Worship Notes, for the weekend of March 28-29, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: In light of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions on group gatherings, most houses of worship are closed at this time. The following represents the most recent information we have received from local faith communities.
THE AL HEDAYA ISLAMIC CENTER
115 Mt Pleasant Road, Newtown
Weekly prayer services are not being offered at this time.
BAHA’I FAITH OF NEWTOWN
Contact Margo Woodall, 203-241-5525 or MDeselin@gmail.com
John Woodall this week told The Newtown Bee that The Bahai’s of Newtown will be hosting a weekly online series on “Spiritual Resilience.”
The series will run as a Facebook Live event from the Baha’is of Newtown Facebook page, Sundays at 1 pm. Each class will begin with an interfaith devotional, “with quotes and prayers from the world’s great religions that speak to the them of the day,” Woodall said. After the devotional, the class will begin.
BEACON HILL CHURCH
371 Old Zoar Road, Monroe
Don Beachy, Senior Pastor
Nick Calawa, Director of Youth Ministry
Beacon Hill Church is offering live streamed services each weekend, Sundays at 10:20 am (note the time change); links to a recording will also be posted on the church's Facebook page as available. AWAMA, Men's Night Ministry, Engage and Equip class are all on hiatus; Youth NIght is meeting online via Zoom (contact the office for details); Community Bible Study (CBS) for women is meeting via Skype. Contact the church office for additional information.
444 Main Street North, Southbury
Rabbi Eric Polokoff
The congregation is taking “a two-week pause,” it announced on its website, and will hold no regular events in its building until at least after March 29.
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
85 Mt Pleasant Road (at Tory Lane), Newtown
Pastor Rob Morris
Home of Maggie the Comfort Dog
Current services as follows: daily, Noon prayer; Wednesday, Evening Prayer at 7 pm; Sunday, Divine Service at 9:30 am.
Christ the King’s doors are open as long as people follow CDC precautions, according to Pastor Morris. All services are also live streamed on YouTube at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Pastor Morris’s Pastoral Notes are linked to the church’s website.
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
16 Saw Mill Road, Newtown
Contact the church office for current schedule.
CONGREGATION ADATH ISRAEL
115 Huntingtown Road, Newtown
(Mailing address: PO Box 623, Newtown CT 06470)
Rabbi Barukh Schectman
Benjamin Glazer, President
David Smith, Education Chair
Bonnie Goldstein, Sisterhood
Adath Israel announced on March 18 that all services are canceled until further notice. Karen Klein further updated The Newtown Bee this week, saying the synagogue is looking to do live stream services soon. Hebrew and Sunday school classes are being offered online to all students; teachers have been in contact with their students and families. The CAI Caring Committee, which “plays an important role in our Adath Israel community,” she said, will continue to do so by reaching out to members who might need help of some kind. The synagogue’s leaders are also hoping to reschedule canceled events at a later date, she added.
Proudly celebrating 100 years, Congregation Adath Israel is an egalitarian synagogue dedicated to sustaining Jewish culture, learning, and spirituality in a warm and welcoming environment. We strive to provide families and individuals a connection with Judaism that will endure and be passed on to future generations. We are an open and diverse community that welcomes interfaith families and is committed to creating an inclusive congregation.
Meets at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street
(Mailing Addresss: PO Box 27, Southbury CT 06488)
Pastor Adam Watt (203-917-7481)
Interdenominational evangelical church services, Sundays at noon on the church's website.
ECKANKAR OF NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT
Meets at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street (Old Courtroom)
Contact Dan Schwartz, 203-733-2811 or DanBSchwartz@gmail.com;
or Richard Lawson, 203-417-8434 or RichardCLawson@charter.net
The group’s next services, on April 5 and May 3, have been canceled.
Eckankar means “Co-worker with God.” It offers ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine. An ECK Light and Sound service meets the first Sunday of each month at 11 am, includes discussion of a spiritual quote, a spiritual exercise and is followed by an informal gathering with some light refreshments.
FAITH AT NEWTOWN
4 Riverside Road (lower level), Sandy Hook
Pastor Tim Kuhn
Faith at Newtown is currently closed for regular services.
