Though we are not able to meet in-person for worship, learning, and fellowship due to the pandemic, we will continue to gather as a community using the technology available to us. Below is a schedule of worship opportunities, formation classes and resources, and other gatherings available during our time of closure. For many of these services and gatherings, you will need to download Zoom (free of charge) to your computer. Once you have downloaded Zoom, you may click on the link provided for the gathering you would like to access. You will then be prompted to enter the appropriate meeting ID number and passcode.
Online Virtual Worship Opportunities
Morning Prayer – Fr. Tim is leading a 20 minute service of Morning Prayer at 8 a.m., Tuesday-Thursday, via Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to access this daily service. Simply go to this link at 8 a.m. each day. The video recording of the service will remain active for 24 hours if you are unable to join at 8 a.m. You may need to download Chrome to your device if you have difficulty viewing the videos using another browser.
Compline (Night Prayers) – Each evening, Tuesday-Thursday, at 9 p.m., Fr. Tim leads a service of Compline (night prayers) via Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to access this service. Simply go to this link at 9 p.m. each day. The video recording of the service will remain active for 24 hours if you are unable to join at 9 p.m. You may need to download Chrome to your device if you have difficulty viewing the videos using another browser.
Christian Formation & Online Gatherings
Our friends at Hope Lutheran Church offer virtual Sunday school each Sunday at 9 a.m, via Zoom. Children of all ages are invited to participate! To join in, click the following Zoom link. If prompted to enter the meeting ID, it is 761 8917 1925. If prompted to enter the password, it is 4ux3A0. These Sunday school lessons will frequently involve crafts, so if you would like to know ahead of time what supplies are needed, feel free to contact: Erin Engelbrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org)
March Adult Formation – Why Jesus?
Join us on Sunday mornings in March (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th), at 9 a.m., via Zoom. Use this link to access this Zoom gathering. Details on this particular adult formation class may be found on the “Adult Formation” page, under the “Learn & Grow” tab on the top menu bar.
First Friday Movies with Hope Lutheran Church
On Friday, March 5th, at 7:30 p.m., join us for virtual movie night. The movie for this evening will be “Bonhoeffer.” This movie presents the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Faced with the evil Nazi regime and the passivity of other church leaders, Bonhoeffer must discern what his faith demands of him in these nightmarish times. Pastor and retired Lutheran Bishop Richard Graham introduces this stirring documentary from 2003 and will lead the discussion afterwards. For additional information and for the Zoom link to access the move and discussion, please go the website of Hope Lutheran Church.
New Ministry Opportunity at St. Andrew’s: Be a Lifeline for Incarcerated Youth
Young people incarcerated in DC jails are served by a non-profit, Free Minds Book Club, that provides them books and classes on writing. Free Minds also arranges “Write Lunches” in area churches where people like us gather, read and discuss poems written by jailed youth, and write short, supportive responses that are returned to the authors. Write Lunch enables jailed youth and community members to communicate directly, and the youth—lonely and cut-off from family—report that it is a lifeline for them. You are invited to join a new Write Lunch group at St. Andrew’s, which meets on Mondays, noon until 1:00 p.m., via ZOOM. No preparation. No commitment. Just come. We’ll read and discuss 3-4 poems and write to their authors. RSVP to Gerry Hendershot at email@example.com
Coffee & Theology
Coffee & Theology returns on three Wednesday evenings in March (3rd & 17th) and April (14th), 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To learn more about our Coffee & Theology program and the upcoming topics to be discussed, please go to the “Adult Formation” page under the “Learn & Grow tab on the top menu bar.
At Home Christian Formation For Children
•Faith@Home, a digital ministry of Forma, sends out weekly emails with suggested activities and conversation starters that are based on the assigned weekly Scripture lessons and are designed to be used at home. You may sign up for their weekly emails by going to the following link . This resource is an excellent way to provide your family with Christian formation at home.
•Building Faith, a digital ministry of the Virginia Theological Seminary, is another excellent resource for faith-based activities for use at home. You may access this ministry using this link.
•Parents & Guardians Newsletter – Throughout the year, Fr. Tim sends out a digital newsletter via email for parents and guardians. This newsletter provides useful tips, resource suggestions, and information to assist families in Christian formation at home. To sign up to receive this newsletter, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship and prayer Resources from the Washington National CAthedral
At 11:15 a.m. each Sunday morning, the Cathedral clergy and musicians will broadcast a weekly service of worship. You may access that service here.
Each day, Morning and Evening Prayer will be offered online. You may access these services here.
Other Events & Opportunities
Periodically check the Cathedral’s website for musical broadcasts, online retreats, and other learning opportunities. You may access the Cathedral’s website here.
On-Going Food Drive
Each week, we collect donations of non-perishable food for distribution at our local food bank – Help-by-Phone. Food donations may be placed in the collection baskets located on the left as you enter the front doors of the church. The church is open most days of the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feel free to call the church office ahead of time (301 864-8880) to ensure the church is open.
Community Meals from College Park United Methodist Church
Each Tuesday, you may order a freshly-prepared take-out dinner from College Park United Methodist Church. The cost of each meal is $10 per person, and the proceeds are used to fight hunger in our community. Please place your order by 1:00 p.m. each Sunday for the upcoming Tuesday pick-up. You may place your order at this link. Orders may be picked up between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Delivery is available within College Park and Greenbelt. When you order, you will also have the opportunity to purchase addition meals to donate to individuals and families in the community who are in need.