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Outdoor Services Cancelled

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As disappointing as it is to say, we WILL NOT be gathering tomorrow (July 12) for in-person worship at 8:30am and 7:00pm. 

We have been looking forward to getting together for so long, but with the increasing spread of the coronavirus in Jefferson County and under the advice from medical professionals, it simply is not the right time to resume our gatherings.  We will remain in touch with everyone about our plans, and Lord willing, we will be able to do this soon. 

 Please keep checking here, social media, and the Adventurer.  In the meantime, we will continue our streaming services at 9:00am.

One Day Inquirers’ Class | July 18

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We invite you to attend our One-Day Inquirers’ Class on Saturday, July 18, 9:00-3:30 p.m. in Clingman Commons at the church (note location change). This adult education class will give you an idea of what the Advent believes and why we believe it so you can see if you want to make the Advent your church home.

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Fontaine Pope (Fontaine@CathedralAdvent.com, 205-443-8562), and she will give you your box-lunch options.

Sign Up to Attend

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OUTDOOR SERVICES CANCELLED

As disappointing as it is to say, we WILL NOT be gathering for in-person worship.  We have been looking forward to getting together for so long, but with the increasing spread of the coronavirus in Jefferson County and under the advice from medical professionals, it simply is not the right time to resume our gatherings.  We will remain in touch with everyone about our plans, and Lord willing, we will be able to do this soon. 

Please keep checking the website, social media, and the Adventurer.  In the meantime, we will streaming our weekly service tomorrow at 9:00am.

Sign Up To Attend

Registration opens every Monday morning for the upcoming Sunday. The service will be our familiar Morning Prayer service, similar to what we have been streaming, lasting 45 minutes.

8:30am Morning Service

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7:00pm Evening Service

Register to attend our 7:00pm evening service

FAQ’s | Outdoor Services

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Resuming In-Person Worship

We hope you will find this FAQ helpful as we look forward to resuming in-person services on Sundays. At this time, we are not certain of when we will begin meeting again.  Please continue to watch our website, social media, and the Adventurer for updates.  And please refer back to this page as needed, as we will continue to update it with new information. 

As with many things related to Covid, we are proceeding while also remaining very flexible and adaptable.  We are conferring with physicians and others for guidance on our safely gathering again, as we are all aware of how things change quickly.  Please watch AdventBirmingham.org/Worship for updates, including situations where we may have to cancel services for reasons of weather or safety.

When, where, and how will we resume worship?

We hope you will find this FAQ helpful as we resume our in-person services on Sundays. Please refer back to this page as needed, as we will continue to update it. 

As with many things related to Covid, we are proceeding while also remaining very flexible and adaptable.  We are conferring with physicians and others for guidance on our safely gathering again.  Though we are planning on resuming gathering on July 12, we are also aware that the situation remains very fluid.  Please watch AdventBirmingham.org/Worship for updates, including situations where we may have to cancel services for reasons of weather or safety.

When and where will we begin to gather again?

Lord willing, we will resume gathering as soon as it is safe to do so.  We will remain in close touch with health professionals as we make our decision. As we resume face-to-face services, we will be meeting in our Porte Cochere Parking Lot – our horseshoe shaped parking lot on Sixth Avenue North. 

What time and for how long?

We will meet at times which are outside of the heat of the day, with the services lasting about 45 minutes.

Why the Porte Cochere Parking Lot?  Why not somewhere else? 

We considered a lot of options, but came back to the porte cochere.  Rather than going off-site somewhere, it is a part of our own property; much of the lot is shaded with trees; the porte cochere itself provides some cover for equipment; its bricked area provides a space that the officiant, lectors, intercessor, and preacher can use; it provides easy access to electricity; and we will not have to transport equipment to and from another off-site location.

Where will everyone sit? 

Everyone should bring lawn chairs – we’ll be sitting in the parking lot! 

What should we wear and what should we bring? 

Dress comfortably, given the weather and our circumstances.  The clergy and others who will be leading the services will be dressed comfortably (not vested).  Besides lawn chairs, please bring your Bibles, as well as water or coffee.   

What about masks?

Following local ordinances and guidance, everyone is required to wear a mask. Those who are leading the services will not wear a mask when they are speaking. 

What about social distancing?

Households may sit together, of course.  Otherwise, everyone should maintain an appropriate distance from one another (six feet).

