First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone:(203) 744-6177

News

What to Expect When You Return to the Church Sanctuary on September 13

14 Things You Need to Know to Safely Attend In-Person Church Services

(Posted September 9, 2020)

We have some good news and a challenge for everyone. Our Church Council has decided that, since we’ve been working hard to create a safe environment to bring people back to worship in the Sanctuary, we will be ready by Sunday, September 13, to gather again inside the Church building.

Please follow these guidelines when you and your family return to the Sanctuary. We will share more information in the coming weeks. For now, this is a preview of “how Church will be done” in this age of pandemic.

  • Masks will be required of everyone over age 2 while in the church building. (Soloists and speakers will be able to remove theirs while presenting.) We will provide masks if you forget to bring yours.
  • Provide your name to the deacons when you enter the church.
  • Your temperature will be taken by the deacons.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before you enter the sanctuary.  
  • The deacons will dirtect you at a specific location in the Sanctuary.The seating plan is designed to provide safe “social distancing” from your fellow worshipers.
  • Children should stay with their parents in their pew for the first few weeks.(No running around, please.) Church school is scheduled to open in Annie Orr Hall at the beginning of October. Annie Orr Hall will be used exclusively for church school. We think that Bible Magic may be in this space, too.
  • Coffee Hour is suspended for the immediate future.
  • Please do not sing out loud. All hymns will be sung by our soloists and musicians. Experience in churches shows that the virus spreads more vigorously when groups of people sing.
  • Modified Communion: The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated, but in a modified manner.
  • Modified Collections: We will not pass the collection plates, but we will place a plate for donations in the main aisle. Please place your donations in this plate as you enter or leave the service. 
  • Exiting the building: At the conclusion of the service, please exit the building in the order you are directed to use.
  • Socialize only outside the building, while maintaining safe distances from each other. We cannot linger in the building because it must be cleaned and sanitized after we leave.
  • Read the posted signs and adhere to the safety directions.
  • The service will be livestreamed from the sanctuary. If you are not feeling well, or if you prefer to stay home, you may view our services on Facebook live at www.Facebook.com/DanburyChurch/videos/. You may view our services in real time, or you may watch a replay at a time more suited to your convenience.

 

Thank you for your flexibility and, above all, compassion for your fellow church members as well as the volunteers and staff who have worked hard to reopen our doors. --- Pastor Pat Kriss

Join Our Sunday Services In-Person or Online

14 Things You Need to Know to Safely Attend In-Person Church Services

(Updated September 8, 2020)

The First Congregational Church of Danbury will resume in-person worship services on Sunday, September 13, at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us in worship.

However, if you do not feel well, or if you do not believe that in-person gatherings are safe for you, we will continue to livestream our services from the sanctuary directly to Facebook Live. (We have discontinued our services on Zoom.)

14 Things You Need to Know to Safely Attend In-Person Church Services

Please follow these guidelines when you and your family return to the Sanctuary. We will share more information in the coming weeks. For now, this is a preview of “how Church will be done” in this age of pandemic.

  • Masks will be required of everyone over age 2 while in the church building. (Soloists and speakers will be able to remove theirs while presenting.) We will provide masks if you forget to bring yours.
  • Provide your name to the deacons when you enter the church.
  • Your temperature will be taken by the deacons.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before you enter the sanctuary.  
  • The deacons will dirtect you at a specific location in the Sanctuary.The seating plan is designed to provide safe “social distancing” from your fellow worshipers.
  • Children should stay with their parents in their pew for the first few weeks.(No running around, please.) Church school is scheduled to open in Annie Orr Hall at the beginning of October. Annie Orr Hall will be used exclusively for church school. We think that Bible Magic may be in this space, too.
  • Coffee Hour is suspended for the immediate future.
  • Please do not sing out loud. All hymns will be sung by our soloists and musicians. Experience in churches shows that the virus spreads more vigorously when groups of people sing.
  • Modified Communion: The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated, but in a modified manner.
  • Modified Collections: We will not pass the collection plates, but we will place a plate for donations in the main aisle. Please place your donations in this plate as you enter or leave the service. 
  • Exiting the building: At the conclusion of the service, please exit the building in the order you are directed to use.
  • Socialize only outside the building, while maintaining safe distances from each other. We cannot linger in the building because it must be cleaned and sanitized after we leave.
  • Read the posted signs and adhere to the safety directions.
  • The service will be livestreamed from the sanctuary. If you are not feeling well, or if you prefer to stay home, you may view our services on Facebook live at www.Facebook.com/DanburyChurch/videos/. You may view our services in real time, or you may watch a replay at a time more suited to your convenience.

 

Thank you for your flexibility and, above all, compassion for your fellow church members as well as the volunteers and staff who have worked hard to reopen our doors.

Returning Not a Minute Too Soon

Our Congregation Returns to the Sanctuary to praise and petition God.

(Posted September 11, 2020)Rev. Pat Kriss

"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be a better light, and safer than a known way."
Louise Haskins, "The Gate of the Year”

Last night after watching a newscast filled with a hellish, smoking orange western landscape, multiple shootings, betrayals of trust, and rage-filled people, I said to myself, we are returning for worship in our church Sanctuary, not a minute too soon!

That’s right. This Sunday at 10 a.m. we will gather, face-to-masked face, in person inside the church building. We will hear Jim’s beautiful music once again in person. We will hear the words of justice from the pulpit. We may be sitting in other than our usual, favorite pew, due to the spacing of social distancing, but one thing remains constant: It’s Homecoming Sunday!

Church Services on Sunday

Service begins at 10 a.m. Please observe these social distancing guidelines when you worship with us in-person.

Watch us on Facebook: Our services will continue to be livestreamed to Facebook. You may view the services live or as a replay on www.Facebook.com/DanburyChurch.

I can’t think of a more important time for us to return to our physical home than right this minute. Whenever the world becomes confusing, even threatening, those who have followed Jesus for over 2000 years find strength when they care gathered with their Family of Believers. And even more wonderfully, after six months of meeting online, we have attracted more seekers of light, in the form of those who have found us on Facebook Live, and they, too, can continue to gather with us to praise and petition God for God’s help. That new branch of worship will continue online permanently.

I will, however, beg your patience this first Sunday back together as we work with new camera equipment and sound, because it will be a bit of a “shakedown cruise” until we fine-tune ourselves. Please grant us patience. Come and join us by putting your hand into the hand of God in person. Or if you’re not yet ready to come back or prefer your living room, please continue to worship with us on Facebook Live, or watch the recorded service on Facebook whenever you need inspiration. We really are coming home to one another, wherever we are. -- Pastor Pat Kriss

Information

First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177
Email: fcdanbury@att.net

Office Hours:
Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thrift Shop Hours:
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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