July 26, 2021

COVID-19 Memorial - 1,000 Ribbons and Counting


Nearly two months have passed since Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ began hanging ribbons of remembrance on its fence line. The COVID-19 Memorial continues to grow and is being co-created with members of the community who have lost loved ones to COVID.

Names have been written in marker on the fabric strips as a way of remembering that the numbers of fatalities reported in Rhode Island each represent a person… a spouse, a parent, a child, friend or neighbor.

This week, Rhode Island will see it’s 1,000th death attributed to COVID-19. 1,000 families devastated. And Newman UCC wishes to let you know that these 1,000 neighbors are not being forgotten.

If you have lost a friend or loved one to COVID, you are invited to write their name on one of the 1,000 ribbons hanging on the fence line. (black sharpie works best) Please park in the parking lot and walk over to the Memorial.

Unable to get to the church? Contact Pastor Timoth Sylvia at 401-434-4742 ext. 11 and a volunteer will write the name for you.

Newman UCC is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and extends this invitation to one and all, living out the example of Jesus’ extravagant welcome.

Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is located at 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916
For more information, contact Rev. Timoth Sylvia at 401-434-4742.


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