Our summer pre-worship music begins at 9:50 AM in the sanctuary, and worship starts at 10 AM. Our congregation is fairly casual, so wear whatever makes you feel most yourself. We offer communion the first Sunday of each month, which is also Share the Feast Sunday, when folks are invited to bring food to donate to MANNA food bank. We celebrate communion at an “open table,” by the ancient practice of intinction which means that all are welcome to come forward to tear a piece of bread from the common loaf and dip it in the cup; juice, wine, and gluten free bread are all available.
The flow of our worship includes words of welcome, music, the reading of Scripture, a sermon, sharing our joys and concerns, prayer, and a closing blessing. Worshiping with us, we hope you will encounter warmth and welcome, authenticity and thoughtfulness, drawing near to God who is made known to us in love. Our music is a mix of piano and guitar, inclusive hymns and songs from the wider world. Our worship is often seasoned with the sounds of the many young children who are part of our community.
After worship, all are invited to join us for a time of coffee and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall, which is followed by an education hour for all ages from 11:00 AM – noon.
As an open and affirming congregation, we welcome LGBTQ+ individuals and families into the full life and leadership of our community.
What to Expect with Kids:
Children of all ages are welcome in worship. Sarah Robinson Bryan, the Coordinator of our Kids’ Ministry, or an adult volunteer, will greet you in the lobby of the sanctuary as you arrive and can answer any questions you might have. Worship bags for readers and non-readers are available for your child’s use during the service; you can find them in the sanctuary lobby. Nursery care is available for kids three and under from the beginning of the service, located on the upper floor of the education building at the end of the hall. Our nursery is staffed by consistent, professional child care workers who are background checked and paid a living wage.
Toward the beginning of the service we offer a “Time With Kids,” welcoming our children of all ages to come forward to hear a message especially for them. Following the Time With Kids, infants and toddlers receive care in the nursery, and children ages three -1st Grade use our outdoor playground (in inclement weather they meet in a downstairs classroom). We ask first time parents to escort their kids and check in with one of our child care staff.
The children stay outside until 10:30 AM, and then they enjoy a healthy snack (usually fruit/veggies, cheese and crackers) outside (on a nice day) or in the large indoor classroom (in the event of inclement weather). After their snack, they sing and make music together from 10:45 until 11:00, at which point they transition into their Godly Play classrooms.
Children in 2nd-4th grades remain in worship, and we ask that parents help in fostering worshipful behavior as their children grow. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, our 2nd-4th graders go to Extended Session following the Time With Kids. Extended Session is led by two adults and offers a time of fellowship and fun for our upper elementary aged children.
Want to learn more? Contact Sarah Robinson Bryan, our Kids’ Ministry Coordinator at [email protected].