Visitor’s Guide

Are you thinking of worshiping with us? Not sure what to expect?

We invite you to come just as you are – single, with a partner, with or without children, in jeans or in your “Sunday Best.” All are welcome to join us!

Where do I park and where do I enter the church?

When you arrive, you can park in the upper lot accessed off Route 43 or in the lower lot off Orient Avenue. Stairs from the lower lot lead up to the main entrance. Entrance to the Sanctuary where we worship is through the door to your right as you face the round church. The door to the left takes you to the church office, past the restroom, on to our Social Hall or downstairs to classrooms. Once inside the Sanctuary door, folks will greet you and direct you to the Sanctuary. Feel free to sit in either the pews or in the straight-back chairs lining the walls. Some cushions are available in the pews for those who might need a softer seat.

What is your worship service like?

We have two worship services on Sunday mornings.

At 8:30 there is a shorter, more informal service (celebrated from September to mid-June).

Our 10:30 service includes hymns and choral music, prayers and scripture readings, a children’s message and the pastor’s reflection.

Do children stay for the whole service?

Children are always welcome to stay, but child care is provided. Early in the service, Pastor Joe invites the children to come forward for a children’s message. After the children’s message, those under ten are invited to child care downstairs which is staffed by a paid child care worker and a volunteer from the congregation. At the conclusion of the service, you can meet your child downstairs. We do ask you to sign your child out of child care.

How does Communion work?

Communion is celebrated each Sunday at the 8:30 service. On the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate Communion at the 10:30 service. All are welcome to participate – there are no requirements. We share bread and grape juice (not wine) as we seek God together.  The Pastor will indicate whether Communion will be at the rail of the altar where you may kneel or stand as you are able, in the pews or by intinction (where we receive a piece of bread and dip it in a chalice of juice). Ushers direct the congregation to receive Communion.

What happens at the end of the service?

At the conclusion of our worship service, around 11:30, you are invited to the Social Hall for refreshments, coffee (always decaf) and a time for fellowship. Folks gradually take their leave, heading back into the world to serve God. You can read about the many ways that we minister under the Happenings and Monthly Calendar links.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Joe Auslander by email at cocpastor@nycap.rr.com or by phone at 674-3664.