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Bethany First Church will be closed until further notice. All current/future Activities, Meetings, and Events have been cancelled . 

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Dear Church,

We have received guidance from the Department of Health and the Southern New England Conference of the UCC strongly encouraging churches to suspend all on-site activities for a period of at least two weeks, to be evaluated at the end of that time. We have also seen emergency closures of the BOWA districts (indefinitely) and Waterbury Schools (until 3/20, at least).

With that information in hand, the Bethany and Hopeville executive boards have collectively agreed to suspend all on-site activity, including in-person worship services, for at least the next two weeks, and will make future determinations in concert with the health departments, school districts, and guidance from our conference. We ask everyone, including groups who utilize our space, to refrain from accessing the church buildings during this time.

Bruce, Heather, and I are working hard to make online worship services available beginning Sunday morning, and will have updates as soon as we are able. Heather is also planning to host youth group gatherings. In addition, Vince intends to be in contact with the Hopeville school about whether Food For Hope can continue during the school closure.

As closures mount, we want to be especially mindful of growing feelings of isolation. So long as shutdowns are widespread, I consider it my primary duty to make myself available to all those in our congregations who are struggling, including those whose struggle is simply needing someone to talk to. If that is you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. And let us all be sure to keep in regular contact with our fellow members as best we are able. Our online Daily Worship throughout Lent is one way to be in contact with each other even as we are physically apart. Follow this link at 7 PM every Mon-Sat to join us:

Lastly, let us be sure to hold in prayer all those impacted by this virus and the resulting closures and cancellations.

God’s comfort and presence be with you all, and I hope to gather with you all again soon.


Pastor Shea


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Bethany First Church is located at 511 Amity Rd, Bethany CT 06524




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