Inviting People in Strange Times

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This is a reprint of my column from the May 2020 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here.

As we face (at least) another month of not meeting in person, this might not seem like the right time to invite someone to church. But we’ve been using this time to create some low-pressure opportunities to let people meet us. 

Online worship will continue at 9:30 on Sunday mornings until three weeks after the restriction on gatherings of 50 or more people is lifted or until Sunday, June 7, whichever comes later (meaning the earliest that we would meet for worship in person would be June 7). But we will continue to have online services at a different time for at least eight weeks after that! While these services are different from our in-person services, they are a great opportunity for people to see some of what we do and learn a little bit about who we are.

Our new podcast comes out on Sunday afternoons (with a scripture-and-sermon only version) and Monday mornings (with a full version, featuring additional discussions and a time for prayer). It’s pretty basic right now, but we’re hoping to make it better and bring in guests for conversation. It is a great opportunity for people to hear sermons, learn about the United Church of Christ, and get to know Pastor Chris while they drive to the store, go for a jog, work in garden, or do almost anything else. It’s available on our website, PodBean, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts/iTunes. 

So please, invite someone to join us on Zoom on Sunday morning and/or share the podcast with a friend. And let people know that while the building might be closed, the church is still at work in the world… and this is a great time to get to know us!

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