Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Service

 

Join us as we partner with the Manassas and Oakton COBs this year to offer a Longest Night Service on Zoom. This service, held near the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, is a quiet and reflective service meant especially for those who carry heavy burdens and emotions into the Christmas Season.  Focusing less on Christmas cheer and more on the power of Christ’s light to overcome darkness, this worship holds up hope in the face of grief and brokenness.  You are welcome to join us.  Contact the office for the Zoom link or call-in information.

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem

 

Join us for an opportunity to spend part of your Christmas journey AT CHURCH! On Saturday, December 19, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, bring the family for a journey to the manger.
There will be 4 meditation stations set up in the parking lot, each with a series of questions inviting you to put yourself in the Christmas story. Station 5 is inside the Sanctuary. You’ll have time to reflect on a question while taking in the beauty of the fully decorated sanctuary in person. Station 6 is again outside in the front of the church by the nativity.
Throughout the event, the Carillon Bells will be chiming Christmas carols, and the worship committee will be providing hot cider.
To maintain appropriate safety and social distancing requirements, please reserve your time slot. We are suggesting families with small children participate between 3:00 and 3:45, while those wishing a more meditative experience reserve spaces between 3:45 and 4:30. Masks will be required.
To reserve your time slot, visit the Sign Up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4ea5af2aa0fb6-pilgrimage.
If you cannot connect online, please contact Tracey in the office. She will make your reservation for you.
Start a new tradition this year. See you there!

 

Partners in Peace in Prince William County

Nokesville Church of the Brethren’s Inclusion Awareness Advocacy Initiative team invites you to pray and act for peace in Prince William County by standing together against hate in the face of social injustice and a local threat to one of our houses of worship.

We received this request:

As we come up on our annual Unity in the Community International Day of Prayer for Peace, we ask that all houses of worship in Prince William County come together in an absolute act of solidarity against hate. In the face of a national fight for social justice and human rights for all, we stand in solidarity together to say #HateHasNoHomeInPWC.

Against the back drop of social evolution, our only Jewish Congregation in Prince William County received a bomb threat on the eve of the month of their most Holy Days, and again we stand in solidarity together to say #HateHasNoHomeInPWC.

We stand together as a community knowing that we are stronger together. We are all supported and protected by Prince William County’s beautiful interfaith community, the Prince William County Police Department and Worship Watch, and our local legislators and leaders.

To show how strong we are together, we are asking all of our partners in peace to purchase a shirt and show their solidarity in the community. All proceeds will go to support ACTS, who has always been there to support our community.

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/partners-in-peace

Join us in wearing your desire that peace prevail on earth.

Re-Opening Update

The Board of Directors has been prayerfully and thoughtfully considering how to move forward with in-person worship during this time.  The team has decided to continue the suspension of in-person services through at least the end of October, this decision was made in accordance with the Mid-Atlantic District recommendations.

We are seeking congregational input on future re-opening plans.  A Re-opening Advisory Committee was created and that team developed a Re-opening Questionnaire.  The questionnaire was out via Constant Contact.  If you did not receive the questionnaire, please reach out your Deacon.  Contact the church office if you are unsure of your assigned deacon. The leadership team would like the questionnaire to be completed by September 4.

Please continue to make connections with the congregation and community online, by phone, and mail.

With love and prayers,

The Board of Directors

 

Annual Conference Worship

The Church of the Brethren meets each summer, usually in early July, to gather as one body to worship, learn, connect, and make decisions. This year, the conference was to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but was cancelled due to the current public health crisis. You may recall seeing announcements earlier this year inviting folks to participate in a virtual choir for Annual Conference.

While there will be no physical gathering or business items, there will still be a worship service and children’s service shared as a compiled video as well as a second video concert of musicians with connections to the denomination.

The Worship Ministry Team has decided that we will be using the Annual Conference worship service for our worship gathering on July 5 while Pastor Angela takes a mini-sabbatical to rest, reflect, and delve into a conference being offered online (she’s super excited – ask her about it!).

The Annual Conference Office will actually release the worship service on July 1, so be mindful that you don’t jump the gun if you see/hear something about it but want to have worship that Sunday be a first viewing. The online concert will be shared on July 2 at 8:00pm at the website brethren.org/ac and will be available for watching later if that time doesn’t suit you.

We hope you will join us in worshipping, singing, and celebrating with our broader denomination through these opportunities!