First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ
   

What to Expect

What are the times of your worship services?

Our Sunday worship service is held at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. In addition, we hold seasonal worship services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Easter. Times of those services will be posted on the website.

 

What happens during the worship service?

As you enter the church sanctuary you will be greeted by a friendly usher, who will give you a bulletin with a printed order of service. All of our services feature readings, preaching, prayer and music. At different times during the service, you will be invited to stand, sing, read responsively and pray, both aloud in unison and in silence. At the beginning of the service, during the announcements, we invite those seated on the center aisle to sign and pass along a "fellowship pad.” This is our way of giving people a chance to get to know who they are sitting with so that they may greet one another by name following the service. Please provide only information that you feel comfortable sharing.

We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join in the sharing of the "bread and wine” as a reminder of Jesus’ self-sacrifice for the sake of all believers. The "wine” we use is, in fact, "unfermented grape juice.” A gluten free option is provided as a replacement for the bread.

We maintain the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the church’s various ministries. We welcome any and all gifts and encourage everyone to live a life marked by generosity. For those financially unable to give, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or neighbor in need. Please remember that everyone is welcome among us, regardless of ability to contribute.

 

Do you offer childcare or Sunday school?

Yes! Children and families of all sorts are both welcomed and cherished at The First Congregational Church. Childcare is available for all Sunday services and the usher who greets you can direct you to the childcare room. Church school is offered during worship for school age children through high school. We have a Youth Fellowship program for our older youth. The children are with us for the first part of the service and are invited forward for the "Talk with the Children” given by either the minister or by lay members of the congregation. They then are led to church school classes by their church school teachers.

 

How do I get there? Where do I park?

The First Congregational Church is located on the corner of Elm and Free Streets in Camden. Elm Street is the local name for Route One. The church is on the west side of the street, just south of the main business district. There is substantial free parking behind the church which can be accessed either from Elm Street (look for the entrance just before the blinking red light if headed north) or from Free Street, (first left after the blinking light, then first left into the parking lot.)

 

What should I wear?

On any given Sunday our congregation will come dressed in a variety of ways. Some come in their "Sunday best” while others choose to dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire. You are encouraged to dress in whatever way feels most appropriate and comfortable to you.

 

How long do services last?

Generally, our Sunday worship service runs for about one hour. The Wednesday Service of Prayer and Healing is usually 30 minutes long.

 

Is there a coffee or fellowship time after worship?

Yes! Come join us for a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following service. We gather in the Pilgrim Room and you can ask anyone for directions or simply follow the crowd. We recognize that large groups of chatting people can be intimidating for first-time visitors, but we encourage you to stick around for a snack or beverage, strike up a conversation and make some new friends.

 

Is the church handicap accessible?

Yes. The church is handicap accessible through the Pilgrim Room door, which is the door connecting the Pilgrim Fellowship Hall to the main parking lot.

 

How can I get more information?

Please feel free to speak to our Interim Minister, Rev. Deb Jenks, or to our Director of Congregational Care, Debbi Hitchings, in person, by telephone or email (see contact us). Our ushers and Deacons are also able to answer many of the questions you may have when visiting on Sunday morning. During the week, our Church Secretary, Nan Smith, will be happy to answer your questions as well. (207-236-4821 or churchoffice@camdenucc.org)

  
Join Us for Worship
EVERY SUNDAY at 9:30AM
Nursery and child care are available. Children are dismissed for Church school during the service.
 
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