United Church of Chapel Hill stands within a covenantal tradition — a covenant that binds us to God and to one another.
You can attend and participate in activities and ministries without becoming a member. However, becoming a member is a public acknowledgment that this is your household of faith, the community that you covenant to love, uphold, serve, and shape and by whom you are willing to be shaped, challenged, and sent forth to serve. If you are interested in uniting with United Church, please speak with one of our pastors. The pastors also would enjoy meeting you for coffee, a meal, or just an hour to become better acquainted.
So you are thinking of joining the church? You are wondering “What’s next?”
An important first step on the path to membership is getting to know one another. We have a number of ways to help you discern the call to joining the church. You can reach out to one of the pastors and make time for coffee, tea, and conversation. You can join us at one of our bi-monthly “Luncheons with the Pastors” and hear testimony from other church members why they joined our church. This program year, our luncheons are on:
- Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Sunday, September 22, 2019
- Sunday, November 17, 2019
- Sunday, January 26, 2020
- Sunday, March 15, 2020
- Sunday, April 26, 2020
Making a promise:
At United Church, joining the church matters. New members stand up in front of the church during a Sunday worship and make promises and a commitment to God and to our faith community.
Voting and shaping the future of the church:
United Church is a congregational church, a Protestant church in the reformed tradition, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs. Member of United Church get to shape the ministries and programs of the church and vote on issues facing the congregation.
At United Church, members can serve on our Church Council and one of our eight boards of the church.
Our church members are asked to make a yearly financial pledge and contribution to support God’s work in our church and community.
As members you will be asked to participate fully in the life of the church and through worship and serving others. At United Church, we have variety and multiplicity in worship. We love good, deep, joyous, inspirational, and challenging worship based on scripture, taken seriously, not literally. Worship is the heart of what we do as a faith community.
Serving others is also a part of the deal, as you are able. We have many, many kinds of ministry programs at United Church and we can help you find a ministry program that “sparks” your interest.
Our Ministry Showcase program is one way of bringing new members and visitors face-to-face with members of our church community engaged in ministries at United Church. During the 2019-2020 church year, our Ministry Showcase programs dates and themes are:
- Sunday, September 15: FAQs about United Church and our denomination the United Church of Christ (UCC)
- Sunday, October 6: Education and Faith Formation
- Sunday, November 3: Faith in Action, part 1
- Sunday, December 1: Faith in Action, part 2
- Sunday, January 12: Making Connections
- Sunday, March 1: Faith in Action, part 1
- Sunday, April 5: Faith in Action, part 2
- Sunday, May 3: Making Connections