I'M NEW HERE
We welcome you with open arms and minds and with joy!
Maybe you grew up going to Sunday School every week. Maybe you haven’t been to church in months or years. Maybe your faith is solid as a rock. Maybe you’re not sure what you believe. Maybe you’re looking for a safe place for your children to grow in faith. Maybe you decided to dip your toe in the water and visit a church this Sunday. Maybe it’s because you woke up with the strangest urge to sing, and you didn’t want to sing alone, but with a gathering of diverse people from all backgrounds and ages.
People find their way through our doors in countless ways. Whatever the path that you’ve been on, what matters to us most on your first visit is that you feel welcomed and embraced no matter where you find yourself on the journey of life or faith. Some might say that we fling our doors and our arms open wide merely because we want to be nice. That could be, but there’s a more important reason: Jesus told us to.
So welcome, whoever you are and wherever you are on your faith journey. We can’t wait to meet you with joy! Here’s an overview of what to expect:
We pray for you- our online viewers and visitors to worship- each Sunday:
That you may arise each day with God's voice of blessing whispering in your ear; may you find harmony between your soul and your life; may there be kindness when you look within; may you know that the shape of your soul is unique and valued by God and by our church family because you have a special destiny here; may you realize you are never alone in your joys and in yours storms- you are forever connected to the eternal God whose Son, Jesus the Christ walked this earth to be with us, and the Holy Spirit who has brought you into our lives.
What time is church?
We gather for worship at 9:00 am every Sunday and worship lasts for about an hour-ish.
What is your worship service like?
Coming before God to give God thanks and praise is the heart of our life as a community, a time when we gather as one body to be nourished, fed, challenged and changed. We share words of welcome, pray together, sing together, read the Bible and contemplate how ancient truths intersect with our world and our times. We believe that God is still speaking new words of light and truth into our world, and that we have more to learn. We bring our lives into the church (our joys and burdens, our gifts and shortcomings) and we share them with one another and the God we worship and serve.
When you come through the door, Ushers and Deacons will hand you a bulletin that outlines the worship service and will answer any questions you may have. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided by caregivers in a safe environment, coloring books and other materials are available for children during the service.
Lay readers, the organist & choir along with the pastor guide the worship service. In addition to the bulletin, our entire service is projected on a big screen so you can worship God hands-free!
On the first Sunday of every month we gather around the table of Jesus' welcome to celebrate Communion. We practice an open communion table and welcome all to be fed from a simple meal of gluten-free bread and grape juice. Every couple of months we hold two special worship services. Family Worship is a time for all generations to participate in the worship service. Service Sundays include a brief worship service and then we are sent out to service our community through a variety of service projects designed for all ages and abilities.
At each worship service we honor the ancient Christian practice of collecting an offering to support the ministries of this church and the many organizations with whom we partner. We welcome all gifts and encourage those who worship with us to give joyously and to cultivate a life marked by generosity. If you are unable to contribute financially we ask you to consider sharing your time or talent with the church, another organization, a family member or someone else in need.
Where do my kids go?
On Sunday mornings, children begin the worship service with their families in the sanctuary, and go to the nursery or Sunday School classrooms after the "Children's Message". The Christian Education Director and Teachers walk them to their individual classrooms. Parents are always welcome to accompany their children to their classes. Visit our Children & Youth Ministries page to learn about our programs. (Sunday School Program on hold due to COVID)
What else happens on Sundays?
Adult Choir begins with rehearsal at 8:00 a.m. All are welcome to join in. We are called to worship God during the Prelude as youth Acolytes ring out the church bell, and bring forward the Light of Christ, the Bible, and offering plates. Following worship we host a coffee hour with light refreshments, share in each other’s lives and get to know new friends.
What kind of music will I hear?
Music is a central part of our life together – something that brings us joy, that draws us together, that we take seriously (and do well), and through which we are offered a glimpse of God. We offer a mix of traditional hymns, contemporary songs from around the world, and children's music in both congregational singing and choral anthems. Our talented choir sings an "Anthem" and "Choral Benediction" during worship and supports our singing of hymns and other songs. Our Handbell Choir is 35 years strong and rings for us throughout the year.
Is the church handicap accessible?
Yes, the first floor (Sanctuary, Parlor, Fellowship Hall and bathrooms) is accessible and we also offer hearing assistive devices. We provide support and opportunities that allow persons with special needs to be fully engaged in the life of our church and programs. We’d love to talk with you to learn more about how we can meet your specific needs.
What should I wear?
No matter what your personal style, you'll be comfortable here. If you prefer casual, dressy, or business attire, chances are there will be others dressed just like you.
How can I get more information?
Please feel free to chat with anyone after church or if you would like to meet with our Pastor Karen, catch her after worship or call the church to set up a time to meet. You can also call 978-632-2142 or email our Church Administrator and we’ll make sure your question gets to the right place.
Our monthly "Tower Times" newsletter is chock full of useful information about our church community and invitations to connect with us. Visit our Calendar page for more on our comings & goings, programs, and special worship services.
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