Life of the Church
SUNDAY AUG 29, 2021
Worship Service COVID Guidelines
In light of the increasing cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant and with concern that children under 12 cannot be vaccinated, the Board of Elders voted to require masks at the 8:30 AM service beginning last week. This week, Mayor Janey is implementing a new indoor mask mandate for the City of Boston. However, houses of worship are exempt from the mandate in Boston. Given the change made last week, we will continue with our current protocols (explained below) for this SUN, AUG 29. As elder discussions continue, we will keep you up-to-date.
In-Person Worship Guidelines
8:30 AM–Masking required for all attendees.
11:00 AM & 4:00 PM–Masking is not required, though attendees are very welcome to wear masks. Masking is strongly advised for all who are unvaccinated during the services and while in the building.
Balcony Seating–Reserved at all three worship services for socially distanced seating and for those wearing masks.
Fellowship Hall– Streaming of the 11:00 AM & 4:00 PM services is provided. Attendees will observe masking, social distancing and no singing.
To see a fuller explanation of our COVID-19 guidelines, please visit our webpage at www.parkstreet.org/updates.
No Nursery & Children's Church this Sun, Aug 29
Due to All–Church Camp this weekend, there will be no children’s activities this Sunday. Regular Family Ministry programming will resume SUN, SEP 5.
Full-Time Ministries Administrator Job
Park Street Church is hiring for the position of Ministries Administrative Assistant. Previously advertised as part-time, the position has recently changed to a full-time role. This position will report directly to the Senior Minister while serving as part of the Ministries Team. The Ministries Administrator will work in collaboration with the Missions Administrator and the Administration Administrative Assistant as well as the Church Administrator, Financial Controller, Director of Facilities Management, and Director of Communications to better enable the church to faithfully fulfill its mission. To apply or view a fuller job description, click below.
Installation Service for Senior Minister | Fri, Sep 24 | 7:00 PM
Save the date for this special event as we (finally!) install Mark Booker in his position as Park Street Church’s Senior Minister. Join us for this memorable worship service on FRI, SEP 24 at 7:00 PM.
Help Us Welcome College Students This Month!
We anticipate that in the next four weeks many new students will visit our church. Would you please look out for them and extend a warm welcome? At the end of each service please take a moment to introduce yourself and get to know anyone near you who looks like a student. Look for a group of young people in the right front of the sanctuary and consider walking the student over to us so other college students and volunteers can also meet them.
If you want to serve students in any way beyond this month, we have a group of 35 Park Streeters in a College Leadership Community. Contact Tammy McLeod, Director of College Student Ministries, if you are interested in joining this community.
Afghanistan and Haiti Response
Park Street Church partner, World Relief, is responding to the crises in Afghanistan and Haiti. You can join them by giving directly to their efforts to alleviate the suffering caused by war and natural disaster. To give, click the button below and scroll down to select the response effort you would like to support.
India COVID Relief Fund Update
As of AUG 18, total contributions to the India COVID Relief Fund were $67,188.25. We thank God for Park Street Church and their incredible faithfulness and generosity in support of our response to the COVID-19 crisis in India.
This effort had two major initiatives: first–to set up a temporary COVID response center, Rapha Care Center, with oxygen to cater to the needs of COVID-impacted patients with elevated symptoms; and second–to provide financial support to local pastors and missionaries who have been impacted by COVID and had limited means to avail themselves of necessary tests and medical treatment.
After a series of delays due to COVID-related setbacks, the center is finally open and is working with a coalition of over 700 churches to route patients to this center. We have also been able to provide financial support to 20 pastors and missionaries who were impacted by COVID. In the coming weeks we expect to double the number of pastors who will receive support.
Bell Returns to Park Street's Steeple
After being removed for restoration, Park Street’s 200-year-old bell was returned to its belfry on SAT, AUG 21, thanks to the generous donation of a Park Street Church neighbor. Now the chimes of a real bell will replace the recording that’s been playing at Park Street for more than sixty years. Learn more by reading the Boston Globe’s article below.
Childcare Position Open
Would you like to provide childcare during the week for a few hours a day? Nursery Director, Stephanie Verrengia, needs help in the nursery for a few hours in the morning, three days a week. If you enjoy working with kids, please consider applying. This is a paid position.
To apply or find out more, email Stephanie.
ESL Workshop | Sat, Sep 18 | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Welcome the nations’ people whom God has brought to our doorsteps. More than 60 nations are represented in the multiethnic community of Park Street Church, including many who are enrolled in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. All classes are taught by caring volunteer teachers from Park Street and surrounding area churches. Would you like to learn more about our ESL ministry? You can!
