Early Church is an intimate worship experience. It is a venture in “creating church,” taking its name from its gathering time (early on Sunday mornings) and its aspiration (to capture the spirit of the earliest Christians). This service features music, prayer and discussion of the lectionary text for the day.
Sunday Conversations are casual adult educational programs led by volunteers who cover various topics relevant to theology and our responsibilities as people of faith in the world. Usually a short presentation is followed by discussion.
Our larger service is open to all ages and features prayers, choir anthems, hymns, Scripture readings, a sermon (the prompting), and an offering. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of the month, where all are welcome to the table. After worship, all are welcome to stay to enjoy tasty snacks and engaging conversation.
During the school year, children (pre-K through middle school) are invited to leave the service and attend a Sunday School class after the children’s message. Children rejoin their families in the sanctuary before the worship service ends. Children are always welcome to remain with their family in the worship service.
This time is used for committee meetings, extended Adult Study, and Social Justice events. In general, 1st Sundays are Cool Planet Meetings, 2nd Sundays feature Letter Writing opportunities, 3rd Sundays are Social Justice Meetings, and 5th Sundays are Hands-On Social Justice Events. 2nd and 4th Sundays are often used for Forums on topics that require an extended time together and often include a lunch. See the Events page for more details.