An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ

COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus, our church will remain closed until such time as our state government, the Maine CDC and our wider church indicate that it is safe to reopen.

Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30 am

We now offer our Sunday worship service as well as our meditation services via Zoom, an online application that allows people to both see and hear each other.

Vesper Services at 7:30 pm

Beginning Thursday, May 14th, we will offer weekly one half-hour Zoom-based Vesper services. The services will offer a time for reflection and silence, prayer, readings, sharing and music as well as monthly communion.

Our Zoom services require an invitation number. If you would like to be on the invitation list for any of our services, including the meditations listed below, please contact Becky in the office, 236-4821.

For more information on our efforts to remain connected within our community please see a recent article in the Pen Bay Pilot: Churches shift to virtual worship amid pandemic and visit our Resources page.

Please see information below on our meditation services, available to the community. And remember:

No matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome to worship with us.

 

Meditation Services

Our Weekly Meditation Services are on Zoom. To be added to the invitation list please contact ute@camdenucc.org or 236-4821.

Tuesdays: Lectio Divina meditation at 1:30pm
(We work with scripture plus 20 minutes of complete silence)

Fridays: Loving Kindness meditation at 3:00pm
One of the universal teachings of many faiths is the invitation to a deeper compassion. It binds us together and liberates us from the prison of internalized fear. This particular form of meditation is a gift of the Buddhist tradition. Ute will adapt it to our current circumstance.

Step 1

Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit and keep your feet grounded if possible. Place a hand on your heart or belly and take a moment to get in touch with your own body. Breathe in and out naturally. Begin to repeat the following phrases (repeat each to yourself for at least 2 minutes before beginning to repeat the next phrase for the same time period. Follow the same pattern through all phrases):

A. May I be free from fear and anxiety.
B. May I be healthy and strong.
C. May I trust that I will be sustained.
D. May I know how I can be an agent for love in this time.

 

Step 2

Now think of a person whom you love and know well. Take a moment to imagine their face or voice (connect in a way that works for you) and how their life is affected right now. Then say to them silently the same phrases, again repeating each for a period of time before moving on to the next.

A. May you be free from fear and anxiety.
B. May you be healthy and strong.
C. May you trust that you will be sustained.
D. May you know how you can be an agent for love in this time.

 

Step 3

Now think of a person you are aware of but do not know well. Perhaps it is someone from church, a care giver in a nursing home, or someone who has been laid off. Now connect with them in your imagination and wonder how they may be feeling right now. Then repeat the same process as before:

A. May you be free from fear and anxiety.
B. May you be healthy and strong.
C. May you trust that you will be sustained.
D. May you know how you can be an agent for love in this time.

 

Step 4

Now think of someone with whom you are at odds or with whom you struggle to connect. Perhaps a co-worker, "cranky" relative or a political "opponent" and again imagine what is happening in their life right now and how they might be feeling. Then repeat the same process:

A. May you be free from fear and anxiety.
B. May you be healthy and strong.
C. May you trust that you will be sustained.
D. May you know how you can be an agent for love in this time.

Close the process by praying the Lord's Prayer in whichever version most speaks to your heart. May your practice be blessed!

More information on church-wide activities here.

 

Community Wide Assistance

Shields Mission Project: While our buildings are not open, including Heavenly Threads and SOS, we are still here and committed to responding to needs in the community. We will continue to provide financial assistance individuals and families in Knox County and Lincolnville through our Shields Mission Project via referrals through case managers. (check out our Shields Mission page for more information.)

Case managers are urged to call Jeanne at 236-4821 x6.

Rotarians Serving: West Bay Rotary, with the assistance of Camden, Rockland, Belfast and Unity Rotaries, is sponsoring an initiative and a website to promote and facilitate financial and volunteer support for Mid-coast agencies, governments, schools, businesses and individuals adversely impacted by actions necessary to stem the spread of the Corona virus.

The site’s four sections include links to entities seeking donors and volunteers, and entities offering services, as well as forms for individuals and entities to submit requests for help. Midcoast Rotarians will be monitoring and trying to connect those seeking help to resources.

Go to rotariansserving.org.


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