It is very quiet here at 29 Main Street in Stockbridge! I miss the tender moments of coming and going by parents, the joyful sounds of the children on the playground, and the soothing voices of our teachers. And I hope you will all be back soon! In the meantime, we are undertaking a deep cleaning of our facility and planning for the better days to come.

The Vestry (governing body) of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church remains deeply committed to the Children’s Center, its families, and especially its employees. To that end, the Vestry has voted unanimously to honor its obligations to our beloved teachers guaranteeing the payment of their salaries through the end of the school year.

Of course, paying salaries without tuition requires the Church to make up the difference. St. Paul’s Church runs the Children’s Center as a gift to the community—the church does not receive any profit from tuition or require any payment of rent. We are fortunate to have received a loan from the Small Business Administration covering eight weeks of teacher salaries. Now we begin the work of fundraising to secure the additional funds needed to cover the full amount of our budget shortfall.

If you are able and would like to give to support St. Paul’s Children’s Center, you may do so in one of three ways:

  1. Mail a check to St. Paul’s Church, P.O. Box 704, Stockbridge, MA 01262
  2. Give Online through Realm, our trusted church financial giving site. You can give using a credit/debit card or via a bank draft. Just follow the prompts and you’ll be set.
  3. Text StPaulsStockbridge Children $XXX.XX (insert gift amount) to 73256 on your smartphone. Adjust the amount as desired. Standard text message rates apply.

The signs of spring all around us—budding trees, flowers bursting from the earth, birds singing—remind us that there is new life where things were barren. We hope and pray that we will also see new life after our isolation. My prayers continue for your health and safety, as well as economic well-being. If I can assist you in any way, please let me know.

Yours in faith,

The Rev. Sam Smith
Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Stockbridge