis!

    During the month of June, pickleball will be set up in the back parking lot from 5 - 6:30 pm every Tuesday (weather permitting) for anyone interested in learning to play or sharpening their skills! All are welcome to join in the fun as we gather safely outside! Please contact Suzanne Steinberg for more information.

    To sign up for pickleball, click here!
    Qualified Charitable Distribution

    Have you heard of the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)?

    The tax laws are confusing to most of us, but there is one rule that should definitely be understood by anyone age 70 ½ or older. The QCD rule allows an individual to make donations directly from their IRA accounts to the church, without having to pay tax on the distribution. A donation done this way can save a considerable amount of federal tax, and this is especially true under the new tax laws. To learn more please see Mike Quinn with any questions.
    St. Francis-in-the-Fields Library

    Books in the Narthex!

    Even though there is construction here at St. Francis and almost all of the library books are packed away, there are still books in the Narthex! Please feel free to stop by and borrow these books. There are books for both adults and children.

    Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm. If you can't stop by during those hours please call 610-647-0130 or email stfrancisfields@stfrancisfields.org and arrangements can be made!

    The books look forward to you reading them!
    Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Covid Update (January 2021)

    The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania (DIOPA) has issued guidance to all constituent parishes regarding Covid-19. To read the diocesan guidelines, go to https://www.diopa.org/news/coronavirus-covid-19-updates.
    Remote Giving

    St. Francis continues to function during the pandemic, offering livestream worship, conference call meetings, online Bible studies and (physically distant) pastoral care. Keeping our parish connected, and building community however we can, is a top priority. However, we also know that, during this crisis, many are facing unexpected financial challenges.

    If you can continue your pledge or regular giving during this period, it is much appreciated. If financial constraints make giving or maintaining your pledge a hardship for you or your family, that is completely understandable.

    For giving, personal checks and online bank transactions are still accepted. Also, for convenience, an online giving option is now on the front page of our website (stfrancisfields.org). Just look for the "Give" button toward the bottom of the page. Or you can go to tithe.ly, click on "give online" and search for St. Francis-in-the-Fields.

    Finally, if any individual or family finds themselves in a particular hardship, please contact Fr. Kevin. Assistance may be available through the Rector's Discretionary Fund.
    Circle of Friends

    Circle of Friends is a pastoral ministry of card-writing and encouragement that meets every 1st Wednesday of each month. All supplies are provided. Anyone is invited to participate.

    During this period of physical distancing, "The Circle" is meeting remotely, preparing notes from the safety of home. Thank you to everyone who shares in this ministry.
    Book Group

    For information on Book Group, please click here or contact Elizabeth Pitt.
    Prayer Shawl Ministry

    Prayer shawls are available in the library for pastoral use. Each one has a cross sewn on the bottom and a card with information about St. Francis on one side and a prayer on the other side: "May you who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in love. Blessed Be!"

    If you want to give a shawl to someone in need, please take one. Let Barbara Pearse or the church office know that you have done so to help them keep track of the number of shawls available. We can always use more shawls! If you have one to donate, please contact Barbara for the cross and card to attach to the shawl.
    How can you CONNECT with St. Francis?
    by Cindy Claffey, IWC Committee

    The Invite-Welcome-Connect Committee encourages you to consider how you can connect with St. Francis by joining a ministry or group. Opportunities abound for members, new and old, to get involved with the social, spiritual and service activities of our parish.

    The IWC Committee has published a directory of ministries, which includes short descriptions of many groups within the parish, along with time commitments, contact information, and any training or background expectations. Look for this publication on the Welcome Table and the information table at the top of the steps in the Narthex. Or click here for Easy Opportunities To Get Involved.