West Newbury Congregational Church

  West Newbury, Vermont 

 Worship at West Newbury Congregational Church
Sundays at 10:45 AM

Important cooperative precautions
The following safeguards have been agreed upon by our Diaconate.

1. Face masks are mandatory for all and will be provided if you do not have your own. 

2. Hand sanitizers will be available and must be used as you enter the church. 

3. Social distancing (6 feet) will be observed and a seating plan with your name on a designated pew will be affixed. This will be your location each week. Extra seating available for everyone. The worship bulletin will be at your location before you arrive. 

4. We will enjoy recorded hymns and other church music but we will not be singing ourselves. 

5. A Deacon will "sign you in" upon your arrival and record your answers to several important Covid-19 related questions.  

6. Offering plates will not be passed but will be at the back of the sanctuary. 

7. Clustering for conversation must occur only outside of the building. 

8. Hand wipes and hand sanitizers must be used if anyone uses the bathroom. 

The Diaconate sincerely hopes that these cautions will allow us to safely worship together during these very challenging days. 

Thank you for your cooperation!



On March 25, 2020, India imposed a national lockdown that lasted five weeks. Restrictions continue. The hardship is unprecedented for our preschool families who were already living on the edge. India’s Covid-19 rates are still rising. Cases of the virus are in both preschool areas. Schools remain closed but staff is working tirelessly to help their communities.

Schools are closed but HKI donors are making an immediate and direct impact.

Rising to pandemic challenges: The preschools are a lifeline for their communities.

With the help of HKI donors the crèches are…

•             Buying land and establishing a community garden for food and income

•             Distributing free food biweekly to 150 preschool families

•             Stitching free masks for the preschool communities

•             Advising on Covid-19 and connecting with families through home visits

•             Keeping the Health Center open for community use

•             Providing urgent medical care for preschool children

•             Employing 25 people for a building project

•             Maintaining full salary for all staff during the pandemic

 100% of donations go directly to the crèches.

Donate online with PayPal or your credit or debit card: https://www.helpkidsindia.org/donate-today/

To donate by check:  make payable to Help Kids India and mail to:

Help Kids India

P.O. Box 1022

East Corinth, VT 05040

The Upper Valley Haven is seeking help and donations for sheltering the Vermont homeless during the coming winter months.  
You can contact the Upper Valley Haven at  
713 Hartford Ave White River Junction, VT 05001
802 295-6500

The West Newbury Congregational Church
Capital Campaign

The Upper Room publication is available online.

The Upper Room Website

Please send letters and cards of greeting and encouragement to 

Bill Marsh, in care of Grafton County Nursing Home
3855 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH 03774
Louise Marsh, in care of Grafton County Nursing Home
3855 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH 03774

Bea Putnam, in care of Bradford Oasis, 
92 Cottage St.    Bradford, VT 05033

Skip and Doris Barrett, in care of the Atkinson Home, 
4717 Main St    Newbury, VT 05051

Barbara Thornton, in care of Grafton County Home, 
3855 Dartmouth College Hwy   North Haverhill, NH 03774

Janet Schall, in care of Genesis Health and Rehab Center,
1248 Hospital Drive   St Johnsbury,  VT 05819
Janis Moore's Mother 
Ruth Moore in care of Prescott HSE C-3
140 Prescott Street,  North Andover,  MA 01845

Our Pastor
Rev. David Pruitt

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person. It is caused by a virus that can also live on surfaces near where an infected person has coughed, sneezed or exhaled. It has spread throughout the world in the first quarter of 2020, causing illness, and, in some cases, death. Its effects in various countries and localities have ranged from cancelations of public gatherings, to limits or bans on travel, to drops in financial markets.


Like other organizations, churches must take appropriate health precautions. We also have a special responsibility to care for members and neighbors. This web page contains information that all settings of the United Church of Christ – local churches, associations, conferences and national ministries – have contributed to and may find useful. Resources also come from our ecumenical partners and respected health organizations.


Suggestions for Talking to Children

“Children are impacted by moments like these,” says the Rev. Don Remick, one of the UCC Southern New England Conference’s bridge Conference ministers. “Even if they aren’t watching the news, they’re picking it up. And they’re picking up the stress of their parents, teachers, family and classmates. You can do a lot to reduce their stress and remove their fears.” He suggests:

Resources for Talking with Kids about COVID-19  From the Washington School Based Health Alliance, Seattle

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus  From the Child Mind Institute

Resources for Individuals and Families   With links to tips from FEMA, the Red Cross, Mr. Rogers and others, via the UCC Southern New England Conference website

 A suggestion for comforting your children during this pandemic, is to please watch the following video entitled:

 "When You Believe"

It is a song of hope, during a previous time, when all nations of the world struggled with a World Wide Event.  We pray that it will give you and your family great comfort

The song is sung in English, Hebrew, and French by the

 "One Voice Children's Choir"


Article about Pastor David Pruitt and Mrs. Pruitt 
from the Bridge Weekly May 23, 2019