Church Worship and Life

during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Distancing

 

 Worship for the Coming Weeks

Worship in the Coming Weeks

Sunday, August 9 &16:

Public Worship will be live-streamed every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live.

 

Sunday, August 23, 30, & September 6:

Outdoor Worship on the front lawn of the Chapel. 

All services will also be Virtual on our Zoom Channel and Facebook Live.

(For August 23 & 30 will be also welcoming virtually members of the United Church of Christ, in Southbury as their Interim Pastor will be on vacation.)

 

- You are asked to bring your own chair

- You must wear a mask

- You (individuals or household groups) must sit socially distanced from each other (min. 6 feet)

- We ask that you not shake hands, hug, or be closer than 6 feet from those who are not from your household.

- The church will not be open for restrooms. (We cannot ensure cleaning between each use.)

- We will not be singing hymns nor having responsive readings and there will be no social hour following.

- We ask after worship to nod a greeting or wave to one another.

  

PLEASE do not put the church leadership in the position of having to enforce these!

  

Lastly, if the health situation worsens or if we note folks disregarding these items, we will go back to virtual worship only.

 

Helping with Sunday Virtual Worship

If are willing to be a reader, to play or sing, or share a faith story during an August Sunday Virtual Worship Service, please contact Rev. Peters. These can be pre-recorded.

 

See links below for participating in our on-line worship as well as this Sunday's worship bulletin.


Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our neighbors and members of our congregation. Our actions impact the world around us so practicing physical distancing is not only necessary but it is an act of kindness and love. To paraphrase a verse from the Talmud, "Anyone who saves one life it is as if she has saved the whole world."
Rev. David F. Peters, Minister

 

Please know that church worship, when we do return, will be different from what it was pre-COVID-19. In the beginning, there can be no touch-greetings, hymns sung, no hymnals used, no fellowship hour, temperature checks, and hand sanitizing, and social distancing of 6 feet. These are all commonly agreed on practices to protect us all. Your health is our utmost concern!
 
 
 We ask that the survey be completed ASAP.
We have also mailed out surveys to regular attenders.
All are welcome to voice their opinion. Thank you for your participation.

Worship Service Live-Streaming 

Sign Our Guest Book

 

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship - 3 Different Ways to participate...

Online only at this time.
We go live by 9:20 a.m. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020 Bulletin: (PDF) LINK

    

1.   Join Zoom Virtual Worship on your computer: 

LINK

Meeting ID: 623 572 023  Password: 718688

Zoom Online Setup Help

Beginners Instructions for using Zoom Conferencing at home   LINK

 

2.  To Listen in by Telephone: 

        646-558-8656   Meeting ID: 623 572 023     Password: 718688

 

3. Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/RoxburyChurch  

(You do not have to have a Facebook Account to watch.) 

The Live video will appear on this page at 10:30 a.m.

The video will be on the page for watching at a later date.




Help Support Our Work and Ministries

Supporting the work of the Church during the pandemic

It is important that your generous spirit continues to be shared 

even though you may not be present physically at the church building!

We encourage you to set up electronic giving using our safe and easy partner, Vanco.


You can sign up for a one-time gift or one that can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly, using your credit card or checking account (preferred).

LINK

Many have done this and it is has eased the financial pressure at the church in these days.




 
Resources For Parents, Children, and Youth

 
Sermons 4 Kids a lesson and activities you can do at home.

Sparkhouse has a weekly lesson to do while at home 

 
Faithful Families At Home 15 easy family-friendly prayers and activities
A great resource for parents to continue "Church School" while apart.
 
 

 

Please contact the people below for specific issues listed:

 

For Worship Concerns: Deacon Chair: Mike Wilcox

For Building issues: Charlie Meade

Borrowing tables or chairs: Call Church Office and leave a message 355-1978 X2

 

Worship will continue on Zoom through at least August 16.



 

David's Mystery Church Tour!

Join our Minister each Thursday as he goes to a different place on the church campus. 

It will feature video, a little history, and a thought.

