Our new Pastor

Deerfield Community Church is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Settled Pastor, Rev. Kurt Walker.

Pastor Kurt’s passion for ministry resides in his deeply held belief that all people are precious and worthy in God’s sight. He also holds a firm belief that God’s people, namely the church, are called to partner with God to bring about God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven.” He believes this is can best be accomplished when God’s people come to realize that we are, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “the living, breathing body of Christ in the world today.” He loves extemporaneous prayer and having the honor and privilege of being a non-anxious pastoral presence in the lives of those he has been called by God to serve through God’s church.

Pastor Kurt graduated from Bridgewater State University (B.S. in Psychology), and Andover Newton Theological School (M. Div.) with a concentration in Interfaith dialogue and Worship and the Arts. He currently serves on the Alumni Board of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. He was selected to participate in the founding cohort of the Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program (2014-2016), having the privilege of honing his skills as a public theologian and social gospel preacher at the feet of some of the country’s greatest theologians and activists.

He previously served God through God’s people as the first Settled Pastor of Chapel Street Congregational Church (founded in 2012) in Lincoln, Rhode Island since January of 2016. During his time in Rhode Island, he successfully led the initiative to make the then Rhode Island Conference Open and Affirming and successfully led the initiative to require Racial Justice Training for all UCC clergy in the Rhode Island Conference and Association, every three years. He also served as the Director of the Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, partnering with over 150 clergy of various faith traditions, as well as other faith-based non-profits, to work on state legislation initiatives including gun safety, criminal justice reform, and abortion rights. Pastor Kurt also served as a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Board of Directors and Executive Council of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, and was a member of the Rhode Island Association’s Committee on Ministry for the United Church of Christ. He was trained as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line (crisistextline.org) and served as a per diem Hospice Chaplain with @Home Healthcare based out of Exeter, Rhode Island.

Prior to serving in Rhode Island, Pastor Kurt served God through God’s people at Faith United Church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana from 2010 through 2015. During that time, he served on the Committee on Ministry for the Southeast Association of the Indiana/Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ, helping to establish a Multiple Paths to Ministry curriculum for individuals who felt Called to ordained Christian ministry but who could afford the cost of going to seminary and obtaining an M.Div.

Pastor Kurt has been asked to be the Student Pastor (2008) and the Pastor of the Week (2016) on Star Island. Pastor Kurt was honored to have been a contributing author to the Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette’s book, “Bless This Mess.”

Prior to ordained ministry, he worked as a Residential Psych. Counselor for Adolescents in crisis, and he worked for eleven years as a Network Administrator for the Cardiovascular Department at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Pastor Kurt has enjoyed singing most of his life, having started in the Children’s Choir in church (Central Square Congregational, Bridgewater, MA) which culminated when he was a lead tenor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (house chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) for eleven years, having performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, several engagements in Carnegie Hall, and concert halls throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. He was blessed to have sung background vocals on James Taylor’s album, “One Man Band.” He still enjoys singing in church. He wishes the Red Sox could play year-round, loves to read, cook, and play games. Yes, it’s true, he dresses for comfort, which includes Hawaiian shirts.

He has young adult twins, Madeleine, and Benjamin (2001) from a previous marriage and enjoys spending as much time as he can with his life partner and companion in ministry, Jessica Allen.

Christmas 2020 at DCC

Christmas Eve Services

5:00 pm – Family Service – A Service of Readings & Carols (45 minutes)
Outdoors in the DCC Back Parking Lot
(in case of heavy rain, on zoom)
Please park in the town hall lot and walk over.
Alternate Rain Zoom address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89313124732
Meeting ID: 893 1312 4732 Password: 127693

7:00 pm – A Traditional Service of Readings & Carols on Zoom
(Zoom address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89313124732
Meeting ID: 893 1312 4732 Password: 127693
Special 2020 Christmas Drive-through Display
“Journey to Bethlem: A Christmas Drive-Through Experience”
Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Weds., Dec. 30, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy the Christmas story from the safety of your car, as you drive around the church, while listening to a narration on your phone or an on-line device in your vehicle.
Enter the display at the back drive entrance from Upham’s Drive, off Church Street.

Please invite your friends and neighbors to come drive-through as well!!

Special 2020 Christmas Display Online
“Journey to Bethlem: A Christmas Drive-Through Experience”

Beginning Weds., Dec. 23rd Online at Our YouTube Channel

New book study group

Just MercyDCC  is beginning a new book group focusing on the Bryan Stevenson work Just Mercy. This group is open to all those who are interested, both members of the church and the wider community.

