VISITING FOR THE FIRST TIME
WHAT IS WORSHIP LIKE?
Our services include scripture reading, preaching, prayer, and music. You will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively. We usually sing accompanied by an organ, although occasionally we include djemba or African drums and other instruments. Some of our musical refrains may be in Spanish or one of the languages of Asia or Africa. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and is open to all. On Fifth Sundays we observe a Service of Healing that includes the laying on of hands and anointing prayers for those yearning for healing for themselves, others, and the world.
Our membership reflects the diversity of God’s world. Some people come in traditional clothing from their countries of origin. Many of us dress casually when we attend worship. Each Sunday we end our service with a blessing and sending forth, because we gather every week to be sent out again into the world, refreshed in spirit and inspired to become more like Christ.
ARE CHILDREN WELCOME?
Children are welcome to attend worship. On most Sundays, children leave worship following the Children’s Message to attend church school classes between September and early June. Childcare is available during the entire Sunday service for infants and toddlers. Our nursery is staffed by a paid staff person who is always assisted by a rotating volunteer who has been screened and approved to assist in childcare. We have a children’s table in our sanctuary where children may leave their pews and sit at a table specially designed for them with art materials and other resources that allow them to respond to the scripture, songs, and prayers as they desire.
WHERE DO I PARK?
With State of Connecticut construction projects around us, parking is sometimes a challenge. We have a small lot on the east side of our building. There is on-street parking most Sundays along Capitol Avenue. State lots are also available on most Sundays directly across Capitol Avenue from our building. When the Bushnell has a Sunday morning program, those attending worship can usually speak to the Bushnell parking attendants and still enter the State lots along Capitol without being charged a parking fee.
The best way to enter our building is either through the main doors at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Clinton Street, which has a handicapped entrance. You may also enter through a red door to the east of the main doors that leads into our office wing, which leads you along a hall to the sanctuary and other gathering spaces of the church.