Worship

 

"We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love"  


 

Be Our Guest at a Sunday Worship Service

Online Only (as of 11/22/2020) 


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Sundays  10:30 a.m. Worship - 4 Different Ways to participate...

1. You can worship in person with social distancing precautions in place (see above) or:    

2. Use Zoom for Virtual Worship on your computer:    LINK

Meeting ID: 623 572 023  Password: 718688

Please keep your mic on MUTE during worship.


Download the Worship Bulletin / Program (PDF) LINK

 

Zoom Online Setup Help

Beginners Instructions for using Zoom at home   LINK

 

3.  To Listen in by Telephone: 

        Dial 646-558-8656   enter Meeting ID: 623 572 023   and  Password: 718688

  Please keep your phone on MUTE during worship. = *6 to mute and unmute

 

4. Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/RoxburyChurch  

(You do not have to have a Facebook Account to watch.) 

The Live video will appear on this page at 10:30 a.m.

The video will be on the page for watching at a later date.




Help Support Our Work and Ministries

Supporting the work of the Church during the pandemic

It is important that your generous spirit continues to be shared 

even though you may not be present physically at the church building!

We encourage you to set up electronic giving using our safe and easy partner, Vanco.


You can sign up for a one-time gift or one that can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly, using your credit card or checking account (preferred).

 LINK

Many have done this and it is has eased the financial pressure at the church in these days.




 In-Person Worship in the time of COVID-19

(In-person Worship is suspended as of 11/22/2020)

but when we are back in-person - here are the guidelines...

 (All is tentative and dependent on health conditions and Newtown Health Dept. guidance)


"Effective immediately (May 20, 2020), the 49-person limit on religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings is raised for indoor gatherings to 25% of the capacity of the indoor space or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is smaller, and to 150 people for outdoor gatherings, provided in each case that appropriate safety and social distancing measures shall be employed."

 

For us, that means that for the future an essential part of this church’s ministry will be that all services will also be Virtual on our Zoom Channel and Facebook Live.

 

            Health Guidance for now and the foreseeable future:

- If you feeling ill or have a temperature above 100.4 within 72 hours, to not attend worship.

- You are asked to bring your own chair

- You must wear a mask

- Each person upon arriving must sanitize their hands.

- You (individuals or household groups) must sit socially distanced from each other (min. 6 feet)

- We ask that you not shake hands, hug, or be closer than 6 feet from those who are not from your household.

- The church will not be open for restrooms. In the case of an emergency bathroom need, please use only the Handicap/ Gender Neutral bathroom. We ask that you sanitize the restroom including all surfaces touched and used with the spray disinfectant located in the bathroom.

- We will not be singing hymns and there will be no social hour following. Hymnals and Bibles have removed because of potential cross-contamination.

- We ask after worship to nod a greeting or wave to one another as you move to your vehicle to leave.

- There will not be a Fellowship / Coffee Hour for the foreseeable future.

- First thing when you get home – wash your hands!

  

PLEASE do not put the church leadership in the position of having to enforce these!

  

Lastly, if the health situation worsens (over 5% state-wide infection rate) or if we note folks disregarding these items, we will go back to virtual worship only.

 



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Beginning Sunday, September 13, 2020: We will have our worship in the Meetinghouse. Things will be different. In addition to the health guidance above, there are pews marked off and not to be used to create social distance during worship. Members of the same household may sit together but we ask that if you do not live within that household, you sit in another location. The Choir loft on the main level is available as well.

We ask as you enter and leave the building, be conscious of traffic flow, if need be finding another exit (such as out thru Fellowship Hall) so as to not come in close proximity to others. We are following the guidance provided by our Newtown Health District and the State as we seek to keep everyone safe. 



The Church is open still - of it never really did close. But to be effective and faithful to our call, let us practice physical distancing, wash our hands, use sanitizer, and continue to be the Body of Christ. We are called to be beacons of light and hope in the midst of the challenge our time. Essentially, we proclaim God's love for all.