There are two versions of book, the original and one adapted for “young adults.” Feel free to read either and/or share the latter with your family.  Stevenson is an American lawyer, social justice activist, founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law.

This book group will meet every other Thursday beginning June 11, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Zoom.

 To sign up, please email the church office at admin@deerchurch.org. Confirmation of your sign up will be emailed when the office is open, Tuesday – Thursday. DCC has ordered 15 copies of the book, which are due to arrive on June 20th. Pick up details will be shared with those who sign up for the group. The book is also available in Kindle and Nook formats.

 

Zoom to Prayer

Zoom to Prayer with DCC

Join Pastor Lisa and others from the DCC community in a time of prayer! We will begin at 5 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon and stay online together for 30 minutes. You are welcome to zoom in for the whole time or just as you are able for a few minutes. (If the later, please enter quietly and wait for a pause to share your concerns, petitions, thanks or joys.)

Join Zoom to Prayer Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/292053287 
or call in on your phone at  +1 646 876 9923, then enter Meeting ID: 292 053 287  and #.

 

 

Join us for online worship

As you know, the COVID-19 virus crisis has escalated rapidly. In parallel, there have been multiple conversations at DCC about how we can best respond and serve. The Support Team has made several decisions about how we can be most deeply faithful in this time.

As a faith community and a public resource, it is imperative that we do what we can to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind,  we have moved all of our services and meetings online.  We will reassess as needed and appropriate.

We are excited to be creating  worship together online (or by phone) via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9 am, as usual. The service will also be posted for simple viewing on our YouTube page by later Sunday afternoon. Instructions for both of these methods is included below.

If you already make video calls (Skype, Facetime) or if you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera, you have everything you need! Just click the link associated with the event you are attending and download the application Zoom if prompted to do so. If you don’t have a camera on your computer, you may be able to see but not be seen.

If you don’t have any of the devices above, you can join us by calling in with a phone and entering the meeting number. It will be like joining a conference call if that is a familiar experience.

After worship is over, a video recording of our time together will be available to watch if you were unable to join in. Find it by going to YouTube and searching for our church’s channel.

Sunday morning worship will start around 9:00, but you can log in to the meeting starting at 8:55 or so to work out any issues. If possible, have a candle nearby to light (battery or flame) during worship.

Use this link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/497539438

Or Call +1 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID: 497 539 438

After worship is over, a video recording of our time together will be available to watch if you were unable to join in. Find it by going to YouTube and searching for our church’s channel.

Patience, Flexibility and Prayer

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This is a new experience. No doubt there will be bumps along the way, and lots for us to learn. Thank you for your understanding as we find new ways to stay connected with each other and in God’s Spirit. Thank you for holding each other and all of DCC in your prayers!

Christmas Eve Services

Sanctuary at ChristmasOn Dec. 24, Christmas Eve at Deerfield Community Church will have two services. The early service at 5 p.m. is designed for families, with readings and everyone’s favorite carols and songs. The later service at 9 p.m. is meditative, with a vocal trio and candlelight.

Messy Church week at DCC Dec. 8

This Sunday, Dec. 8,  we will explore the Gospel of Luke’s story of Jesus’ birth. Come join us as we hear the story, sing and share in a variety of activities, all focused on Luke’s narrative with angels and shepherds,  John the Baptist, Jesus, and their parents.

This week is a ‘Messy Church’ week – our experiment in intergenerational worship, which invites all attendees to join in active reflection varying from quietly lighting candles to pageant mask-making and more…

Please come and join in the faith-filled fun!

Grace Notes will sing a beautiful anthem, and an impromptu volunteer ‘speech choir’ will share the offertory. (Come on, that’s got to make you curious!!!)

The name and idea of “messy church” is taken from an organized effort that began in Britain. This is the basis for some of what we are trying in our own ‘mess’.  DCC has not ‘officially joined’ the Messy Church USA, nor is it our intention to do so. We are ‘borrowing and exploring’ ideas.

-       A way of being church for all! Ages join in experiencing fun & faith formative activities

-       Found throughout the globe

-       Based on the values of all-ages together, celebration, creativity, hospitality and centering ourselves in Christ

Messy Church started in an Anglican church near Portsmouth, UK, in 2004 and has grown into an international movement operating across a wide range of Christian denominations and traditions.

Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is a particularly suited to families, but welcoming to all. It meets at a time and on a day that suits local families and is particularly welcoming to people who have never belonged to a church before.

Today, Messy Church has spread to at least over 4000 registered Messy Churches in 30 different countries. World-wide, over 500,000 worship monthly at Messy Church.

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Upcoming events at DCC:

Watch for more information on our  creative Christmas pageant, as well as more details on our Christmas Eve services.