West Newbury Congregational Church

Our Pastor
Rev. David Pruitt

Due to the Coronavirus and on the recommendation of Health Providers and the United Church of Christ,

   West Newbury Congregational Church is canceling all Public Services including all Sunday Services until further notice.

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"


April 5, 2020     6:30 PM  Annual Choir Festival at Bradford Vermont United Church of Christ  This event has been canceled 

Please send Cards and Letters of Cheer to 
Janet Schall at 
Genesis Healthcare
1248 Hospital Dr, 
St Johnsbury, VT 05819


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