No In-Person Worship
Dear WCC Community,
After having sent the message yesterday saying we had not received any advisories to cancel worship, we were alerted last night that our Southern New England United Church of Christ Conference has recommended that all our churches suspend in-person worship for at least 2 Sundays. Also in consultation with our Faith Community Nurse, our Westbrook Board of Health and our WCC leadership, we are making the decision to close public gatherings and meetings in the church for at least the next two weeks. We will stay in close touch with all our partners (health, town, conference) and keep you up to date as “facts on the ground” evolve. THIS WILL INCLUDE WORSHIP, MEAL SITE, ALL 12 STEP MEETINGS, COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND SMALL GROUPS.*
We will be offering on-line worship experience at 9:45 am on the upcoming two Sundays, March 15 and 22, with decisions about further Sundays to be determined as we get closer and as we consult with our partners. Exact information about how to connect on-line will be sent out as soon as we determine the best platform to use. The service will be a slimmed down version of our Sunday service with prayers, choir ensemble/music, readings, message.
The church has signed up for a Zoom (videoconferencing) account so we can move essential meetings to online. If you’re on a committee that would like to avail itself of the Zoom account, please contact the office.
Mairi will be in touch with our Secret Friends (pen pals) to adjust details to comply with the above changes.
Church staff will be working on site and from home and will be available to you. This is an anxious time but we will work hard to be safe and take care of one another. We are practicing Christian compassion by reducing the opportunity for the coronavirus to spread. Thank you for your understanding! I, as always, am available 24/7 should any urgent pastoral needs arise. I will be working with appropriate bodies in the church (Deacons, Stephen Ministers) to create a call list to stay in touch with our most vulnerable members. The Church has Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and those are great ways to stay in touch with one another during this season of “social distancing.”
Please know you are in my prayers and our good God is going ahead of us in love and strength.
Grace&Peace, Rev. Jan
*Small group meetings that meet in homes will decided by hosts.