Since March 2020, First Parish of Watertown has been meeting for online worship using the Zoom platform. We anticipate continuing online worship through lay-led services in summer 2021. Planning is underway for multi-platform worship, to continue providing online access to participate in worship once the building reopens for in-person services.
We gather together for online worship synchronously, using both live and recorded elements in the service. Though our virtual worship services are new and evolving, they contain familiar elements from our usual worship: we light our chalices together from our own homes, sing hymns (muted) alongside recordings by the choir, hear stories for all ages, and listen to sermons by our minister and lay speakers. We use the chat function to share the joys and sorrows of our daily lives and to celebrate with and support one another. Our music program has been using new tools to create collaborative video pieces, featuring vocalists and instrumentalists in the congregation.
Links to the service are distributed to members and friends in advance via email. Newcomers are welcome to join us! To receive the link, send a request to email@example.com.
FPW will open up on Sunday mornings when we are able to have simultaneous in person and remote services.
When gathering we will continue to wear masks to be inclusive and respectful of others.
Each week we host a virtual social hour immediately following our online worship, using Zoom’s breakout rooms to have conversations in smaller groups. Bring your own beverage!
Virtual check-ins hosted several times a week provide another way to connect and support one another.
Our Fellowship Committee continues to run online events including informal gatherings and the virtual Variety Show.
We continue to care for each other in times of need by coordinating meal drop-offs and other socially distanced support. If you need assistance or would like to get involved in the Caring Circle, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our committees continue to meet virtually using a variety of platforms to manage the business and programs of the church. The activities of these committees are vital for us to continue as a connected, active, and engaged community during the pandemic.
In April 2021, the Parish Committee approved small church committee groups gathering in the Memorial Garden, our first start at reopening. In June 2021, the Parish Committee approved small church groups gathering in the building, limited to one pre-scheduled group at a time. Committee chairs received the policy details on the gatherings.
As the business and expenses of the church continue, it remains important to support the church financially as you are able. As the building closure has reduced our budgeted income, our individual contributions through pledges are even more important. Pledges and contributions may be mailed to the church or made online.