Do I need to sign up?

Yes – when we begin meeting again, please sign up at AdventBirmingham.org/Worship.  We will have sign-up lists to avoid having an unsafe number of people coming.  

Where should we park?

We will keep the porte cochere lot and curbside along Sixth Avenue North clear.  Otherwise, there should be ample street parking and in the other areas where you might typically park when coming to the Advent.

What will the service look like?

We expect it will look a lot like the services that we have been streaming.  We will have our normal liturgies, with our officiants, lectors, and intercessors leading us in the services.  We will have a sermon, and our music will continue to be directed by both Fred Teardo and Zac Hicks, along with members of our choir and Refectory service musicians.  We will also have (we hope) a live feed of the organ from the Nave through the outdoor speakers. 

Will we be singing?

As we will be outside while maintaining adequate distance among households and wearing masks, we will sing as a congregation. 

Will there be Communion?

At least for the foreseeable future, we will continue to have services of Morning Prayer and not Communion. 

What other precautions will we be taking?

Rather than passing any offering plates or baskets, we will have baskets for your offering to be left as we leave.  We will not have coffee, water, or other refreshments available; please bring your own if you would like.  We encourage everyone to greet one another without handshakes, hugs, or other contact.  Ushers and greeters will be taking extra precautions as they hand out our bulletins and provide assistance. 

What about children?  Should we come as a family?

Though we will not have a nursery or children’s programming, our families and everyone of all ages are welcome.  We will have some coloring sheets for younger children, but feel free to bring snacks and activities that you think would be appropriate and helpful. 

What about the service that I’ve been watching online?  Will we keep doing that? 

We will continue to stream a service every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., which we are recording on Thursdays.  We know that this will remain a good option and necessary for many in our congregation, especially given our restrictions on numbers.

What if I am uneasy about coming? 

While many of us are eager to get back together, we do not want anyone to come if they feel uneasy.  If you are among those who are more at-risk regarding the virus, or have concerns about not maintaining proper distancing, we hope you will continue to watch our streamed service online.

What if it rains, or if there’s a threat of rain?

If it rains, or if the weather forecast for that Sunday is clearly forecasting rain, we will not have the service and will encourage everyone to watch the streaming service online.  This announcement may not be made until shortly before the service is scheduled to begin and  encourage everyone to check AdventBirmingham.org/Worship and our social media pages that morning, if there seems to be any question. 

What if there is a surge in Covid cases? 

Similar to our weather-related plans, we will remain flexible.  We are in close consultation with physicians and others.  If the situation changes so that it would be unwise for us to meet, we will let everyone know at AdventBirmingham.org/Worship and our social media pages. 

Worship: July 5

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Due to concerns related to COVID-19, we will worship online until further notice.

Streaming channel options for Sunday, July 5:

Schedule and bulletins for Sunday, July 5:  
Stream begins at 8:50 a.m. with an organ prelude, service begins at 9:00. Canon Schneider will preach on July 5.  

The Dean’s Class will begin immediately following the video stream of the 9:00 a.m. service. Please stay tuned to watch this class. 

Click here to listen to previously recorded sermons and classes.

Click here to receive the above information through the weekly Adventurer email newsletter.

Your financial support makes gospel ministry possible. Learn more about digital generosity options at AdventBirmingham.org/Give

Backyard Bible Camp: 2020

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Backyard Bible Camp

Due to Covid-19, our VBS plans have changed! Since we are not able to meet on campus or off-site as a large group this summer, we are so excited to offer Backyard Bible Camp kits to host 3 days of fun with neighbors, friends and family!

We wanted you to have first dibs on a kit.  It will include materials to share the gospel while enjoying crafts, games, and a Bible story in your yard, driveway, or porch!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW 

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What are the dates for BBC?

Registration will be open until July 10.

BBC kit pick up will be July 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the church under the porte cochere in the visitor parking lot on the corner of Richard Arrington Blvd and 6th Avenue North.

Church-wide BBC will take place on July 20, 21 and 22 when staff will be available for support.

How will I register for a BBC kit?

Registration links will be live and on Advent’s webpage under News VBS, as well as sent out via email.

Why do I have to register if I already registered for VBS?

We need you to register so that we can get the materials ready for you to pick up on July 16.

Individual participants do not need to register – only the host family.

What ages may participate in BBC?

Kits will be geared toward rising 4K-4th graders, but please include others of all ages who want to participate!

