God Is Love.
WHAT TO EXPECT
How do I get there?
We’re at the corner of Tyringham Road and Route 23. Ours is the only building in the village that looks like a church. You can’t miss it.
Where do I park?
We don’t have a parking lot so any space you see in town is open for use, with the exception of the loading and unloading zones in front of the General Store and the post office.
What about children?
Children are always welcome in worship. We do usually have childcare for little ones. Call ahead if you can to be sure.
What to Wear?
It’s up to you. Some people dress up, some people come off the farm.
Is the building handicap-accessible?
To a degree. We have a parking space right next to a ramp into the sanctuary, but in the snowy season it’s often uncleared. We have a handicap-accessible pew but no accessible bathroom, which we regret.
Is there a choir?
Sadly, no. But we sound terrific as a whole congregation. People even harmonize on the hymns!
What's the liturgy like?
Though we are "low church" Congregationalists, we do adhere to a regular liturgy, which includes three hymns, two scripture readings, a recited Psalm, the Lord's Prayer. On the 1st Sunday of each month, we gather around the Lord's Table for Communion. On the 3rd Sunday of the month, we gather in Godly Play, which you can find out more about here.
A SMALL CHURCH IN A SMALL TOWN
First gathered in 1750 but more often looking forward than back, we are convicted in the good news revealed in Jesus Christ that God is love without condition and life free of death. We feel called to be one reconciled body with many members, seeking with others of every race, ethnicity, class, age, gender identity and gender expression, physical or mental ability, and sexual identity to journey toward God's promised realm.
Worship is the modern rendering of the old English "weorthscipe," which makes clear the relationship of worship and worth: to worship is to recognize worth, to pay attention. To worship rightly is to pay attention to the right thing, and to honor the worthy thing that is our attention. Come worship with us: pay your attention to God who is worthy of it.
Prayer is an exercise of the mind and imagination, the means by which we relate to God, empathize with one another, and become fully human. It is one way to participate in a holding environment of the sort that makes for human thriving. When we pray for one another, we are holding each other in mind and trust that we are all held in the mind of God.
The perfectibility of the world has been debunked. Sin is too real for us to work it out ourselves. We rely on God's grace. Service for the building up of God's reign in our midst, then, isn't about making everything perfect, it's about participating in God's on-going work, which is for good purpose and will reach its glorious end with or without us. How joyous it is, though, to join in on those labors of love!