Update on our Current Scheduling Plans from the Rev. Dr. Craig Stephans, Rector

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This morning in my Scripture readings, I mediated on two Scriptures of note during this time. The first was Isaiah 53:4-6: Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. This verse is confirmed for us in Matthew 8:17 and 1 Peter 2:24. Jesus took the punishment for our sins and the curse of sin and death. The Scripture also applies to our healing and peace that we need during these times.

The second Scripture was Psalm 91, a wonderful series of God’s promises to us including verses 3-7: Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. What meaningful promises during this time of worldwide terror and sickness! These are promises to receive, meditate on and declare over your life and family.

During this “season of virus,” I encourage you to Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Cor 16:13). Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand. (Eph 6:10-11). We intend for the doors of our church to remain open for most of our scheduled activities including Sunday worship services. However, nobody is obligated or pressured to come. In fact, it has been advised that you not attend any gathering over ten people including church services.  Therefore, we will be offering a few options for participating in our services from home

  1. Participate via Facebook Live at our 8 a.m. service.  You do not need to have a Facebook login to watch the video.  Go to this link and to the Live video: https://www.facebook.com/Church-of-the-Redeemer-Anglican-1377253895832755/
  2. Watch the Facebook Live Video at anytime following its recording by going to the link above and scrolling down to the video.  Again, you do not need a Facebook login.
  3. Lead yourself (and family) through the service using the Lent V Bulletin 3-29-20 and listen to the sermon online or via podcast.

I will update the above with the links for the recorded video and podcast when posted.

For all of the above, you may use or print the attached Sunday bulletin.  You are invited to set out bread and wine for participation in the Holy Communion Sacrament.  During this time, I will be praying for God to consecrate all of the elements, so that we can all continue to participate in the Communion of the Body of Christ.

I invite you to use your wisdom and prudence for your decisions, and I encourage you in all things to have faith in Jesus, his work on the cross and in the resurrection, in everything you do and think. And this is a time to do our best to Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thess 5:16-18) We have plenty of reasons to rejoice, to pray and to give thanks.

The Men’s Bible study groups that normally meet on Wednesday and Thursday mornings will meet only on Thursday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at the church until further notice.  On Sunday mornings, we will not have the Sunday morning Catechism class, continental breakfast or coffee hour until further notice. We will try to provide schedule updates and confirmations each day.

If you would like this information emailed to you as updated, please send your email address to redeemercamden@gmail.com

Archbishop Foley Beach’s Letter
Anglican Live Stream Church Service Options
Church of the Redeemer Facebook Page
Church of the Redeemer Podcast

FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL PRAYER RESOURCES 

We have developed resources for family and individual prayer during this time and afterwards.  These are forms of prayer that can be used by anyone to maintain times of prayer and connection to the Body of Christ.

BCP Family Prayer

You are Welcome Here!

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SUNDAY SERVICES ARE PLANNED AT NORMAL TIMES ON SUNDAY MARCH 22.   Please use wisdom regarding your own vulnerabilities and comfort.   Please do not feel obligated to come.  We are planning on online options for participation.


We have Bible Studies and prayer groups for men, women and youth. If you have questions or don’t see what you need, contact Pastor Craig at redeemercamden@gmail.com.
We recently celebrated our 13th Anniversary as a church! Thanks be to God and all who have participated in our life of faith.

 

Ongoing Weekly and Monthly Events

  • Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:15-10:15 a.m. (Book of Ruth)
  • Morning Prayer and Bible Reading: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. at the church.
  • Elizabeth City Men’s Prayer Group: Tuesdays 7 a.m. Grouper’s Restaurant
  • Men’s Small Group Bible Study & Prayer: Wednesdays in Camden at Belcross Bakery 7:15 – 8:15 a.m. & Thursdays  7:15-8:15 a.m. at Kathy’s Kreations in Elizabeth City.
  • Choir Practice: Wednesdays at 7pm.
  • Monday Morning Prayer Group: 9:30 –11:30 a.m. at the Surface’s. 1614 Crescent Dr, Eliz City.
  • Teen Discipleship (High School grades) and Big Kids Discipleship (Middle School grades) Sunday from 6:00—7:00 pm at the church.
  • Home Group: Alternate Mondays at 6 p.m.
  • Home Group: Every other Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Lectio Divina  (Reading and Reflection on Scripture)—Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 p.m. (Does not meet the 1st Wed. of the month due to SOULS feeding)  Currently reading Romans.
  • Healing Service — 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
  • SOULS Feeding— First Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm.
  • Learning The Practice of Ministry: 3rd Tuesday of the month 6 p.m. Teaching and training to learn and practice the disciplines of Christian ministry.

To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechesis

Come and learn the Christian faith and how to live as a Christian

“The word catechesis comes from the Greek meaning ‘to echo the teaching’ meaning that catechesis or the teaching of the faith is an interactive process in which the Word of God re-sounds between and among the proclaimer, the one receiving the message, and the Holy Spirit!”

This catechism (a text used for instruction of Christian disciples) is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican discipleship. It presents the essential building blocks of classic Christian instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with little or no prior knowledge of the Gospel. Each section is presented in the question-and-answer form that became standard in the sixteenth-century because of its proven effectiveness. Each section is also set out with its practical implications, together with biblical references.

The groups will have will be encouraged to discuss the topics and questions will be invited. This is a “Come and Learn” opportunity for everyone – no matter how much or how little you already know.

Sundays at 9:15 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.

If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please contact us at 252-337-7177, redeemercamden@gmail.com or sign up at church and indicate your preference for day/time.

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An Evening of Worship & Ministry with Christian Recording Artist Kathleen Carnali — POSTPONED

WE HAVE POSTPONED THIS MINISTRY EVENT TO A DATE / TIME TBD

Church of the Redeemer will welcome Kathleen Carnali on Saturday, March 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for worship and ministry.  The Rev. Jessica Lee will lead ministry and reflections on the Women at the Well.  All are invited to come. 41675012_10155763927522113_126858396027584512_oYou can learn more about Kathleen Carnali at her website: http://www.kathleencarnali.com/