Welcome to South Congregational Church: Our Faith Community

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Welcome to South Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ. We are a community that belongs to the Christian tradition, a river that has run through history giving life to individuals, communities and societies since ancient times, growing the fruit of love and peace, joy and justice.

The river of our faith is a conversation, prompted by the Spirit, which flows through many questions: Who is God and what is God’s will? What does it mean to be human? How do we recognize our differences and stay in relationship? Is there meaning in suffering? How can people of different faiths live peacefully together? What is the deepest joy? This conversation, begun in our scripture, the Hebrew and Christian testaments, continues today and calls our voices to join in. In the words of the U.C.C., “God Is Still Speaking”: to us individually and as a congregation.

Our high water mark is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who proclaimed that love of God and neighbor are the foundation of the law and the prophets; Who showed us the way to break the cycle of violence by forgiving those who crucified him; Whose resurrection gives us hope in all things; and Whose Spirit ignited the church and moves among us today.

We are guided by: The Word of God that can be discovered in the words of scripture; The centrality of the worship of God; Mission to the world; and Hospitality to any and all who would want to be part of such a faith community.

Faith is more important to us than belief. Faith is the willingness to trust that we belong to God, that mysterious presence who challenges and comforts us from the center of all things and through whom we all belong to the world. Beliefs are intellectual constructs about that presence and, while they are important, are secondary. In our river of conversation we agree to disagree about particular beliefs, yet we are united by one goal: that God’s “will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

You are welcome to explore our life together and if you feel you want to be part of such a community, please contact me or one of our church members.

In peace,

Rev. Dennis P. Moon

Who Are the People of South Church?

We are people who pray.  Not that we believe God is magically going to grant our every request, but that we seek to be connected to that force which is at work within us, between us and beyond us.  That force the writer of 1st John speaks of when he says, “God is love.”  We pray because we know we belong to something much larger, the Spirit, and we trust that its movement will guide us to become the persons and the people we are called to be. 

We are people who pray for each other.  That is, we not only belong to God, but through God, we belong to each other, and so we hold each other in the presence of God through whatever joys or sorrows we might be living.  We hold our older brothers and sisters who are vulnerable to the vagaries and losses of aging.  We hold our children and youth who are vulnerable to the threats and temptations of our culture.  We hold our midlife adults who are vulnerable to the multiple responsibilities they carry on their shoulders. 

We are people who love and serve each other and the world.  We love and serve our brothers and sisters in faith because we are entangled in a holy mission.  We love and serve our neighbors and our enemies because we are connected to them through God.  Love can begin in a feeling that finds expression in deeds, or love can begin with action that leads to affection--but it is not love without service. 

We are people of generosity and joy.  Yes, there are numerous stresses and struggles in life, but they are not our focus.  Our central stance is one of gratitude and wonder:  we celebrate the gift of life and seek to help life flourish for whomever we can, however we can, whenever we can! 

This is South Church—you hear it in our music, you see it in our caring ministry, God’s Taxi, Kaleidoscope Corner, worship, youth group, mission, even Council and Board meetings—joyous, generous people, who pray, love and serve God, each other, and the world!

This is who we are!

Rev. Denny Moon

South Church is a community of many different kinds of people. Like "One body has many parts", so South Church has many facets. Here are some of the ways of looking at South Church.

This is not an exhaustive list.

Church Body

  • 333 Members
  • 300 Active Worshippers
  • 65 Children
  • 48 Youth
  • 12 Council Members
  • 48 Committee Members
  • 6 Paid Staff

Professions

  • 40 Insurance Professionals
  • 28 Service Delivery Professionals
  • 20 Healthcare Providers
  • 18 Tradespeople
  • 16 Finance Professionals
  • 15 Educators
  • 12 Salespeople
  • 9 Business Owners
  • 1 Professional Pie Maker
  • 2 Innkeepers
  • 3 Mental Health Professionals
  • 3 Rock Band Members
  • 1 99 Year Old
  • 1/3 Retirees
  • 1/3 Former Catholics (not the same 1/3)
  • 1/3 U.C.C. Lifers

Geography

  • 4 Buildings
  • 10 Towns
  • 2 States
  • 6 Acres

Other

  • 2 Annual Mission Trips
  • 1 Steinway
  • 1,500 pumpkins

Family Gathering Events

  • 1
  • 2

Sunday Services

Service Times

  • 8:30 am ~ Meditative
  • 10:00 am ~ Celebrative

 

Communion

Everyone is welcome to partake of communion.

  • 1st Sunday Each Month

 

Additional Info

SCC Happenings

Tue Sep 26 @ 9:30AM -
QiGong
Wed Sep 27 @ 4:30PM -
WNWN Community Meal
Wed Sep 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Handbell Ringers
Thu Sep 28 @ 8:00PM - 09:00PM
Chancel Choir
Sat Sep 30 @ 7:30PM -
Salmon Brook Music Series presents The Tarbox Ramblers
Sun Oct 01 @ 8:30AM -
First Worship Service
Sun Oct 01 @10:00AM -
Second Worship Service
Sun Oct 01 @ 4:00PM -
Artist's Way Group
Tue Oct 03 @ 9:30AM -
QiGong
Tue Oct 03 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Craft and Chat

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