Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
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Welcoming & Serving the Quabbin Area
Worship Services:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: We will host Zoom services until further notice and will post the 
recordings on Facebook and this website afterwards. Call the church office for details!
NOTE: Due to precautions related to the coronavirus, events scheduled in November may 
be postponed or rescheduled. Please check with the event organizers for the latest information
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From the Diaconate
Happy November! The deacons had a meeting this week to discuss our plans for worship services into the fall as we continue to deal with the pandemic. Through the summer into the fall we have enjoyed having prerecorded services distributed on YouTube, live streaming internet services on Zoom, and most recently, in-person worship held outdoors on the lawn in front of the church. But the weather is turning colder and less reliable for meeting outdoors. We considered having worship indoors, either the Sanctuary of Fellowship Hall, taking into account that COVID-19 cases are rising again, issues around groups in enclosed spaces, and the results of the survey we conducted earlier in summer showing general reluctance of the respondents to resume indoors, balanced with the knowledge that some of you do not have access to the internet.

Additionally, we have heard from a number of people that they enjoyed the YouTube services, which received between 50 and 190 "views," a much larger number than the attendance of the outdoor services (13-19 people) or the Zoom services (less than 20). After much review and discussion, the deacons have decided to return to prerecorded services posted to YouTube (and Facebook and this website), combined with a live Zoom meeting on Sunday mornings to watch the service together as a congregation. We hope this meets the needs of as many of you as possible, and that you will join us on Sunday mornings if you can.
Community Friendship Supper
The Community Friendship Supper has been cancelled for the month of November. We will let you know when we are able to resume our monthly CFS! 

From the Church Committee
The Church Committee would like to remind everyone that the daily functioning of the church continues. They remind you to please keep up your pledges and donations to the church even in these challenging times. Donations can be submitted through the "Donate" page on this website or mailed to:

Margaret Marshall
169 Sunrise Ave
Barre, MA 01005
A Message From Pastor Margaret

Thanksgiving in new ways…

As I was cutting some end-of-season twigs 
the last few days to add to my fall 
arrangements, it felt so good to be 
reminded of what we did this time last 
year, and the previous years during 
Thanksgiving. I was thinking about the 
warmth and wonderful aromas as we
 stood around, chatting, and laughing in 
the kitchen or dining room of our extended 
family members and friends, and hearing 
the screaming voices of little ones as they 
enjoyed each other’s companies. These 
are memories to treasure and to be 
grateful for, memories that are important as 
we navigate our time with loved ones 
during this pandemic.

We all have done our best this year to be there for one another, our immediate families, the young, the elderly, our neighbors, and being in touch with those far from us. We have found new ways to communicate with one another, and life has taken on a new meaning. There is preciousness about life during a time like this. We love and appreciate one another even more, and we are mindful of the losses we and many others have experienced in different ways.

As I am reflecting on these realities we are facing, I am beginning to relax in the knowledge that Thanksgiving could be celebrated in new ways. It will be different, and many of us are beginning to think about creative ways to “be together." The gatherings will be smaller, and, while we may be saddened by that fact, it may bring with it a different kind of intimacy with those whom we are with, a gratefulness to be together and for what we have.

I am also reminded of the many times Jesus Himself went into isolation, away from the crowds, sometimes with His disciples, and sometimes He sent them away. Apart from praying and spending time with God, I am wondering what else He did, while being on His own. I can imagine Him looking around and enjoying the beauty of His surroundings, enjoying the little things, while recuperating and taking time for Himself. We know that at times He encountered someone who needed His help, for example the Samaritan woman who saw Him at the well, and they started an amazing conversation. He, in His recuperated state would have enough to give to someone on His journey. His isolation was of course His own decision to make, and part of His journey and purpose.
Jesus’ self-isolation makes me feel that He understands what we are going through. It makes me feel that He is in solidarity with us, knowing exactly what every human being is going through during this pandemic, how everyone is trying to make things work during a time like this. In His isolation, He needed God to give Him wisdom for His next journey, what to say, how to act. So, He prayed and found His strength to carry on. His life could not have been very attractive, full of earthly joys and pleasures such as shopping and all the good things we are used to, but His life in isolation gave Him a heavenly riches that kept Him nourished on a deep spiritual level. 

It feels encouraging to know we have Christ with us, during times of loneliness and the many challenges we face. I also feel encouraged that, while Thanksgiving will be different from previous years for many
of us, it can be celebrated in new ways. So, maybe we are given the opportunity to gather a few extra dried twigs, and a be a little more creative with our fall arrangements and extra baked pies and make
that phone or video call to someone whom we haven’t talked with in a while. We will still enjoy the warmth and beautiful aromas of baked pies and turkey, and the screaming voices of children playing in the neighborhood. Finally, maybe we are given this opportunity to spend a little extra time with God, to strengthen our hearts and souls for our journeys on this earth. 

Blessings to all of you during this month of Thanksgiving!

Pastor Margaret Keyser

November 22nd

​Please click below to see our Zoom service from November 22nd. 

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A congregation of the United Church of Christ, Barre Congregational Church (BCCUCC) is located on the Common in Barre, Massachusetts. We are a caring community of Christ committed to reaching out into the wider community. We offer ourselves as ministers of grace, healing, understanding, inclusiveness, reconciliation, and joy for the sake of showing our love for Jesus.

Our Pastor: Margaret Keyser

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