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From the Pastor

2020 was my 13th year as Pastor of the Niantic Baptist Church, and last year turned out to be one unlike anything we've ever experienced before.  Still, I have to marvel at how God has blessed our small but lively congregation.  The beginning of the pandemic back in March 2020 certainly got our attention.  But this traditional Baptist family rose to the challenge of totally changing gears on very short notice.  We launched our first virtual worship service via Zoom in early April 2020 and have had steady attendance since then.  Worship materials are sent out every week so that those who do not "do technology" can still enjoy a worship experience.  Our members continue to support our church financially while also supporting and taking care of one another in as many ways as possible during "stay at home" orders and social distancing.  Then, back in September 2020, when we returned to in-person worship, we changed gears once again.  In-person worship brought new challenges with it, mainly in terms of keeping everyone safe and healthy.  We observe safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and mandated by the state of Connecticut and will continue to do so for the forseeable future.  Putting safety first - even though we may find protocols to be inconvenient or uncomfortable - is one of the ways that we follow Jesus' command to "Love one another."  

We will be offering a "hybrid" service for the forseeable future: in-person worship in our sanctuary, concurrent with a Zoom service for those who are not yet ready to venture out.  Our music program - one of the shining stars of our church - has been re-imagined to allow us to safely enjoy the talents of our many gifted musicians.  And we will continue to make written worship materials available for those who feel safer at home and don't use computers.  

Many small churches get hung up on becoming bigger churches, but we like being a small church where everybody knows each other's name... where we feel more like a family than a congregation... where we can truly connect with one another during Sunday worship and throughout the week.  We are always happy to greet visitors, and it is always a joy when our fellowship increases in number.  But, the real joy comes from serving God with all the gifts that God has bestowed upon our church, and we will continue to do this as best we can, no matter what the future may bring.

I am truly blessed to serve as the Pastor of this wonderful church family.  If you are searching for a church home, I invite you to come and share in that blessing. 

                                                                                                    In Christ's name,

                                                                                                    Pastor Jill Harvey

Newsflash

Summer Worship meets at 9:30 a.m.  We will worship at 9:30 through Sunday, September 5 (which is Labor Day weekend).  Our service will return to its regular time of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September12.

Sunday School for Adults  meets at 8:30 a.m.  Please join us as we study the book of Esther.

 

Upcoming Events

Wed Jul 28 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Music Rehearsal
Thu Jul 29 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Admin Ass't in Office
Thu Jul 29 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Pastor - Office Hours
Sun Aug 01 @ 8:30AM -
Adult Sunday School
Sun Aug 01 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Summer Worship
Mon Aug 02 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Men's Fellowship
Wed Aug 04 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Music Rehearsal
Thu Aug 05 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Admin Ass't in Office
Thu Aug 05 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Pastor - Office Hours
Sun Aug 08 @ 8:30AM -
Adult Sunday School

Contact

443 Main Street

Niantic, Connecticut, 06357

860-739-5131

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 502

Niantic, Connecticut, 06357

nianticbaptist@gmail.com