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Announcement Concerning Coronavirus / COVID-19

St George & St Shenouda Church Announcement concerning Coronavirus / COVID-19

To the God-fearing Congregation of St George & St Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church,

As we know the Coronavirus has been spreading around the world and now is in the United States.  Recently, there were numerous confirmed cases identified in Bergen County, NJ and New York City, which neighbor our church in Jersey City.  While there are no confirmed cases in Jersey City at this time, the church will take some precautionary health measures to keep her congregation safe.  These health measures are in line with local, state, and federal guidelines for a proactive approach to reducing the frequency of contact and reducing community spread.  

1.     If you are experiencing any symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, and shortness of breath, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider.   While Coronavirus poses the greatest risk to older people and those with underlying health conditions, we share a responsibility as members of a church community to take precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus to those who are most vulnerable.  Please consider your brothers and sisters who may have a compromised immune system such as the elderly.

2.     Starting Thursday 3-12-20, and until further notice, the church will cancel all services except for liturgies.  This includes, Bible Study, Sunday School, Hymns Classes, and all meetings.  This is in line with Local, State and CDC guidelines encouraging the limitation of public gatherings.  This is also in line with Jersey City and Bayonne Schools who have been closed.  The church is looking to continue to provide such service through online means.   

3.     Church members should bring their own women’s head scarves for liturgy, handkerchiefs and water for communion.     

4.     All, including priests and clergy, are asked to refrain from close contact greetings of handshaking, kissing, and hugging, but rather, bowing your head and placing your hands on your heart.  This is also acceptable during the Kiss of Peace during liturgy.

5.     Clergy and servant visitations to homes, hospitals, and nursing homes will be restricted only to critical services. This is also in line with restrictions regarding coming in contact with the elderly or those with compromised immunity.

6.     Please continue to check the church website for further updates.   

Our faith is in God, who is Beneficent, Almighty, Compassionate, and the Lover of Mankind.  Our trust is in Him, “who is the Life of us all, the salvation of us all, the hope of us all, the healing of us all, and the resurrection of us all.”  Be in peace, and God bless.     

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تنبيه هام إلى الشعب المحب للمسيح بكنيسة مارجرجس والأنبا شنودة القبطية الأرثوذكسية

نظراً لانتشار فيروس كورونا في جميع أنحاء العالم والولايات المتحدة ، فقد تم اكتشاف العديد من الحالات المؤكدة في نيوجيرسي ونيويورك. على الرغم من عدم اكتشاف حالات مؤكدة في جيرسي سيتي في الوقت الحالي ، ستتخذ الكنيسة بعض الإجراءات الصحية الوقائية للحفاظ على أمان شعبها. تتوافق هذه الإجراءات الصحية مع الإرشادات العامة المحلية والفدرالية لتقليل الاتصال وانتشار الفيروس.

1.     إذا كنت تعاني من أي أعراض مثل السعال والعطس والحمى وضيق التنفس برجاء البقاء في المنزل والاتصال بطبيب الرعاية الصحيّة الخاص بك. على الرغم من أن فيروس كورونا يشكل خطراً أكبر على كبار السن والمرضى ، فإننا نتشارك المسؤولية كأعضاء في مجتمع الكنيسة لاتخاذ الاحتياطات للمساعدة في منع انتشار الفيروس إلى الأشخاص الأكثر عرضة للخطر. بقاؤك في المنزل يحمي إخوتك وأخواتك الذين قد يكون لديهم جهاز مناعة ضعيف مثل كبار السن.

2.     حتى إشعار آخرٍ – ابتداء من الخميس 12 مارس 2020 ، ستقوم الكنيسة بإلغاء جميع الخدمات باستثناء القداسات. وهذا يشمل فصول دراسة الكتاب المقدس ، مدارس الأحد ، دروس الألحان ، وجميع الاجتماعات الأخرى. يتوافق هذا مع التوجيهات الصحية المحلية الخاصة بالولاية ومراكز مكافحة الأمراض والوقاية التي تشجع على الحد من التجمعات العامة ، كما تقرر بمدارس جيرسي سيتي وبايون التي تم إغلاقها حالياً.

3.     يجب على كل عضو إحضار اللفائف والمياه الخاصة به وكذلك أغطية الرأس الخاصة للسيدات.

4.     يُطلب من الجميع ، بما في ذلك الآباء الكهنة والاكليروس ، الامتناع عن المصافحة والتقبيل والمعانقة – بدلاً من ذلك ، انحناء الرأس ووضع يديك على قلبك. هذا أيضًا مقبول خلال قبلة السلام “قبلوا بعضكم بعضاً …” أثناء القداس الإلهي.

