Worship Notes, Weekend of April 11-12
PLEASE NOTE: In light of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, including limits 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 as of press time.
THE AL HEDAYA ISLAMIC CENTER
115 Mt Pleasant Road, Newtown;
NOTE: Weekly prayer services are not being offered at this time.
BAHA’I FAITH OF NEWTOWN
Contact Margo Woodall;
NOTE: The Bahai’s of Newtown are hosting a weekly online series on “Spiritual Resilience.” The series is a Facebook Live event from the Baha’is of Newtown Facebook page, Sundays at 1 pm. Each class begins with an interfaith devotional, “with quotes and prayers from the world’s great religions that speak to the them of the day,” according to John Woodall. 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
NOTE: 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.
We are home to a vibrant, loving community that welcomes everyone with open arms. We have been called the “little country church in the hills of Monroe” for our friendly hospitality. We love Jesus, we love our neighbors, and we’re eager to make your acquaintance. Our vision is “To make and deploy mature and equipped followers of Christ for the sake of Family, Community, and Global transformation.”
444 Main Street North, Southbury
Rabbi Eric Polokoff
NOTE: Rabbi Eric Polokoff and Linda Goodman, director of sacred music, are co-leading services from their homes via Zoom, with a virtual reception line and short Oneg to follow; contact Rabbi Polokoff before 7:30 pm each Friday to receive the necessary code for 7:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Friday Service (limited to 100 links). Services can also be watched through B’nai Israel’s YouTube page.
Shabbat evening services Friday 7:30 and all Jewish holidays.
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
85 Mt Pleasant Road
at Tory Lane, Newtown
Pastor Rob Morris
Home of Maggie the Comfort Dog
NOTE: Current services as follows: daily, Noon Prayer; Wednesday, Evening Prayer at 7 pm; Sunday, Divine Service at 9:30 am.
Maundy Thursday – 4/9 – 7 pm; Good Friday – 4/10 – 7 pm; Easter Sunday – we will be sending out an e-mail asking anyone who is planning to attend to RSVP. If it looks like we will have more than 50 people, we will schedule two (or more) services and ask people to sign up on the website so we can spread attendance between the services appropriately. All services will be available both through live-streaming (www.ctklutherannewtown.org) and in-person. If attending in person, please follow all CDC guidelines.
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.
Christ the King Lutheran Church is a joyful and welcoming community of faith, centered on receiving Jesus Christ in His Gospel and Sacraments and sharing God’s fatherly goodness with all who are in need. Our worship and teaching are rooted in the rich, liturgical tradition of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which holds to the three ecumenical creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian) and the Lutheran Confessions as a faithful exposition of the Bible’s teaching. Visit our website or call the church office for more information. We look forward to meeting you and joining with you in the journey of faith from baptism to our final rest in Christ, our King.
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF
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
NOTE: Adath Israel announced on March 18 that all services are canceled until further notice. Karen Klein recently updated The Newtown Bee, 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)
NOTE: No in-person services until further notice, but services will be online at noon each Sunday through the church’s website.
Interdenominational evangelical church services Sundays, 10 am; children’s program available. Combining Spirit and Truth, in-depth Bible Study with heartfelt Worship.
ECKANKAR OF NORTHWESTERN
Meets at Edmond Town Hall
45 Main Street (Old Courtroom)
Contact Dan Schwartz, 203-733-2811
or Richard Lawson, 203-417-8434
NOTE: The group’s next service on May 3 has 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),
Pastor Tim Kuhn
NOTE: Faith at Newtown is currently closed for regular services. Specific messages of encouragement, and each Sunday sermon, can be found online at https://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 gather for worship at 10 am each Sunday morning. Additional gatherings for small groups, prayer, and fellowship. 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),
NOTE: 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.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF BETHEL
46 Main Street, Bethel 203-743-1877;
April 12, Easter Sunday service to be led by Reverend Suzanne Wagner, online at 10 am, through Church’s Facebook page (facebook.com/FCCBCT).
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
466 Elm Street, Monroe
Pastor Doug Ryniewicz
NOTE: Good Shepherd has canceled worship and all activities at the church. 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 request; continue to support the church through mailed donations, and support local food pantries and feeding programs.
Sunday worship services with Holy Communion at 8 and 10:30 am.
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,
NOTE: 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.”
Sunday worship, 8:30 and 10:15 am; Wednesday evening service at 7; weekly healing service, Thursday 1-2:30 pm; monthly healing service, fourth Wednesday 7 pm.
THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF
444 Main Street North, Southbury
NOTE: 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 e-mail. “Our building is closed, our Federation is not.”
Staff is working remotely, and can be reached via e-mail: 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
NOTE: Newtown Bible Church is live streaming its services, currently starting at 10:15 am, each Sunday.
Newtown Bible 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
NOTE: The church began offering streaming services, through Facebook Live, on March 29. Beyond that, all other services have been canceled until further notice.
