“A Place of Belonging for All God’s Children”
How do I get to the church?
What are the services like?
We will not gather in-person for worship until further notice.
Please join us for our online Facebook Live worship services. Our Worship of the Living God service is at 9:30 a.m. and our La Mesa bilingual service is at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday.
We look forward to being together virtually and sharing worship and comments in real time. You don’t need a Facebook account to watch. You can also watch previously recorded services and more on our YouTube channel.
Following is information about what Sunday mornings looked like at United Church prior to Covid-19. We cannot wait until we are able to welcome members, friends, and visitors back to worship in person!
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.
Worship Services – 8:45am Festival Worship, 11am Worship & the Word, 11am La Mesa (Bilingual, English & Spanish) Worship Service
(Summer Hours: 9:30am Summer Worship & 11am La Mesa)
Our 8:45am Festival Worship (in the Sanctuary) starts bright & early to help you get a jump on the day. Or worship with us at 11am at the bilingual La Mesa y Café service (in the Fellowship Hall) or the Worship & the Word Service (in the Sanctuary).
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, and on the first Sunday of the month at the Worship & the Word service.
United Church is an accessible building. We offers wireless hearing assists and ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation is provided at the 11am worship service (9:30am during summer hours).
Enjoy time for fellowship following both services.
Catch up with old friends and meet new ones!
Faith Formation (Sunday School) for all ages at 10am (January- June).
Childcare is provided throughout the morning.
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.
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 are offering Virtual Sunday School during Fall 2020. You can register your child(ren) HERE.
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
During Fall 2020, we will offer an extended series of virtual Wednesdays Together, September 16-December 16. Sign up for the weekly enews to receive more information on joining us on Zoom and Facebook for events, including intergenerational discussions of antiracism as a practice in Christian Formation, an All Church Hymn Sing, and more!
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.