ATKINSON – Atkinson Congregational Church has temporarily moved to online worship services in an effort to help reduce the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. For its 10:00 a.m. Sunday services until at least Palm Sunday, April 5, the church is using a video conferencing system that worshippers can tap into for free through their smart device or regular phone.
“We’re fortunate to be able to take advantage of virtual worship services. They’re enabling us to take comfort in serving our faith without having to cancel church during these unparalleled times,” said Pastor Jim Thomas. “Although it might sound ironic, switching to an online format is already proving effective in its own way for maintaining all-important human connections.”
Prior to services, worshippers will be able to find login information a number of ways: through Atkinson Congregational Church’s homepage, www.atkinsoncc.org; the church’s Facebook page; and by signing up on Atkinsoncc.org to receive the church’s e-newsletter. Virtual services will also be made available following worship through the church’s website and YouTube channel.
In addition to listening online during virtual services, worshippers may type in prayer requests, which are collectively addressed during the service. They are also shared with a wider, caring audience as part of the church’s weekly prayer-request e-newsletter, which is also an avenue where prayers can be requested directly.
Atkinson Congregational Church has been welcoming all people since 1772, when Stephen Peabody, brother-in-law to John Adams, became the church’s first pastor. Today, Jim Thomas serves as its pastor and spiritual leader. Affectionately known as the Light on the Hill, the church offers a wide range of programs, including music, Bible studies, social opportunities, services to the local community, and more. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. For more information, visit atkinsoncc.org or call 603-362-5519.