Important Announcement from FCC-Huntley Concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update: May 15, 2020
Hello FCC-Huntley Church Family
I hope everyone has been healthy and safe during the pandemic. Over two months have passed since we’ve been able to gather together and worship as one family. I want to take a few minutes to let you know that even though the doors to our building are locked, our church is still here for you.
No one could have predicted our lives would be changed so quickly in such a short period of time. Hopefully, you’ve been watching the daily devotions and Sunday worship services from Pastor Steve on the church’s Facebook page. I hope you enjoy Pastor’s messages and appreciate Pastor Steve’s dedication. It’s definitely a different way to worship, but COVID-19 has made most, if not all, of our normal activities a challenge. With God’s love and guidance, we will make it through these unusual times and soon have an opportunity to return to church.
The Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ released a 5-Phase Reopening Plan for Churches on May 5. The 5-Phase Plan is based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the state of Illinois recommendations. I’m including a summary of the 5-Phase Plan for In-Person Worship and for In-Person Church Activities for Church Events with this letter. Pastor Steve and the Elders have been meeting weekly via Zoom video-conferences. We have been studying the 5-Phase Plan and discussing our plans for re-opening and how services will look once we resume in-person worship.
As of today, we are currently in Phase 2. The recommendations for Phase 2 are that In-Person Worship be limited to a maximum of 10 people (including Pastor), with “no-touch” activities including: no singing before during or after worship; no passing of the peace; no Communion; no Offering; no hymnals or attendance books in the pews; no Fellowship Hour; etc. Online worship and online meetings are encouraged. We will remain closed, with Pastor Steve continuing to post worship online. Select this link to go to the recorded messages. Virtual Church
Please understand that we are working toward the goal of safely returning to In-Person Worship in Phase 3. But it’s clear our worship time will look and feel different. We will need to hold two worship services on Sundays. Social distancing and face coverings will be required. We will find new ways to take attendance, offer Communion and collect your Offering. We ask for your patience.
Pastor and the Elders understand that this presents another challenge, and some of you may not feel comfortable in returning to church. Therefore, Pastor will also continue to provide online devotions and worship. More information will be available soon, because it appears our region is approaching Phase 3.
We will continue to monitor developments in the village, county and state. The COVID-19 situation often changes frequently and rapidly. We’ll do our best to stay in step with new developments. In the meantime, please stay safe, stay healthy and remember to check in with family, friends and neighbors.
In God’s love,
Moderator Jeff Peterson
Update: April 30, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ
IL Governor JB Pritzker has extended the Executive Order for all residents to Shelter in Place May 30, 2020. As a result, all activities at First Congregational Church - Huntley are canceled through May 30, 2020; including Sunday worship services.
Continue to watch for Pastor Steve's spiritual video messages and Sunday Service on the church's Facebook page.
Please understand that the expenses of the church do not go away. You may continue to give to the church by mailing your offering to the church at our mailing address:
First Congregational Church of Huntley
P.O. Box 98
Huntley, IL 60142
Please continue to stay safe, practice social distancing if you must go out and check on your neighbors!
In Christ's Love,
Pastor Steve & the Elders
For over one hundred and fifty years, the First Congregational Church of Huntley has served the spiritual needs of the ever-changing generations. The Church has always been a beacon of light to the community where people could go for help and be part of a close Christian fellowship.
Young and old alike join in to worship, celebrate baptism and communion, sing praises, join in fellowship and prayer, and depend upon God's guidance to lead us into the future.
New member orientation takes place a few times throughout the year and provides an opportunity to meet and talk with church members, find out about the church and it's activities, and learn about the United Church of Christ.