St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Rd Bethlehem, PA. 18017
Orthodox Church in America

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St. Nicholas Reactivation Update 08-28-2020

(Email sent 08/28/2020 at 6:15 pm)

Dear St. Nicholas Parishioners,

The St. Nicholas Reactivation Team continues to monitor the COVID-19 recommendations of state and federal health advisors in order to adjust guidelines to increase attendance for services.  The state of Pennsylvania remains in the “GREEN PHASE” and emphasizes the importance of following the recommended Health and Safety guidance to prevent the spread of the virus.   Although churches are excluded from some of the state ordered limitations, they are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as wearing a mask at gatherings.   We will continue to emphasize the established safety protocols.

Church Service Updates

Beginning Sunday, September 6th, St. Nicholas will return to a regular Divine Liturgy service held on Sundays at 9:30 am.  In addition, we will also resume attendance for regular Saturday evening Vespers service starting on September 5th.  Divine Liturgy and Vespers services will continue to be available online.

Due to the need for social distancing, there is limited seating availability in the church.  As attendance increases, services will be live-streamed in the church hall with additional seating available.   Access to all other areas of the church remain restricted. 

The church Administrative Assistant will continue to send an email for you to continue to sign up for church services the Monday before the weekend services.  You must RSVP to indicate if you will attend Vespers on Saturday and / or Divine Liturgy on Sunday.  Provide your name and the names of all family members that will attend by noon, on Thursday, of that week.  All RSVP’s will receive a confirmation to attend services by Friday.  If you do not receive a confirmation, do not attend services.

Social & Fellowship Update

Having the opportunity over the last couple of months to gather for worship again has been a truly wonderful experience, and it is truly something to give thanks to God for. However, we also deeply miss out when we do not experience the fellowship of the Body of Christ. 

With that in mind, we would like to extend an invitation to all who attend Divine Liturgy to join us for a modified "coffee hour." Our current plan is that, following Divine Liturgy (and weather permitting) we will gather outside together on the grass behind the Church for a time of fellowship. 

The Church will not provide food or beverages at the fellowship gathering.  Therefore, we would like to highly encourage everyone to bring their own, as well as a lawn chair or blanket!  May this small step back to normalcy be a blessing, which brings us closer together! 

To help mitigate community exposure to COVID-19, continue these best practice measures when attending church during the “GREEN PHASE”:

  1. Please arrive at the church before the start of services to participate in a temperature and health screening check.   The church doors will lock at the beginning of Divine Liturgy and Vespers.
  2. Wear a mask.
  3. Practice social distancing before, during and after services.

While we follow these temporary guidelines for as long as necessary, our continued hope and prayer is to return to normal participation in liturgical worship and parish life. 

You will receive updated communications as protocols change.  Please direct questions to the Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Bzik.

Yours in Christ,

St. Nicholas Parish Council

Reactivation Committee

(pdf copy of the St. Nicholas Reactivation Update 08-28-2020)


Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church!

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! 

 

Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

 

St. Nicholas Church is a parish of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). It is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the beautiful and growing Lehigh Valley. 

Led by the Rev. Father Matthew Joyner, we are a vibrant, growing community with 99 households, of which there are 123 adult members and 23 children and babies.

All are welcome to join us for any of our services! 

 

If you are looking for a new Church home, or are curious about the Orthodox Church and ancient Christianity, we encourage you to “come and see.” (John 1:46) 

 

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Calendar

Saturday, October 31st
6:00pm Great Vespers (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
Sunday, November 1st
9:10am Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)
9:30am Divine Liturgy (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
10:45am Communion for Parish Children (see COVID page for details)
11:00am Outdoor Fellowship Gathering to follow the Divine Liturgy (weather permitting)
Wednesday, November 4th
CANCELLED: 7:00pm Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)
Saturday, November 7th
POSTPONED: 5:15pm Monthly Panikhida (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
6:00pm Great Vespers (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
Sunday, November 8th
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael
9:10am Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)
9:30am Divine Liturgy (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
10:45am Communion for Parish Children (see COVID page for details)
11:00am Outdoor Fellowship Gathering to follow the Divine Liturgy (weather permitting)



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