Canton and Potsdam churches offering streaming sermons and virtual gatherings
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:23 pm

More local churches have halted in-person attendance by parishioners and are planning to stream their services.

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton, in compliance with state and local recommendations and regulations, has closed its doors for all church and non-church activities.

The church is planning to continue its work using online meetings, virtual gatherings, and many phone calls, said a press release from the church.

“In this time of anxiety and constant change, it is more important than ever to connect with each other in new ways,” says the Rev. James Galasinski, the congregation’s minister, who is offering Sunday morning worship and other opportunities to gather together online using Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.

“Last Sunday we had more than 80 families signed in to participate in our morning worship, which included music, a story for all ages, prayer and meditation, and my sermon ‘A Portable Faith’,” says Galasinski. “During this period of uncertainty and isolation, we welcome others to join us on Sunday mornings and for other small-group gatherings.”

In addition to Sunday worship, Chalice Circles, Exploring World Religions classes, and programs for children are available and open to all. “We are trying to reach out to and connect with our church community in as many ways as we can think of,” says Galasinski.

Information about participating virtually can be found on the church’s website

The Canton United Methodist Church is also planning to stream all upcoming services on its Facebook page until April 5. The church’s free meals are cancelled until further notice.

Potsdam’s First Presbyterian Church is now live streaming its 10 a.m. Sunday morning service on Facebook.

All are invited to join Pastor Katrina Hebb for worship, prayer, and singing, said a church press release.

Pianist Guild Godoi will accompany the hymn signing and will provide other special music during the service.

The service can be found on the church’s Facebook page, First Presbyterian Church of Potsdam, NY and on the Home Page of the church’s website,