The morning church bell calls all to worship in our home! You will be greeted by our friendly ushers and offered a bulletin, a guide to our weekly Sunday morning service. Your children can stay in worship with you for the beginning of the service and then they are invited to the front of the church for the Children’s Message, before being dismissed to Sunday school. Our Sunday School students enjoy challenging discussion, biblical teaching, movies and games led by our gifted volunteer teachers. Classes are dismissed shortly after the end of the worship service and all join together in Parish Hall for snacks, beverage and conversation.
We are blessed to celebrate Worship in The Garden during the summer months. Join us at our summer early time of 9am in the outdoor chapel at the rear of our property overlooking Stiles pond. Celebrate weekly communion and our relationship with God amidst the pines and warmth of a summer morning. At any season, we look forward to sharing our worship service with you!
Special Worship and Holiday Services
These services involve more music and visual elements and often a dramatic presentation of some type replaces the sermon. Intergenerational services are held in lieu of our traditional worship 3 or 4 times annually. Children remain in the sanctuary with the adults though this is not a children’s worship.
Youth & Children’s Services
The Youth of the church lead worship several times each year. On a Sunday in September, they celebrate “Mission Sunday” where they share reflections of their mission trip. In the winter, “Youth Sunday” honors the talents of our Senior High Youth. Led entirely by our youth, this service reflects teachings learned in Sunday school through music, drama, and stories. Sunrise Service is lead by middle school youth on Easter morning. Children’s Sunday is in June and lead by our younger children with their teachers. Older children are invited to usher and participate in various ways.
All Saints Day
On the Sunday closest to All Saints Day (November 1), we pause to remember the saints of our church who have died in the previous year. With the reading of the names and the tolling of a bell, we pause to remember the saints who have touched our lives and have now joined the cloud of witnesses that surrounds us and supports us with love.
Welcome Sunday is the official start of the church program year. Held at 10:00 on the first Sunday after Labor Day, Welcome Sunday is always filled with the excitement of renewing old friendships and making new ones, and the anticipation of another year of growing in faith together. The service includes the Blessing of the Backpacks, through which we send our children off into the new school year with a blessing.
This service includes communion and imposition of ashes saved from the previous year Palm Sunday. Also, a Bitterness Burning, provides an opportunity to symbolically rid ourselves of any grievances, grudges or bitterness by writing these feelings on slips of paper which are then burned.