Sundays at 10 a.m.
and additional special worship experiences throughout the year
We gather… young and old, joyful and grieving, faithful yet often with more questions than answers, in order to give gratitude for our blessings and wrestle with scripture, and to discover how God’s forgiving and compassionate ways might become our ways today and for our tomorrows.
“ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Reflecting this congregation’s theological openness, our members come from diverse backgrounds. The congregation is made up of all ages; it has families and singles, students and retirees. We are an open, affirming and welcoming church for people of all ages who are seeking spiritual growth, learning, and community.
What might you expect?
Hear our steeple’s bell ring out each week, calling one and all together. A friendly usher will invite you to sit anywhere you choose within the beautiful 200-year old Meeting House. Read a meditative thought from your bulletin as you listen to a musical prelude from the pipe organ, piano or perhaps from the bell choir.
Then, settle in and encounter God in community. Extravagant welcome, responsive readings, well-loved traditional and new hymns, bible readings, a sharing of Christ’s peace and opportunities to engage the questions of our times are all part of what you might expect. Some choose to share some joys and concerns to be included in the prayers. Our choirs and occasional musicians add to the experience as do the creative surprises that make each worship service special and fresh.
Communion services are usually on the first Sunday of the month. This church shares God’s extravagant love by practicing open Communion. All are welcome to partake. Children may also participate as parents/guardians deem appropriate. A gluten free option is always available and grape juice (no wine alcohol) is used for communion.
And regarding children and youth?
- Children are always welcome in worship services. A Crib Room, for infants and children ages 3 and under, is open Sunday mornings from 9:45 a.m. until after worship. This room is outfitted with changing table, sink, toys and the ability to hear worship services through a speaker system. The Crib Room is located on the first floor in the main hallway.
- Church School is offered September thru June for PK – Grade 8. Children start in worship service at 10 a.m. with the entire congregation and then following a Message for All Ages, their faith leaders lead them to specially designed activity rooms for lessons, interactive activities and time to share their own joys and concerns. Children rejoin the congregation for fellowship and snacks at 11:15 a.m.
“No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here! Welcome to Avon Congregational Church!”