WHAT TO EXPECT ON SUNDAY

Thinking you might like to try us out? Please come!

 

There is a place for you here!

  • As St. Paul said, we are all parts of one body, and we need different kinds of people to create the whole. You might be the very part we are missing!

  • We proudly welcome all LGBTQ people without reservation.

  • Our members come from many social backgrounds, rich and poor, young and old, healthy and sick, and all levels of education.

  • Our members come from many religious backgrounds. You don’t have to be a protestant much less a member of the UCC. You don’t have to be sure about what you believe, or even if you believe. UCC churches say, “belonging comes before believing.”

  • We are very informal. You can bring your morning coffee into church, and nobody cares about your clothes as long as you’re wearing some!

 

Where we are and where to park:

  • We are located just north of Rte 128 on 35 Conant Street at the corner of Cabot St (Rte 97). We are a big white church with a steeple in the middle.

  • There is plenty of parking in our Conant Street lot, just east of the church.

How to get into the building (two ways):

  1. Through the big doors in the middle with the pillars, steeple and STAIRS.

  2. Through a basement-level door at the corner of the building by the parking lot and sidewalk.

    • This leads to the elevator for wheel-chair access to the sanctuary. You may need someone to hold open the door for a wheelchair to pass through.

    • Go through the fellowship hall and then through two sets of fire doors.

    • You can go up to the sanctuary level using either the elevator (at your left) or the stairs (at your right). The restrooms are on the lower level near the stairs.

 

What happens when you arrive?

  • One of our Deacons will welcome you, give you a bulletin and ask you to fill out a name tag.

  • You can sit anywhere. We encourage you to say hello to whoever is nearby and tell them you are new. It is perfectly okay to talk to other people while the organ is playing the prelude.

  • It is also okay to bring your coffee with you into church.

 

What happens during a typical service?

  • The typical service includes three sections:

    • Preparation (welcome, announcements, call to worship, prayers)

    • Proclamation of the word (scripture and sermon)

    • Response to the word (offering, prayers and benediction)

  • We usually sing three hymns, one in each section.

  • The choir usually sings an anthem (sometimes two), and during the summer, soloists provide special music.

  • After the service, we have coffee and goodies downstairs in the fellowship hall. We love to meet new neighbors and visitors, so please do take the time to come downstairs and chat with people!

 

What's up with the offering?

  • While any donation is welcome, you do not have to put anything in the offering plate if you aren’t comfortable about giving. We understand that sometimes people are going through a rough time with money, but they still have a right to be welcomed as part of God’s community.

  • Each year, most church members pledge to give a certain amount each week to help pay the costs of running the organization – paying the pastor, musicians and church secretary, heating and repairing the building, and supporting our good works both inside the church and in our community. Some goes into the pastor’s discretionary fund, to help folks in need.

 

Prayers

  • We don’t believe that God has a gender, but the English language often makes us choose one. You can choose whatever words are comfortable for you – he, she, you, thou, they, father, mother, creator, lord, – whatever fits your sense of God’s divine love.

  • During the time of the pastoral prayer, the pastor will begin the prayer and close out the prayer by saying “O Lord hear our prayers.”  The congregation is then invited to lift up prayer to God and the congregation.  The whole congregation responds by saying “O Lord hear our prayers” after each prayer request.  When the congregation is finished lifting up their prayer requests, the pastor will lead the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer, which is printed in the bulletin.

  • There are also prayer requests cards in the pew which can be filled out and put in the offering plate. The pastor will pray for those individuals during the pastoral prayer.  Those names are then added to a prayer list printed in the bulletin the following week.

  • You may also submit your prayer requests using our online form!

You are welcome here!

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