Music Lives Here [VIDEO]

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock has hosted the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s River Rhapsodies series during the pandemic. This is just the latest musical offering from the parish. To learn more about how St. Luke’s uses music to reach out to the community, watch the video.

Camp Mitchell Working Group Report

An Update from Bishop Benfield The working group that has been looking into various possibilities for the future of Camp Mitchell has completed its report and presented it to Executive Council, a PDF of which you can download here. This is the same report the Executive Council has received. Executive Council additionally received attachments with more in-depth fundraising ideas, budget projections, … Read More

As Cases Decline, Indoor Worship Is Possible for Some Churches

Feb. 24, 2021 The recent decline in Covid-19 infections in Arkansas means that it is possible for several of our congregations to consider indoor worship if infection rates stay low. No, we are not going to be sitting in crowded rooms and singing next Sunday. Social distancing and masking will still be necessary, and please remember that it is the … Read More

Bishop Benfield’s Address to Diocesan Convention

February 13, 2021 It was only a year ago that I stood at diocesan convention and told you that one of the best ways I know of gauging a congregation’s health is in the quality of its potluck lunches. Given what happened to the entire concept of public health a month after I made that comment, I have come to … Read More

An Update on Worship During the Pandemic

Nov. 18, 2020 The governor of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Health have issued revised guidance for worship as we enter the holiday period, with the goal of attempting to control the spread of the coronavirus. The governor’s latest guidance recommends that churches not use a choir, but instead use a soloist who stands at least twelve feet from … Read More

Latest Recommendations for In-Person Meetings

Sept. 23, 2020 As I wrote in a memo to congregational leaders yesterday, it is obvious that the pandemic is going to remain a central part of our lives for some time to come, and its impact will vary from location to location. In response to questions about how we proceed, and after seeing the steps various churches are taking … Read More

Expanded Emphasis on Prison Ministry in Arkansas

From the Rev. Dr.  Keith Hearnsberger, transitional deacon at St. Michael’s Church in Little Rock There are over 17,000 people incarcerated in over 20 different Arkansas Department of Corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities across the state. In 2019, as I prepared for ordination as a priest, I was among them for 102 days, following a car accident. While … Read More

New Recommendation on When to Consider In-Person Worship

This Monday the bishops of the Episcopal Church had a Zoom meeting with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the future of worship, given the Covid-19 pandemic. The hopeful news that he wanted us to share with you is that there is going to be an end to this pandemic; we will one day return to worship as we have known … Read More