Coronavirus Precautions and Suggestions

Detail of a caduceus in the 1968 bronze bas-relief by Virgil Cantini at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Dedicated to Shadyside physician W.D. Richards, the artwork depicts the woman who touched the hem of Christ’s garment and was healed (Luke 8:43-48).With reports about the spread of the coronavirus (or COVID-19), we want you to know your health and well-being is of utmost concern.

We are doing all we can to stay current with public health guidelines, to follow best practices for hygiene, and to exercise an abundance of caution in responding to this situation.

Update: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices remain closed. All services of worship, activities, and events will not meet in-person until further notice.

While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we are glad to share with you a video which will be made available at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, so that you may join us remotely. You may access the video here on our website, from our YouTube channel, or from our Facebook page.

We regret that we cannot gather in person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

The following information was shared previously on March 29, 2020:

Update: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices remain closed. All services of worship, activities, and events will not meet in-person until further notice.

While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, we are glad to share with you a video which will be made available at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, so that you may join us remotely. You may access the video here on our website, from our YouTube channel, or from our Facebook page. Visit the live webcast page to access worship documents, including the bulletin, the sermon text, and the children’s bulletin in .pdf format.

We regret that we cannot gather in person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

The following information was shared previously on March 25, 2020:

Update: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices remain closed. All services of worship, activities, and events will not meet in-person until further notice.

Lenten Vespers: While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, the pastors and church leaders are working diligently to bring you worship resources online. We are glad to share with you a video of the Lenten vespers homily which will be made available at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, so that you may join us remotely. You may access the video here on our website, from our YouTube channel, or from our Facebook page.

Local Mission Partner Updates: Shadyside Presbyterian Church (SPC) has been in communication with our local mission partners regarding needs and responses to COVID-19. Many of our partners have already been impacted financially, with some having to lay off staff. In addition to concerns for their staff, they are greatly concerned for their clients. Their repeated and greatest request was for prayer, but that was soon followed by expressed need for funding. SPC will respond to financial needs as our budget allows, but Rev. Todd Leach has shared a summary of the ways you may be able to pray more specifically. Read the full update from our mission partners.

Choices You Can Make to Stay Emotionally Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: In light of the recent stay-at-home order for Allegheny County issued by the governor, Shadyside Presbyterian Church shares with you suggestions to promote emotional health as we face an extended time of physical separation from our community of faith. Read the full list of suggestions.

We regret that we cannot gather in person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

The following information was shared previously on March 22, 2020:

Update: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church building and offices are closed. All services of worship, activities, and events will not meet in-person until further notice.

While we cannot be together on-site for any activities, the pastors and church leaders have worked diligently to bring you worship resources online for Sunday, March 22. We are glad to share with you a video which will be made available at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, so that you may join us remotely. You may access the video here on our website, from our YouTube channel, or from our Facebook page. Visit the live webcast page or the worship archive to access the bulletin and the sermon text in .pdf format.

We regret that we cannot gather in person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow this challenging course of action, but one we know to be responsible and safer for our congregation and our community.

The following information was shared previously on March 20, 2020:

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Shadyside Presbyterian Church published an edition of its e-newsletter, The Mini-Mouse. Click here to read this issue.

The following information was shared previously on March 18, 2020:

Update: All activities at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 18, including Lenten vespers, have been cancelled.

Following the announcement of a local state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church has concluded that we should not conduct our Lenten vespers service on Wednesday, March 18. Out of concern for the health of our ministers, musicians, and other essential worship personnel, we unfortunately cannot offer the live audio webcast this week, either. All other on-site activities – including the Connections Dinner originally scheduled to occur before Lenten vespers – also have been cancelled for March 18.

We regret that we cannot gather in person for worship, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit. The bulletin for Lenten vespers is available to access here.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we determine together the most responsible course of action for our congregation and our community.

The following information was shared previously on March 14, 2020:

Update: All activities at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 15, including the service of worship, have been cancelled.

Following the announcement of a local state of emergency to begin Monday, the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church has concluded that we should not conduct our service of worship on Sunday, March 15. Out of concern for the health of our ministers, musicians, and other essential worship personnel, we unfortunately cannot offer the live audio webcast this week, either. All other activities – including Christian Education classes, the pie fellowship event, and the Music in a Great Space concert – also have been cancelled for March 15.

We regret that we cannot gather in person this Sunday, but we hope you will gather with us in spirit. The bulletin for the service of worship is available here, and the text of the sermon is available to read here.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we determine together the most responsible course of action for our congregation and our community.

Read the full statement about the cancellation of worship here.

The following information was shared previously on March 12, 2020:

  • Worshipers are always encouraged to participate, or not, according to their comfort level.
  • If you wish, instead of shaking hands or embracing, consider a verbal greeting, a nod, or a smile.
  • At Vespers Communion, the ministers use hand purifier just beforehand. If you prefer to receive a blessing rather than partake of the elements, simply cross your arms over your chest.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water, for at least 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing one verse of “Happy Birthday to You”). The friction is as important as the soap and water, in preventing the spread of germs. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and warm water are not available.
  • To avoid placing yourself or others at greater risk, reduce unnecessary touching of your face (especially your eyes, nose, and mouth), and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Please, stay home when you are sick.
  • Remember when you are not able to be present in worship on Sunday mornings, you can worship with the church via the live worship webcast at 11:00 a.m.
  • If you stay home from worship or other events due to illness, please find ways to be in touch through social media, emails, and phone calls.

We are constantly monitoring reports with regard to the coronavirus, and will update the information on this page as deemed appropriate. Please also remember to check the church website calendar to see if an event you had anticipated attending has been cancelled, postponed, or re-scheduled. We will make every effort to update the calendar as conditions change.

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Architectural Photograph: Detail of a caduceus in the 1968 bronze bas-relief by Virgil Cantini at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Dedicated to Shadyside physician W.D. Richards, the artwork depicts the woman who touched the hem of Christ’s garment and was healed (Luke 8:43-48).