Who leads BBC? 

You – the Host!  You may want to partner with a neighbor or friend.  Perhaps your small group would like to go in together and parents share the teaching responsibility.  Some may wish to use this as an evangelism opportunity on your street and to include the neighborhood children.

How many people can I invite to BBC at my home?

We recommend keeping the size to a safe and manageable number: with 2-12 children and at least 2 adult leaders.  We encourage adults to wear masks and to practice social distancing.

How long should I plan on BBC lasting?

Plan on hosting BBC for 1.5-2 hours. 

Where should I do this?

For health and safety, all of the BBC should be outside.  You could host in a yard, under trees, in a driveway, or on a patio.

What if my number of participants changes prior to pick up?

Just let us know before July 16 and we will modify your kit accordingly.

Will I receive detailed instructions on how to lead and host BBC?

You will receive a LOT of detail, including a schedule for each day, how to teach the story and how to do each activity. We hope that by providing you with everything you need in materials and instruction you will feel confident to host BBC. (Also know you can modify the plans to best fit your home and style.)

What do I need to provide if I am hosting at my home?

You may want to ask each child or family to bring their own water, snacks, and hand sanitizer.  You might consider having some extras on hand, as well as access to a restroom and optional sprinkler or other water activity.

COVID-19

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Last update: April 24 at 2:45 p.m.

Click here to receive parish updates by email.

Church gatherings will take place via online video streams through May 17. Click here to read the the April 16 message from Bishop Kee Sloan. Church offices and the Advent Bookstore remain closed until further notice. 

Information regarding Sunday worship services and gatherings, and small groups:

The following events have been cancelled (original dates are included with event names): 

  • April 26: Nave Tours
  • May 2: Mission & Outreach Service Day
  • May 3: Junior High End of Year Celebration
  • May 4: Parish-Wide Prayer and Fellowship in the Pines Gatherings
  • May 6: Confirmation (will be rescheduled at later date)
  • May 14: Cathedral Choir Concert
  • May 21: Choral Evensong for Ascension Day
  • June 7-12: Senior High SOS Memphis Trip

Please watch this space for additional cancellations and postponements as this season continues. 

Your financial support during this season makes gospel ministry possible. Church staff will continue to process mailed checks and information about digital giving options may be found at AdventBirmingham.org/Give

We recognize that many are fearful, anxious, and concerned about their own or others’ mortality, and it is before us clearly that we are not in control. These feelings are normal. May we take heart and courage, remembering that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   

Finally, we ask that you join us in praying from the Book of Common Prayer for those around the world and in the United States who have been impacted by COVID-19 and their caregivers:

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you’d like to join us in continuing prayer efforts, click here to download a prayer guide for this season and if you have children in your life, please click here for tips on how to speak with children about COVID-19 from Cameron Cole.

ARC Fellows: For Recent College Grads

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What is Arc Fellows? 

Arc Fellows is a 10-month program for recent college grads living and working in Birmingham. As an Arc Fellows, you will get to grow in Christian community through weekly Bible studies, a service role in the church, mentorship, and monthly socials.

Why Should I Consider Arc Fellows? 

Being an Arc Fellow will give you an opportunity to immediately get plugged in to a community and a church home as you transition from college— all while living and workingin Birmingham!  It is our hope that as an Arc Fellow, you will experience lasting Christian community and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Who Can Apply to be an Arc Fellow? 

Any young adult ages 21-24 who is living in Birmingham who desires to grow in their relationship with Christ and desires to have Christian community. Whether you were really involved in Christian fellowship in college or whether you see Arc as a chance to reconnect with the church and the Lord, we encourage you to apply. 

How do I Apply to be an Arc Fellow?

The Arc Fellows Ministry is completely cost-free. Arc Fellows starts in August 2020. 

If you’re interested in joining the ARC Fellows, please complete an Application. HERE>>>

New Website: Video Tours

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We’re excited to share the Advent’s new digital home with you and we’ve recorded a few video tours to help you find your way around. Please see the links below, click those most relevant to you at this time, and feel free to submit a request for a video not yet listed via the link at the bottom of this page. We also recommend bookmarking this page and visiting frequently in the next few months as you continue getting to know your way around. If you have any questions at any time, please email Communications@CathedralAdvent.com

General interest

Ministries (and how to find them)

News

Visitor information

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