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Worship Notes, for the weekend of March 28-29, 2020



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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.


115 Mt Pleasant Road, Newtown

203-426-0589; hedayacenter.org

Weekly prayer services are not being offered at this time.


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.


371 Old Zoar Road, Monroe

203-268-8521; bhefc.org

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

203-267-3394; bnaiIsraelsouthbury.org

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.


85 Mt Pleasant Road (at Tory Lane), Newtown

203-426-6300; ctklutherannewtown.org

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.


16 Saw Mill Road, Newtown

203-426-8408; lds.org or mormon.org

Contact the church office for current schedule.


115 Huntingtown Road, Newtown

(Mailing address: PO Box 623, Newtown CT 06470)

203-426-5188; congadathisrael.org

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)

ConnectionsChurchCT@gmail.com; RockyVeach.org

Pastor Adam Watt (203-917-7481)

Interdenominational evangelical church services, Sundays at noon on the church's website.


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.


4 Riverside Road (lower level), Sandy Hook

203-364-1448; faithatnewtown.org

Pastor Tim Kuhn

Faith at Newtown is currently closed for regular services.

Specific messages of encouragement, and each Sunday sermon can be found online at two different links: faithatnewtown.org/videos/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgTuDdR8lXw

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.


27 Roxbury Road (corner of Routes 6 and 67), Southbury

203-262-1944; christiansciencect.org/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.


466 Elm Street, Monroe

203-268-7596; gslc-ct.org

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.


13 Covered Bridge Road, Newtown

203-270-1005; gracect.org

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.”


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, fedprez@jfed.net; Cathy Conti, programming coordinator, cconti@jfed.net; and Pamela Perkins, administrative assistant, pperkins@jfed.net.


35 Sugar Street (Route 302), Newtown

203-426-6484; newtownbiblechurch.org

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.


210 Sugar Street (Route 302), Newtown

203-426-6189; newtowncc.org

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.


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!


We are a Stephen Ministry Church

92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook

203-426-9998; numc.us

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.


15 Pepper Street (Stepney Green), Monroe

203-261-8290; rosarychapel.net

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.”


A United Church of Christ,

693 South Britain Road (Route 172), South Britain

(Mailing address: PO Box 64, South Britain 06487)

203-264-5890; southbritainchurch.org

Handicap Accessible

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.


423 Main Street, Monroe

203-268-9680; stepneybaptist.com; stepneybaptist@gmail.com

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.


111 Peter Road, Southbury

203-264-6446; stjamesct.org

Reverend Paul Sinnott, Interim Pastor

St James Church is closed until further notice.



174 Whisconier Road, Brookfield Center

203-775-9587; StPaulsBrookfield@gmail.com; SaintPaulsBrookfield.com

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.


46 Church Hill Road, Newtown

203-426-1014; strosechurch.com

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.


36 Main Street, Newtown

203-426-9070; trinitynewtownct.org

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.


21 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield

203-775-2624; valleypresct.org

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.


156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel

203-796-7373; walnuthillcc.org

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.

In this screen capture from Sunday, March 22, Pastor Rob Morris reads Psalm 146 during the worship service at Christ the King Lutheran Church. With precautions in place, the Mt Pleasant Road church continues to host live services for a small group while also livestreaming services on Sundays and weekdays. (YouTube.com/Christ the King page)
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