During this time of uncertainty and the inability to meet together as a congregation, it is important for us to have ways to stay connected with each other.
Phase Two of our reopening is beginning. We will hold our first in-person Sunday morning worship service on July 19 at 9:30 a.m. Please read the guidelines that have been adopted to govern our in-person services during Phase Two. They can be found here. We will continue to provide on-line services for those who do not feel comfortable returning to group worship at this time.
On June 18, the Administrative Council approved the Phase 2 guidelines for reopening the church including a timeline for resuming in-person worship.
This is a letter from our Administrative Council Chairperson. You will find a link to the Phase 2 guidelines in their entireity below.
The last three months have seen worship in our Trinity sanctuary cancelled and a transition made to recorded worship. These recorded services have been both creative and meaningful worship experiences. I know that each of us wishes we could return to our church now, but prudent planning and preparation for return is the order of the day.
The attached link will bring you to a summary of the Returning to Church – Phase Two. It contains a great deal of detail on the plans for the next phase of our return. The document lays out a plan for an orderly transition from a recorded service to a variety of other worship experiences including outdoor, evening, and soon, a return to worship in our sanctuary.
Of course, any change to our gatherings for worship will conform to the Massachusetts Safety Standards for Places of Worship.
Finally, please know that we will continue offering a virtual worship experience for those of us that feel more comfortable at home or are unable to attend worship in the sanctuary.
No matter where we worship, we are all part of the church.
Chair, Administrative Council
Although we are now in Phase 2, the Phase 1 Guidelines can still be found here.
We will continue posting updates on this page so please check back frequently for new announcements about the next steps that we wil be taking to resume to some sort of normalcy.
These worship services have been recorded for each of the Sundays we were unable to meet physically as a congregation and remain available for your viewing.
Earlier recorded worship services can be found on our YouTube Channel. If you would like to revisit some of these services we encourage you to follow this link and click on the date of the service.
Pastor René and Pastor Erin are writing blogs to help us through these difficult times. The blogs can be found here.
Virtual Programs to help us stay connected as a congregation:
Gather with us remotely on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for a time of prayer. Prayer prompts and suggestions are on our Friday Prayer page.
Our Missions Committee has devised a way to continue having the Mobile Food Bank visit our parking lot on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. We hope this will help address the food insecurity in our community and help anyone who is in need of food. The food insecurity of our community is of great concern and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for our neighbors to receive food donations safely.
Links to resources for meditation and staying connected:
Access information about Safe Practices for virtual meetings here.
Coronavirus Updates page includes announcements and links to community pages.
Daily prayers from the UMC New England Conference to help folks stay connected during this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus.
Written communications from the Adminstrative Council and pastors.