Community during Covid
The Holy Cross community is finding new ways to connect online.
Sunday Worship Services
- 8 AM In-Person Worship
- 10 AM In-Person & Zoom Worship
What We Do
As Christians we believe in looking beyond our borders to our role in God’s world.
Who We Are
At Holy Cross Episcopal Church, everyone belongs.
We are a warm and inclusive community of people who strive to follow the Way that Jesus models and teaches. His commandment to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves is our calling (Mark 12:29-31). To us, this means everyone belongs—people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, abilities, ages and economic levels. It also means seeking to build God’s kingdom of justice and equity in the community around us. The shared meal of Holy Communion on Sunday nourishes us in this work. Along the journey together, we share joy, sorrow, grace and laughter.
Ian Reed Twiss Sermons
Here is the YouTube Channel site for Pastor Ian’s sermons recorded on Sunday mornings. Check out his messages about current events, biblical wisdom, and how we try to live as followers of Jesus.
Sunday Zoom Service
10:00 – 11:15 AM
Worship with us on zoom and stay for a virtual coffee hour.
Phone: +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 262 641 500
Wed & fri 7:30-8:00 AM
On break during August
Phone: +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 853 0239 3978
Healing Prayer & Adult Forum
9 aM – 10:30 AM
On break for Summer
Phone: +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 696 918 045
What to expect in worship
Holy Cross is working to providing meaningful worship experiences that connect us in community, while maintaining everyone’s physical health. We are a casual, come-as-you-are congregation. Currently, we are offering two Sunday morning services.
Sunday 8:00-8:45 am — In Person Mask up, sanitize your hands, and sit by household at one of our socially distanced “islands” of chairs in the sanctuary. Scripture, sermon, prayers, no music. Communion is celebrated (bread only for safety), but voluntary and not required. Capacity is limited to 25% (which we have yet to reach at this small service), the church is sanitized before and after use, and a small HEPA filter is run throughout the service.
Sunday 10:00-11:00 am — Virtual Virtual worship on Zoom with a downloadable service bulletin (see links above). Although online, this worship carries the warm and friendly, interactive spirit that characterizes our congregation. Newcomers are welcomed but not singled out in any public way. The service follows a typical format of scripture, sermon, prayers, and table (have a little bread and wine on hand at home if you wish to honor the communion ritual). This worship also allows you a chance to listen to (and sing along with) the wonderful mix of hymns from different traditions provided by our music program. Sign in up to 15 minutes early, or stay 15 minutes after, and set your Zoom on “gallery” view for some small-group social time. It’s a bit like the Brady Bunch, only larger and more diverse. Whether you are hungry for community, curious, or just looking for a no-obligation worship experience, you are welcome.
Wednesday and Friday 7:30-8:00 am — Virtual Join us on Zoom for a 20-minute service of psalms, readings, and prayers followed by a bit of chit-chat (links above). A great way to start a workday!
Thursday 9:00-9:30 am — Virtual/In-Person Hybrid This Healing Prayer service allows us to read about a saint of the day, and offer prayers of healing for one another. It takes place in our sanctuary AND on Zoom (link above), and is followed by our optional Adult Education Forum, which is also both virtual and in-person.
IN “NORMAL” TIMES (POST-PANDEMIC)
We are a casual, come-as-you-are congregation where everybody is welcome.
Most Sundays, our worship services begin with some readings, a sermon, and prayers, followed by Holy Communion (a.k.a. the Lord’s Supper). This ancient ritual order goes back to the early church, and we fill it with progressive language often drawn from Celtic and other sources.
We take the bread and wine of communion by standing in a circle together. All are welcome to take communion (or cross your arms for a blessing if you prefer). We believe that Jesus turns no one away from his table. However, if you choose not to take communion, that’s fine too–you won’t stand out. Gluten Free host is available upon request.
A “coffee hour” with light snacks and a chance to socialize follows both services—a great chance to get to know others!
Sunday 8:00-8:45 am This service lasts about 45 minutes and is sensory friendly with a soft space, neuro-diverse volunteers, no music, and no incense.
Sunday 10:00-11:10 am This service features music from a mix of traditions, eras, and different parts of the world, as well as children’s Sunday School (taught by a couple of our fun, loving, and fun-loving adults!)
Children are welcome in worship at all times in either service. We provide a “soft space” in the worship space with kids’ books and quiet toys—and kid noises are not a problem anyway!
Accessibility Our facility has barrier free, accessible entrances, with a drive-up, drop off front entrance.
Thursday Worship Join us also on Thursdays for Healing Prayer at 10 am and Adult Forum from 10:45 am – 12:00 noon.