WORSHIP TIMES

Worship is at the heart of the United Church of Christ, Southbury community. The congregation gathers on Sunday mornings to renew its faith through prayer, receive inspiration through music, absorb the thought-provoking sermons, and share fellowship with friends and newcomers over light refreshments in the social hall following worship.

We gather in worship and celebration weekly at 9:30 am.

 

CHILDREN

Children are a priority in our faith community and are always welcome in worship. Sunday School for children in Preschool through grade 7 meets Sundays during worship from September through May. Each Sunday, during worship service, all children age four and older begin the morning by joining the congregation in the sanctuary. The early part of the worship experience includes a special Children’s Moment when the children may, if they choose, come to the front of the sanctuary for a special message directed to them. Afterwards, the children may stay in the sanctuary with their families, but most choose to attend Sunday School with their friends. During the summer months, children remain in worship.

Care is always available for infants and children through age three in the Nursery located outside the Church Office wing.

SACRAMENTS

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is observed monthly, on Family Sunday, the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome to participate as the bread and juice are shared. All children join their families and adults in the Sanctuary for Worship Service and communion. UCC, Southbury has an ‘open table’ policy for Holy Communion: all are welcome to the table, children and adults, baptized or not.

The Sacrament of Baptism for adults and children is observed during worship as requested and arranged with a pastor. All are welcome to be baptized at UCC, Southbury - the only requirement is that you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

SPECIAL WORSHIP

Special worship offerings are scheduled throughout the year, such as a Service of Remembrance healing service during the Christmas season, Service of Confirmation led by our newest members, and Lenten and Advent services. Lenten services in the period leading up to Easter include worship on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.

 

Sunday, December 2nd
First Sunday of Advent: Food First Sunday; Family Sunday; Sacrament of Holy Communion

Reverend Walter Pitman will deliver the Communion Message What Are We Waiting For? based on Luke 21:25-36.

Wednesday December 5th
Service of Remembrance 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Under the leadership of the Reverend Cyndie Holden and the Board of Deacons we will remember those whom we have lost this past year and beyond and lift up the hope that is our in our love of Jesus Christ. Every year this is a most moving service.

Sunday, December 9th
Second Sunday of Advent

Reverend Pitman lead worship and share with us the sermon Prepare the Way for God based on Psalm 126:1-6 and Luke 1: 68-79.

Sunday December 16th
Third Sunday of Advent: Service of Lessons and Carols

During the 9:30 service we will hear the Christmas Story through the reading of scripture and the singing and listening to carols. Don’t miss this great celebration service.

Sunday, December 23rd
Fourth Sund
ay of Advent
Reverend Walter Pitman will lead worship at 9:30 am. He will deliver the sermon For Those Who Sometimes Flee based on Luke 1: 46-55 and Luke 1: 39-45.

Monday December 24th
Christmas Eve: Three Services: 5pm, 8 pm and 11 pm

5 pm: This service will be for the child in all of us, featuring a Living Crèche, a Special Christmas Story, the singing of Christmas Carols, and perhaps a surprise or two. We will conclude the service with the singing of Silent Night and Joy to the World. A wonder-filled service for the whole family as we tell the Christmas Story.

8 pm: This service is a Candlelight Service of Holy Communion where the Board of Deacons will serve communion in the pews. The service will feature special music and the sermon An Armful of Hope! based on Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20. The service will conclude with the singing of Silent Night and Joy to the World in candlelight.

11 pm: This service, too, will be a Candlelight Service of Holy Communion. In keeping with our Methodist roots, communion will be received at the rail. The service will feature special music and the sermon will be An Armful of Hope! based on Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20. The service will conclude with the singing of Silent Night and Joy to the World.

Sunday December 30th
First Sunday after Christmas: 10 am

This will be as special service of Holy Baptism. It will be about 30 minutes in length with the singing of carols and the offering of prayers and the Sacrament of Baptism. Following this special service, we will all go down to the Social Hall for a breakfast of pancakes. We hope this will be a start of a new tradition at the United Church of Christ as we end our year worshiping together and sharing a meal together. Signups for the breakfast will take place on the previous Sundays in Advent or by calling the Church Office 203-264-8807.