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Snowed Out from Worship

Please check our closing listings  or your congregation’s website before venturing out to church tomorrow. But considering the snow is still falling, it’s a safe bet most won’t be worshipping at church tomorrow. Speaking of closings, I just heard from Fredericksburg Baptist Church that tonight’s marriage class has been canceled, and the church will only hold the 11 a.m. service tomorrow–all other activities are canceled.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church has created a virtual worship service for members who still want a worship experience. I’ve also perused quite a few clergy blogs and have compiled this list of tips for do-it-yourself church:

1. Pray together with those you’re snowed in with.

2. Read the Scriptures.

3. If someone in the house has musical talent, sing a song or two. If your family’s like mine, you might prefer to put some religious or classical music on the stereo.

4. Serve others. The snowstorm offers some unique opportunities: Shovel for a neighbor. Try out a new cookie recipe and deliver freshly baked treats to the neighbors. Offer to take some children on a walk or invite them over for games (if you know the family). This will give a break to parents who are probably really starting to feel stir-crazy.

5. Meditate.

6. Get outside and appreciate the beauty of a world covered in white.

7. Check out online sermons. You can attend virtual church (just a warning for those trying to worship with children: When I went to the site, the featured discussion was on faith and sex).

You can go here for Unitarian Universalist sermons and here for Joel Osteen sermons. And there are some at large churches like Mars Hill Bible Church and Woodland Hills Church.

Want a more local sermon? Many area churches have theirs online to download, including:

Spotsylvania Church of God

Grace Church of Fredericksburg

Spotswood Baptist Church

Salem Fields Community Church

New City Fellowship

Salem Baptist Church

Hillcrest United Methodist Church


New Life in Christ Church

Bethel Baptist Church

Wilderness Community Church