New trend: No church on Sunday

Over the last couple of years, more and more mainline Protestant churches have been promoting no-church Sundays.

The idea is to take church outside the church walls — and do some good in the larger community.

This Sunday (June 7), three United Methodist churches in the LoHud — the United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, Yorktown United Methodist Church and Trinity-Boscobel United Methodist Church in Buchanan — are asking their people to stay away from the pews.

The Rev. Matthew T. Curry, pastor of the Mount Kisco church (that’s him doing a more traditional service), said: “We’re excited about how our congregation rallied to support this special weekend of service to our community when we did this last year.  We are especially excited to be partnering with the Yorktown and Buchanan congregations this year. Many of the people in our work parties are neighbors who don’t even attend our church, but see the value of what we are doing and want to help.  We invite everyone to join us.”

What will United Methodists be doing instead of praying and singing hymns? “Faith in Action Sunday” will provide a bunch of options: carpentry work, cooking, cleaning, calling on shut-ins, nursing home visits, painting, litter pick-up and yard work.

Anyone wanting to take part can meet at one of the three churches at 9:30 a.m.

Church calls off church

photo11.jpgThis church will likely be empty on Sunday morning.

The United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco is asking its members stay away from the 10:15 a.m. service.

Instead, members will be asked to perform “purposeful acts of kindness.”

The church explains:

Volunteers from both the church and the community will be joining together to perform various tasks such as: carpentry work, cooking, cleaning, calling on shut-ins, hospital visits, painting, litter pick-up and yard work. A total of 8-10 work projects, with something for all ages and abilities, will be held during Faith in Action Sunday, bringing together community members from both within, and outside the church. The New York Blood Center will have its “Blood-Mobile” parked in front of the church at 300 Main Street in Mt. Kisco.

“We’re excited about how our congregation has rallied to support this special weekend of service to our community. Many of the people in our work parties are neighbors who don’t even attend our church, but see the value of what we are doing and want to help. We invite everyone to join us,” says United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco’s Pastor Matthew T. Curry.

Anyone wanting to help out can meet at the church, 300 Main St., at 9:30 a.m.