Virtual Worship

 

May 16th - Mental Health Awareness Sunday

“The Joy of Friendship”

Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia preaching on John 15:9-17. Jesus suggests that to “love one another” is the way to salvation, and if we can “just do it,” a full life of great joy follows -- especially if we can learn to connect with God and one another in genuine friendship. Are we finding this to be true as Covid danger decreases and we are finally able to reconnect more again? What has our year of isolation taught us about the power of embodied love and the joy of being together in worship and fellowship? How do the kind of friendships we make at church improve our mental health and provide healing for those in struggle?


We hope you will join us for these opportunities to bind our spirits in worship with each other. Links will be shared via email, posted on our website at External link opens in new tab or windowuccb.org and shared on our church Facebook page.

 

Outdoor, In Person Worship,

Sunday, May 16th

Nursery Care & Church School


In-Person Worship: 9:30am in the Back Parking Lot

We will be moving back outside for this opportunity for people to join together for worship.  We will have a chance to incorporate more music, including some singing together, as well as to hear an anthem from one of our bell ensembles.  You will find the sign up link below.  We ask that people intending to join us for In Person Worship sign up by Saturday and include how many people and the names of those who will be attending worship with you.  You can register for our In Person Worship using the following link: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-930am18.

Note: If the weather is not conducive to outdoor worship, we will move inside our Meetinghouse.

Nursery Sign Up for In-Person Worship at 9:30am:

As we continue to phase in our reopening plan, Council has decided to open the Nursery for care during our In-Person Worship on Sunday mornings.  Following state guidelines means that there can be up to four children in the Nursery, and there will be special considerations in place to be sure that we keep our children and Miss Debbie safe and healthy to the best of our ability.  If you plan to join us for In-Person Worship and need Nursery care for your child(ren), we invite you to sign your child(ren) up in advance using the following link.  External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-ccbnursery4.


Sign up for In Person Church School at 9:30am:

We now have an opportunity for children to join together in person for our Church School program, as well as online.  Starting this Sunday, we will have two age-graded classrooms for in person Church School and one online Zoom classroom with Mrs. Adams teaching.  Mrs. Crandell & Miss Wendy will be the teachers for our in person church school, and guidelines about mask wearing, social distancing, and sanitizing will be followed to the best of our ability.  More information can be found at the sign up link.  Please sign your child(ren) up in advance so we know who to expect using this link: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-inperson2.


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Pastors Fund Thanks & Information

Our pastors wish to thank you so much for your generous support of the Pastors Fund during these difficult and ever-changing times.  With your help bills have been paid to cover housing costs, medical bills, and emergency repairs as well as to cover other everyday costs like food, gas, and clothing for members & friends of our church and wider community.  The Pastors Fund is supported through the honorarium from the funerals/memorials that our pastors officiate, as well as through the generous gifts of members and friends of our community.  The Thrift Shop has supported the Pastors Fund with gifts from sale profits, and the Pastors Fund is also one of the options for holiday support through our Virtual Giving Tree this year. 
If you are feeling moved to make a direct gift to the Pastors Fund, gift cards for groceries and gas are always welcome, as are donations made payable to Pastors Fund.

Note from Stewardship Committee

We may not be meeting together these days, but your church is still here, hoping to meet people’s needs, whatever they are.  We are still the church – looking for ways to be God’s hands and feet in the world around us, even when we are not together on Sunday mornings!  SO….

      • Utilities + office supplies = YOUR CHURCH
      • Payroll + Sunday School supplies = YOUR CHURCH
      • Committees + building repair = YOUR CHURCH
      • Supporting needs around us + uplifting music = YOUR CHURCH
      • Choirs + internet and phone service = YOUR CHURCH

Please continue to give to our special church in whatever way you were used to giving before, if you are able, so that your church will be there for you, throughout this crisis, and beyond!

Your Pastors are Here for You!

Pastoral Care Appointments

Both Pastor Bryn and Pastor Jen are also available for individual pastoral care appointments as well either via phone or Zoom.  In fact, their cell phones and the Church Zoom have gotten a lot of mileage this way since our time of quarantine began!  If you have something that you would like to address or speak with one of the pastors about, please feel free to reach out individually to Pastor Bryn (External link opens in new tab or windowbryn@uccb.org or 510-847-4235 cell #) or Pastor Jen (External link opens in new tab or windowjennifer@uccb.org or 203-510-4760 cell #) to set up a time to talk and pray together. Note: Your pastors are trying to take their days off, with "electronic sabbaths," on Wednesday (Bryn) and Friday (Jennifer), so you may not receive an immediate response if you send an email on one of those days.

 

Worship Opportunities

Friday Morning Meditation

Join Pastor Bryn on Friday from 7-7:30am on Zoom to spend some time in centering prayer and meditation.  This 30 minute virtual opportunity is a great way to start your day with some scripture, meditation and reflection.  Please email Pastor Bryn at External link opens in new tab or windowbryn@uccb.org if you would like to join, and the link will be sent to you via email.

Labyrinth & Children's Garden:

One of our confirmands recently cleaned over at our Labyrinth - making sure the path is clearly outlined and instructions for use of the labyrinth are posted at the beginning.  We encourage people to stop over to the church and use the labyrinth during this nice weather (while maintaining physical distancing practices).  (Note: Our Labyrinth and the story of how it came to be were recently published in a book of New England Labyrinths, so we are excited to share that with people in our area and beyond.)  Work will also begin soon on our Children's Garden, a garden that will be planted in raised beds around our Labyrinth, where kids will be able to remember loved ones and go to play and pray at our church.
Keep an eye on your email, the Congregational Church of Brookfield Facebook Page, or our website on Sunday morning for the links to join us (and please feel free to share the links with family and friends). Afterward, if you are willing to share a photo of you or your family worshipping with us online that may be used on our CCB Facebook page or website, please send it to External link opens in new tab or windowuccbsocialmedia@gmail.com.   If you have missed any of our online worship services you can find them linked below, and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel External link opens in new tab or windowuccbvideo, where our worship services are archived.


CHURCH OFFICE HOURS


The Church Office is generally open Monday-Thursday from 9am-1pm.  If you have a need to stop by the office in person, we ask that you call ahead (203-775-1259) to ensure that Jeannine McCullough, our Office Administrator, is expecting you.  Please ring the doorbell and wait for the door to be answered and plan to wear a mask when you stop by the Office.

 

NOTE: Our phone system also allows you to leave a private voicemail message for the Office or a member of our Church Staff, which is automatically forwarded to staff email addresses as well. 


Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"

 

 

 At Home Electronic Worship Options

 

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