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What to Expect

CAN I JUST "SHOW UP"?

Everyone is truly welcome to all of our programs and activities (even those that ask for people to sign up in advance). If something interests you, just come!

WHAT IS THE WORSHIP SERVICE LIKE?

If you've been to other Congregational or Protestant churches, our services will feel familiar. If this is all new to you: We usually have 3 hymns, readings from the Bible, a children's conversation, a sermon, a time of prayer, and special music by our choir or guest musicians. Several Sundays a year are reserved for special observances, such as Scout Sunday, Celebration Sunday (when we celebrate our children's and youth ministries), an Epiphany puppet show, Music Sundays, and at least one Sunday when we leave the building to do service in the community.

HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE?

Services typically last a little over an hour. Special Sundays and Communion Sundays are sometimes closer to an hour and 20 minutes.

WHAT ABOUT KIDS?

Children are welcome and wanted! Children are present for the first part of our worship service, and after the scripture reading, the pastor or one of our members has a special conversation with kids. Then, children in pre-K through 5th grade can go to Children's Worship, and youth in grades 6-12 can join the Youth Group upstairs. There is also a staffed nursery for children ages 0-3 available downstairs throughout the service. Of course, if your children prefer to remain in the service with you, they are welcome! We provide optional Busy Bags for children who wish to stay in the service.

WHAT ABOUT COMMUNION?

On the first Sunday of the month as part of our worship, we celebrate the ancient Christian practice of communion, also called the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper. EVERYONE who wishes to participate is welcome - it is God's table, and God welcomes ALL people! We believe that in sharing the communion meal, we are remembering Jesus' way of life on earth and acting out God's vision for the world, where all people are family, and all people are fed. We invite you to join us in this sacred and transformative celebration!

HOW DO I GET TO KNOW PEOPLE?

You can start by hanging out after worship and giving us a chance to get to know you a bit. And, we have various opportunities for spiritual enrichment, relationship building, and service before and after worship and throughout the week. Go to our calendar for more information and sign up for our weekly emails for the latest updates.

IS THE BUILDING ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, there is a lift just inside the front door, an elevator for those who need basement access, and an accessible restroom on the main floor.

WHAT IF I'M LATE?

Come in anyway! You can usually find seating near the back of the sanctuary, or some people prefer to go upstairs and sit in the balcony.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Come as you are - we're glad you want to join us! You'll find that people wear a range of clothing, from suits and ties to cropped pants and sandals.

WILL THERE BE FOOD?

We always have coffee and lemonade after worship in the open area you'll see when you first come in. Occasionally, we also have munchies!

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