5.     تقتصر زيارات الاكليروس وخدام الكنيسة للحالات الطارئة فقط. هذا يتوافق مع التعليمات المتعلقة بالتواصل مع كبار السن وأولئك الذين يعانون من ضعف المناعة.

6.    الرجاء المتابعة على موقع الكنيسة لمزيد من التحديثات. 

ثقتنا بالله ضابط الكل ومحب البشر الذي هو حياتنا كلنا وخلاصنا كلنا ورجاؤنا كلنا وشفاؤنا كلنا وقيامتنا جميعاً .. ليحفظكم الرب من كل شر.

كهنة ومجلس الكنيسة

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Christmas Letter 2020

Wishing you all a Happy New Year & Merry Christmas!!! Please find the Christmas Letter for 2020 linked below.

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SGSS Coptic Center | Time to Build!

This time last year we started sharing details with you regarding our Coptic Center as we were preparing to break ground. Through your continued love and support, we are happy to update you that we have started site work and laying the foundation for the buildings! 

We invite you to be a part in growing our community for the next 45+ years and investing in the future of our youth by SIGNING UP FOR A RECURRING GIFT to the St. George & St. Shenouda Coptic Center project through the link below!

The target goal is to increase our monthly recurring contributions in order to safely secure continuous construction of the buildings with the intention of raising a total of $12M.

This has been a dream, a vision, and a plan that we have been working towards over many years. It is more than bricks and buildings…It is a foundation for the future of our youth…a means to serve those in need in an underdeveloped area of Jersey City a portal to bring communities together… Many have either been touched by the services of St. George & St. Shenouda or deeply a part of the church’s 45 year history. We now invite you to take the blessings of supporting this important initiative that will continue to support many. 

AND we are excited to invite you to save the date for our OFFICIAL GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY planned for December 14 (weather permitting) with our special honored guests His Grace Bishop David and Honorable Mayor Steven Fulop, among many others who were an important part of this vision!

We know that this target is in clear sight through God’s grace, your love, and shared support!

Holy Week Service Schedule 2019

Holy Week Service Schedule 2019

DATE SERVICE TIME

April 19th

Concluding Friday of Lent

Holy Liturgy & Unction of the Sick القداس الالهي – جمعة ختام الصوم 8:30am – 1:30pm
Divine Liturgy القداس الالهي 4:00pm – 6:00pm
April 20th Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy القداس الالهي سبت لعازر 8:00am – 10:30am
Vespers & Palm Procession عشية ودورة أحد الشعانين 7:00pm – 8:30pm

April 21st

Palm Sunday

First Liturgy احد الشعانين – القداس الاول 5:00am – 9:00am

3 Liturgies (English, Arabic, & E/A Liturgy)

أحد الشعانين – (ثلاثة قداسات) عربي وانجليزي ومشترك

9:00am – 2:00pm**
Holy Pascha Prayers صلوات البصخة المقدسة 6:00pm – 9:00pm*

April 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Holy Week

Holy Pascha Prayers صلوات البصخة المقدسة 6:00am – 7:00am
11:00am – 1:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm*

April 25th

Covenant Thursday

Lakkan Prayers & Divine Liturgy خميس العهد – اللقان والقداس الإلهي 8:00am – 2:00pm*
Holy Pascha Prayers صلوات البصخة المقدسة 6:00pm – 9:00pm*

April 26th

Great Friday

Holy Pascha Prayers الجمعة العظيمة – صلوات البصخة المقدسة 8:00am – 6:00pm**
Apocalypse Night ليلة ابو غلمسيس 11:00pm – 5:00am

April 27th

Bright Saturday

Divine Liturgy قداس سبت النور 5:00am – 7:00am

Divine Liturgy of the Feast of Resurrection

قداس ليلة عيد القيامة المجيد

7:00pm – 12:00am**
April 28th Holy Resurrection Sunday School Gathering حفل عيد القيامة 11:00am – 1:00pm
April 29th Sham El Neseem Divine Liturgy القداس الالهي –  شم النسيم 8:30am – 10:30am
April 30th Eve of the Feast of St. George Vespers & Beautification 7:00pm – 9:00pm
* Simultaneous services in Main Church (English) & Bethany Church (Arabic). ** Simultaneous services in Main Church (English), Bethany Church (Arabic) & Archangel Michael Chapel (Arabic & English).

Holy Week Letter 2019

Blessed Holy Lent to you and to all the beloved congregation!!! Please find the School Letter for Holy Week 2019 attached.

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