Coronavirus Update

 

In light of the shelter-in-place recommendations extended through the end of May, Grace Cathedral will remain closed until further notice. During this unprecedented moment we see a unique opportunity to experience community, faith and one another in new ways. We invite you to join our live stream services, online events and virtual gatherings. Visit our calendar of online events, and connect with us on social media. Love, peace, hope and the arts live online at Grace.

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The coronavirus has created great hardship across our community, and Grace Cathedral is taking action, distributing resources, building new bridges through technology, and connecting with those in need.

 

Caring for our Community
  • Supporting our Bayview Mission as it distributes free homemade face masks to six Bay Area food pantries, offers a clothing swap, stocks up an  outlet of the Little Free Library, and distributes bags of grocery staples, infant supplies and children’s crafts.
  • Joining with GLIDE and other faith leaders in a unified effort to ask San Francisco city leaders to test people living in shelters for COVID-19 and to house shelter residents in hotel rooms to reduce the population number in the shelters and bring the unhoused off the streets.
  • Advocating at the state level for rent and mortgage relief for those in marginalized jobs who have seen their income drastically reduced by the economic impact of the stay-at-home mandates.

 

Inspiring Hope
  • Hosting an online Memorial Evensong on May 17 to honor those who have died from COVID-19.
  • Partnering with the Episcopal Impact Fund and Episcopal Community Services on Good Friday to raise over $10,000 for their emergency funds that provide immediate relief to the most vulnerable in our community experiencing poverty and homelessness who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Initiating an emergency fund and raising $40,000 to offer relief to out-of-work families of The Community Preschool, enabling them to cover rent, groceries and other essential living expenses.
  • Lighting our cathedral home as a visible beacon of hope and inspiration in support of the sick, front-line workers, first responders and hospitality industry professionals.
  • Leading our neighborhood in the feel-good sing-along #SingOutSF on with Director of Music Canon Benjamin Bachmann playing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” on the cathedral carillon on Saturday, April 25.

 

Creating Connection
  • Hosting a robust spring schedule of The Forum Online conversations featuring sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts.
  • Sharing a remarkable virtual performance of Seven Last Words of Christ, Joseph Haydn’s reflection for Good Friday, featuring the musicians of the Alexander String Quartet each recording his part separately.
  • The Community Preschool teachers are offering online education and activities to nurture the imaginations of our curious students and to keep them engaged and inspired to learn.
  • Offering Yoga on the Labyrinth classes online  so our 600 weekly participants can join in from home.
  • Establishing phone trees for clergy and peer outreach to offer one-on-one comfort and connection for over 700 members of our congregation.

 

Reimagining Church
  • Engaging our community in spiritual rejoicing in an online celebration of Easter reaching 10,000 worshipers worldwide.
  • Inviting our wider community to drop in online for Daily Morning Prayer and weekly Bible study.
  • Gathering for faithful fun and making new friends by providing Godly Play and Grace Quest Zoom Time online classes for kindergarten to sixth grade students.
  • Creating resources for individuals and households to observe Holy Week at Home, while also transitioning the liturgies for this sacred time to live streamed, online formats.
  • Building a bridge around the world by encouraging participation in Light a Candle: Prayer and Action for COVID-19 on March 29, as a visible message of hope and symbol of the light of God’s love that demonstrated solidarity in support of those working to contain the COVID-19 virus and those who are most vulnerable.

While this time of physical distancing continues, volunteers are reaching out to congregants through a phone tree. Please fill out our Homebound, But Not Alone form to participate. We will be in touch to hear how you are doing and help all of us stay connected with one another and with Grace.

We do want to know if any member of our congregation becomes infected with the virus. If you or a loved on does become ill from the coronavirus, please reach out to the Rev. Canon Dr. Ellen Clark-King, our Vice Dean and Canon for Social Justice, at ellenc@gracecathedral.org or 415-749-6319.

As the cathedral of the Diocese of California, we are closely following the direction of our bishop regarding public worship. Click here to read the most recent communications from the bishop and his recommendations to the churches in our diocese.

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