Outdoor Prayer Services

We will be gathering outdoors for a brief 30-minute prayer and meditation service this fall. Everyone will be socially distanced at 6-feet apart, requiring masks, and we invite you to bring your own beach or camp chair. This short prayer service will allow us to see one another from a distance, hear a meditation, and pray together with some acoustic music.

Our outdoor prayer service schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 7 at 5 PM – location TBD

Wednesday, October 21 at 5 PM – on the church lawn

Sign up is required. This will allow us to keep our group size below 16 people & help us with contact tracing (hopefully not necessary). 
Sign up for the October 7th service by filling out the form below:

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Sign up for Virtual Sunday School

Since COVID began, we’ve been meeting each Tuesday for a Story Time on Zoom, and it’s been a lot of fun! Now, we are excited to kick off a new re-imagined Virtual Sunday School, which will meet Sundays at 12 PM on Zoom. Families will receive a special Sunday School delivery next week to help you have Virtual Sunday School at home.

Interested in joining? Register for Virtual Sunday School by clicking the link below!

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COVID-19 Update

September 9, 2020 Update

Earlier this summer, the COVID team determined that we would refrain from any in-person gatherings at the church during the summer months, including worship and meetings. During this time, we’ve been able to host vibrant virtual ministries and connecting while staying apart.

We’ve shown that we can be the church even when we’re not gathering together in our building. Through prayer, discernment, and statistics, we have determined that it is still unwise for us to return to in-person worship on Sunday mornings. After discussing the safety and the science, we asked ourselves “how would this benefit our ministry?” While we miss seeing one another, the reality of returning to in-person worship on Sundays would mean enough changes that it wouldn’t feel like the way we do church:

  • There would be no singing
  • There would be no passing of the peace
  • We wouldn’t be able to have coffee hour and socialize
  • We would have to limit how many people would be allowed

Most importantly, we wouldn’t want to put anyone in our community at risk. Rather than offer a quiet, music-less, limited worship space, we recognize that we continue to accommodate more than 60 people each week on virtual worship through Facebook Live and Zoom with music and virtual choir.
For this reason, Sunday mornings will remain virtual.

However, safety measures have been put in place so that people may return to the building in limited ways. State guidelines limit the capacity of people in reach room of the church significantly (for example, under current guidelines as of August 25, we can only accommodate 7 people in the Chapel), masks are required at all times while in the building, and instructions for sanitization help keep our space clean and safe. Three new hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed (two by the bathrooms up by the Town Hall Parking Lot entrance, and one by the office).

Small groups and ministries are allowed to schedule a room with the office to meet in-person. The office will be scheduling outside groups and church groups with timing, occupancy, and distance in mind so that there won’t be too many people in the building at once. If your ministry or group would like to return to meeting in-person, we ask that you ask the following:

  1. Would meeting in-person help the ministry of our group?
  2. Is everyone in the group comfortable with meeting in person?

Please contact the office if your group would like to inquire about scheduling an in-person meeting in the church. Please limit the number of people in your group to a maximum of 10, wear masks at all times, and attempt to limit your time together.

We will also offer small outdoor prayer services this fall. Beginning September 23, there will be a Wednesday evening prayer service held in an outdoor space every other Wednesday. We recognize that the ministry of Sunday morning versus a small prayer circle serve different purposes. These small and short outdoor gatherings will allow …

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Virtual Church now on RCTV

Access worship services from your couch throughout the week!

If you live in Reading, MA, go to your RCTV Public Access Channel. Times listed below.

Comcast Channel 9
Verizon Channel 31

Sundays: 8am, 7pm, 8pm, 10:40pm
Mondays: 5:30am, 9:10am, 10:30am, 2:15pm, 8:15pm
Tuesdays: 11am, 12:30pm, 1pm, 2:38pm, 8pm, 9pm
Wednesdays: 9:33am, 11:45am, 1:40pm, 3:00pm, 7:40pm
Thursdays: 10:30am, 5:02pm, 10:15pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm
Fridays: 8am, 2:30pm, 4:32pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm
Saturdays: 10:30am, 2pm, 4:02pm, 9:33pm, 11:02pm

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