This fall the downtown community of Pittsfield is beginning an ecumenical outdoor worship service, Cathedral in the Night. The service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 2:00pm beginning on September 21st
and center around an Agape meal. Cathedral in the Night was founded to be a ministry of the local community and congregations. We are looking forward to this service being a clear sign of our work as the Body of Christ throughout the Berkshires.
We are currently looking to grow our base of ministry partners for Cathedral in the Night and would love to have you join us for worship. In preparation for your participation with us, this letter hopes to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have received regarding ministry partners and outlines our expectations. Being an emergent and evolving ministry, we strive to adapt to the needs of those around us. That being said, the expectations and details described below are not “carved in stone” and if you have concerns or suggestions regarding anything in this letter, we hope you will contact us.
Thank you for your support and consideration! We hope that you will join us as a weekly ministry partner soon.
Cathedral in the Night
Expectations of ministry partners:
Ministry partners are encouraged to prepare and bring a meal to Cathedral in the Night. Food is needed for 80 -100 people
and must include at least 80 individually wrapped sandwiches (no mayo – please label them so people know what their choices are) and dessert (cookies, brownies, etc.). Please plan to bring a hot dish (chili, shepherds’ pie , soup, etc) and serving utensils for those items. Additional foods such as salads (pasta, potato, cole slaw, etc.), granola bars, and other snacks are appreciated. For drinks – please bring water (in individual or large bottles) and coffee, creamer and sugar for 80 people. Coffee pots can be plugged in to brew during the service (as long as it takes 30min or less) or to keep coffee hot. Also, please let us know if you are able to supply any of the paper products and utensils (e.g. bowls, plates, cups, forks, napkin, etc.). We have an insulated catering box to keep trays of food warm during the service. Please plan to meet at St. Joseph’s no later than 1:15pm.
When you arrive at 1:15pm we will have a brief orientation
to walk through the service. Volunteers are expected to join us for worship at 2:00pm. Half way through the service the meal will be served. It is our hope that your parish will serve plates of food with participants of Cathedral in the Night to those who have gathered. Please plan on staying until 3:45 to help with clean-up and break down of worship space.
Serving – your biggest gift is not the food but YOU – it is relationships that transform our lives
We are working to create an integrated community with churches who serve. Since our service is formed around an Agape Meal, the meal is the central part of the service. This means that all food needs to be warmed prior to the start of the service. After the table is set (part of the liturgy), you and other members of the Cathedral community will be invited to serve plates to those who are gathered around. It is our hope that we will embody the feeding of the 5,000 every week: a comfortable atmosphere where both bodies and hearts are fed.
We ask that you bring a generous amount of food. When serving there can be stress over having enough food for everyone. Some members take meals to go for friends and family who could not make it to the meal – this is fine and welcomed. Once the service if finished and everyone is done eating, the rest of the food will be distributed in take home containers.
Worship We hope you will bring a contribution to worship
. It can be a prayer, music, spiritual reflection, skit, ritual or other element, which is special to your community. Please contact Rev. Jenny by the preceding Wednesday with what you are planning to offer at worship so we can find an appropriate place in the order of worship. She can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-448-8276.
Other ways to connect
Any and all donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will go to helping sustain Cathedral in the Night ministries. Donations may be made online at www.cathedralinthenight.org
or by check. Checks may be made out to: “Cathedral in the Night” and mailed to: Cathedral in the Night; 67 East St. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Coffee Hour –
Join us each week for coffee and conversation at (Time and date to be determined.) It’s a great chance to build relationships and relax. Coffee hour will begin with just building relationships and creating a safe pace. We simply share our highs and lows from the week, looking at where we saw God and where God felt far away. Over time this will most likely include a simple bible study.
This fall we will be launching a new program for Veterans. We will have a meal each week and then explore different opportunities for growth and support. Possibilities include art therapy, movement therapy (dance, yoga, etc), music therapy, etc. We would love for this to be a place of connection for veterans in your congregations. We will have a full-time intern from Lawrence House, a Service Learning house in South Hadley, working to create these communities in Northampton, Worcester, Springfield, West Springfield, and Pittsfield. For more info or to get involved, please contact Rev. Chris Carlisle email@example.com
or locally please contact Quentin Chin firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions please contact me, Reverend Jenny Gregg, email@example.com