What to Expect at the Community Church
But Everything’s Different These Days…
 
Of course, this fall everything’s different!  All of our worship services are online, for example, and most of our small groups and conversations are virtual too.  Give us a call to see what’s going on (Pastor Dave’s at 831-706-6819 and the church office is 603-868-1230).  And plan to join our Sunday morning service online: on Zoom (button right) or Facebook Live.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.                                                  For you and I are children of one religion, and it is the spirit.–Khalil Gibran
IF YOU VISIT SUNDAY MORNING
 
Curious?  Seeking some spirit in your life?  Looking for a community of changemakers and loving disciples?
 
Come for a Sunday service this week!  Worship begins at 10 (September to June)–but you’ll find folks gathering in the sanctuary as early as 9:30.  You can step in, get comfortable, rest in the peace of God here.  Any time!
 

We come dressed casually, comfortably, and all are welcomed and greeted in gratitude and friendship.  There are plenty of places to sit, and nobody here has a ‘claim’ to one pew or another.  We’ll be glad to meet you and know you!
 
As an Open & Affirming Congregation, we are determined to create a safe and generous space for all of our siblings in faith, every single sister, every single brother who comes to pray, to find peace, to connect with us.  You’ll experience that sense of respect and care the moment you step through our doors!
 
We celebrate the Feast of Communion at least once a month–and for us it’s a lively celebration of God’s goodness and grace, and an invitation to generous sharing, global justice and praise.  Wherever you are on life’s journey, whatever questions you bring, you’re welcome to share the feast with us, if you wish.  No pressure.  No expectations.  If it’s meaningful to you, join in!
 
After worship (when there’s no pandemic in the works), we usually gather for coffee, conversation and refreshment in the church’s fellowship hall.  This is a very casual time–a time for discussion and introductions, a chance to connect with new friends and get to know us.  There’s no structure or program to this: it’s just coffee, community and conversation.  You’re welcome to join us, if you have the time.  But again, no pressure!
 
If you’re planning a visit, and you have questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch.  Pastor Dave Grishaw-Jones welcomes your calls and curiosity at 603-868-1230.  Dave is around the church Tuesdays through Friday, and (of course) you’ll find it very easy to find him on Sunday mornings at the Community Church!
 
 
YOUR CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
 
Our vision is an intergenerational community of love and service–where we learn together, where we serve and grow in faith, where we change the world for the good!  Children are dear to us, and bring gifts and energies we dearly need in the church.  We hope you’ll bring yours to worship!
 

Most often, your children will join you in church for the first 15 to 20 minutes of Sunday worship.  Pastor Dave then invites them to the front for a short story or lesson.  And at that point, most of our children go off to Sunday School with Director of Education Kristin Forselius and other teachers.

 
Kristin directs a program that is encouraging and fun, involving our young friends in conversation, activity and a game or two.  They grow in appreciation for biblical story and the ethics of love and respect that guide us at the Community Church.
 

Again, your children can come dressed casually, nothing fancy here.  You’re welcome to come a little early, meet folks at the door, find a comfortable place to sit together.  All kinds of families are active in this community, and leaders here too.  So know you’ll be welcomed with joy!
 
When we have Communion together, our children almost always return to share the feast with us.  And this is a great joy for us.  We know that children have minds and voices of their own–and we’re never worried about the noises they make or the lovely, inspired things they do in worship.  
 
Moving forward, we think of our program as one that ‘raises up changemakers’ for loving lives that make the world a better place.  Your children will find all kinds of opportunities here–for hands-on service, for learning about key social and justice issues, and for developing confidence and courage for life and faith.
 
If you’ve got questions before you visit, and you’d like to know more about our program with children and youth, feel free to be in touch with Kristin Forselius, Director of Education, at 603-868-1230.