Gathering Together for Worship…
- Typical gathering begins at 11 am, includes a children’s message, then children dismissed to nursery or to sit with their parents (children’s bulletins & coloring books/crayons available)
- Many folks meet before worship, from 10-11, for Sunday School for all ages.
- Mobility impaired accessibility via ramp behind sanctuary door.
- Large print and children’s bulletins.
- Typically traditional, liturgical, with new and fresh prayers each week, hymns from The Hymnal (UCC) & The New Century Hymnal.
- Usually including a blessing from our choir and wonderful minister of music, Frank Marsteller.
- Celebrate Holy Communion/Eucharist about once per month, with wine and grape juice, and varying formats.
- Occasionally congregants plan and participate in emergent worship.
- Always includes moments of grace, challenge, scripture, opportunity to pray for the people, confess and receive assurance, and draw close to God.
- Celebrate life and love with baptisms, weddings, and funerals whenever the opportunity arises.
- Grounded in the theology of the United Church of Christ.
…and Service in the Name of Christ
- Church Women meet monthly to plan and partake in fellowship and mission work.
- The Called to Care committee ministers to those within our church in need with meals, rides, visits, calls, cards, and even with lay commissioned ministers taking communion to our shut ins.
- Our Growth committee meets not just to grow our church, but to grow the presence of Christ in the world, with projects like Community Movie Days (usually showing Charlie Brown), National Night Out block parties to promote community solidarity, and a Cookie Ministry to deliver random acts of kindness.
- Our Youth Group meets for fellowship, support, and mission.
On June 24th, First United Church of Christ in Royersford became the UCC’s 1,037 Open and Affirming church by adopting the following statement:
We, the members of First United Church of Christ, Royersford, celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each expression of God’s diverse family as well as our oneness in Christ. We affirm that each individual is a child of God, and recognize that we are called to be like one body with many members, seeking with others of every race, ethnicity, creed, class, age, gender, marital status, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to journey together toward the promised realm of God. We believe that through our diversity, all can grow and practice a unity of faith that transcends our differences.
In 2010, congregants were encouraged to do some Faith Sharing. Gloria Gaynor and Carol Hanebury delivered a very moving word about where their faith comes from. (ICF: I Come From) This is just a draft, but since I couldn’t get it on video, this was the best I could do. A beautiful testament to the formative power of a faith community….Check it out here: I/We Come From