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Taking it to the Streets......Meeting People Where They Are

01/01/2017

The message ‘God loves you now” has never changed though the nature of the ministry has. The Board, Staff and Leadership of Worcester Fellowship have rededicated themselves to this vision and are asking for your help to allow us to expand our witness, embrace and invitation to those living on the margins in the downtown area of Worcester by contributing financially to our most costly resource, staff hours for outreach and programming. Rev. Liz


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Nearly ten years ago the Rev. Liz Magill and the Rev. Mary Jane Eaton began a ministry of presence on the streets of Worcester. They felt called to seek and serve all of God’s people and to share a simple message. As they traveled the streets of New England’s second largest city handing out sandwiches, socks and compassion they carried a radically simple message: “God loves you now. God loves you regardless of your sexuality, housing status, financial status, or your troubles with substance abuse or violence.”

This message began to take hold and they became familiar faces to the people who gathered around City Hall and Worcester Common. On Easter Sunday in 2007 they held their first outdoor worship service and since that day Worcester Fellowship has held worship on the Common every Sunday except for one.

The format was simple. Bag lunches provided by area churches and a service of Holy Communion that was offered to all who were seeking the kind of radical love and embrace that Jesus preached to a similar cohort in Palestine some 2000 years ago.

The message ‘God loves you now” has never changed though the nature of the ministry has. Over this period of time a group of people who were first guests of Worcester Fellowship have been on a pilgrimage from guests to hosts. The core congregation of Worcester Fellowship includes addicts, alcoholics, ex-offenders, formerly homeless ‘street people’, volunteers from indoor churches from across Worcester County and a dedicated paid staff that seeks to continue the legacy of radical welcome and acceptance that were at the core of the vision God provided to Liz and Mary Jane.

In the ensuing years Worcester Fellowship has become a member congregation of both the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation of the UCC and participate fully in the life of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC and the Central Association with in the MAUCC.

On December 3, 2015 we inaugurated a new program seeking to meet people where they are and offer them tangible expressions of the audacious love of radical inclusion, welcome and the unconditional Love of God. With the gracious help of All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester we started Thursday Café from 1-5 pm each Thursday afternoon to provide shelter, food, clothing, a safe space to rest and sleep and most importantly, trained spiritual companions to listen, pray and simply be with folks where they are while at the same time providing an invitation into a deeper connection with God, the God who loves them as they are but too much to want them to stay that way.

The Board, Staff and Leadership of Worcester Fellowship have rededicated themselves to this vision and are asking for your help to allow us to expand our witness, embrace and invitation to those living on the margins in the downtown area of Worcester by contributing financially to our most costly resource, staff hours for outreach and programming.