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. Cards are in the pew racks for visitors and members wishing to give or update information.
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 unfermented grape juice and our bread is gluten free.
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. We offer a Sunday school program for kids from age 3 through high school before the service from 8:45 until 9:30. Early in the service children are invited forward to hear a "Children’s Talk” especially for them. After the children’s talk the children will return to sit with you in the pews. The sermon follows. If your child is too young to sit through a sermon, they can go downstairs to do a craft and will be brought upstairs after. We offer a nursery for children three and younger. To reach the nursery, go down the stairs directly outside the sanctuary. This will bring you to the Godly Play classroom. Someone will take you from there to the nursery. The nursery is available before the service or at anytime during the service that you need it.
During the Summer we have Sunday school for kids Pre-K-5th grade during worship, right after the Children’s Talk. You can pick them up in the Godly Play classroom after the service.
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.
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 Minister, Rev. Dr. Ute Molitor 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 please call the Church office and they will be happy to answer your questions as well. (207-236-4821 or firstname.lastname@example.org)