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Things to Know about the Cathedral’s Response to COVID-19

Notice of a Pastoral Direction to the Episcopal Church in West Missouri from Bishop Martin S. Field

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (aka the CDC) recently issued a nationwide plea for no groups to gather if they are 50 or more in number. I believe we must accept that wisdom and act in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation. To do otherwise would be a serious breach of the moral imperative to act as a community, not just as individuals — to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.

Therefore, starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and until further notice, the buildings of the parishes and congregations of West Missouri are closed to all gatherings. Furthermore, no parochially sponsored gatherings will be held in any other meeting places (e.g. homes, pubs, etc.). Exceptions for small group gatherings may be granted, and I may grant such exceptions after consultation with the leadership of the parish or congregation. Read more

Following are the services, classes and gatherings the Cathedral will be providing digitally:

~A daily check-in, ending with prayer, is offered at 7:30 a.m. on Instagram (@ghtcyouth). All are welcome to participate.

~Youth Bible Study will be held via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Link posted on @ghtcyouth. For youth in grades 6-12.
~We will be livestreaming Morning Prayer from the Nave at 10:15 a.m.

~Tuesday Conversations are meeting digitally via Google Hangouts. To join the video meeting, click this link:
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 414-909-6946 and enter this PIN: 973 971 315#. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever and join the conversation between 7:30 and 9:00 am.
~Women’s Bible Study will meet via Zoom at 12:30 p.m. Contact Candy McDowell at 816.741.0992 or for information on how to participate.
~Compline via Zoom at 8 p.m. with the @wemoyouth community. Link posted on all WEMO Youth social media. For youth in grades 6-12 and youth leaders.

~Noonday prayer will be livestreamed from the Chapel at 12 noon.
~At 6:30 p.m., you may participate in our Dean’s Forum via Zoom. Details for connecting are available: Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 424 683 903. Dial in: 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
~From 7:15-8:15 p.m., the Youth Group meets via Zoom. Link posted on @ghtcyouth. For youth in grades 6-12.

~Compline via Zoom at 8 p.m. with the @wemoyouth community. Link posted on all WEMO Youth social media. For youth in grades 6-12 and youth leaders.

For our livestreamed events, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch. (Click here for more detailed information.)

You can download a digital bulletin here.

Please help us continue to do the important work of the Cathedral. Here are some ideas on ways you can contribute to social outreach while still practicing physical distancing.

Items requested for donation (see weekly donations requested above) will benefit the Downtown Outreach Food Pantry and the Urban Necessities Toiletry Drive. Donations may be dropped off Saturdays (March 28–April 11) at St. Mary’s (1307 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64106). There will be a basket by the office door (or instructions on where to leave items). Items may be left without physical contact and will be brought inside after the donors leave. Or you may give online.

Donate Blood
During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Community Blood Center is running dangerously short of blood. Please consider giving blood, if you are able. They have made arrangements for you to be able to donate with little physical contact. You can get more info at the Community Blood Center website.

Birthday Gift Cards for Foster Children
Help a child in the foster care system by donating $25 for a birthday gift card. These gift cards are given to children who do not receive any other gifts to celebrate their birthdays. Please consider this very special ministry of making children feel special on their birthdays.

Pray for Outreach Organizations
Please remember in your prayers all the organizations working to help those less fortunate.

Contact Terri Curran,, for more details.

Please continue to give to the Cathedral. We count on your contributions to keep things running smoothly. It is quick and easy to give online. Just click here.

If you are experiencing difficulties due to the COVID-19 virus, the Cathedral may be able to help. Contact the office to learn more.

The Diocese of West Missouri has compiled a list of links and resources. Visit their website to read more.

We will continue to give updates as we have them. Thank you for continuing to pray and check in with those who are isolated during this time.

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