What is the service like?
There are two Sunday services during the school months of the year. The earlier service tends to be more traditional from a music and structure standpoint. The later service is more contemporary in structure and sound, with a more casual feel.
Are there separate children’s programs or Sunday School during services?
Yes, children and youth programs are in place for the 10:45am service. The children and youth can gather in the Sunday School room (called “Congregational Hall”) and the Youth lounge, respectively, when they arrive. Details about the children’s and youth programs are on the What We Do page. There is a staffed nursery for infants and toddlers. Everyone – from infants to adults – is always welcome to stay in the sanctuary during the service, as well.
What is the dress code for your Sunday service?
The only aspect of your dress that is important to us is that you’re comfortable and able to worship God in a manner that feels right to you. If that means wearing a suit, your favorite jeans, or something in between, rest assured that you’ll fit right in.
What are the members of the congregation like?
When newcomers visit us, the word we most often hear to describe us is “welcoming”. We are a group of ordinary people, and we truly celebrate the diversity that each individual brings into our midst.
Jesus didn’t turn people away, even those often rejected by others. We don’t intend to either. We are like a “company of strangers, made family by the grace of God.” This is no idle chatter. The UCC has been bold in extending an invitation to all. For example, our historic denominations were first to ordain an African American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), and a gay or lesbian person (1972)
Does Webster UCC offer communion?
We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We feel that all are welcome at the Lord’s table. You don’t have to be baptized, christened, confirmed, or an adult. There is no confession, and nothing needs to be said when you receive communion.
Communion consists of bread cubes and small cups of grape juice. All communion elements are gluten free.
How is the United Church of Christ different from Catholic or other faith churches?
We encourage people to think for themselves. Christ is the sole head of the church. No one in our congregation dictates what another must believe, and we don’t have a list of rules that we expect everyone to follow. All members are responsible for interpreting the scriptures and discerning God’s will in the light of their own personal experiences and in conversation with fellow believers.
People matter most. Our congregation was not organized by people who shared a common religious background, but by neighbors who were committed to living in Christian fellowship with each other. It is the love of Christ, not a shared religious doctrine, that binds our lives together.
We embrace diversity. We don’t simply tolerate each other’s differences. We try to grow from them. Because we come from diverse religious backgrounds, we have learned the importance of listening and learning from each other. Many of our members joined our church because they felt accepted, not judged. We strive to treat each other with dignity and respect, and we know that we are at our best when we talk openly and honestly with each other.
Is the Church handicap accessible?
We have accessible parking behind the building. There are two barrier free entrances and accessible bathrooms. We also have hearing systems available in the Sanctuary to aid the hearing impaired. If you have other accommodation needs, please let us know.
Is the church available for weddings or other events?
Yes, please contact the main office ((585)671-3757) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.