St. Thomas' COVID-19 Response
Dear Members and Friends of St. Thomas',
St. Thomas’ and the Diocese of Virginia are responding to help stem the tide of coronavirus by practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC. Our office staff are currently working remotely. Below is more information about our operations:
Most in-person worship and events are cancelled until further notice.
Worship is available online through Zoom and YouTube. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to sign up for our weekly E-communique for more information and links.
The Food Pantry is open in a modified capacity on Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. We are handing out pre-packed bags to our clients through a walk-up station in front of the church and/or a drive-through.
The St. Thomas’ Day School is currently closed with plans to reopen in the fall. Please visit the Day School page to learn more.
Groups hosted by St. Thomas’ are not meeting, please contact your group leader individually to confirm.
There are many ways to stay engaged with St. Thomas’. We have a presence online on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and regularly update our website. You can stay up to date with news, pictures, virtual fellowship, and more. You can also give online. Financial gifts to the church enable St. Thomas' to continue offering our services and ministries to God and the community in this unique time. There are several ways to give:
Online - Click here for information about giving online.
Bank Transfer - Set up a weekly transfer with your bank to St. Thomas'.
Mail - Mail your offering to the church at 3602 Hawthorne Ave., Richmond, VA 23222
We are living in a time of uncertainty and stress, and it is perfectly natural for us to feel the anxiety prevalent today. But we are also finding ways to be the community of love and support that we are called to be. Pray for each other, reach out if you need help; call us. Know that your church staff is praying for you on a daily basis; pray for us as well. Join us in the offerings we have, such as the YouTube videos and Zoom calls. We are with you, and God is with us all. May God’s peace be with you.
Since 1907 St. Thomas' has been a home for worship, service, and fellowship in Richmond. We are a place of simple hospitality, and seek to share our communal life with our church, our community, and those in need.
Everyone is welcome.
Quick Links & News
Announcement and Letter from the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Lazzuri
We are thrilled to announce that our Associate Deacon Jennifer has been appointed as the Priest-in-Charge at St. James, Louisa, beginning September 1st. While we are sad to see Jennifer leave us at St. Thomas', we are excited and happy for her to begin this next step in her journey. To read a letter from Jennifer to St. Thomas', please click here.
NEW Zoom Office Hour
Herbert will begin August 10th holding a weekly Zoom Office Hour on Mondays from 11 AM- 12 PM. You're invited to check in with him about anything - pastoral concerns, thoughts, suggestions or anything on your mind! Each Monday a new link will be provided, sign up for our weekly E-communique for the unique links. All are welcome.
Register Now for the First-Ever LGBTQ+ Diocesan Retreat
Saturday, August 22 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. via zoom
The Diocese of Virginia is sponsoring a virtual retreat and deepen your walk with Christ in a spiritual space designed by our community, for our community. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Elizabeth Edman, Episcopal priest and author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. Edman will focus on an introduction to Queer Theology. This program of prayer, conversation and reflection will be from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., with a chance for virtual lunch and sharing until about 2:00 p.m. Come and share your whole self with God and the Church without pretenses, start new friendships with people across our Diocese, deepen existing relationships, be at peace in the presence of God and your fellow siblings. Click here to register. Don’t wait – registration ends on Thursday, August 20!
Phishing Email Alert!
We've noticed an uptick in phishing emails recently. Scammers are impersonating clergy and staff to email parishioners asking for "favors" or "help". Please remember that no one at St. Thomas' will ever email you to ask for money or gift cards. If you receive a suspicious email, please disregard and delete without opening or replying.
YouTube and Worship Offerings
Join us for virtual worship through our YouTube channel, where we will be posting video messages, worship, and more. Every Wednesday features a service of Compline at 8 pm and every Sunday we have a Virtual Worship Offering at 10:30 am. Visit our Sunday Virtual Worship page for this week's video and bulletin.
Sign Up to Read
We love seeing all of your faces! If you would like to read for one of our YouTube worship services or outdoor worship, please visit our Sign Up Genius page to select a Sunday. Our Parish Admin. Abby will then contact you directly with the reading assignments and video instructions for virtual recordings. Click here to view open opportunities!
Adult Zoom Offerings
Herbert is hosting differing worship and fellowship opportunities on Wednesday and Sunday. Sign up for our weekly E-Communique for details and links. We'd love to see you!
Morning Prayer, Wednesday Mornings at 8:30 AM
Adult Discussion & Check-in, Sunday Mornings at 10 AM
Virtual Coffee Hour, Sunday after online worship at 11:30 AM
Zoom Calls for Children & Youth
Katie Cosby is hosting Zoom programs for children and youth. If you're interested in participating, you can join the mailing list by emailing Katie for details and links.
Children's Fellowship, Tuesdays at 4:30 pm
Children's Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30 am
Youth Fellowship, once a month on Sunday at 2:00 pm