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. Communion is celebrated each Sunday throughout the year. Sunday: Bible School for adults at 9 am, Worship Celebration at 10 am (children’s worship available for children through grade 6).
NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
A member of the United Church of Christ
14 West Street, Newtown
Reverend Matthew S. Crebbin,
Reverend Kristen Provost Switzer,
Minister of Youth & Mission
NOTE: NCC is offering live-stream 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.
NCC will be live-streaming a simple service of Communion and Tenebrae at 7 pm, Thursday, April 9, on the Facebook page and YouTube channel (NCC-CT) This will be a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bread + cup) communion gathering.
The church will also live-stream worship at 10 am on Easter Sunday, April 12. Join via the Facebook page or YouTube channel. A Zoom Fellowship Hour is planned for after services. Easter morning we will be having a Prayer Bowl as part of our worship time. If you have a prayer that you would like us to include and bless in our Easter Bowl, e-mail the prayer request to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 10, at noon so we can print it up and place it in our bowl to be blessed.
Dress up in your Easter outfits and take a picture — put on that outfit, take a photo, and send it to Rev. Matt email@example.com by Friday night, April 10. Then watch all your friends and neighbors in their “Easter Finest” during our Easter morning worship service.
Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome in this Christ-centered open and affirming church. Regular offerings: Nursery Care, Sunday School, Youth Group, 9th grade Confirmation, mission trips, prayer groups, fellowships, Bible Study, and musical opportunities. “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
NOTE: NUMC will continue to offer live streaming of its 8 and 10 am services on its website. All are also invited to find and like the church on Facebook. In a note on the church’s website, Pastor Miller recently said that the live streaming would continue “for the forseeable future.” Links to Zoom meetings will be e-mailed to NUMC members upon request, and will also be posted on NUMC’s website each Sunday morning.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHAPEL
15 Pepper Street (Stepney Green),
Father Adan Rodriguez, Pastor
NOTE: 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
NOTE: No Sunday service until further notice. Recent sermons are being posted online; contact the church office for additional information.
Worship service Sunday at 10 am, Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month.
STEPNEY BAPTIST CHURCH
423 Main Street, Monroe
Reverend Kevin Merritt, Senior Pastor
Liz Merritt, Associate Pastor
Mark Persson, Youth Minister
NOTE: 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. We worship together on Sundays at 10 am, combining hymns with contemporary music. We share Communion the first Sunday of the month.
ST JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA
111 Peter Road, Southbury
Reverend Paul Sinnott, Interim Pastor
NOTE: St James Church building is closed until further notice. Worship services have been recorded for the website. Visit www.stjamesct.org to worship on Sundays and during Holy Week. Children have been sent Sunday School lessons.
ST PAUL’S CHURCH
174 Whisconier Road, Brookfield Center
Reverend Joseph Shepley, Rector
“Celebrating 236 Years in Spirit”
“Expect A Miracle”
NOTE: Visit the church’s 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 of 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. Sunday Worship at 8 and 10:30 am (Sunday Children’s Sermon and Church School at 10:30).
ST ROSE OF LIMA CHURCH
46 Church Hill Road, Newtown
Monsignor Robert E. Weiss, Pastor
Reverend Alphonse Arokiam,
NOTE: 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.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm, Adoration until Midnight, Father Alphonse as Celebrant; Good Friday, Venerations of the Cross at noon, Passion of the Lord at 3 pm, Stations of the Cross at 7:30 pm, all with Monsignor Weiss as Celebrant; Holy Saturday, Blessing of Food 2 pm, Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm, both with Monsignor Weiss as Celebrant; Easter Sunday, Mass at 10:30 am with Monsignor Weiss as Celebrant.
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 over 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
NOTE: 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. Please 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, e-mail us at Prayers@trinitynewtownct.org.
The Episcopal Church welcomes you! We say it and we mean it! We believe in sharing the Good News of God’s Love through teaching, baptizing, supporting one another, helping those in need, seeking justice and peace, and taking care of God’s creation. Sunday worship for all ages begins at 9:30 am and lasts about an hour.
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
21 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield
Reverend Deb Packard, Interim Pastor
NOTE: Valley Presbyterian will not be meeting for worship for the remaining Sundays in April, and all Valley activities, including Choir Rehearsals, Bible Studies, Lenten Book Study will be suspended during this period. Members are posting sermons, music, and prayers through the church’s Facebook page (Valley Presbyterian Church-Brookfield).
Sunday worship service is celebrated at 10 am. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome to come as you are and receive the riches of God’s blessings; no church experience required.
WALNUT HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH
156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel
Brian Mowrey, Adam DePasquale
& Craig Mowrey, Lead Pastors
NOTE: Church leaders have posted that “In this unique season, Walnut Hill worship services are taking place online.” Online ministries are also being offered during the week; 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. Services are Sunday at 8, 9, and 11 am, and 5 pm.