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. This is difficult for us as our faith is a fully embodied one. 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)

All of our gatherings can be accessed by this Zoom link ( and a password that will change every two weeks; get the password by contacting us. Please hear us say that ALL are invited to participate--the password is simply an added step to keep our virtual space safe and welcoming to all. If you haven't used Zoom before, see our previous blog post about how to set up Zoom on your device and prepare for worship each week.

Worship will be different, but if our experience thus far is 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 (, 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) 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.

4) 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 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. Contact us by email to get the password needed to proceed from this point into the gathering (this is an added step to keep us all as safe as possible in our cyber gathering space!).

You may also wish to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:00 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.  Contact us for info!

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!