Church is not defined by a building. It is not brick and mortar. It is the Body of Christ. 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.
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 or Thursday morning Bible Study. Contact Heidi 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.
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.
Adult Sunday School (via Zoom), Sundays, 11:15 AM, resumes September 20
Adults can participate in one of two classes:
1. Faith and Racial Justice: Changing Systems and Structures
2. Bible 101: Following the Narrative Lectionary through God's Word
Click here to Zoom in on Sunday mornings.
Children's Sunday School
We are excited for the opportunity for children to grow in their faith and be in ministry together virtually:
God Play, Sundays, 9:30 AM, ongoing
Children of all ages experience the mystery of God in story and activity.
Bible Explorers, Sundays, 10:45-11:15 AM, begins September 20
Students explore the sweeping story of God and God's people as revealed in the Bible. They learn the story of God's love in Scripture through the same stories that they hear in worship.
Email Pastor Beth to have your children part of online Kids' Ministry.
Youth Group, Sundays, 7 PM, begins September 13
Through games, discussion on global issues and exploring the Christian implications of the world in which we are growing up, middle and high school students celebrate the richness of Christ in our lives. Contact Pastor Beth for more information.
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.
Drop off donations on Wednesdays September 9, 16, 23 & 30, from 9 AM-1 PM. We are using an abundance of caution in our drop off procedure. Donations will be collected in Room 107 (the former Sanctuary). The outside door entrance to drop off donations is towards the back of the parking lot. It will be unlocked and marked with a sign to direct you. Please do not make extra store trips for this. You can always order your donations online. If you would rather not deliver in person, please contact Ray Whitney, Annerieke Owen or Debbie Aschenbach.
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.
Together we can be sure that God’s actions take place in our community and in the world. This season, join the virtual journey of lights, camera, action! A journey learning how we can be the light of the world through the lens of our faith and by taking action. The opportunities for you to connect this fall, are posted here.