Greetings from Mont Vernon Congregational Church

“Building on Faith”  —   Vacation Bible School
Do It Yourself Vacation Bible School

This year, instead of holding an on-site program, Mont Vernon Congregational Church will provide five lessons of Vacation Bible School materials to area families with children ages 5 to 11 (up to the limits of our 2020 VBS budget). VBS materials include two child-appropriate, simple craft kits per lesson, for ten crafts in all, fun DIY snack suggestions based on the “Construction: Building on Faith ” theme,  and five videotaped Bible stories. Each lesson will also include videotapes of active and energetic, faith-inspired songs for children to learn, and  games for them to play, chosen from among VBS favorites over the previous years.

Sign Up at montvernonchurch.org/vbs

Signups end Sat. June 27, 2020

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (603) 673-3500 or email us at montvernonchurch@comcast.net – we hope to hear from you soon!

A COVID-19 MESSAGE

Mont Vernon Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) is on lockdown while the State of Emergency over Covid-19 continues in New Hampshire. In the meantime, weekly mini-worship services by Interim Pastor Dr. Alex Gondola, videotaped by church member David Herrick, are available on the church’s Facebook pages. Director of Music Abbie Velez also videotapes a musical selection each week tied to the mini-service theme. Join us there–or in our sanctuary Sundays at 10:30 AM, once corporate worship resumes. Please check this website, and our Facebook pages, for updates. Also please  know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult days.

Perhaps this poem, written by Caputchin Franciscan Brother Richard Hendrick, who is living in Ireland, might provide some uplift. He posted it on Facebook on Friday, March 13 (Friday the 13th). In these days of Coronavirus it quickly went viral.

Lockdown by Brother Richard: 

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighborhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing

Peace and Grace,

The Mont Vernon Congregational Church