In preparation for the upcoming fall semester, the ESL ministry of Park Street will be holding a teacher training and informational workshop on SAT, SEP 18, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, for all who are interested in learning about this program and how to get involved. Please register by TUE, SEP 14. To register e-mail Karen Patschke, our ESL Coordinator. This is an in-person event.
Lessons from the Persecuted Church | Sat, Sep 11 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Park Street Women’s Ministry and Missions invite you to a virtual event on SAT, SEP 11 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM to learn about the persecuted church. Please join us!
Highlights of the event:
- A persecuted pastor from a restricted area tells his story in an interview conducted during a recent IF:Gathering.
- Our very own Park Street missionaries who have experience serving in difficult places will share their insights.
- Community reflection and prayer for our sisters and brothers throughout the world who are facing persecution.
Registration for this event is required (see below) by THU, SEP 2.
Questions? Contact the Missions Office.
Bible Journey Guided Study | Sep 14–Dec 6
Interested in deepening your knowledge of Scripture? Accelerate your learning in a Bible Journey Guided Study offered by Gordon-Conwell Institute, starting with 12 weeks on the Pentateuch. The program runs SEP 14 to DEC 6.
You will be able to experience Bible Journey with a group of peers, guided by Prof. Tim Laniak and a Gordon-Conwell Coach (TA), and work towards a Certificate of Completion in Old Testament. Register at biblejourney.com/certificates.
Volunteer Support for People with Disabilities
Enable Boston, our ministry to support people with disabilities, is looking to re-build its volunteer team, as several of our faithful volunteers recently moved away. We are looking for volunteers willing to support children or adults with disabilities in Sunday life activities (including worship services, children’s ministry, or alternate activities as needed for the individual).
The time commitment is at least once per month on an ongoing basis; needs are present at the 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM services, but we will also need volunteers as Christian Education classes reopen in the fall. Individual training and support are provided.
Questions? Contact Leslie Bodkin, Director of Enable Boston.
Elders Meeting Minutes
Below are the minutes from the Board of Elders meeting held on WED, JUL 21. They are also posted to the bulletin board in the Ockenga Lobby. For privacy and security, some items may have been removed or edited in the web version.
Faith Driven Entrepreneur and Faith Driven Investor Conferences | Sep 8 & 9
Are you seeking ways to apply your faith to your work, invest your funds into work that builds the kingdom of God, and meet others in Boston with the same vision? Park Street Church is bringing together the Boston community with back-to-back watch parties of the Faith Driven Entrepreneur Conference on SEP 8 and Faith Driven Investor Conference on SEP 9, both from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The event will feature a broadcast from a slate of experienced entrepreneurs and investors, and on SEP 9 will feature a live address and Q&A from Dolores Bamford, Director of Investment Research at Eventide Asset Management. Learn more at https://www.faithdriveninvestorlive.org. Register below for either or both of these events.
Contact James Noronha for more details.
DivorceCare Start Date | Thu, Sep 9 | 6:30–8:30 PM
Outdoor Coffee Hour | Sun, Aug 29 (weather permitting)
after all services
We invite you to join us for refreshments and fellowship on the Common this Sunday (weather permitting) in lieu of our usual indoor coffee hour. Look for a welcome team on the grass immediately across from the church after the 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM services.
Director of Facilities Management
Park Street Church is looking for qualified applicants for the Director of Facilities Management. This position is responsible for managing Park Street’s downtown properties, as well as overseeing the stewardship of the Wilson House campus in Cambridge, MA, and the operational infrastructure (mechanical, electrical, security, HVAC, technological, etc.) of these critical assets. The position is also responsible for safety and security of the church’s properties and the church’s technology footprint and its efficient and secure operation.
See job description in “Announcements” above.
Details about these and other opportunities can be found on our jobs page!
JOBS FROM OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Park Street School
Park Street School is hiring for a Toddler Associate Teacher for the 2021–2022 school year.
Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood and offers a continuous, integrated, Christian-based learning environment to students from toddler to grade six. Park Street School exemplifies a Christian worldview and strives to maintain a faculty and staff with varying backgrounds and cultural experiences.
Please email Jenny Exilhomme for a complete job description and application instructions.
Lexington Christian Academy Job Openings
Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) is hiring a Residential Life Coordinator and Dorm Parent positions. Are you interested in education and youth development? Are you looking for a creative way to tackle the high cost of housing in the Boston area? Are you working part-time or taking graduate classes? Consider being part of the residential community at Lexington Christian Academy.
Find more information about these and other LCA job openings at the link below.