Faith at Newtown studies the Bible verse by verse, and applies it to everyday living. We proclaim God as Creator, Jesus Christ as the Redeemer, and the Bible as our Guide.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
27 Roxbury Road (corner of Routes 6 and 67), Southbury
The church has “decided to pause our Sunday Services, Wednesday meeting, and Reading Room activities through April 30,” according to a note on its website.
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
466 Elm Street, Monroe
Pastor Doug Ryniewicz
Good Shepherd has canceled worship and all activities at the church. Council will reevaluate on March 30, according to a note on the church website. In a March 21 post on the church’s Facebook page, Council President Donna Duessel suggests church members join the new Facebook group Good Shepherd-Monroe, which was created as a place to gather and share concerns, joys, funny and spiritual messages; read Pastor Doug Ryniewicz’s sermons, which are posted on the church’s website, and can also be e-mailed to members upon requested; continue to support the church through mailed donations, and support local food pantries and feeding programs. In addition, Duessel says a video service is scheduled for Sunday, March 29.
GRACE FAMILY CHURCH
13 Covered Bridge Road, Newtown
Reverend Adam Fredericks, Lead Pastor
Reverend Barry Fredericks & Reverend Sheila Fredericks, Founding & Teaching Pastors
Reverend John Barago, Associate Pastor
Adrienne Ventresca, Church Administrator
All services are currently being livestreamed via Facebook (facebook.com/gracect.org) and the church’s website. From Pastor Adam: “If you are in need of prayer, always know that you can call the church at 203-270-1005.”
THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT
444 Main Street North, Southbury CT 06488; jfed.net
The Jewish Federation of Western CT announced March 20 that all Federation events, including Love & Knishes and mahjong, have been canceled through the end of April.
“Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason,” staff said via email. “Our building is closed, our Federation is not.”
Staff is working remotely, and can be reached via email: Pauline Zimmerman, president, Jewish Federation of Western CT, email@example.com; Cathy Conti, programming coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Pamela Perkins, administrative assistant, email@example.com.
NEWTOWN BIBLE CHURCH
35 Sugar Street (Route 302), Newtown
Pastor Joey Newton, PhD
Newtown Bible Church is live streaming its services, currently starting at 10:15 am, each Sunday.
The church is committed to unfolding the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ as He is revealed in Scripture (Luke 24:44-47; John 5:39). The “goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim. 1:5) and the foundation in the authority and sufficiency of the Bible.
NEWTOWN CHRISTIAN CHURCH
210 Sugar Street (Route 302), Newtown
Reverend Jack Tanner, Minister
Kevin Kuzma, Treasurer
All services are canceled until March 29.
The congregation is a fundamental Bible teaching group that is locally autonomous. Newtown Christian Church is patterned after the church described in the New Testament writings.
NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
A member of the United Church of Christ
14 West Street, Newtown
203-426-9024, 203-426-9600; newtownctchurch.org;
Reverend Matthew S. Crebbin, Senior Pastor
Reverend Kristen Provost Switzer, Minister of Youth & Mission
NCC is offering online worship services at 10 am Sunday; find NCC-CT on YouTube to view or contact the church office for help. The church is also offering a weekly Christian Education lesson for children and young adults via Facebook Live. The programs will begin at 1 pm each Wednesday. They will also be posted to the church’s Facebook page upon completion. Check the church’s Facebook page for virtual programs and other updates.
“God is Still Speaking” and we are still listening!
NEWTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
We are a Stephen Ministry Church
92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook
Reverend Lori Miller, Pastor
Reverend E. Sue Klein, Deacon
NUMC will continue to offer live streaming of its 8 and 10 am services on Sunday, March 29, on its website. All are also invited to find and like the church on Facebook.
The April 4 NUMC Pasta Dinner and Coffee House events have been canceled.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHAPEL
15 Pepper Street (Stepney Green), Monroe
Father Adan Rodriguez, Pastor
The chapel’s website notes that there are to be no public Masses until further notice “for the safety and well-being of the Religious and the congregation.”
