“A Place of Belonging for All God’s Children”
How do I get to the church?
What are the services like?
In-Person Indoor Worship
We resumed in-person worship indoors on August 15.
- Festival Worship with communion begins at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary
- La Mesa (our bilingual worship service) with communion begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
- Outdoor fellowship time follows the services on the portico and the lawn
- Outdoor childcare is available on the playground
Your safety is our main priority. We require masking for all while inside our buildings and outside in large groups. Read more about what to expect. We can’t wait to see many of you soon. Thanks be to God!
Watch previously recorded services and more on our YouTube channel.
Worship is the heart of how we connect with our faith community and is our common time together as the people of God. At our services, you’ll see a range of ages from babies bouncing in parents’ laps to smiling grandparents, and a range of attire from jeans to suits and ties, and even the occasional Easter bonnet.
We welcome people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and abilities to join in worship with our open, caring congregation. We are an Open and Affirming congregation.
Worship Services – 9:45am Festival Worship, 9:30am La Mesa (Bilingual, English & Spanish) Worship Service
The following information applied pre-COVID:
Our 9:45am Festival Worship (in the Sanctuary) starts bright & early to help you get a jump on the day. Or worship with us at 9:30am at the bilingual La Mesa y Café service (in the Fellowship Hall).
No matter which time works for you, our morning services are uplifting experiences with encouraging and inspiring sermons and a rich diversity of joyous sounds from our many music groups, from Gospel music to the rich, traditional sounds of our organ.
Communion is offered weekly at the Festival Worship and La Mesa services.
United Church is an accessible building. We offers wireless hearing assists and ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation is provided at the 9:45am worship service.
Enjoy time for fellowship following both services.
Catch up with old friends and meet new ones!
Faith Formation (Sunday School) for all ages at 11 & 11:15am (January- June).
Childcare is provided throughout the morning.
What else is available for my baby/child?
We are happy to provide care for babies, toddlers, and early elementary-age children throughout our Sunday morning worship services and Faith Formation programs. Our nursery is staffed by long-time Director Alison Robertson and a team of capable attendants. Alison is a professionally trained and accredited child care provider.
Parents of newborns are welcome to sit in the rocking chairs in our sanctuary or to comfort their children during services in our Family Parlor.
Sunday School (September-May)
We offer separate classes for children ages three through third grade and a combined fourth/fifth grade class. Classes are led by teacher teams of at least three volunteers. Our sessions center on significant stories from the Old and New Testaments. Parents can stay engaged in and informed about their child’s Faith Formation experience through weekly Children’s Ministry emails from Anitra Grove, Director for Children’s Ministry.
Vacation Bible School (Summer)
Each summer, the Board of Children’s Ministries organizes a VBS experience for UCCH children and friends. We learn Bible stories, participate in educational crafts and discussions, and sing songs related to the theme of the year.
What else is available for adults?
Adult Education at United Church
We believe that Faith Formation is a lifelong venture that includes struggling with scripture and the stories of our faith that challenge us to be in right relationship with God and our community. We seek to offer meaningful Faith Formation programs for every stage of life. During the church year (September-May) we offer many adult education opportunities.
Ongoing classes for adults at United Church include:
- Faith and Family Class
- Spiritual Growth Class
- Sacred Conversation on Race Class
Wednesday Evening Programs
Nurturing both faith and fellowship, United Church has three Wednesday evening series during the program year. The first in September, Wednesdays Together, welcomes everyone back from their summer break and newcomers to our community. In January, we interrupt January’s darkness with Light Up Your Winter. As a preparation for Easter’s joy we engage our hearts and minds in a Lenten Series. We generally begin each evening with a simple supper provided by the Fellowship Board at 5:45pm, followed several program options at 6:30pm
Other weekday Offerings
Find more information about Adult Education opportunities HERE.
How do I become a member at UCCH?
Membership at United Church
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 joining United Church, please contact one of our pastors.
You can be received into church membership through:
- Profession of Faith and Baptism – If you are not now a baptized Christian, our pastors would be honored to discuss the meaning of baptism with you.
- Transfer from another congregation – At your request, we will write to your former church for a transfer of membership. This is a courtesy to your former congregation so it may remove you from its membership rolls.
- Re-Affirmation of Faith – Some people find themselves re-entering church life after a lengthy absence; and while they were once baptized, there is no longer a former church from which to transfer. In the reception of new members, we make no distinctions between those joining by transfer or re-affirmation. All are reaffirming their baptism and making a covenant that clarifies their relationship to this congregation.
- Associate Membership – Often, students and others here for a short duration do not want to disturb their membership status at another church but do want to participate fully in the life of this congregation. Associate members have all the rights and duties of active members except the right to a letter of transfer to another church.