Thanks to the efforts of many, we had two gatherings on Christmas Eve to share the story of Emmanuel, God-with-us. Take a look!
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A huge “thank you” to all of our volunteers, caregivers and staff for making Sunday Fellowship in the Light possible this year in all its many forms! It is a testament to our partnership that we were able to offer a safe event that was truly accessible to everyone. Please enjoy these photos showing outdoor visits at home with baby Jesus and in-person visits to a music-filled, candlelit Sanctuary for the first time since March. We hope everyone is enjoying their gift bag filled with holiday cookies and Sunday Fellowship’s newly minted T-shirts. Merry Christmas to all!
One year ago, Sunday Fellowship and Children’s Ministries partnered with the Village Art room to create a communal icon of depicting Jesus, the Disabled God, with the saints of the disability rights movement. Little did we know that one of our favorite disability saints, Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, would see her image on our icon and want to connect with us.
After weeks of careful preparation, representatives from Sunday Fellowship and Children’s Ministries interviewed Keelan-Chaffins and her mother. It was fascinating to hear Keelan-Chaffins talk about becoming “a master of talking with the media by the time [she] was six and half” and explaining the social model of disability. Highlight clips from the 37 minute interview are posted below. The entire interview can be viewed here.
Sunday Fellowship is also making T shirts with the image of Jesus as the Disabled God on the front and Rebekah Anderson’s powerful meditation “The Body of God” on the back. The cost is $25 per shirt (add $8 with shipping) but financial assistance is available. To order a T shirt, use this link.
Thanks be to God for Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and all the saints of the disability rights movement!
Thank you to everyone who donated items to Share the Love, a game and craft drive, by West Concord Union Church to benefit Minute Man Arc! We asked and you delivered! Enjoy these awesome photos of the process and the smiles they have producing.
Our first in-person gathering since last March was a huge success. A sunny afternoon on the Concord River with friends and parents was food for the soul. We give thanks for our time together and for the beauty of God’s creation – the water, the trees, the grassy banks, and the interesting wildlife. It was wonderful to reconnect and enjoy the great outdoors!
Sunday Fellowship gathered virtually on June 7th to celebrate our year and to give thanks to God for all that we have shared this year. We acknowledged that it felt a little odd to be gathering for a party right now when cries of grief and pain echo all around us. And yet, in other ways, celebrating a year of Sunday Fellowship felt exactly right.
Much like people of color, people with disabilities are at much higher risk of dying from COVID or in an interaction with law enforcement. Celebrating our inclusive and grace-fulled community is a natural outgrowth of our faith in Jesus, the Disabled God and a fulfillment of the baptismal vow to resist the powers of sin and death which Stephen Carter helped us all re-affirm at his baptism in February.
Plans are in the works for Sunday Fellowship to have its own conversations about white supremacy and racial justice this summer. A grief group is also being set-up this summer for Sunday Fellowship members who would benefit from a safe place to process past or recent losses. An information session about SF Grief Group will be held on June 21st at 4pm.
Please enjoy our slideshow showing the ups and downs of a year that included Janice and Bryan’s testimonies, disability saint icons, Stephen’s baptism, Chrissy Pickard and John Martino’s deaths and memorials, our first therapy dog visits, not to mention games, meals, prayers, singing, dancing, pageants and fourteen weeks of on-line BINGO. Thanks be to God for Sunday Fellowship.
Necessity is the mother of invention? That’s what we’re all learning as we practice social distancing and adjust to so many changes in our daily lives. Here are some of the creative ways Sunday Fellowship is finding to care for one another and maintain our connections across the distance.
All of the conversation about illness on the news has prompted leaders at WCUC to consider what common sense precautions we might take to improve the safety of the most vulnerable among us as we gather together. Here are some basic tips we hope you will follow here and wherever you go in our communities:
- If you’re sick, please stay at home! We appreciate your efforts to keep the rest of us well. Please let us know you’re sick so that we can stay connected and pray for you.
- We encourage you to block all coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Wash your hands frequently — there are sinks in each bathroom and in the North Hall, Parlor, and Chancel kitchens.
- Avoid touching your face.
As for our church policies, we are trying new ways of passing the peace, sharing communion, collecting the offering, and providing snacks, to minimize the spread of illness.
If at any point it becomes dangerous to meet together, we will do our best to keep in touch through phone and internet, providing resources for worship and social connection, and monitoring the needs of our congregation.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please be in touch with Pastor Hannah or head of Worship & Welcome, Ruth Sedlock. Thank you!
February 2nd was “Sunday Fellowship Sunday”, the day when members of Sunday Fellowship, a ministry for adults of all abilities, leads worship. Our focus, this year, was baptism and reminding each other that we are who God says we are: children of God. The day was extra special because it included the baptism of Stephen, one of our long-time members (video here). Check out a video of the song Sunday Fellowship sang with the Junior and Senior Choirs here. Everyone did a great job.
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Wayyyyy back in December, children and Sunday Fellowship members created the beautiful 3D stars that would hold gift requests from Minute Man Arc. Twenty-four stars were hung on our Gift Tree and disappeared within moments. Like clockwork, the gifts poured in, were passed to Minute Man Arc and then delivered on Christmas! Thank you to all of our gift-givers and special thanks to Andrew Forti and Jean Goldsberry for partnering with WCUC in the second year of this project. Check out these pictures of the joyful recipients that day.