SOUTH BRITAIN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
A United Church of Christ,
693 South Britain Road (Route 172), South Britain
(Mailing address: PO Box 64, South Britain 06487)
Reverend David Buchan, Bridge Interim Minister
No Sunday service until further notice. Recent sermons are being posted online; contact the church office for additional information.
STEPNEY BAPTIST CHURCH
423 Main Street, Monroe
Reverend Kevin Merritt, Senior Pastor
Liz Merritt, Associate Pastor
Mark Persson, Youth Minister
Stepney Baptist is offering live stream services through Facebook Live; visit facebook.com/StepneyBaptist for previous services or to watch each new one as it happens.
We are a warm and loving church that purposes to have a passion for God and compassion for people.
ST JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA
111 Peter Road, Southbury
Reverend Paul Sinnott, Interim Pastor
St James Church is closed until further notice.
ST PAUL’S CHURCH
174 Whisconier Road, Brookfield Center
Reverend Joseph Shepley, Rector
“Celebrating 236 Years in Spirit”
“Expect A Miracle”
March 27-29: PraiseWalk, Greenway, 5:45 pm; March 28, John 21:12 Group, Bridgewater Country Store, 7:30 am, also PraiseWalk, Greenway, 11 am; March 29, online Contemporary Holy Communion service, 9:30 am via Facebook Live and YouTube Live; also March 29, PraiseWalk (trail TBA), 1 pm. Visit the church website to read recent bulletins and to listen to recent sermons.
St Paul’s Church is a welcoming community that worships, serves, studies and lives out the love God and life together as a spiritual family centered upon Christ. “It feels like home” is what we often hear as someone walks through our open Red Doors. We are traditional and contemporary in worship, local and global in vision, and loving and connecting in mission. You are welcome here.
ST ROSE OF LIMA CHURCH
46 Church Hill Road, Newtown
Monsignor Robert E. Weiss, Pastor
Reverend Alphonse Arokiam, Parochial Vicar
Live streamed Masses until further notice are scheduled for 6:45 am Monday through Friday; 4 pm Saturday; and 10:30 am Sunday. Visit the church’s website for links to live streams and previous Mass presentation.
The March 27 Friday Knight Fish Fry has been canceled.
We are an exceptionally active and deeply faith-based parish serving the Newtown area. We embrace God’s call to service through the good works of more than 60 ministries that include prayer, outreach, service and support groups, as well as children’s programs, Religious Education and Virgilius Council 185 of the Knights of Columbus.
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
36 Main Street, Newtown
The Reverend Doctor Jennifer Glaze Montgomery, Interim Priest In Charge
Reverend Matt Babcock, Curate
Donald Wismann, Director of Music
During this time of “Staying Safe and Staying Home,” we will be offering virtual worship for all. Please visit the “Being Church Now” page on our website for this week’s worship and other virtual offerings. To ensure social distancing our building is closed, and all our staff are working from home. However, feel free to walk through our parking lot, sit in our prayer garden and walk the outdoor labyrinth while maintaining safe distances. Check our website, Facebook page or Instagram feed if you would like to connect. Finally, if you would like confidential prayers prayed on your behalf, please e-mail us Prayers@trinitynewtownct.org.
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (PCUSA)
21 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield
Reverend Deb Packard, Interim Pastor
Valley Presbyterian will not be meeting for worship for the remaining Sundays in March, and all Valley activities, including Choir Rehearsals, Bible Studies, Lenten Book Study will be suspended during this period, the church has posted on its website. Members are working on streaming a live service that several pastors would help lead through the magic of technology.
WALNUT HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH
156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel
Brian Mowrey, Adam DePasquale & Craig Mowrey, Lead Pastors
Regular worship services and programs are canceled through the end of March, “but there are still ways we can stay connected as a church family,” leaders posted on the church’s website. Multiple videos and live stream opportunities are available; visit walnuthillcc/org/coronavirus for the latest updates, schedules and posts.
Walnut Hill Community Church is a welcoming church for fellowship and gathering together as a family to worship our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to ignite a passion for Jesus in New England so that people will come to know the love, hope, healing, and security that can only be found in Jesus Christ. We embrace a “come as you are” philosophy; our church is a diverse family with people from all walks of life.