Welcome to First Congregational Church of Scituate!Open Hands, Open Hearts, Open Minds
Hello! Before the links, just a friendly note from the pastor. By now I’m sure that you have all heard that Gov. Charlie Baker has given churches permission to open with limited manner. Your Church Council and I met on Tuesday and discussed the issue at hand. We have a sense of how many people could worship and what we might need to do in order to be as safe as possible. We are creating a survey to solicit your feedback about how you might feel about opening again with so many COVID cases still in Massachusetts. We are also ordering hand sanitizer and protective gear. We don’t expect to be opening earlier than mid June or possibly later. We feel that safety must come first.
Also we have blessed the carnations in honor of Memorial Day. Come by the church steps to pick up a church carnation in honor of a loved one! Thank you Deacons for arranging this!
Virtual Worship 5/24
When you enter the meeting you will be “muted.” On the lower left hand of your screen you can “unmute” yourself if you wish to speak. When not speaking, kindly “mute” yourself again so that the sound system of this technological platform does not get overwhelmed. Here is the invitation to the Zoom meeting:
To see the virtual service from last week, click here
A message from Rev. F. Vernon Wright V: Until this pandemic becomes a little clearer, it is in everyone’s best interest not to worship together in person. We enflesh our love for one another in Christ at this time by doing what is necessary to flatten the exponential curve potential of this virus. This is clearly the most Christian thing we can do. And yet, on-line virtual worship and virtual fellowship will still be necessary. We still need to hear a word of hope that can drive away despair. We still need to be able to participate in uplifting music. We still need to be able to lift up one another in prayer. We need to gather as virtual community to smile and wave at one another. And we will also need to be able to assist one another if need be. And above all I shall remain your pastor: I will listen to you and pray with you any time you need me.
Set some time aside this Sunday at ten to open the link we will send out via e-mail and Facebook on Thursday afternoon. Any computer will work as long as it will play sound. If you are in a residential senior living center I’m sure the staff will help you find a computer to use in your facility. You are welcome to open it up earlier or later if you must, but the sense of intentionality and structure may be helpful. The service will seem familiar but abbreviated. Because a talking head is not always engaging, the video shots are designed to give you a more inviting, pleasing, visual experience.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! This means that whether you have faith or doubt; are a lifelong Christian or identify as ‘spiritual, but not religious’; are Cape Verdean, White, Black, Latino, Asian, or Native American; are younger or older; come from another denomination or tradition or have no faith background; are straight, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning; or have any myriad of cognitive or physical abilities, YOUARE WELCOME HERE!