Opportunities for Worship this Week

Midday prayers (12pm) from Monday to Friday begin on Monday, 3 August.
On Wednesdays, prayers will be followed by a shortened Eucharist at the high altar.

Beginning 8 August, and throughout the month of August, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evenings at 5pm.

Sunday, 2 August              9th Sunday after Pentecost: 8am and 10am Eucharist
Wednesday, 5 August    12:10pm Eucharist
Saturday, 8 August            5pm Eucharist
Sunday, 9 August               10th Sunday after Pentecost: 7:30am (Mattins); 8am and 10am Eucharist

There are a number of significant procedures and changes implemented to conform to the direction of the Bishop and Governor.  If you plan to attend, please read the instructions and be prepared to follow the guidance.

Sunday Videos and Podcasts

We recognize that in-person attendance is not appropriate or possible for everyone.

During the months of August and September, we continue to post the weekly services from the Diocese of Albany and the National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

In addition, we will offer some links to different parishes from across the Anglican Communion. Links will be updated weekly.

This Week: [Updated 8/1/2020]

See our Online Resources for more links to resources for worship at home.

May the Lord bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

July 26 2020

Bethesda Newsletter – Summer 2020

Click here for The Voice – Summer 2020

Bethesda Welcomes our new Priest-in-Charge

In August 2020, Bethesda Church welcomes the Reverend Charles Wallace. Charles comes to Saratoga Springs after 17 years at Saint Thomas Choir School, New York. One of only three residential schools in the world exclusively for boy choristers, Saint Thomas originally appointed Charles as chaplain, but after a year asked him to become headmaster. In this role, as priest-educator, Charles served the choristers, the staff and their families both administratively and pastorally, responding to the complex concerns and needs of a boarding school where children and teachers live together in community.

Prior to moving to New York, Charles served as a member of the clergy of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the United Kingdom. He oversaw the liturgical life of the chapel, working closely with clergy colleagues and the music department staff in the planning and preparation of worship, from the regular daily services to state occasions for the Royal Family. He also worked on the teaching staff of St. George’s School, teaching in the French and Religious Studies departments.

Charles studied History and French as an undergraduate at King’s College of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, before entering Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1995. While at Trinity, Charles was assigned to a five-month parish placement at the Church of Saint John the Divine, Victoria, British Columbia. At the end of his internship, he was invited to join the clergy staff there. As a busy center-city parish, St. John’s provided a solid and comprehensive grounding at the beginning of life as an ordained person. On any given day, there were interactions with the business community, the elderly and homebound, young families, and the university community. Because the parish included both extremely affluent and poor underserved neighborhoods, St. John’s provided a very active and intentional ministry to the city’s homeless population.

In 2017, Charles took a six-month sabbatical from the Choir School, through his association with the Anglican Diocese in Europe (a diocese within the Church of England), working with parishes in transition. At St. Andrew’s Church, Tangier, Morocco, Charles sought to build bridges between the Christian churches and other social service organizations working with sub-Saharan refugees as well as the Missionary Sisters of Charity working with orphaned girls. In Marseille, he assisted at a center sponsored by the Lutheran Church that offers academic support, counselling and assistance to recent immigrants to France from the Middle East.

Charles’ experiences at St. John’s Victoria, St. George’s Chapel Windsor, and St. Thomas Choir School have given him considerable insight into the importance of establishing meaningful links between churches and the communities that they serve, and the level of collaboration required for institutions to be successful. He hopes to establish a similar level of cooperation between Bethesda Church and the local organizations seeking to bring care and relief to those in need in Saratoga Springs. The parish’s commitment to building Mercy House is a significant step forward in making this important ministry a reality in the years ahead. We welcome Father Wallace!

New Parish House and Mercy House of Saratoga

We are preparing to construct a new Parish House next to our church.  This building will provide church meeting space and offices on the first floor, and the second through fourth floors will house Mercy House of Saratoga.

Drawing of Washington St exterior, JG Waite Assoc, architects

Rendering of approximate finished appearance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercy House of Saratoga is a major mission for Bethesda.  It will provide 26 units of housing for people with various disabilities or housing needs.  More information on Mercy House of Saratoga can be found on their website.

Donations via PayPal

Bethesda Episcopal Church is now a participant of PayPal! You can now make your gift to Bethesda by clicking on the “Donate” button on the right or going to www.paypal.com and choosing bethesdaepiscopalchurch@gmail.com as the payee.