DPC's new video devotional series
These devotionals, which will be posted each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, are designed to give us all a chance to slow down, take stock of our blessings, and to allow the peace and calm of Jesus' message to fill our hearts.
Click the links below to view each day's video:
Our facilitates at Doylestown Presbyterian Church are temporarily closed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, but our church continues to carry out God’s work in new and creative ways. While accounting for Public Health restrictions, the newly-formed COVID-19 Response Team is charged with identifying needs within our DPC community and working to address them through a compassionate and carefully-coordinated volunteer response.
Our process is simple!
If you have an emerging need as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, please complete our online Care Needed Form.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our online Volunteer Form. We offer a variety of different ways to assist.
If you are unable to use the online forms, please call the church office at 215-348-3531, leave a message, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Messages are checked several times a day, Monday through Friday.
We are deeply blessed to be part of a congregation of believers who – even during life’s most uncertain times – strive to be a Bridge for Christ and a Beacon of His Love. Thank you and stay safe.
A letter to the congregation from Pastor John Willingham issued on April 23:
While we certainly remain committed at DPC to following the latest health and governmental guidelines, we all look forward to the day we can again gather together. In the meanwhile, I want you to know of the ongoing and latest steps taken by your officers and staff in this COVID-19 era.
In addition to our Worship on the Web services that are posted each Sunday, and our M/W/F video devotional series Bridges and Beacons, we continue to offer weekly online versions of our Adult Education classes as well as tween and youth fellowship groups through ZOOM gatherings. The full list, including links, is emailed each Friday as part of our Worship on the Web preview.
In the coming days, we will offer some new ways to keep us connected as a church family:
● On Sunday mornings, starting April 26 we will host a Virtual Coffee Hour from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. which will allow for casual conversation and the ability to see each other.
● Beginning April 30 and continuing each Thursday following, we will have a virtual Prayer Group Meeting at noon and 7 p.m. Join us as we lift up the community in prayer.
● On May 3 at 7 p.m. we will host an online forum entitled “You Are Not Alone: Parenting in the Age of COVID: Processing Stress, Trauma, and Grief.” It will be led by Katharine Bergacs, from “My Place for Peace” and is designed to help parents identify the emotional needs of their children during this confusing time. It is open to the community as well.
Watch for emails with additional details and direct links to each of those ZOOM gatherings.
Since establishing our COVID-19 Response Team, dozens of DPCers have expressed a eagerness to offer support with transportation, picking-up groceries or other simple household tasks. If you need such help please submit a confidential Care Needed Form or call the Church Office. A fellow member is ready to respond!
In addition, our COVID-19 fund, established by the Session in March, is a way that you can provide financial care to those affected by the virus or the protective measures currently in place. You can contribute online or by mailing a check to the Church Office with that designation. If you are in need of such support, the same form indicated above can confidentially pass on that word to Pauline Sexton or me.
While we do not yet know when we can resume a more familiar rhythm in our shared life, I remain deeply grateful for the signs present now of DPC at its best: holding each other in prayer, keeping in touch with those who are isolated and remaining current on financial giving to our church. Each of those acts demonstrates clearly that we remain a community even while apart. For those faithful acts and the promise of being back together soon with all of you, I give thanks to God!
Letter from Pastor Willingham issued on March 26:
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.
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!
Letter from Pastor Willingham issued on March 18
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 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.
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
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.”
John M. Willingham
As we strive to continually strengthen our connection with God and each other during these uncertain times, DPC is offering a Virtual Coffee Hour and a Virtual Prayer Group.
The Virtual Coffee Hour will occur on Sundays from 8:45 to 9:15 am. We invite you to enjoy some casual conversation as you catch up with your DPC family.
The Virtual Prayer Group will meet online each Thursday at noon and 7 pm and provide participants with a time for communal prayer, with broader intercessions focused on the needs of the congregation and beyond.
Links to these Zoom gatherings will be shared with you via email within Friday’s usual Worship on the Web preview.
We hope you will join us in these meaningful new ways to Be a bridge for Christ and a beacon of His love!
Worship Services will be posted each Sunday morning. Click the above photo to watch this week's service or click Past Videos to access all of our YouTube content.
Permission to stream the music in these services obtained from One License with license #A-726819.
Doylestown Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer the option of online Electronic Giving
May 20, 2020
On Monday night, the DPC Session approved a virtual sharing of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on May 24. With the shelter-in-place restrictions of COVID-19 we have been unable to take part in that meal together since March 1. Ordinarily, we would have done so as part of our Maundy Thursday and Easter services, but were still confined to our home on those dates. This coming Sunday was the next scheduled time for Communion and thus your officers unanimously authorized our sharing of it as part of Worship on the Web.
Our Book of Order permits such a step as consistent with our understanding of the Sacrament as a sign and seal of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. That ancestor in the faith John Calvin, adds, “let us remember how far the secret virtue of the Holy Spirit surpasses all our conceptions, and how foolish it is to wish to measure its immensity by our feeble capacity. Therefore, what our mind does not comprehend let faith conceive—that the Spirit truly unites things separated by space.” Thus, during worship this week we will celebrate that meal together even while apart.
In anticipation of that time, please gather whatever is available to you. You can use whatever bread or juice you choose, but will remind you that the Book of Order says elements should be “common to the region.” In our case I hear those words to mean that whatever you can secure given any restrictions on movement can replicate the bread and cup of the Last Supper. Thus, when we come to that time of celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper we will be using differing foods, yet by the power of the Holy Spirit will be one.
While certainly I look forward to the day when we gather again in person to share in this meal of the faithful, I am grateful once again for the adaptive leadership shown by our Session in approving this change. Until that moment and beyond, know of my prayer for you that as we “gather” on Sunday we will be fed once more beyond our imagination or descriptive powers.
John M. Willingham