COVID Update from the Rector - January 2022
Posted January 5, 2022
During January 2022, St. Martin's will continue in-person worship, although we strongly recommend that you be fully vaccinated and boosted if you attend in-person.
We have always operated on the honor system, and the congregation has been most honorable, so we will continue in that spirit. We will not check vaccination records. Masks covering mouth and nose remain mandatory and we will ask you to practice social distancing. If you can acquire them, KN95 or KF94 masks provide far better particle filtration than cloth masks, and are recommended for in-person worship.
We are cutting congregational singing to a minimum and the quartet will sing in January, allowing the choir to take a break for the month. Singing is a major spreader of aerosols that carry COVID. Our hope is that Omicron will spike in January and we will begin the transition from pandemic to endemic virus in February. We will keep you informed every step of the way. I am so very grateful for your wonderful cooperation with our health and safety efforts.
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
The Rev. Jarrett KerbelRector
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The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel (he/him) was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.
Worship continues both in-person and online. See below for how you can be a part of it. Check the current schedule and links to register below.