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Greenbelt Community Church Adapts Quickly to the Shutdown

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by Karen Yoho

The Greenbelt Community Church United Church of Christ quickly embraced technology as the pandemic was declared in our area.

  • We started Facebook Live Sunday worship services on March 15. It was quickly followed by adding Zoom for the faces and involvement of our church family.
  • We have multiple church committee meetings and weekly bible study using Zoom and our pastor, Reverend Glennyce Grindstaff, has offered a daily motivational message on Facebook Live.
  • This week the church will launch weekly concerts via Zoom that Rev. Glennyce is calling “Zoomcerts.” We have many talented musicians who will share that talent on Wednesday evenings.
  • For a special service during Holy Week, Greenbelt Community Church gathered a couple of family groups together to prerecord the service. It’s now available on the church’s new YouTube channel

Here’s our Easter service:

Preparing for re-entry.

This past week, the church has pulled together members to discuss what “reentry” will look like. We can’t just show up when bans are lifted . . . we need to ensure we are safely gathering together and that those groups that use our church spaces feel welcome to return. We are all expecting a new “normal” and want to playfully consider all our options.

Transitioning leadership

It is also a time of transition, as Rev. Glennyce planned for this to be her last Sunday with us and head to retirement. Within a few days of the Stay at Home order being issued by the State of Maryland, she offered to remain on with the church through mid-summer. This act of generosity brings our congregation comfort in that we have her to provide us a strong faith network during this uncertain time, but we also don’t want her to leave without a proper send-off!

Recent worship service, seen on my laptop and Apple TV!
NOTE: By contributing these pandemic stories, photos, et cetera, Greenbelters are making an unconditional donation of the material to the nonprofit Greenbelt Online.org and the Greenbelt Museum/City of Greenbelt, which reserve the right to keep, lend, or otherwise dispose of the donated material, and may use the material on our website, for social media or other postings, in promotional materials or in future exhibits.

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