Services in July 2021

Daily, Monday to Friday 12 Noon Midday Prayers
Eucharist on Wednesdays & Feast Days as announced
Saturdays 5pm Eucharist (Rite II)
Sundays 7.20am Mattins
8am Said Eucharist
10am Sung Eucharist and Sermon

Covid-19 procedures are in effect for in-person worship. Please read the Guidelines for Attending Church.

Videos and Podcasts

Each week, we also offer a variety of links to other churches within our Episcopal/Anglican Communion.


This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A Song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is,
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

VOCES8: This Is My Song (Finlandia)
Tune: ‘Finlandia’ Jean Sibelius, arranged by Blake Morgan.
Sung by Voces8

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

Holy Roller Ministry

Several able-bodied volunteers have signed up for the task of covering the interior of the church with plastic sheeting during the roof work, starting July 30. Each Sunday afternoon, plastic sheeting will be rolled out over the pews, then on Friday or Saturday rolled up again before weekend services and weddings. This ministry is open to new postulants. Call the office at 518-584-5980.

Roof Installation

Bethesda is making a major investment this year in securing our historic church building by replacing the roof. The old roof of asphalt shingles is coming off, and a new, raised seam metal roof will be installed to keep us focused on the Gospel rather than the leaks for the coming century or so. As of this week, here is a calendar of some upcoming milestones:

July 8 to August 11 — Removal of the chimney on the bell tower. The furnace flue will be redirected to an new outlet on the west side of the building.

July 30 to August 5 — Scaffolding to be erected on both the east and west sides of the church.

August 6 to November 8 — Removal of existing roof and installation of new roof.

These dates are subject to adjustment as we move forward, if weather or other conditions require change.

Parking Availability

The parking lot surrounding the church has installed new gates, making the lot accessible only by credit or debit card. The rates are as follows: First two hours: FREE; third hour: $3 per hour; additional hours: $5 per hour;  up to $20 maximum. The ONLY gate for churchgoers is the Congress Street gate. Certain spaces near Washington Street remain reserved for residents, so do not park there. The new system begins this coming Wednesday June 23, and will remain in place 24/7 thereafter.

Bethesda Office – New Address

Beginning 1st June, our new office is located at 178 Elm Street (at the corner of Ash and Elm), Suite 5, Saratoga Springs.

LifeWorks Community Action (LCA, formerly EOC) Donations

Thank you to all those who have already donated items. At this time LCA is in serious need of diapers (size 4 & 5), baby wipes, baby care products, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, hygiene products, razors and shaving cream. At this time they cannot collect clothing items. We
will be delivering the donations to LifeWorks Community Action for distribution to those
who need them in our community, and we will continue this collection drive during the
pandemic. Thanks again for your generosity.

Volunteers Needed – The Gateway House of Peace

Direct Care Volunteers Needed The Gateway House of Peace, and end of life home
that provides hospice care and emotional support to families managing with the last few
months of life, is in great need of licensed or retired health care volunteers capable of
providing direct care. Other volunteers are needed as well, for facility management and
event planning support. Please contact Executive Director, Bethany Gonyea at
bgonyea@gatewayhouseofpeace.org for more information

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.