The Left Hand Leadership Council and Staff are excited to share the news of our October move to a new space.
After 29 weeks of alternative worship spaces, the Left Hand team is delighted to share that we have some exciting changes ahead in October.
October 4: Services Moving To Sundays at 5pm
Beginning on October 4th, our services will move from Saturdays to Sundays at 5pm. After surveying our community, this felt the like best option for the church as a whole.
October 4th will be our first Sunday service, and our last outdoor service on the Gaddis front lawn as we head into the colder weather months. It will also be our first Blessing of the Animals service, so stay tuned on all the fun of the “bring your pet to church” service.
We wanted to take a minute to express our deep gratitude to the Gaddis Family. They have selflessly provided the beautiful outdoor setting of their various yards for our outdoor filming, as well as their bathroom…and even occasionally the shirts off their backs as sun shields for our outdoor crew.
Oct 11: Service Location Moving to UCC Longmont
On October 11th, we will transition to indoor filming at the UCC Longmont Church. We are finalizing a plan for eventual indoor worship at this location, and will share more about that in the coming weeks.
UCC Longmont Offers Us A New Space To Call Home
As part of our long-term plan, our team has researched several indoor spaces as fits for a physical home for Left Hand for the coming years ahead. We heard your desire for a physical space that could be ours for both weekend services and weeknight programming and fellowship – a place for Left Hand to call home. Out of that research a wonderful option rose to the top via the generosity of UCC Longmont, which has offered us the flexible use of various spaces for filming through the pandemic, gathering in small groups, and partnering with us on a longer-term renovation of their chapel to become our dedicated space.
Dreaming Ahead To “Left Hand Chapel”
We are working with a team at UCC to finalize a shared vision for updating their current chapel space including new floors, sound paneling and electrical updates. It is our hope to transform this traditional and beautiful chapel space into more of a funky, coffee-house style worship space where we will eventually be able to gather for good coffee, great music, original teachings in a casual community space. We’ll have loads more details on those renovations, and how you might help, in the months ahead.
UCC & Left Hand: Churches With Shared Values
United Church of Christ Longmont was begun as First Congregational Church in 1872. As one of the oldest churches in Longmont, it is a church with a generous theology that takes bold stands on social justice issues and caring for the environment. The United Church of Christ denomination is comprised of about 5,000 churches with a strong focus on bringing about justice and equity on earth.
While Left Hand will not be officially connected to the church, we are thrilled that this sister congregation is generously allowing us to share their facilities. We are especially grateful for how supportive their senior pastor, Sarah Verasco, has been toward Left Hand. When the pandemic allows, we look forward to seeing you at 9th and Francis Street in Longmont.
Words Of Gratitude For Our Past & Future
We look back at all of the locations that have held our church community through the years with deep gratitude. Central Longmont was a loving home for Left Hand from our first week of weekly services. We are deeply thankful to their pastor, David Barker, and entire community for welcoming our young church into their beautiful sanctuary. Now that our community has grown into a need for a regular space for worship and weekly programming, it is with Central’s blessing that we make this exciting next step in the growth of our church.
We also want to express a depth of gratefulness to Rev. Sarah Verasco, the Sr. Minister at UCC Longmont, for inviting us into their building and community. In the beginning of the pandemic, Sarah was quick to offer space for indoor filming. This offer quickly grew into further excitement for the alignment of our church communities and their generosity of offering us a long-term, flexible space to call home.
In Sarah’s own words, “Church is not a solitary journey or a building, church is a lived experience within the context of community.” We’re grateful to have been nurtured by both of these churches, in the context of a growing movement of fully-affirming, progressive church communities.