Here are a few answers to questions we have been asked through the years.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? We are just an email or phone call away so please feel free to reach out.
Am I really welcome? Yes. When we say that ‘All are welcome’ we truly mean it. We are a church that welcomes all people, regardless of any superficial human-made differences or distinctions. Our church family is made up of all kinds of people with a wide array of wonderful gifts they share.
Do I need to wear a mask at the service? If you would like to you are welcome to do so, but it is not required. Our church has done an exceptional job staying up with CDC protocols to ensure the safety and well being of our most vulnerable friends and members.
Can my children participate? Children are an important part of our community. Please know that we are glad to have them in worship with us. It’s fine if they squirm and make a little noise. .We have a nursery downstairs in Fellowship Hall for children under 3. The nursery is not staffed at this time, so parents will need to remain with their children. Following the Story For All People (a reflection geared for our younger ones doing worship), children from PreK – 9th Grade usually go downstairs to participate in Sunday School. If you feel more comfortable, or they feel nervous or shy, your kids can remain in worship with you. During the summer months, there is no Sunday School.
What is the United Church of Christ? This is the network of churches to which we belong. A denomination is simply a group of churches with shared beliefs, history, or shared ways of being organized. In New England, most ‘Congregational’ churches joined the United Church of Christ in 1957 along with three other smaller denominations. You can check out the UCC’s great homepage to find out all sorts of helpful and informative things. Find out more here: http://www.ucc.org
Do I have to belong to your denomination to attend church? Not at all. Most folks in our church actually have a background in some other denomination – former Catholics or Lutherans, Presbyterians or Baptists. We are a ‘patchwork’ church in which people with many different church backgrounds are woven together in our community. Once or twice a year we offer membership classes for those who would like to deepen their faith commitment by officially joining our church family.
How do I know what is going on? Each Friday we send out our ‘Union Digest’ email. In it you will find the most up-to-date information on news and events related to church life. We also have a Facebook page that is updated now and then, but the Union Digest shows up in your inbox each week.
Is there a dress code? Yes, we do require that you wear clothes. Really, just come as you are. Some folks dress casually while others get dressed up in their Sunday best. Just wear whatever you are comfortable with. The important thing is that you’re here. We have a “come as you are” atmosphere.
Can a guest take communion? Yes. We usually celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month. Communion is a tangible reminder and experience of God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ. We practice an ‘open table’ where anyone is welcome to share in communion, whether they are a church member or not. There are no prerequisites or requirements. Jesus didn’t make them, so neither do we.
What if I don’t know what I believe? You can belong even if you’re not sure what you believe. Lots of people have questions here. Faith is a journey of exploration and we are all in different places along the way. We don’t see doubt, questioning, or uncertainty as the ‘enemy’ of faith as some churches do. Rather, they are the partners of faith that challenge and lead us to a mature and meaningful faith. It’s only in questioning that we can really explore and grow.
Where should I sit? There are no assigned seats. You may sit wherever you like.
How long does your worship service last? We generally aim for an hour. On Sundays with special events (baptisms, communion, extra music, new members joining, etc.) it sometimes stretches to a little over an hour. After church, you are welcome to stay around for our fellowship hour. It’s a great chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
How do I get there? Union Congregational Church is on Rt. 119, 218 Main Street, Groton. Across the street from Filho’s.
Where should I park? Parking is available on Main Street, Hollis Street or Willowdale Road. We can also park at the dry cleaners, Donelan’s, and Filho’s parking lots, all on Main Street. For those who need a shorter walk we have designated parking on Willowdale Road right next to the entrance.
What is a Sunday service like? Our Sunday services offer powerful live worship and Biblical teaching that is relevant to every day life. Each service lasts about an hour. We feel it is vital for us to bring our whole selves (our joys and our struggles, our sufferings and our celebrations) to God; and then be lifted up to see, hear and receive assurances of God’s presence in Christ with us.
Be sure to say “Hello!” When you visit, don’t forget to join us downstairs after worship in Fellowship Hall for coffee and a treat. We’d love to meet you and your family, and answer any questions you may have. We’re so glad you decided to visit Union Congregational Church!
Where is the Church Office? These are located in the big Victorian house across Willowdale Rd. from the Church Building. It’s address (and our mailing address) is 220 Main Street. You can park in the little lot behind the house (accessed from Willowdale Rd.) and come in the back door. Or park along Main St. or Willowdale and enter through the Willowdale door.
Phone: (978) 448- 2091
Email the Church Office: email@example.com