Signs of Hope

Dear Friends,


Bishop Phoebe and the CDC have each come out with exciting announcements recently, so I want to take this opportunity to clarify our next steps as we integrate the new information and plan our next steps for reentry as a church gathered.



New Beginnings on Pentecost, May 23:  


  • Congregational Singing: The Bishop has invited singing with masks on for up to three hymns with up to three verses each. Our final hymn on Pentecost will usher back in our joyful noises as we sing our praises together!

  • Hymnals, Prayer Books & Liturgical Movement: Our beloved books will return to the pews as well as the invitation to kneel or stand during our liturgy. 

  • Outdoor Coffee & Fellowship: We can remove our masks when outdoors and enjoy refreshments once again after our 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services.



In Person Summer Formation:


  • Stay tuned for a full line up of fabulous face to face summer formation beginning June 6 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. each Sunday. Virtual classes will continue to be offered as well. 



New Beginnings in June with YOUR Help:


  • Nursery Reopens: Although we were able to pay our caregivers throughout the pandemic, for various reasons many are unable to return as we reopen. We are busy recruiting a team and need your help. Please contact Mary Beth Darrow at the church (901-767-6987) if you or anyone you know would be willing to lend a hand and help us care for our youngest ones during the 10:30 am service. 
  • In-Person Children’s Chapel: We will once again invite our young children for a service tailored to their age that will take place in the new Playscape outdoors or in the adjacent Cheney Parish Hall in inclement weather. We need adults and youth to help us offer this safely. Please sign up here Children and Family: Summer Children's Chapel ( or by clicking the button below:

In-Person Children's Chapel Signup

Masks for Indoor Worship: 

  • “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord!” Until we can all remove our masks for indoor worship, we will stand in solidarity in caring for one another and continue to wear them for the time being. 
  • There are still some in our church family who are not or can not be vaccinated. As an example, we do not want our children under 12 to feel like they are being treated differently from our adults. In keeping with our spirit of hospitality, compassion, and welcome, we will all wear masks until we can celebrate the day of inviting everyone to take them off together. We are getting closer by the month, so hang tight for just a little while longer! 


Posted by The Reverend Hester Mathes at May 14, 2021