St. Paul’s, Prince Frederick held a vaccination clinic on April 10. The event was a partnership between the church and Communion Way of the Cross Church, who meet at St. Paul’s. Creating an easily-accessed, familiar space for African Americans in Calvert County to receive vaccines, St. Paul’s was able to vaccinate nearly 175 people, with the “second dose clinic” on May 8. The April 10 event was featured in The Southern Maryland News.
Pastor Jeff Long Jr., Pastor of Communion Way of the Cross, held a virtual panel discussion focused specifically on the African-American community. After the panel discussion, the reservations for vaccines jumped. “We were intentional about communicating that our planning for the event was a response to the difficulty of access to health care and vaccinations for people of color,” said the Rev. Matt Humm, rector of St. Paul’s, Prince Frederick, “as well as distrust in the community due to disparities and injustice regarding healthcare.” Pastor Jeff placed encouraging vaccination within the context of faith, which was critical to the goals of the clinic.
As a result of the second clinic, St. Paul’s and Communion Way of the Cross Church are now engaged in conversation with the Calvert Health Department to partner in communication about services available, as well as exploring ways to provide spaces and events to aid in community health. For St. Paul’s this falls directly into the purview of our mission statement: “We believe that through our Baptism, Christ calls the Church to be a place of healing, wholeness and hope.”