“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in the United Church of Christ.”
So many questions!
First-time visitors to any church are often nervous. How do I dress? Where do I go? What kind of people will I meet? Will I do and say the right thing at the right time?
We want you to feel at home and comfortable in God’s house, so here are some answers to FAQs by visitors. First, we invite you to see some of our services on our YouTube channel to get an idea what our worship services are like. The order of worship is pretty much the same from week to week, with Communion served on the first Sunday of each month.
To mask or not to mask? We are careful about balancing concern for our church family with their personal freedoms. We adjust our pandemic policies in response to conditions, but for now we use social distancing and masks while in the roomy, ventilated sanctuary. (Windows will be open about an inch on the main floor and two inches in the balcony, with ceiling fans to circulate.) Featured soloists, small choruses, and speakers at the pulpit are mask-optional. Our choir is returning, and will sing at the end of the service before dismissal.
How should I dress? However you feel comfortable meeting people in public. Many of our members still wear their “Sunday best” suits and dresses, while others wear T-shirts and shorts in season. If you’d wear it to work or school, you can probably wear it to worship.
Where do I go? The main entrances to the sanctuary for Sunday worship are in the front of the building, facing the Green. Parking is behind the church, in the Town Hall lot, or along the street. The entrance to the church office, opposite the playground, is accessible and has an elevator to the sanctuary. Ring the bell and we’ll show you upstairs!
Who will I meet? Ushers and greeters in the main entrance and the narthex will greet you, answer any questions you may have, and give you a bulletin with the order of worship. The Congregational Crier, included with the bulletin, has announcements and notes for guests.
Standing, sitting, and all that. We remain seated in the pews for the entire service. (Although you’re welcome to come and go as you wish.) Communion is served at our seats. We usually stand only to sing hymns (everyone sounds better that way) or as prompted by the pastor or a deacon for welcoming new members, sharing our covenant or other special occasions. These, and any responsive readings, will be marked in the bulletin.
Communion is our sacrament of sharing the elements—bread and wine—with other Christians in remembrance of the body and blood that Christ sacrificed for us. (In our sanctuary, we serve grape juice and offer a gluten-free bread alternative.) Communion is open to anyone who believes in the sacrament and wishes to join in. In person, deacons serve the elements separately to us in the pews, and we consume the bread and wine together. When we worship remotely, we provide our own bread and wine and consume them when instructed by the pastor.
After the service. After the benediction, please remain seated for the postlude and appreciate God’s gift of music. Then join us for refreshments in the social hall or on the lawn afterward. We’re looking forward to greeting you!