Please check back to this page for the most up to date information about our church’s response to the COVID – 19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Updated March 14, 2020

You may now request a prayer online

All church programs, including worship, will be held remotely through March 27.

Being together and worshiping God lies at the heart of who we are. Caring for one another, looking after our neighbors is also at the heart of who we are. 

And so our heart is torn. Torn between our genuine desire to be together, and our call to act on behalf of those most at risk. 

This evening the officers, trustees, and council of this church met on a conference call to discern what we are being called to do in this moment. After substantial conversation, the group decided  to suspend all in-person gatherings at the church, including Sunday worship, for the next two weeks.

We do not take this action lightly, but because we are persuaded that this is the most faithful thing we can do to live out our love for our neighbors in this time. Our action here is also aligned with the guidance we received this morning from the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ who recommended to all 608 of their churches this two-week suspension of gathering. 

Worshiping Remotely

We will offer a Sunday morning worship experience each Sunday at 10:00 AM through our livestream. This worship will include a sermon and music. We will be using as small as possible a crew of church staff and volunteers to offer this streaming worship. Please do join us for this new way of being together and please contact me if you need help with the technology. 

You can access the live stream by going to www.fccmilton.org/livestream

For Children and Youth

Katherine Pater, our Minister of Christian Education will be sending out materials to all of our families registered for Sunday School including a video lesson that she will record, and printable activity sheets so that your children can remain engaged in faith formation while we are apart. 

Small Groups and Classes

Some church committees and small group activities will be postponed, others will take place remotely using Google Meet. If you are a participant in a group or committee, you will receive instructions for how to access this platform. 

Being the Church

Please know that our inability to be together does not mean our inability to be the church. In the days and weeks ahead it will be more important than ever before that we remain diligent in our prayers, that we reach out in love to those we know who may be struggling, and that we stay alert for opportunities to serve our community in a moment of need. 

The church staff will also still be working during this time to make sure that our mission and purpose is carried out as faithfully as ever, even if it might look quite different than we are accustomed to. If you have any need, please do not hesitate to contact Emma, Katherine, or me. 

I would like to close with the opening words of Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble. 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Selah

That last word, Selah, is an ancient word that indicated for the cantor who would be singing this Psalm the place to take a breath. I sense that we could all use a breath right now. So read those words once more. Then pause to draw a good, deep, breath.

And maybe once more. 

May our God—our refuge and our strength be with you, now and always. 

 

For accurate and up to date information about the spread of the virus, please consult these trustworthy resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.townofmilton.org/health-department

https://www.ucc.org/disaster_coronavirus_resources_from_the_ucc