Worship services moved outdoors during the pandemic; we have returned to the sanctuary but continue to take precautions. Masks are available if requested, and we ask the congregation to be vaccinated.
Services will be continue to be streamed.
People start to gather before the 10:30 Sunday morning service, to prepare for choir, for teaching the kids, and to put on the coffee. Greeters will welcome you at the door, help newcomers get comfortable, and will introduce new families to the Sunday School leaders. The kids ring the bell in the tower, and we are all seated at 10:30.
Programs can be viewed by scanning a QR code the ushers will provide.
We begin with music and a prayerful call to worship; somebody lights the chalice and shares a reading of their own choosing, and we recite our covenant together. A member will lead announcements. The choir performs a hymn or spiritual, and then we gather the children for a "Story For All Ages", which often prepares them for their class focus and the adults for the theme of the sermon—then off go the children and teachers to their indoor or outdoor classrooms for the remainder of the service. For special services, we might remain multigenerational.
The service continues with additional readings from humanist and spiritual sources, a sermon from our minister Pam Barz, prayer and meditation, and of course, more music. We do a collection to support the works of the church, which includes pledges from members, and donations to the Scituate Food Pantry and other organizations. Collections may be taken in cash or made online.
Parents and children reunite around 11:30 for lively fellowship at Coffee Hour in our Old Sloop Room (there may be some Covid-related limitations).