Special Announcement Regarding Reopening
Rev. Dr. Peter Allen
The Hingham Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our welcome covenant and other important information about who we are can be found here. We hope that this website will be helpful, but please do reach out here if you have questions. Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. We have gone through an extensive renovation of our facilities, improved access, replaced outdated infrastructure, and updated our social spaces and classrooms. It’s wonderful to be back in and have the full use of the facilities. We have an active religious education program for people of all ages. Information about our church school for children can be found here. Hingham Congregational is a theologically progressive, solidly Christian church that takes the Bible seriously, but not literally. We work hard to create a warm, mutually supportive atmosphere where questions are encouraged, spiritual growth is our primary concern, and serving others is a high priority. We’d love for you to be part of our community!
BACK TO THE BUILDING TASK FORCE UPDATE
JULY, 9, 2020
The Back to the Building Task Force has been meeting regularly to discuss and discern safety protocols for returning to worship on the church property. While every decision we make will be subject to change at any given moment depending on UCC, CDC, state and local guidelines and mandates, we are excited to report that at this time we are hoping to provide 3 outdoor Sunday worship services in August. Due to limited space on the lawn, and social distancing guidelines, attendance will be limited and on an RSVP basis. Masks will be required, and worshippers will be asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. If all goes according to the current plan, these services will be on August 16, 23 and 30 (weather permitting). More details will be provided later this month.
We are also working on protocols for returning to indoor worship in the fall. As mentioned in our June 4th update, we are doing everything we can over the summer to properly and thoughtfully prepare for opening. While it is our plan to stay consistent with UCC and CDC guidelines, we continue to monitor the situation in Massachusetts and in Hingham.
During this pre-phase of reopening, staff are working hard to create meaningful virtual worship and will continue to record services in the sanctuary following recommended safety protocols. If there is a silver lining, we learned we can worship “together apart” and we plan to continue streaming services for those who cannot attend church, even after we fully reopen live church services.
We have set up a space here on the website for you to communicate to us if you have questions or concerns. See below. Please feel free to use this as a way to share your thoughts with us:
It is out of an abundance of love for our worship community that we continue to make our decisions thoughtfully and cautiously, based on information from science, social evidence, and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your patience.
The Back to the Building Task Force:
Cory Noordzij, Kathi Blair, Tim Redmond, Ray Childs, Mike Whitner, Paul Jeffrey, Kris Shorey, Tracy Allen, Stod Rowley, Pete Allen, Sara Holland, David Giessow, Lynn Mayo.
UCC guidelines: https://www.sneucc.org/phasingforward
Massachusetts guidelines for churches: https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-places-of-worship
To leave feedback to the Task Force here
Back to the Building Task Force
Covid-19 Statement to the Congregation
June 4, 2020
Out of an abundance of love for our worship community and in accordance with the United Church of Christ guidelines and recommendations, the HCC church building will remain closed for worship, meetings and other gatherings until the end of the summer. In the meantime, our pastors, musicians, church leaders and volunteers will continue to provide virtual worship services and prayer times.
We know this is disappointing news for many of us, as we miss gathering together all in one place. Hugs, smiles and a warm cup of coffee with our friends will be a part of our worship experience again. But for now, we feel our decision is a responsible and informed one, based on science and social evidence, (and some guidance from the Holy Spirit). The most important driver behind our decisions are, and always will be to keep our beloved church community safe.
We thank you for your patience and continued dedication to Hingham Congregational Church.
Please read the entire statement from the “Back to the Building” Task Force HERE
We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. It is with the spirit and the love of God that we openly welcome all persons, inclusive of every race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and inclusive of any others, to journey with us as we move forward with the work of this church in the world.
Sunday August 2, 2020 9:00am
10:00 am Virtual Fellowship Time via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 766 2077 7565 Password: HCC
Annual Stewardship Pledging
— The pledge is our yearly commitment by each member of our church community to support the church by donating a prayerfully-discerned portion of our annual income. Pledging is the basic building block of financial stewardship at HCC.
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Hingham Congregational Church, UCC, reaches out with faith and love to our neighbors in need in the local community and throughout the world.
Through “hands on” projects, special collections, allocation of monetary gifts and partnerships with a range of service organizations, we contribute food, shelter, financial assistance and social support to a wide array of groups and individuals.
Sunday 10:00am, followed by coffee hour
Tuesday Evening 7:00pm
Thursday Morning 9:00am
On hiatus for the Summer
Hope to reopen in September