What to Expect
Visitors are always welcome. The service typically lasts one hour, somewhat longer on Communion Sundays.
What to Expect When You Arrive
When you come in the front doors, there will be friendly people ready to welcome you. They will offer you a bulletin with the order of service and answer any questions that you might have. There are hearing assist units available for use by those with hearing difficulties and large print bulletins that the ushers can help you locate. The sanctuary is equipped with a hearing loop for those that have hearing aids equipped with a t-coil. They can set their hearing aids to appropriate setting and the service is broadcast directly into the hearing aid.
If you have pre-school children, the ushers can direct you to the church school wing and help you find the nursery or the pre-school classes. You may sit anywhere. Children in grades 1 through 8 begin the worship service with their families and leave for their classes after the Message for Young People. They gather briefly in the parish hall for a time of sharing and announcements. On your first few visits, feel free to leave the service with your children to get them settled in their classes and then return for the remainder of the service.
What to Expect in the Service
The Order of Service and direction from the clergy will guide you through the service. An asterisk indicates that the congregation is invited to stand. Each pew rack contains a Bible and two hymnals:The Pilgrim Hymnal (UCC, 1958) and Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs (Presbyterian, 1990). The Order of Service indicates which hymnal to use by either a cross, which is on the cover of the Pilgrim Hymnal, or a dove, found on the HPSS hymnal cover.
The musical prelude begins a few minutes before the service. Sunday services typically include four congregational hymns, an anthem and offertory. It is our congregation’s custom to remain seated and listen to the brief postlude.
We invite you to sign the guest book that is located in the entry and the fellowship book that is passed down each aisle during the service. If you wish to request information about a special ministry or receive a call from a pastor, fill out one of the cards found in the pews and drop it in the offering plate.
We celebrate Communion once a month, usually on the first Sunday of each month, and all are welcome to participate. Bread and juice are passed to the pews and instructions are printed in the bulletin. Gluten-free bread is also available.
Following the Service
You are invited to come to the parish hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments. The parish hall is accessed through the door to the left of the pulpit. School age children will be brought to the parish hall from their classes to meet their parents there. Parents of pre-schoolers should pick up their children in their classes immediately after the service before returning to the parish for fellowship.