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. Childcare is available for all Sunday services and the usher who greets you can direct you to the childcare room. Church school is offered before worship for school age children through grade 9. The children join their families for the service and are invited forward for the "Talk with the Children” given by either the minister or by lay members of the congregation.
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 email@example.com)