Church is not defined by a building. The people are church. Church is living a life committed to God and spreading Christ's love no matter where we are. In this time of physical distancing, we are not isolated from each other. We as a church community and as individuals will not stop doing ministry, no matter where we are. Below are ways to connect and engage virtually:
In order to safeguard the health of the community and for all people, we won't be meeting in-person for awhile. But, worship is still happening-we continue to share the good news, to spread the amazing grace of God and unite through the love of Christ. Be a part of worship:
Facebook: Worship will be premiered on our Facebook Page at 10 AM. Here, we will be connecting and engaging virtually. We welcome everyone to worship together.
Website: You can also worship on our website by visiting ucpreston.org/online-worship.
YouTube: The service will also be on our YouTube channel.
Services are available on all three platforms for later viewing.
Learn more about our summer 2020 series, The Church Has Left the Building, here.
Bible Study & Small Groups via ZOOM
Weekly Bible Study and Small Groups are meeting through ZOOM, an online meeting platform. Contact Pastor Beth to receive a ZOOM invite to the Wednesday morning Bible Study at 10 AM. Contact Kate to schedule a ZOOM meeting for your small group.
Facebook Groups are a place for continued conversation and discussion. If you or your small group are interested in setting up a Facebook Group, contact Kate.
Living Your Faith: Adult Sunday School (via Zoom), Sundays, 11:15 AM
Explore how our Christian faith speaks to issues of contemporary thought and society through online Sunday School. Current study: Beyond Belief from Living the Questions, based on material from Marcus Borg, an American New Testament scholar, theologian and author. He was among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity and internationally known in both academic and church circles. The New York Times described him as “a leading future in his generation of Jesus scholars.” Email Pastor Beth to receive your Zoom invite. All welcome!
Sundays, 10:45 AM
Come as you are! This is a time to share together with no specific agenda, just fellowship. The Zoom link will be provided in the weekly email and in the chat box on Facebook on Sunday morning. All welcome! If you are new to United Christian Parish, this is wonderful opportunity to meet one of our Pastors and others.
How can we pray for you? Is there something you want us to pray for? Submit your prayer requests here.
You may be anxious in this uncertain time.
If you would like to talk to a Pastor, please email Pastor Marcus to schedule a time for conversation by ZOOM or by phone.
Participate in intercessory prayer over the phone on Fridays, 11:30 AM. Contact Pastor Marcus to receive the phone number and access code to dial in. All are welcome.
Children's Sunday School, 9:30 AM
We are excited for the opportunity for Children to grow in their faith through online Sunday School. Each Sunday, children have the time to be in ministry together virtually. Email Pastor Beth to have your children part of online Kids' Ministry.
In a time marked by a heightened sense of awareness of our nations history of systemic racism, we stand in our commitment to justice. You are invited to explore how we are responding by clicking here.
June is also Pride. While the 2020 Reston Pride Festival has been cancelled due to complications with COVID-19, Reston Pride invites you to celebrate virtually with Interpride, for Global Pride 2020 on June 27. Click here for more information. For other virtual events happening this month, click here.
Thank you for your continued giving. Consistency in your giving helps us to carry out God's work in this uncharted time. We appreciate your support as we continue ministering digitally, cultivating connection building and growing in our faith together. Ways to give:
1. Give Online: The simplest way to give is to give online through Tithe.ly. Click here to give online. You can also text "GIVE" to 571-620-6559 to give on your mobile device.
Learn more about giving and how to set up automated payments here.
2. Give by Mail: If you prefer to give by check
or cash, send those to 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190.
We recognize the financial hardship some of you may be going through at this time. If your income is being impacted negatively, please feel free to modify your giving and please reach out to us as a system of support.