Returning to Worship on June 7th!

Praise the Lord our God for His mercy! The Governor has lifted several of his restrictions and has decreed that churches can reopen in June. Below are the guidelines for the worship:

– Starting this Sunday, June 7th, we will be switching the attention of the worship away from a camera-focused service to a congregation-focused service.

– Social distancing must be practiced, and children should stay with their families.

– Some pews will be roped off to best encourage social distancing

– We strongly encourage everyone to wear masks throughout the service.

– For those who do not wear masks throughout the service could you please sit in the quarter section of the church next to the choir loft.

– Bulletins will include all biblical texts and hymns, so pew Bibles and hymnals will not be necessary.

– There will be no Offering during the service, the plates will be on a table in the back.

– The Lord’s Supper will be with individually self-sealed cups, which will be placed on the back tables, with the bulletins, by someone wearing gloves and a mask.

– The congregation will be singing hymns as part of the service. (Again, we strongly encourage everyone to wear masks.)

– There will be no Children’s Messages, Greetings, Choir, Coffee Hour, Sunday School, Bible Studies, or Summer Church, at least through the summer.

– We ask there be no socializing in the building after church, especially in the Narthex and the walkways. Please socialize outside.

– Pastor Doug and Pastor Dan will be outside after the service, with a mask on, to chat with anyone in need.

– The balcony is closed.

– The sanctuary is cleaned after every service and studies have shown the virus cannot survive beyond 5 days, which is encouraging.

– Besides Sunday worship, only the Diaper Bank will meet at the church throughout the summer.

– If you have any concerns, especially those in a vulnerable demographic, please be safe and stay home.

– The service will be live-streamed, at least, through the summer.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with anything, please contact Pastor Doug. Your prayers and patience during these troubling times are greatly appreciated.

About SUNDAY SERVICES & CHURCH EVENTS through June 20th

Because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, and the Governor’s order to limit all worship gatherings to under 50, we are extending our close-down policy through June 20th. All activities at the church are therefore canceled, with the exception of the Diaper Bank which will be opened on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30 PM.

Though the church doors will be open on Sunday we recommend that everyone stay home and watch the Sunday worship service live-streamed on the church’s youtube channel. The service will also be linked to our Facebook page.

We have increased our online content which includes:
* Pastor Doug’s Wednesday Night Study from 7:00-8:30 PM via zoom. (If you are interested email him at: douglas_aldrich@sbcglobal.net )
* Pastor Doug is uploading daily content on his youtube channel “Simply Reformed.”
* Pastor Dan is also offering a study via zoom (danielrcote@gmail.com) and has updated his webpage.

Several parishioners have asked if the church could set up online giving. As for now, we are asking people to either mail in your offering check (800 Main St.; Winsted, CT 06098) or for those who use online banking you can have your bank send a check from your account. Finally, to reduce the amount checks Carol needs to handle you could combine a few weeks giving into one check.

I hope everyone is safe.
Christ’s grace to you all.
In Christ,
Pastor Doug

Choir Director Opening

The Second Congregational Church, a biblical and traditional Protestant church, located in Winsted, CT has an opening for a Choir Director for its Senior Choir beginning September, 2020. We have an established choir, extensive music library, excellent organist and supportive environment.

Duties include weekly choir rehearsals on Sunday mornings at 8:15 a.m., prior to the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The Senior Choir sings from September through June. A complete job description can be found by clicking here. Resumes may be emailed to info@sccwinsted.org with the subject line: Choir Director Position.