At North Congregational Church people from many different backgrounds and faith traditions gather to share their journey of faith. We have adopted the welcome offered by our wider denomination, The United Church of Christ: “Whoever you are or wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
We are always open to bringing new people into our community. To all those seeking meaningful Christian fellowship we offer a caring community where we share each other’s joys and actively support one another in the midst of life’s inevitable challenges.
OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Worship is central to our life together as a community of faith. Whether you are a long time member or a brand new visitor, you will be welcomed warmly and given a bulletin which contains the morning’s Order of Worship, announcements of upcoming activities and opportunities for study and service. You may engage in conversation with the many people who wish to greet you or prepare yourself for worship by taking your seat to quietly meditate.
If you were raised in the Reformed Protestant tradition (Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed, Disciples of Christ) or as a United Methodist or a Lutheran, you will find our service to be familiar. If you were raised in another denomination, or in no congregation at all, you will find our service to be quite accessible, with our worship bulletin guiding you through the order.
It is filled with music: a piano or organ Prelude, three hymns sung by the entire congregation, a choir anthem or an offering by a soloist and a piano or organ Postlude. Our service starts with the Passing of the Peace of Christ, and we then gather our hearts and minds with a Responsive Call to Worship and a Unison Prayer of Invocation. We begin our reflection on scripture with readings from the Bible, which are followed by a sermon which we hope will inform, challenge and comfort you. In the Pastoral Prayer, joys and concerns are received from the congregation, which are incorporated into the prayers of the morning.
And, at the end of the service, we join our voices together in our common commission:
“Let us now go forth into the world in peace, being of good courage, holding fast to that which is good; rendering to no one evil for evil; strengthening the faint-hearted, supporting the weak, helping the afflicted, honoring all persons, loving and serving the Lord, and rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
On the first Sunday of every month all are invited to gather around Christ’s table to share the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Periodically we join with our brothers and sisters in neighboring congregations for joint worship services.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE, STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP
We serve the community and the wider world with our monthly food collection for the Open Door soup kitchen and the Pleasant Valley Food Pantry, by offering quarterly free Community Meals, and partnering with the Covenant to Care program with the local Department of Children and Families by preparing Easter baskets and Back to School school pack packs filled with school supplies.
Our adult members and young people also participate in the CROP Hunger Walk. This event raises funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, which assists victims of hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster all over the world.
Adult Study is offered during the week, where we reflect on writings or themes in the Bible, books on theology and the history of the church and spirituality.
There are a number of opportunities to participate in church activities such as our Annual Tag Sale in May and our Annual Peach and Crafts Festival, held every August on the Pine Meadow Green, which attracts visitors from New Hartford and surrounding communities. Every April our members serve as ushers and hosts for the Farmington Valley Band Concert.
Church School is offered to all interested children by the members of our Christian Education Committee, who use a curriculum created by our denomination, the United Church of Christ.
Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers and we’ve also reserved a rocker in the narthex (and plenty of pews in the sanctuary) for parents who wish to keep infants with them.