Religion briefs, Dec. 27, 2020

MILFORD — The Thanksgiving drive-through Food Drive and Blessing at St. Mary Church in Milford was a big success.

“The Deacon John Rigely Food Pantry ministry would like to thank everyone who came out to the event,” members said.

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Church announces Christmas schedule

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.

 Sunday: Christmas I, 9:30 a.m., Zoom; Christmas Lessons and Carols from the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Note: This service is offered in lieu of a Sunday recording from Saint Ann's.

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

The church returns to Sunday morning recorded services on Jan. 10.

St. Andrew’s provides services, food pantry

NORTHFORD — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, Northford, at the intersection of routes 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. The 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.

For more information, contact Nan Monde, Sr. Warden, at 203-710-7005, or MACM Network office at 860-345-0058.

Congregation Mishkan Israel holding services

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

For 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 Ave., 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

Friday, 6:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service

Saturday, 9 a.m. Bread and Torah

Shabbat morning service 10 a.m.

Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m. The People on the Beach, Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust. Transatlantic Zoom interview.

Christ Episcopal, Ansonia, resumes services

ANSONIA — Christ Episcopal Church, 56 South Cliff St., has resumed fall and winter hours for Sunday services at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit or call 203-734-2715.

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

Visit for 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 St., Ansonia, is collecting clean bottles and cans.

Clean bottles and cans can be dropped off in the collection bin next to the office entrance.

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.