We’re Better Together. Outdoor Church Services Open this Sunday at New Beginnings UMC

From the Pastor

Beloved,

We are pleased to announce that we have a plan for outdoor church service starting on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 10:30 am!  If the weather is dry, we will have an opportunity to gather together outside our building at 265 Main Street, Townsend, MA for the first time in months! If it rains, we will thank God for His bounty and try again next week. 

We will want to hug and shake hands, but as we all know now, that won’t be possible.  The conference and the state have rules we must abide by, so congregating in groups any closer than six feet from one another is not allowed. We will wear masks the entire time and we will refrain from singing.

Please bear with us as we fine-tune the program and try to make it as comfortable for you as we possibly can.  It won’t be what we are used to, but we are called to be ready for change. This is an opportunity to practice. Halleluiah and Amen!

Please note: If you feel the time is not right for you, please know that we miss you but are in complete support of your decision to be with us in spirit. There will be an online message available Sunday on our website newbeginningsumcma.org

Outdoor Service Guidelines

Kindly keep in mind the following guidelines and help us maintain safety as we worship.

  • If the weather is bad, we will not meet. Use your own discretion as you leave home.
  • Please bring a mask and be prepared to maintain six feet of distance.
  • If you desire, you may bring your own coffee and chair as we won’t be serving refreshments.
  • The outdoor service area will be marked off with cones. Please park on the right side of the church or in the lower parking lot.
  • We will practice our waving and smiling as we greet each other from a distance of six feet.
  • As you face the front of the church, enter the outdoor service area on the left side yard. An usher will guide our movement around the area and answer any of your questions.
  • Chairs will be set up six feet apart for proper social distancing.
  • A table will be set up near our entrance for masks, disinfectant, wipes, gloves, a wastebasket, and an offering basket as we will not be passing an offering plate.
  • With the exception of the bathroom, we will not be using the inside of the building. Anyone who uses the bathroom is responsible for sanitizing the space before and after you use the facility. Please use the provided disinfectants on all surfaces you encounter.
  • Dismissal of the congregation will be directed by the Pastor during the postlude music to maintain acceptable social distancing.

Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you Sunday!

Yours in His precious Name,   

Chris Jones

   

From the Pastor | Sunday’s Message 8:46, June 14th

From the Pastor

In this 33-minute video, I lead you and the community in worship, sharing a prayer by William Burnside II, and music from Liz Cataldo playing Pepper Choplin’s “Joyful, Joyful” and from the video Everyday People produced by Turnaround Arts. The message this week is in turbulent times Methodists and others can use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to help us understand our world. We look to scripture in the Psalm 100 and Genesis 18: 1-15 and reminded to take care of the strangers in our lives. We turn to tradition in our community and read letters from the Townsend Police Chief and Council of Bishops. Then we can look to do the next right thing.

Our Council of Bishops has asked us to pray for 8 minutes and 46 seconds at 8:46 AM and PM for the next 30 days. We will need to use the power of prayer to ground ourselves as we join the United Methodist Church’s mission to dismantle racism and press on to freedom.

From the Pastor | Ascension Sunday’s Message, May 24th

From the Pastor

In this 30-minute video, I lead you and the community in worship, sharing a prayer by Rev. Andrew Foster, and music from Liz Cataldo playing “My Country Tis of Thee” arranged by Heather Sorenson. The message on Ascension Sunday reminds us that waiting is an action. When we abide in God’s love, we will not be anxious or fearful, and when the time is right, we will move forward gracefully.

If you enjoyed this video, be sure to visit the Hilltops View Blog.

From the Pastor | Sunday’s Message, May 17th

Pastor Chris Jones

In this 27-minute video, I lead our community in worship, sharing a message to seek the light in others and give ourselves permission to reveal our light. Liz Cataldo shares her gift of music by playing “Beautiful” by Heather Sorenson and Anna Lee signs ‘This Little Light of Mine.” This Sunday’s message is intended to remind us that we are loved, and we have the spark of God’s light inside each of us.

From the Pastor | Mother’s Day Message

Pastor Chris Jones

In this 30-minute video, I lead our community in worship. I share a Mother’s Day prayer from the Bishop, and encourages us to act in humility, act in service, and act in love. Liz Cataldo shares her gift of music by playing the hymn “Our Great Savior” written by John Wilbur Chapman. Sunday’s message draws on the scriptures of John 2:1-11 and John 14:1-31.

If you enjoyed this message, please visit our Hilltop Views blog.

From the Pastor | Sunday’s Message, May 3rd

Pastor Chris Jones

In this 23-minute video, I lead you and the community in worship, sharing a message of hope that we will come out of this stronger if we stick together. Liz Cataldo shares her gift of music by playing “King of Love My Shephard Is” by Faye Lopez. This Sunday’s message draws on the scriptures of Acts 2: 42-47. 1 Peter 2:19-25, and Psalm 23 A Psalm of David.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

From the Pastor | Sunday, April 26th Message

Pastor Chris Jones

In this 20-minute video, I lead you and the community in worship, sharing a message of hope that we can heal, find joy, and be of service to one another. Liz Cataldo shares her gift of music by playing “This is my Father’s world” and Anna Lee sings ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands.” This Sunday’s message reminds us that we are loved, and Jesus is always with us along our journey.

Please join me in praying for first responders, healthcare workers, and all who are suffering during this pandemic.

P.S. If you enjoyed this worship service, you may like our previous recorded services such as:

From the Pastor | Sunday, April 19th Message

Pastor Chris Jones

In this 18-minute video, I lead you and the community in worship, sharing a message of hope that we can heal, witness the earth at rest, and find new ways to be grateful. Liz Cataldo shares her gift of music by playing “When I survey the wondrous cross.” My message reminds us that we are loved, and encourages us to give up our fear, stay in the solution and not the problem, and be ready to be a blessing to our neighbors.

Please join me in praying for first responders, healthcare workers, and all who are suffering during this pandemic.