Thursday, March 26, 2020

Worship During COVID-19

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in our area and recommendations from public health officials, at this time the Broadneck Church Council has decided to suspend in-person church gatherings, including worship, through the end of April. Council will meet in late April to reassess the situation and make decision beyond that time.

This is difficult news, especially with Holy Week and Easter upon us. However, the people of God are the people of God no matter where or how they gather! So we hope you'll continue to gather with us virtually via ZOOM at the following times:

Sundays at 9:45am: Worship gathering (Worship itself begins at 10am--get on at 9:45 to greet one another and work out our technical glitches!) You can access the bulletin each week by clicking here.

Thursdays at 7:30pm: Prayer and Share (a 30-45 minute time of sharing how we're doing and our prayer requests, and spending time in guided prayer together)

HOLY WEEK
Sunday, April 5 10am: Palm Sunday worship
Thursday, April 9 5:30pm: Maundy Thursday worship (this will take the place of Prayer and Share that week)
Friday, April 10 10am: Journey with Jesus Interactive Prayer Stations (particularly geared towards kids)--use link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/135152522  for this service only
Friday, April 10 7:30pm: Good Friday Sundown Prayer and Reflection
Sunday, April 12 10am: Easter Sunday Worship! (no sunrise service; we'll celebrate Community Easter Sunrise whenever we can all be back together later in the spring/summer)

All of our gatherings can be accessed by this Zoom link (zoom.us/j/4206093840) and the password 343864; see our previous blog post about how to set up Zoom on your device and prepare for worship each week.

The bulletin each week can be accessed by clicking this link

Worship will be different, but if the last two weeks are any indication, it will be meaningful and vital even in this strange time. We will share, we will sing all at slightly different times from each other, we will be challenged, and we will live out the words of Hebrews 10:23-25: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for the One who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together...but encouraging one another all the more."

Friday, March 13, 2020

Joining us for worship during COVID-19


We will not be worshiping together physically in the BBC building as we seek to do our part to protect our neighbors and one another by helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

However, this doesn’t mean that we won’t be worshiping together! We are excited about using Zoom to create an online worship space this Sunday morning for our 10AM worship. Here's how you can participate:


1) On your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, download the Zoom app (https://zoom.us), install the software and set up a free account. It's very easy!

2) We recommend each household gather on a single device--if you have a person on a laptop in one room and a smartphone in another, there tends to be too much feedback and strain on the system.

3) Before worship, you may wish to download and print the bulletin so you can follow, read and sing along in the appropriate places. The bulletin will be linked on Friday of each week from here.

4) If possible, find a candle to light in your own home at the beginning of worship--we always do this when together, and if each of us light a Christ Candle in our own space, it will be a visible way to remember Jesus' presence with us and to connect us further in our separate locations.

5) On Sunday morning please log in around 9:45 using the information below. Logging in early will give us all a chance to greet each other, work out kinks, and be ready to enter into a more worshipful space when 10 rolls around. Just click https://zoom.us/j/4206093840. The meeting ID is 420 609 3840. If you don't have or wish to get the Zoom app, then from landline or phone, you can dial in 1 301 715 8592.

You may also wish to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 for "Zoom Share-and-Prayer"--This will be about 30-45 minutes where we can gather virtually, share how we're doing and what prayer concerns we have, and engage in guided prayer together.  The link to join via Zoom is the same as for worship--https://zoom.us/j/4206093840.

There will be glitches in our online life together, and NOTHING is a substitute for in-person contact and worship. However, as we do our part to help slow the spread of this virus that is life-threatening to so many of our neighbors, including folks among our church family, this could be an opportunity for us to learn to connect in new ways and maybe even have some fun while doing it!