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Staying Connected at a Physical Distance

Weekly Prayer Schedule at Calvary


Morning Prayer at 10 a.m.*

Evening Prayers at 6 p.m.
Looking for another safe and secure way to gather in person for prayer during this time of physical separation? The experts tell us that outdoors are the safest spaces for gathering. So, beginning on Sept. 13, join us for a simple, spoken service of Evening Prayer each Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Madison Avenue Pocket Park (across from the Brass Door). The readings and sermon each week will be those used at Sunday Morning Prayer. A limited number of chairs are available at the park, but feel free to bring your own, or bring a blanket to sit on. We can accommodate 20 households (physically distanced) at a time, so you’ll need to sign up in advance to make sure there’s room for all. We hope to see you there!

“Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation–church members, agnostics and atheists alike.” (from choralevensong.org)

On Sunday, Sept. 6, you can join us at 5 p.m. for this traditional Anglican choral liturgy in Calvary’s nave or on Calvary’s FaceBook and YouTube pages. To sign up to worship in-person, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4EACAE29A4FB6-return.


Early Morning Prayers at 6:30 a.m.*

Morning Prayer at 8 a.m.*

Compline at 8 p.m.*

Wednesday Noonday Prayer

Noonday Prayer is offered in-person in the Calvary chancel on Wednesdays and features a reflection by one of our priests. The church doors open at 11:45 and close at noon. It is not necessary to make a reservation. Distancing protocols are the same as for Sunday morning worship:

    • Parishioners attending worship services in-person will be seated at least six feet from other households.
    • All attendees will be asked to wear masks (one will be provided if you do not have one).
    • Parishioners also will be asked to review the COVID-19 symptoms and to stay home if they have experienced any of the symptoms in the previous 24 hours or if they have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.


* These will be live-streamed on Calvary’s Facebook page. Sunday Morning Prayer also will be streamed on Calvary’s website.


Ways to Stay Connected at Calvary

Sunday Worship

We live-stream Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. every Sunday. You can access it here.

Weekday Morning Prayer and Compline

Morning Prayer and Compline are streamed live each weekday on our Facebook page. Morning Prayer begins at 8 a.m. and Compline begins at 8 p.m.

Clergy Blog

This is a series of blog posts by the Calvary clergy as they explore the intersection of life and faith. Follow the blog.

Newcomers Class

Starting in August, the Rev. Amber Carswell will hold a four-week newcomers 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. For more information, email Amber.

Grief Support Group Meets Online

The Grief Support Group offers healing and hope after the death of a loved one or another form of loss. This is done through mutual sharing in a small group setting. The group meets every other Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over Zoom. The group is facilitated by the Rev. Bill Kolb, former associate rector of Calvary with many years of experience in pastoral care and bereavement counseling. Those interested in receiving the Zoom link for the group are encouraged to contact Bill at 901-438-0751.

Podcast Episodes

This podcast series features Lenten Preaching Series speakers and other faith leaders, authors, and creative thinkers around the world. Search for Calvary Episcopal Church on your favorite podcast app or go to calvarymemphis.org/podcast.

Gleanings: Formation Class with Scott Walters

Join an online conversation about faith, justice, empathy, prayer, and more each week with a small group. Conversation fodder will come from articles accessible online by authors from Barbara Brown Taylor to David Foster Wallace (and others who don’t use all three of their names). The Sunday class is full, but other groups may form if there is interest. Contact Scott Walters.

Zoom Bible Study | Tuesdays | 7 p.m.

The Rev. Amber Carswell is leading a study of the book of Exodus. The group meets on Zoom, so contact Amber, if you want to join this new way of being together. Jump in any time!

Caring for One Another

We know this can be a scary and anxious time and our pastoral care teams are still hard at work caring for all of us. If you or someone you know is in need of extra help, extra prayers, or just a phone call to check-in, contact the Rev. Paul McLain. And if you would like to volunteer to make grocery/pharmacy runs, phone calls, or send cards during this time, be sure to contact Paul.


  • If you’re on Facebook, join Calvary Mondays-Fridays at 8 a.m. for Morning Prayer and at 8 p.m. for Compline.
  • Phone calls, texts, or emails. Log in to Realm or email Ebet Peeples to have her email you a copy of the directory.
  • Make a card (this is a great way to get kids involved!); send a card or note.
  • FaceTime calls. This can actually be a way for a group to connect via video.
  • Set up a Skype Account and make video calls for free! Skype only has a cost if you try to use it like a phone. All you need is a phone number and an email address to set up an account.
  • Set up a Zoom Account and make group video calls for free up to 40 minutes.
  • Google Duo and Hangouts can be used by anyone with a google account (Gmail). Duo is similar to Face time calls and hang outs is like a chat board.
  • Marco Polo app – Download app, create video and then invite others to join you. Enables you to send video updates to contacts. Creates a “Marco Polo” effect because once one person sends an update in the group, it encourages others to send an update.


Wednesday Evenings

Beginning Sept. 9, Wednesday evenings at Calvary are back, albeit a bit different.

Dinner: 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Parish Chef Mary O’Brien will take orders for a to-go dinner that you can pick up on Wednesday evenings. We invite you to get it to go or to bring a camp chair and enjoy a physically-distanced picnic with others in the Calvary park and parking lot.

September 16th Menu: 

Pork Chops, Green Beans, Roasted Potato Medley, and Ice Cream


Vegetarian Menu: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with the Green Beans, Roasted Potato Medley, and Ice Cream

Your choice of sweet or unsweet tea

Orders must be placed by Mondays at 5 p.m. Order online now.


Dinner must be ordered and paid for in advance. We cannot accept payments in-person.

Children and Youth: 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Children and youth will be able to get their “Hit the Road” passport booklets stamped and pick up materials for the following week’s lesson. This is your chance to get out there and find God in new ways in the world. Every week, you’ll find different activities. You can do as many as you want and each one completed earns you a stamp. In order to understand the activities, you’ll have to read the two passages of Scripture first. Then dive in! There’s no wrong way to Hit the Road!

Wednesday Evening Yoga at Calvary via Zoom: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday night yoga is back!  Thanks to Calvary teaming up with Yo Clark (via Zoom!), we can once again practice yoga together at Calvary.  Classes are for all levels including beginners and taught by one of the best.  Yo, a well-loved yogi in Memphis, is the owner of Any Body Yoga Studio:  Where Everybody Is Somebody.  She is known for her intelligent instruction combined with a sense of humor, and for her rare ability to create both a sense of community and a true, deep welcome to newcomers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and fitness levels.

New to yoga?  You can buy a mat at Target or just use a large towel or folded blanket.  Find a quiet space at home to get settled in before class starts and maybe have a chair, table, or wall nearby for balance.  Join the Zoom meeting a few minutes before class starts and from there you can just follow Yo’s directions.  Be ready for some zen and some friends and a teacher who makes it easy for all of us to laugh at ourselves while we try something new!

Classes are free but you’ll need to contact Ardelle Walters to get the Zoom link.

Compline: 6:15 p.m.

And our Calvary youth will lead Compline in the Calvary park at 6:15 p.m. Join them in-person or on Facebook where it will be streamed live.