 

See links below for participating in our on-line worship as well as this Sunday's worship bulletin.

Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our neighbors and members of our congregation. Our actions impact the world around us so practicing physical distancing is not only necessary but it is an act of kindness and love. To paraphrase a verse from the Talmud, "Anyone who saves one life it is as if she has saved the whole world."
Rev. David F. Peters, Minister

 


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The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month

 

Each Sunday, children join their families for the first portion of worship. A non-perishable food offering for the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury is received on the first Sunday of each month.


Special portions of worship happen each week through the month:

First Sunday: Sacrament of Communion

Second Sunday: Children's Sermon an object lesson to tell of God's love

Third Sunday: Sharing of a member's Faith Story  the ways God works in our lives

Fourth Sunday: Mission Moment - a sharing of the ways our church reaches out to others.

 

 A Nursery Room (unsupervised) is open each week during worship. There is a stocked changing table there as well as activity items for our youngest children. A speaker in the room allows you to listen in on the service underway.


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here are several websites that will deliver a daily prayer right to your computer for free!
The United Church of Christ - Still Speaking Devotions

Daily Devotions - FRPCA
Henri Nouwen Daily email
 

Helpful links:

Oremus Bible Browser

 

Bible Pronunciation Guide

 


SNOW CANCELATION POLICY
When there is a significant snowstorm, our ordinary practice will be to proceed with worship as scheduled, unless an official emergency is declared or other factors make it prudent to cancel services. 

In the rare instance in which it is necessary to cancel worship, a notification will be made via announcements on the church website, the Church's Facebook page, an email broadcast, and on telephone answering message.

Notice of cancellation or postponement of programs, meetings, and other church events will be made by the leaders of those events via telephone or email. 

Above all, safety and common sense drive our routine, and we want those same guidelines to drive your own decisions about coming to church during bad weather!


MEMBERSHIP

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Roxbury Congregational Church, please speak with one of the Ministers. They are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you might have about making the commitment of church membership. Membership are welcomed periodically and after a member's orientation session. If you are currently a member of another church, a letter of transfer can be arranged. 

We also have an Associate Membership, for those who want to maintain a primary active church membership elsewhere.

For more information, contact the Church Office 860-355-1978.

 



Liturgical Seasons & Colors

Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the church year as we anticipate, watch, and await the birth of the Christ Child. Purple is used during Advent as during Lent, to symbolize the coming of the King, and the coming of God's Kingdom. 

 

Christmas

Advent culminates with Christmas, the twelve days we celebrate the birth of Christ. We mark the end of Christmas with the Day of Epiphany. Again, we use our white banners. As with Easter, we are marking events in Christ's life that are filled with hope for us. For Christmas and Epiphany, there is hope in the manifestation that Christ is coming for all people.

 

With a better understanding of the liturgical seasons and symbols, the use of color and fabric can enrich the meaning of the time being celebrated. Our worship is enhanced as we better understand the gracious acts of God, and we are better equipped to go out into the world, and into God's kingdom.

 

Lent

Purple is the primary liturgical color of the season of Lent. Purple can be thought of as a color for royalty, symbolizing the coming King, as well as a somber color, reminding us of the approaching events.

 

Easter

Easter is not just one day, but an entire season. It begins with our celebration of the day of resurrection and continues for fifty days to Pentecost. The season of Easter is marked with white, which can symbolize purity, hope, and Resurrection.

 

Pentecost

Easter is not just one day, but an entire season. It begins with our celebration of the day of resurrection of Jesus and continues for fifty days to Pentecost. The season of Easter is marked with the color white, which can symbolize purity, hope and resurrection.

 

 

Ordinary Time (Sundays after Pentecost)

The main liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green, symbolizing spiritual growth and building up of the church. May we find that as a congregation we grow and flourish in much the same way.

 

 



We are working to make the world a better place as we provide:

Continuing Testament, 

Extravagant Welcome 

and as we are Changing Lives.

To learn more about the United Church of Christ's Core Values click HERE

 

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