A faith community like Middlebury Congregational Church is about more than faith–it’s about community. Getting together with your friends and neighbors, Doing God’s Work, is one of the best parts of being part of a church.
We’re still together even when when we can’t be together. When the pandemic shut down in-person worship and caused everyone to stay home and stay safe, church members and friends got together to make and sell “We Will Get Through This Together” signs. Together we raised more than $1,000 for the Middlebury Food Bank and Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries’ food missions.
If you’re in the mood for dinner and a show–whether as on stage, in the kitchen or in the audience– stay tuned! The world premiere of member Christopher S. Avcollie’s original comedy, “As You Were,” was postponed because of the pandemic.
Cast, crew, costumes, cooks and clientele come from our friends and neighbors in the Middlebury community. Nothing pulls people together like the age-old call of “Let’s put on a show!”
Food is the focus for many of our get-togethers throughout the year, although the pandemic put a lid on that too. In a normal year, we have soup Sundays in the winter, We serve generous helpings of Soup and Scripture Bible Study during Lent, Jumpin’ Jambalaya for Mardi Gras, Strawberry Festival in June, family cookouts at Homecoming in September, and cookie sales for Christmas. And about once a year, we have a special guest join us for breakfast in a very busy season.
Sometimes our shared interests pull us together unexpectedly. During Advent and Epiphany, some church friends got together to discuss favorite Christmas films. We compared movie versions of “A Christmas Carol” and shared insights about “It’s a Wonderful Life.” One of Pastor Katrina’s sermons moved some of us to see and discuss “Chariots of Fire,” too.
On a more regular basis, the MCC Book Group gets together regularly throughout the year to discuss books of interest. Recently, they invited Waterbury author Charles Monagan to meet with them on the Middlebury Green. He read from and discussed his new Waterbury-based mystery novel, “The Easter Confession.”
Little-known fact: The Middlebury Green is different from other old New England commons. The small park is the site of MCC’s first meetinghouse, and we still use it for public events, picnics, and occasional outdoor worship. Our 2020 Christmas Eve service took place on the Green. It’s also home to the town’s annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies. (We serve the hot cocoa!)
Christian fellowship brings us together even when we have to remain socially distant. During the long, cold, pandemic winter, the Diaconate introduced us to Magnet, the sociable, endearing and enduring snowperson who pulled us all together as we watched her adventures from home to home in our congregation.
Come join us for some Christian fellowship. Maybe next year she’ll visit your house, too!