What to Expect
New to Community UCC? We’ll greet you at the door and give you a bulletin detailing the order of service, and you’ll get a hymnal as you enter the sanctuary. Large print bulletins are available if you need one.
Our 8:00 a.m. service is a contemplative service with Lectio Divina style reading alternating with silence, prayer, and ending song. This service is offered as a hybrid, and you're invited to attend in person or join us on Zoom. If you are interested in participating via Zoom, contact the CUCC office for the link at email@example.com.
Our 9:00 a.m. service is a family-friendly, interactive gathering with music and discussion. Masks are required when the service is inside.
We have Fellowship Time at 9:45 a.m., between the two services. Due to COVID restrictions, however, we only serve refreshments outside when the weather permits.
Our 10:30 a.m. service follows a fairly traditional Christian service with prayers, hymns, readings, and a sermon by our pastor. You may participate in person (masks required inside the church building) or on the patio (weather depending). We also offer a Zoom and livestream. You can find the livestream at https://www.cucclivestream.com. The Zoom watch party link is sent out each Saturday. To get on the list to receive that link, contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is childcare available during this service for those participating in person. Also at 10:30 a.m., we offer spiritual adventures for kids in multiple age groups with faith stories, crafts, and time to connect with friends
We follow the Christian Calendar beginning with Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, the Lenten Season, Eastertide, and Ordinary Time.
We ask that those who choose for whatever reason not to be vaccinated (assuming they are otherwise eligible) or remain up to date on boosters, attend the Zoom watch party or view the service on livestream. We continue to require masks and the policy is being revisited at each council meeting. See CUCC's full Vaccination Policy.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
People wear everything from shorts and jeans to business attire at our services and events. Please wear whatever you’re comfortable in.
Can my children come with me?
Yes! All ages are welcome in all of our services. The 9am service's casual nature makes it accessible to all, during the 10am hour we offer spiritual adventures for multiple age groups with faith stories and crafts, and during the 11am traditional service there is child care available for young ones, if that is the family's preference.
Are your building and services accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes! We are part of the Access to All (A2A) program in the UCC and are working to make our congregation as accessible as we can. For people with vision and hearing limitations, we offer large-print Orders of Service and hymnals, front pew seating near microphone speakers and we have installed a hearing loop for those wearing hearing aids. Our sanctuary has no steps, so can be accessed by those with motor difficulties. We have a wheelchair available for anyone who needs help getting from their car to the sanctuary, and we have multiple spaces set aside for special needs on Sundays in addition to our regular disabled parking spaces.
What happens during a Sunday service?
The traditional service at 11:00 a.m. includes announcements, music, readings, prayers, and a sermon. On the first Sunday of every month, we offer communion that is open to all. We offer both bread and gluten-free crackers.
Do I have to sing?
No, but you’re welcome to join in singing hymns. We hand out hymnals when you enter the sanctuary. For those who would prefer to not have a hymnal, the words to the hymns are projected on a screen at the front of the sanctuary.
What are Joys and Concerns?
Part of our service includes sharing happy things (Joys) or sad things (Concerns). No one is obligated to share, but it is a time when you can ask for prayers from the congregation.
Will I be asked to introduce myself?
You are welcome to introduce yourself at the beginning of Joys and Concerns, but you are not required to! If you do, you will be greeted and people will introduce themselves to you at the Fellowship time after the service.
Will I have to sign anything?
We ask people to sign an attendance sheet when they enter the building to come to a service, and there is also an opportunity for you to provide your contact information or request a permanent name tag.
Do I have to donate money or make a pledge?
During the Offertory portion of the service, we pass an offering plate for those who wish to donate. If it is your first time coming to a service, please accept our hospitality freely and let the plate pass you by..