We are one congregation with two worship spaces: St. John's in Eleʻele and St. Paul's in Kekaha. Both churches serve the West Kauaʻi community. We welcome visitors to join our ʻohana for Sunday worship.
After two months of empty, lonesome churches due to the Covid 19 epidemic, we were finally able to open up St. John’s and St. Paul’s. Mayor Kawakami’s rule to allow church gatherings was approved by Governor Ige, so Bishop Fitzpatrick gave approval for churches to open with a list of conditions. We celebrated morning prayer on Pentecost Sunday, May 31.
Our pre-opening checklist included cleaning the carpets, wiping down all pews and furniture with disinfectant, and cleaning the restrooms. Many cheerful volunteers worked hard to complete the cleaning and disinfecting in preparation for Sunday. Professional cleaners also helped at St. John’s. Pews were marked with tape to ensure proper distancing. Extra masks were available and bottles of hand sanitizer were placed throughout the church.
We had a small but joyful celebration of Pentecost. Lynn led morning prayer at St. Paul’s, and Greg at St. John’s. Ross provided instrumental music, since group singing was not recommended. Father Jerry Shigaki had sent us a written sermon, which was read aloud. We offered prayers for our community, the nation and the world. We will continue to offer morning prayer on Sundays in June, 8:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s, Kekaha, and 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s in Eleʻele.
In the month of July, we hope to arrange for clergy to come from the neighbor islands, since interisland travel will be opening up.
Peace and Aloha, Lynn Barker, Bishop’s Warden
If you need to speak to one of our wardens or you have a pastoral emergency, please call 808-335-5533 and leave a message. God's blessings to everyone during this challenging time.