We know that making a first visit to a church can sometimes feel a bit scary—whether you have previous exposure to church or not—but it doesn’t have to be! Here at Storrs Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, we try our best to live out the extravagant and inclusive welcome we believe God offers all. We strive to be a community as diverse and hospitable as God’s kingdom. We don’t all look or act alike; God knows we don’t all think alike. We don’t all read the Bible the same way. We come from different religious backgrounds, we bring different questions, and we carry different burdens. But every Sunday, we gather and worship God together as one.
The best way to get to know Storrs Congregational is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our pastors, lay leaders, greeters, or the people in your pew…
In the meantime, check out the info below and the links to the left. We look forward to seeing you!
Sunday mornings we gather to be renewed by the living God. Through worship, education, music, prayer, and fellowship, we are invited into the beauty, adventure, and mystery of Christian faith. Our Sunday mornings include faith formation and learning opportunities for children and adults, worship in the Meeting House (what we call our main sanctuary), a time of conversation and refreshments in the Lounge in our Parish House, and more. We warmly welcome you to participate in some or all of these opportunities as you wish.
What will I find when I arrive?
Walk through the front door on any Sunday of the year for our 10:00 am worship service and you will be greeted with a smile, a worship bulletin, and an invitation to find yourself a seat. The sanctuary is fully wheelchair accessible. Large-print service bulletins and assistive listening devices for those with hearing impairments are available as you enter.
What will the service be like?
Expressive, participatory liturgy, thoughtful preaching, a blend of new and traditional hymnody, and soul-stirring music are some of the elements you can expect to encounter at Storrs Congregational Church each Sunday by Sunday. We keep time by the seasons of the church year as we tune our hearts, minds, and spirits to the ever-present NOW of God. Worship leadership is shared by ministers, lay people and musicians. Our music ensembles’ repertoire covers everything from Renaissance counterpoint, to Sacred Harp, to Bach masterworks, to spirituals, to new compositions.
For more on worship, click here.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you wish. Storrs Congregational has no dress code. Most of us dress as we are comfortable. You’ll see some people in heels or jacket-and-tie, but that’s definitely optional–you’ll see just as many of us in jeans and sneakers, too!
What if I have children with me?
If you are a first-time guest with children, please know that kids of all ages are free to take part in our children’s programing (preschool age and above), enjoy time in our staffed nursery (infants and toddlers), or to remain with their parents in worship (at any age), as your family may prefer. And don’t feel your child must be absolutely quiet and still, for we are glad to have children as part of our community and worship life! There are children’s activity bags and other materials available, too, and we hope you’ll also begin helping your child join in with the various elements and rhythms of the worship service itself as they are able… after all, as the old saying goes, “faith is caught, not taught!”