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Indoor Eucharist at Calvary

We are thrilled and grateful that Bishop Phoebe Roaf has issued guidelines for the reception of Eucharist in one kind (bread only) indoors.

We plan to celebrate Holy Eucharist at Calvary beginning this Sunday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. All of our general protocols for Morning Prayer remain in place.

When receiving communion, both parishioners

Calvary Park Announcement


Some days, time seems to have ground to a halt in what we’re coming to call Covidtide, with so many ordinary markers and routines having been removed from our lives or altered beyond recognition. At other times, we find ourselves shelving yesterday’s plans, in light of today’s reality, in order to

Vestry Elections on Sunday, November 1

Identifying candidates to serve on the vestry, the governing board of our parish, is one of the most important tasks of our faith community. Members of the vestry act as agents of the parish in all matters involving parish property and assets and assisting the parish in its planning and in leadership. A candidate for vestry should exhibit personal

Associate Organist-Choirmaster John Palmer Retires

John Palmer is stepping down into full retirement from his position as associate organist/choirmaster at Calvary. He first served in this capacity from 1989-1994 and returned in 2014 upon his retirement from FedEx.

We are grateful for John’s musical talent, irrepressible good cheer, regular insistence that none of us has quit being

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

In 2020, Robyn Banks, Leslie Atwood-Smith, and Christine Todd completed four years

Newcomers Class

Starting in August, the Rev. Amber Carswell will hold a 4-week class for any and all, with two options for attendance: a Zoom class held entirely online or a small in-person gathering held outdoors at a safe distance. Email acarswell@calvarymemphis.org for more information about either option.

Diocesan Knitting Project

Hi Fellow Knitters! You may have seen the Ministry Opportunity in The Diocesan Communicator about a project for one of Calvary’s Outreach ministries. This project is knitting neckwarmers for our homeless neighbors and is a great way to use up that stash of bulky yarn while helping others. Here are the details:

A Chorister’s Prayer

This piece is one that the Boys and Girls Choir worked on earlier this year before the pandemic, “A Chorister’s Prayer” by Bruce Neswick, the cathedral organist in Portland, OR. The text is written by Sir Sydney Nicholson, the founder of the Royal School of Church Music. It is the prayer with which we close every rehearsal, on Wednesday

Scott Walters

Apparent Vandalism to Forrest Slave Market Marker at Calvary Church

As some of you heard during our live-streamed worship service Sunday morning, when Ardelle, Kate, and I were leaving Calvary Saturday night, we discovered that the historical marker Calvary dedicated on April 4, 2018, had been vandalized.

The marker was the result of research by Timothy Huebner’s students at Rhodes College, with support from the National Parks Service. It tells