Buckingham Congregational Church, UCC

Buckingham Church and COVID-19

*Updated August 2021

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid." John 14: 27

Dear Buckingham Church Members and friends,

We have been closely monitoring the rise in the transmission rate of COVID-19 in our area, and as it has risen over 3% again, we are asking that everyone please mask for worship. We will also maintain physical distancing and gather outside for fellowship after worship. We will sing, but only once in the service. Of course, we will continue to worship via Zoom and Facebook Live and post on YouTube (thank you so much, producers!). We are doing this because of new scientific study that tells us that even if you are vaccinated, you have a chance to get a mild case of the virus, but even more that scientists believe you could have enough viral load to infect someone else who may not be vaccinated. Even though nearly all of those who regularly attend worship are vaccinated, we do come in contact with people during the week whose status we may not know. The only way around this is for us to encourage anyone we know who is not vaccinated to get the shot and therefore reduce the chances for spread and the development of new variants. Let us pray for one another, for the medical workers who are once again being stretched, and for all those suffering from the virus or fear of the virus.

We continue to offer a hybrid service schedule that will allow for us to gather together in the church itself or to participate in the worship services remotely at the same time. Please join us at 10:00 am Sunday mornings live on Zoom or Facebook for an inspiring service if you are unable to be here in person. You can also watch the service here on the website by visiting the "Services" tab and selecting "Virtual Services" on the drop down. Please note, Sunday School is only being offered in person at this time. We have had a team of church members who've been meeting weekly for several months who have been working to ensure the safety and well being of all who wish to participate in services, either in person or virtually.

Pastor Shelly offers "A Journey Through the Book of Psalms" at noon each Wednesday. You can find that live on Facebook, or view it later either on YouTube or the home page. 

In this time, let us pray for our church family and those around the globe whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the virus. Let us be God's heart and hands, reaching out to those who will be impacted with love, aid and care.

Let us remember, we’re all in this together. If you are able, please keep the financial needs of the church in mind as we continue to need your support caring for our community both within the church and at large. You can give in one of the following ways:

* Electronic Funds Transfer – Print and complete EFT form and send to the attention of Brett Martin along with a voided check to Buckingham Church, 16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

* Check mailed to the church at the address above
* Online Giving (Paypal) on the website

Please direct payment questions to Brett: 860-633-7992 or email

Let's do everything we can to stay in community and reach out to each other in love.

Debbie Sweet, President