Central Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
These are unprecedented times for our country and for the world. Our church, like each of us individually, is having to adapt and adjust. Along with the ancient practice of prayer and worship, modern technology especially social media has become an important way to connect with each other and with our community of faith during this time. Here’s what we’re doing:
1. “Drive-In” Church
We believe that “Drive-In Church” is the safest way for us to be together for worship. Service are held in our parking lot at our usual time, 10:00 am. Please enter the parking lot from North Rd. and exit onto Worthen St. Parking Lot Attendants will direct you to a space. Parking will be staggered. The services are “broadcast” onto your car radio. Folks mostly remain in their cars, although some venture out to say socialize for a bit. If you do get out of your vehicle, you must wear a mask and maintain proper distancing. The services are 30-35 min in length. They include prayer, some congregational singing, a children’s message from Alisa Knight (families attend) and a message from Pastor Rich. Join us!
2. Facebook & Facebook Live!
Please “Like” CCC’s Facebook page to stay connected. It you’ve never used Facebook, now’s a good time to give it a try. There are plenty of privacy settings to protect yourself. We’ve been broadcasting our Sunday morning services on Facebook Live. Just go to our Facebook page Sundays at 10 am to watch. You’ll often find faith-filled inspiration and lots of humor, and you’ll see what folks are doing to navigate through this time. On our Facebook page we’ve been posting announcements, inspiration and links to video sermons.
Our Sunday Services are recorded each week. We’ve been posting the services (or sometimes just the message) on our YouTube channel as well as on our Facebook page. Go to: CCC YouTube Channel. Please “subscribe” to our channel to receive notifications when new videos are posted.
4. Sunday School Classes
Our Sunday School classes continued during the stay-at-home time, connecting Sunday mornings via Zoom. But as of Sun. Sept. 13, a new season of Sunday School has begun! We’ll meet outside only for Sept. and Oct. All kids & teachers must wear masks and keep them on. The children are also asked to bring a towel to sit on, not only for comfort but also to promote social distancing.
Click here to sign up your child(ren): Sunday School Registration
5. Monday Night Movie Club!
CCC’s Movie Club for Mon., Nov. 30, 7:00 pm
Our next movie is the classic, “Chariots of Fire.” The 1981 film is based on the true story of two British athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell: a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. (adapted from Wikipedia)
We’ll meet online to discuss it on Mon. Nov. 30. Join us for fellowship and thoughtful conversation. Look for Zoom info in our weekly emails.
6. Zoom with the Pastor
“Lunch with the Pastor” is now “Zoom with the Pastor.” We’re Zooming every Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Contact Pastor Rich for the link if you didn’t receive it in one of our mass emails. These gatherings have been a lot of fun. After checking in with each other we’ll tackle a discussion topic each Tuesday. Join us!
7. “An Old-Fashioned Zoom Bible Study”
Pastor Rich is leading an online Bible Study Thursday mornings at 11:00 am. We’ll finish Paul’s Letter to the Galatians the first two Thursdays in December. We’ll start a new book after the holidays. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary to join this group. Join us any time! Please let Pastor Rich know if you plan to attend.
8. Grocery Shopping Ministry
Our Grocery Shopping Ministry is going strong, presently serving 10 households. Please contact Pastor Rich or Ginnie Hall if you need groceries. Let our team do the shopping! “Shopping Buddies” are standing by!
9. CCC on the Move! – post your pics on Facebook!
With the warm weather here, it’s important for us to get outside and get moving! We’re going to use Facebook to provide some encouragement! Andy Washington will be overseeing this effort, as Andy often posts beautiful pictures of his outdoor adventures. We’re inviting all of you to post pictures of your walks, hikes, runs, biking, etc. Let’s Get Moving, People!
Stay Safe, Stay Well, Stay Connected!