Announcements

Christmas Eve Services

​11:00 am

Worship service at the New Goshenhoppen Prayer Wall (weather dependent).  This will be a service for which an RSVP will be expected, with precautions, with an upper limit, and at which we will be able to sing, with an a-cappella format.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion is planned for this service, using individually wrapped Communion packets.

2:00 pm

Worship service in the New Goshenhoppen Park (weather dependent). This will be a service for which an RSVP will be expected, with precautions, with an upper limit, and at which we will be able to sing. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is planned for this service, using individually wrapped Communion packets.

No 4:00 pm Worship service cancelled due to the pandemic.

7:00 pm 

Worship service by way of livestreaming accessed through our church website This will be similar to our Sunday morning 10:30 a.m. service, with singing, and some moments to hear from friends in the faith we share as part of our New Goshenhoppen church family but have been missing in recent months. The sacrament of Holy Communion will be scheduled for those who participate as they draw from their own resources.

 

Please refer to the weekly worship bulletin for information regarding the ability to produce a brief video to bring greetings to the rest of the membership of New Goshenhoppen Church, whether during this service or the livestream service scheduled for Sunday, December 27th!

Worship Services

In-person worship service have been postponed until January 19th, 2021. 

Live Stream worship services occur online @ 10:30 am.  Scroll to the top of the home to access the Live Streamed Sunday Worship Link --or-- from your smart TV launch the YouTube app and search for New Goshenhoppen UCC.

Holy Communion Schedule

Holy Communion Schedule during the Church seasons of Advent and Epiphany
New Goshenhoppen Church looks forward to celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion in the coming months. Communion is planned for:


         The First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020

         Three services on Christmas Eve
         The First Sunday of Epiphany, January 10, 2021

 

Holy Communion in recent months has been celebrated only during the live streamed worship services broadcast by way of the internet. Those who were joining in worship that way had personally chosen how the elements would be prepared in the privacy of their own homes. That will continue during the live streamed services; however, there will be a new option available for those who have scheduled to be at “in person” worship services. Those coming to worship at the Church Park or Prayer Wall during Christmas Eve will be invited to bring their own elements or be invited to receive and utilize a self-contained Holy Communion packet. The packet contains the bread and the cup together located in separate enclosures.

Send Us Your Video Greeting! 

Our church invites your family to record and submit a short 15 to 30 s video greeting to be shown during the livestreamed services on Christmas Eve and the Sunday after Christmas, December 27th.

 

Videos greetings can be a short message to the rest of the congregation we love and have not seen much of this year. Perhaps the video can contain an important Christmas scripture verse, a brief mention of a favorite Christmas Carol, or a memory of the importance of this congregation in your life, etc.

 

Send us a download link to your video to:   videos@newgoshucc.org

Videos should be submitted on or December 20th.

Live Nativity 

On Sunday, December 20th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, the Youth Groups will be presenting New Goshenhoppen’s Live Nativity!

 

As you enter the church building grounds through the main entrance, there will be stations that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy the warmth of your car as you drive through the Christmas story. We hope to see you there!

Funeral Policy in the time of COVID-19

Due to recommendations from the CDC and the Montgomery County Department of Health, the following policies now apply to all funeral services at New Goshenhoppen UCC until further notice:​

  • If possible, we recommend cremation with a celebration of life service at a later date

  • If cremation is not an option, we are only able to provide graveside funeral services at this time

  • No more than 10 people may attend the graveside service and they must all be standing at least 6 feet apart from one another

  • We are unable to provide a viewing/calling hour nor a funeral luncheon/repass 

  • Pastoral participation in funeral services being held inside of Funeral Homes are subject to individual pastoral discretion. 

  • Any and all funeral services that happen during this time will be encourage to have a celebration of life service later, when it is safe to do so.

Local funeral homes are aware of these changes. We understand that the adjustments all of us are being asked to make, for the health and well-being of humanity as a whole, requires sacrifices- which means grief.  Even more so for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. There are many losses during this time: loss of a sense of community by the limitation of only 10 people, loss of ritual to help guide through the grieving process, loss of expectation of a robust funeral service in the sanctuary, and more. Our aim is to accompany people as best we are able through all of these changes, and to do so while centered in the grace of God which is always steady and steadfast.  

PediaManor Giving Tree

Thank you for considering contributing to our giving tree! PediaManor is a residential long term care facility for children who are medically complex and/or technology dependent. The children range in age from birth to 21 and require full time care. There are 5 local houses throughout the Quakertown area, and 6-12 children live in each home. New Goshenhoppen again has the opportunity this holiday season, to provide something special to these children in the form of a Christmas gift.


Please follow these simple steps.


 Take a star with a child’s name-- on the back is the gift they would like to receive.
 Purchase the gift and wrap it.
 Attach the star tag on the wrapped gift and place under the tree.

 

Please bring your gifts to New Gosh by December 15th in order to be delivered to the children by Christmas. If you’d like to participate, but are unable to purchase a gift, monetary donations will be accepted in the Church Office. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about PediaManor, please talk to Melanie or Nolan Benner, or email melx18@yahoo.com.
 

Thank you again so much!


From the Staff and Children at PediaManor

Baby Blankets - Needed

The Fellowship's Quilt Knotting Committee and other women of the congregation are making baby quilts and crocheted blankets that are given to babies that are baptized. The supply is running low. The blankets are approximately 42 inches by 36 inches or larger.
If you can provide a blanket please place it in the container marked “baptism blankets” in the Fellow-ship Hall vestibule. The Fellowship Hall vestibule is always open.

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