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Please read this special message from Pastor John Willingham issued on March 26:

Dear Friends,

Here is the latest news on what's happening at DPC:

• With the governor's order on Monday to shelter-in-place, the worship service for March 29 will be pre-recorded. You can still watch it starting at 11 Click Here to join us then or later by clicking on "Past Videos." The DPC Office will also remain closed for the time being. We will notify you when our normal operations are back up and running.

• Our COVID-19 Response Team is ready to respond within the DPC community. If you have an emerging need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic please complete our Care Needed Form. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Form. If you are unable to access the forms, please call the church office at 215-348-3531 and someone will get back in touch with you as soon as possible

• The Session has established a COVID-19 fund to help members facing economic challenges as a result of this unsettling time. You can contribute to that fund online or by mailing a check to the church office with that designation. If you are in need of such support yourself, please indicate it on the Care Needed Form.

• Finally, as we continue to find creative ways to remain connected as a Church Family, we've compiled a list of available online gatherings hosted by DPC staff and members via Zoom web conferencing. You can take a look at most of the current offerings Click Here and follow the links in order to join in.

Like you, I am eager for the day when we can gather together again. Until that time, be assured that your pastors and family of faith stand ready to help in any way that we can. May God's peace and love surround you in clear and sustaining ways!

                                                                                                                                                      Faithfully yours, 
                                                                                                                                                                                    John M. Willingham


Previous updates

Letter from Pastor Willingham issued on March 18

Dear Friends,

Let me give you the latest on what's happening at DPC:

The church office is closed through March 29. You can contact staff through voicemail or email and we will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

I have held remote meetings with staff and church officers to identify ways to stay connected, strengthen our spiritual lives, and keep you informed. Stay tuned!

I have formed a COVID-19 team to respond to member needs. Please pass on pastoral care, food insecurity, transportation or other ways our church can help via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I encourage you to reach out regularly to fellow members and neighbors with phone calls, texts, or video chats. This can be an isolating time and you can help minimize that experience.

Live stream of worship will continue on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Click Here to join us live or later by clicking on "Past Videos." If you have prayers requests for worship, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon on Friday.

Even though we are physically apart now to ensure the health and well-being of the community be assured that your pastors, officers and staff continue to hold you and this body of faith in prayer. May God's peace and strength surround you in abundance.

Letter from Pastor Willingham issued on March 12:

In light of the growing health concerns related to COVID-19 / Coronavirus, and the urging today from Gov. Wolf to avoid large gatherings of people statewide, I want you to know that Doylestown Presbyterian Church is cancelling all church-related programming, events, and activities – including Sunday worship services – effective immediately. This includes rehearsals for the Chancel Choir and Joyful Bells scheduled to take place this evening (Thursday). The community meal set to occur on Sunday has also been cancelled.

This Sunday’s worship service will be presented by a small group of staff members and posted to our Live Stream YouTube channel by 11 am.

As to plans moving forward, we will be monitoring the situation closely and will notify you of any updates on our website, social media and via email to members. In the meanwhile and as we move through this period of time, I urge your calm and seek your prayers for all of those affected by this virus and all those who are seeking to limit its spread.


The letter below was issued from Pastor Willingham last week during our initial response to the virus:

March 5, 2020

Dear Friends,

            As you are certainly aware, there is growing conversation across the world about COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. Like you, I have been monitoring the situation closely and seeking accurate information. A couple of days ago, I met with several DPC staff members to discuss our response and have been in contact with members who are health care professionals, too, all in an effort to craft the best response for our congregation and its guests. 

            First, a few notes about the Coronavirus that are helpful to remember. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) points out that the flu is of much greater concern presently than the Coronavirus. As I write these words, that website notes there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania in contrast to the 106,000 reported instances of the flu this season. Even so, it seems only a matter of time before COVID-19 arrives in our state.  It is unknown if warmer weather will reduce or eliminate that health risk, thus, there are some first steps we are taking at DPC and ones I would encourage you to follow on your own.    

            Beginning March 8, we are suspending the Passing of the Peace in our worship services.  We will continue to have hand sanitizer available in the sanctuary, at all entry points to our church campus, and other high traffic areas. After each service, too, we will wipe the top and armrest of each pew, along with the handrails and door pulls near that gathering space.        

           Health experts tell us the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is by following the same precautions used in minimizing exposure to the flu: frequently wash your hands, sneeze into your sleeve, and use hand sanitizer when you do not have immediate access to soap and water. If you or your child becomes ill, I would ask that you please stay home. You can always watch the 11 a.m. service as it happens (bit.ly/2Io9P7G) or later by using the same link and clicking “Past Videos.” Certainly, it not the same as being here in person, but will permit you to experience the music and message of the day even so.

            We will continue to track the latest trends and recommendations from the CDC and the Bucks County Health Department, taking further steps as needed. If you have any questions, please let me know. In the meanwhile, I urge you to pray for those affected by this virus, for public and health experts as they respond, and for calm and compassionate hearts all around. It is another opportunity for us to embody the truth of some wise words (1 John 4:18) from long ago: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear.”   

  Faithfully yours,
john        John M. Willingham

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