St. Thomas & Grace
During the Covid19 Pandemic
*** The Diocese of Vermont has issued guidelines for reopening church buildings that require parishes to submit plans as they works through the guidelines.
The diocesan restart committee has approved of our Phase 3 Reopening plan! This means that we were able to have in person out of door worship which we did on the first Sundays of October and November. On those Sundays, the outdoor service was on Zoom so that those not able to be there could worship remotely as usual. In late November, the Diocese returned to the "no in person worship" status for all churches.
More information about these plans can be found here in the document created by the Diocesan Restart Committee. Please reach out to members of the Restart committee or the Vestry with any questions: Rena, Missey, Bob, and Rachel (with consultation from Beate!).
We will continue worshiping together via Zoom on Sundays at 10 a.m. If you want to join us, request the Zoom link using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship – some resources and online opportunities:
National Cathedral's youtube channel, streams Eucharist every week with music and sermon at 11am Sunday: https://cathedral.org/online/
Diocese of Vermont - daily services https://diovermont.org/2020/04/13/online-prayer-with-bishop-shannon
Daily Office Network, which will offer Morning Prayer at 9 am: https://dailyoffice.org/
(when building is open)
Sunday worship - Rite II
8:00 am - no music, low key and contemplative
10:00 am - with music, family friendly
We welcome families with children of all ages. There is a play area in the rear of the church for your youngest children. We offer activities for school-aged children during coffee hour two times a month from Sept-May. Our older youth are involved in field trips, service projects, and fun activities that they help plan.
The Rev. Rachel Field is Priest-in-Partnership for St. Thomas & Grace Church. On Sundays when she is not with us, worship is led by the Rev. Paul Gratz or other members of our Core Ministry Team.
Services are held in the historic St. Thomas Church on the corner of Route 7 and Prospect Street in Brandon. Parking is available along Route 7 and in the parking lot behind the Nifty Thrifty on Prospect Street.
*** Please mail your pledge payments to: St. Thomas & Grace Church; Attn: Ken Brown, Treasurer; 19 Conant Square, Brandon, VT 05733.