On Youtube at LINK

 


 

The Humor Corner

A Video Look at How We Will Worship In-Person When It Is Safe...
LINK (YouTube)
 

 

If You Are Having A Tough Time

 

A Listing of Regional Mental Health Resouces

 

A Good Article on Mental Health and Faith: LINK 


 

 

To Help Putting This Time and Experience in Context
 
A Reflection by Rev. Sarah Drummond: on Pilgrimage LINK

 


 

An Important Pastoral Letter on the Coronavirus is HERE (Link)

 

 

 

As the Coronavirus spreads from town to town and schools and businesses are shut down, many of us feel helpless and overwhelmed by the need we see around us. 

The cabin pressure has dropped precipitously, and we have pulled on our own oxygen masks.  Now we begin to look around the cabin and begin to tend to the needs of others.  How are the children?  What about my neighbor? 

Not everyone has the resources of mega-millionaire Ray Dalio who donated 60,000 Chromebooks to urban Connecticut students, but we can all do something to express compassion to those who are hurting.  Even when we are isolated, we can be united in love!  Try adopting one or two of these intentions each day.  You will reduce fear and bless your community.

First, Pray
Pray for the sick and those who are shut inside, pray for hospital workers, pray for teachers and parents and students, pray for pastors and civic leaders, pray for grocery store clerks, pray for small business owners, for truck drivers, and sanitation workers, pray for folks who are homeless or furloughed, or those who have been laid off.

“Prayer is a way to align the universe with the will of God.” ~ Rev. Jacqui Lewis

“While we are working to ‘flatten the curve of infection,’ perhaps this time of isolation is an opportunity to accelerate our spiritual lives.” ~ Cameron Trimble

Check in
Find out how the neighbors are doing. 
  • Instead of driving by and waving, take a moment to reach out to your neighbors by phone or email. 
  • Take a walk down your street (or your hall) and leave a card with your name and number to introduce yourself to folks you may not have met
  • Check-in and offer to do grocery pick up or run an errand
  • Create a Mutual Aid Network
Send some Sunshine 
  • Send a card or note to those who are shut-ins at nursing homes
  • Drop off some flowers, or box of chocolates at a small business
  • Leave a note for your mail carrier, hospital worker, or grocery store clerk and let them know you appreciate their work
Get crafty and make your own face masks

Feed the Hungry
Neighbors are experiencing financial trauma and food insecurity is soaring. Local non-profits are struggling to adapt and keep up with demand. Send a cash donation to one of your congregation’s partner agencies.
  • (Congregations - enter your local non-profit links here, such as soup kitchens and food pantries)
  • Order seeds for your church ‘victory garden’ and start planting!
Shop Small, Eat Local
  • Support local restaurants by ordering a take-out meal
Contribute to Parish Care
Your (Pastor/ Church staff / Deacons) are providing spiritual support, alternative worship, and online small groups.  Help them continue their mission of caring during this crisis by honoring your pledge.  Give online through our secure portal or mail your check to:

RCC 24 Church Street
Online Giving - give automatically with a debit from your checking account or credit card - contact David at the office.

Build Up the Beloved Community.

Support these ongoing efforts that create real change in communities across the country and around the globe.  Our combined gifts through the Southern New England Conference have a profound impact and change lives.
  • One Great Hour of Sharing What may seem like a small investment to us yields amazing results worldwide. With water, sanitation and adequate food, children are more likely to attend school, and women, no longer searching for water, are able to earn money to contribute to their families’ well-being and overall health. Stand with UCC congregations by lending a hand through support to the OGHS offering! Your financial assistance will directly help people and communities affected by disaster, violence, and poverty. Your financial assistance will be an investment into the lives of people and communities who need it most. Give here
     
  • RIP medical debt The Southern New England Conference's drive is part of a national initiative launched by the United Church of Christ in Chicago in the fall. The Conference will work with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that buys up and then forgives medical debt for pennies on the dollar. Working with RIP Medical Debt, churches in the Chicago area were able to erase $5.3 million in debt, and St. Louis area churches forgave $12.9 million. Give here
This is a time to respond with generosity.  You can help the church to lean into this challenge and live the love and justice of Jesus.

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