What to Expect
Visiting a new church for the first time can be daunting. Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
We offer worship at 10 a.m. Sunday Morning. This service features an opening hymn and liturgy, Children’s time, Special Music, sermon, and prayer in a smaller, more intimate setting. The service lasts about 60 minutes. Worship Format: Worship at Elm Street follows the format suggested by the United Church of Christ Book of Worship. It includes the acts that have characterized Christian worship since earliest times: Praise, Confession, Proclamation, and Response. Everything that you need to participate fully in worship is included in the printed program.
We offer a Free Meal and Prayer service on the Fourth Saturday of Every Month.
All of our services offer opportunities for you to participate by reading, singing, praying, and listening – to scripture readings, the sermon, and to music. At the beginning of each service, we greet each other and pass the peace of Christ to each other.
Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month. At Elm Street, all are welcome at Christ’s table, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Communion is offered in a traditional manner. You will be given clear instructions on Communion Sunday as to the way in which the sacraments will be offered that day.
Offering: At all of our services we follow the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the Church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to consider how to best live a life of generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.
How Do I Get There and What About Parking? Parking is available on Elm Street and Park Street, as well as behind the Southbridge Town Hall. Handicap access is available to the church from the Southbridge Town Hall parking lot.
What Should I Wear? You may come to worship dressed in casual clothes, your Sunday best, or anything in between. And, you will see that many do exactly that.
What Do I Do When I Arrive for Worship? There will be a greeter at the door who will provide you with a program. You may sit anywhere you like.
What About My Children? Children are welcome to attend service, as well as Sunday School which begins immediatley after the Children’s Story part of our Worship Service. If so desired, parents ( or others) may use our unstaffed nursery room located off Fellowship Hall where the service may be heard on speaker.
What Happens When the Service is Over? There is a coffee hour hospitality table set up after the service.
You are Invited to Join us for Coffee and Treats after the service
Is the Church Accessible to Those With Disabilities? The Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible from Behind the Town Hall. Enter the building from that entrance, through Fellowship Hall, down the ramp and into the Sanctuary.