Religion briefs, Dec. 17, 2020

OLD LYME — Saint Ann’s Parish invites you to join in the celebration of Advent and Christmas with a schedule of events that are family safe, in-person and/or on Zoom.

Dec 20, 4 p.m., Advent 4 Lessons & Caroling, 4 p.m., in person. Read a lesson and sing a familiar tune while gathering around the Christmas tree on the front terrace at Saint Ann's. All participants are required to wear masks and maintain social distance at all times.

Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Longest Night, A Litany of Loss and Light. A new prayer service in a time of loss and grief on Zoom. Zoom link. Meeting ID 821 9791 3716 Passcode 293291

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Beginning at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, go to, and see the church in all her festive greenery. During a Spiritual Communion service, through word, prayer and music, members will celebrate Christmas and remember loved ones in whose memory the altar flowers are given this Christmastide.

Dec. 27: Christmas I, 9:30 a.m. on Zoom, get the link from ECCT. Christmas Lessons and Carols from the Episcopal Church. This service is offered in lieu of a Sunday recording from Saint Ann's.

Jan. 3, 2021: Lessons and Carols, 9:30 a.m., on Zoom link. Meeting ID 882 7651 9047 Passcode 340562 This service is offered in lieu of a Sunday recording from Saint Ann's.

Sunday morning recorded services resume Jan. 10.

Congregation Mishkan Israel holding services

HAMDEN - Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd, Hamden is conducting virtual services and events online.

For more information and list of events, visit or call the office at 203-288-3877. For pastoral emergencies, call Rabbi Immerman directly on at 203-584-7396

Temple Beth Sholom service schedule

HAMDEN — Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Avenue, Hamden is conducting virtual services. For more information visit or call the Temple Beth Sholom office at 203-288-7748.

Congregation B’Nai Jacob schedules services, events

WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, is continuing to hold services using Zoom. If you don’t know how to Zoom, visit or call 203-389-2111.

Weekday minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Zoom

Sun. 9 a.m. Bread and Torah on Zoom

Shabbat morning service 10 a.m. on Zoom

Dec. 20, 11 a.m. “Stitched and Sewn”, The Life Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor Trudie Strobel on Zoom

Dec. 27, 4 p.m. Notorious RBG Fundraiser $36. per screen. Check with office.

St. Andrew’s provides services, food pantry

NORTHFORD — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, Northford, at the intersection of Rts. 17 and 22,

St. Andrew’s is a member of the Middlesex Area Cluster Ministry (MACM) Network, along with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Killingworth and St. James Episcopal Church in Higganum. Rev. Jim Bradley is Interim Priest-In-Charge.

Due to the COVID pandemic, Sunday services are held on Zoom, and may also be viewed on St. Andrew’s Facebook page.

St. Andrew’s is also home of the Food Pantry of North Branford, located on the lower level of the church’s parish hall and the Community Dining Room, which serves South Central shoreline in Connecticut, and utilizes the church’s kitchen and parish hall to prepare and deliver meals for the homebound.

Two community resources serving families in need in Northford and North Branford. Like us on Facebook: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Northford, CT. For more information, contact Nan Monde, Sr. Warden, at 203-710-7005, or MACM Network office at 860-345-0058.

Beth Israel Synagogue is online

WALLINGFORD — Beth Israel Synagogue, 22 N. Orchard St., Wallingford, is continuing online services.

Torah teachings will be conducted online at

The Rabbi will remain in contact on when and what time any events will take place online. The Board of Directors continues to meet monthly via tele/video-conferencing.

Visit for more information.

Temple Beth David offers online programs

CHESHIRE — Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, is closed, but virtual events are being held on the online platform Zoom and on Facebook Live.

To reach the temple, email or call 203-272-0037; Rabbi Micah is always available to talk at

Church holding can, bottle drive

ANSONIA — Christ Episcopal Church at 56 South Cliff Street, Ansonia (directly across from Ansonia Public Library), is collecting clean bottles and cans.

Grocery stores have closed their bottle redemption centers during the pandemic. Clean bottles and cans can be dropped off in the collection bin next to the office entrance at any time.

Clothing donation shed temporarily closed

NORTH BRANFORD — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has temporarily closed its clothing donation shed, according to a statement.

St. Andrew’s partners with St. Pauly Textile to redistribute the clothing donations to people in need around the world.

“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in difficulty redistributing the clothing due to international border closings and other issues. St. Andrew’s and St. Pauly Textile hope the shed will be reopened soon,” members said in a statement. For information, Contact Nan Monde at 203-710-7005.