All church services and events have been cancelled/postponed until further notice. This was a difficult decision, but out of love for our congregation and our neighbors, we have decided it is necessary to make this sacrifice. Please call or email us if you have questions or need information. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our county and our clergy are briefed weekly by the Diocese of Los Angeles on moving forward.
We hold you all in prayer during this challenging time. Among those for whom you pray, please include our neighbors who are sick, scared, working in the healthcare professions, and those who will be economically challenged because of this crisis.
How St. Paul's is Responding
One of the easiest and best ways to stay connected with what's happening at St. Paul's is through our email newsletter, which goes out weekly! If you aren't signed up already, please email our Parish Administrator, Bonnie Rubrecht, at [email protected] to be added to the list.
We have moved many of our regular studies and ministries online!
- Wednesday healing service, led by Rev. Liz, is moving to Facebook Live through our Facebook page. All are welcome to join in this beautiful, brief service.
- Online Services with spiritual communion are held on Sundays at 10:15am on our Facebook page via Facebook Live and our YouTube channel.
- We're holding virtual coffee hour via Zoom on Sunday mornings following our service. Go to our blog for the details so you can join us remotely, or click the link on Facebook!
Of course we are also praying for everyone in our community! If you need pastoral care or have prayer requests, please email or call and let us know. We are working to stay in contact with everyone that calls St. Paul's home, whether you need us to do so through email, by phone or mail, or in our online communities and social media.
For more resources on how to get food, where to seek medical help, financial relief, etc. during the ongoing pandemic, visit St. Paul's COVID-19 Resource page.
Preventative measures for home and health
Be ready at home:
If you or a loved one gets sick and is asked to self-quarantine, here are some things you might want to have on hand as an extra supply:
- Prescription Medicine – if possible, order an extra month’s supply of essential medications so you don’t have to wait in line at a pharmacy, or if supply lines are disrupted. Items like inhalers or epipens are particularly important to make sure you have on hand.
- Extra over-the-counter medicines and supplies for respiratory illness (Advil, Sudafed, etc.)
- Paper and cleaning products for your household (tissues, laundry soap, etc.)
- Canned goods and other non-perishable food items so you don’t have to go to the grocery store if you’re feeling bad. Make sure to include some treats: chocolate, coffee, tea, other comfort food items.
Important Reminders on Staying Healthy:
These are especially important in situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- WEAR A MASK! Read more about why masks help prevent the spread of this deadly virus from the World Health Organization and the CDC.
- If you need to leave to pick up groceries or go to a pharmacy, try to limit it to once a week and have one family member go. If you need help getting groceries or supplies, please let us know! We have parishioners willing to assist those who may have difficulty or need to protect their health more strenuously.
- In all situations, the best practice to prevent any illness is to wash your hands frequently using proper technique: wet-lather-scrub-rinse-dry. https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en...
To help with this practice, try singing the Doxology or reciting the Lord’s Prayer — both take about the recommended 20 seconds of thorough scrubbing.
- If you use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, "wash" your hands the same way you would with soap and water for approximately 30 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face: particularly eyes, nose, and mouth. This is how germs enter your body.
- When you cough, do so into your bent elbow, or preferably a tissue, not your hand.
- Stay home as much as possible.
Guidance from the Episcopal Church:
Episcopal Relief and Development's faith-based response to epidemics
Health organization guidelines:
This page will continue to be updated throughout the pandemic. Please check back for additional resources or email our office for additional help.
Visit this page for continually updated "pop-up" food share sites in Ventura County (Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, etc.) via Food Share / Feeding America. You can also sign up to volunteer locally with food distribution.
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St. Paul's Online Worship Services:
We are livestreaming our service every Sunday at 10:15am PST through Facebook Live on our Facebook page. You *do not* have to be on Facebook to watch these services! Just click on the link on our St. Paul's blog post or from our E-news.
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