Newcomers Information and Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect?

If you are thinking about visiting us on a Sunday morning and have some questions about our community or service here are some Frequently Asked Questions - with answers.

What time is the service?

Our Sunday morning service is 9:30 each Sunday. Some Sundays a longer musical prelude will occur with a guest musician sharing their gifts.

Where is the church located?

We are at 300 East Main Street (one way) in Newark, just beyond the intersection of Routes 273 and 2.

Where should I park?

The church has a large parking lot behind the building and a side door that is most convenient for entering the sanctuary. Handicapped parking and access is at the front of the building. This front door enters through the office and is typically locked after 9:45 a.m. during the service. On Sundays we also have access to the parking lot on the east side of the church at Kelway Plaza.

What should I wear?

You will find a considerable variation in how people dress from very casual to moderately dressy. Be comfortable.

What should I do when I arrive?

Greeters should meet you at the door and distribute the service bulletin. As a newcomer you will be asked to sign our guest registry and given general directions as well as a name tag.

What is the order of worship?

Our service will feel familiar to anyone from a mainline Protestant denomination. Our services have a great deal of participation with liturgies and responsive readings. Communion is usually celebrated the first Sunday of the month and all are welcome to participate. You may participate as you feel comfortable. Communion is served by intinction: worshipers, including children, come forward, tear a piece of bread and dip it in the chalice or cup. We offer both grape juice and wine. Our members share with our pastor in the creation of each service and in the leadership each Sunday.

What kind of music will there be?

Music is an integral part of worship, and a variety of traditional and contemporary hymns are sung. Our talented keyboardist plays both piano and organ. The choir enhances the service with appropriate music during the academic year and special musicians provide music in the summer months.

Are children welcome?

YES! From infants through high school students, all young people are welcome. There is childcare provided if you desire during Sunday worship and also during any extended morning events like adult Christian education sessions after worship. For children who are ready, we offer ”kinderkirk” after the Children’s Time in the service. However, your children may stay with you if they are not yet comfortable with leaving you for care. We have bags with games, paper, and crayons available for those who wish to give their children some quiet activity during the service. We also have a baby changing station in the Men's Room and a long counter in the Ladies’ Room if you need to change a diaper or clean up your child.

Are there expectations about what I should believe?

Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, is rooted in early Pilgrim and Puritan congregationalism, in several regional Christian churches, and in our German Evangelical and Reformed heritage. We are an open congregation and understand that everyone’s faith journey is different. Our members are drawn from a variety of faith traditions. From those taking first tentative steps in their faith journey to those who have a lifelong association with the church - All Are Welcome. Together we seek to explore and grow in our faith and in our understanding of how to live out our faith in our daily lives and in the world. The UCC’s slogan is "No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here."

We want you to feel welcome but not overwhelmed. Ask questions. Check out our website, Facebook page, or our pastor's blog.

Additional questions?

If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with us. We look forward to hearing from you at (302) 737-4711 or send us an email.