worship news

Haiku  by Rolfe Gjellstad

          Two congregations

          Stand in need of perfect love

          That will cast out fear.

Upcoming Joint Interdependence Service

On Sunday May 28th, members of Church of the Redeemer are invited to worship with our congregation in our Meeting House at 10am. There is free parking directly in front of our Church, behind our Parish House at 323 Temple St. and at most Yale Parking Lots on Sunday mornings. 


Chapel on the Green at Trinity Church

United Church and Church of the Redeemer will be making and distributing sandwiches on Sunday May 28th after worship for the Chapel on the Green service that day. 52 Sundays a year in every weather condition, Trinity's Chapel on the Green is a unique venue. It is an outdoor congregation of housed and un-housed folks who share God's compassion through care, community, worship and breaking bread together. We will make sandwiches during our second hour. The outdoor service begins at 2:00PM. Trinity Church is located at 950 Chapel Street (corner of Temple) in New Haven.

Annual Meeting June 4th, 2017

The Annual Congregational Meeting this year will be on Sunday June 4th 2017 during Second Hour. Lunch will be served. Agenda Items include: 

  • Reports from all committees and from the Minister
  • Recognition of committee members ending their terms
  • Election of new committee members
  • Consideration of the proposed budget
  • Discussion and vote upon proposals regarding a possible union with Church of the Redeemer, 
  • All other issues the congregation wishes to discuss.  

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

The Proposed FY 2018 Budget will available in May.  

this week at united

United Church on the Green hosts hundreds of events each year for outside groups. Our two buildings are used every day of the week for multiple events, day and evening. Many are regular weekly events, some monthly or annual events and a great many more are one time special events. We host these events to support the good work that these community service organization provide to local and state residents. CLICK HERE for a list of the many organizations we have hosted in the last few years. If your public service group is interested in discussing how our facilities might aid its mission, please contact our Operations Director at 203-787-4195 x102

May 22nd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM Bible Study Group at the Parish House
  • 8:00PM AA at the Parish House

May 23rd:

  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

May 24th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

May 25th: 

  • 10:00AM 5 for 5 Crafts Group at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Rehearsal at the Meeting House

May 26th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 8:30PM AA at the Parish House

May 27th: 

  • 10:30AM Issues in Religion 5 for 5 at the Parish House

    stewardship update

    Our Annual Giving Stewardship Program for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1st has begun.! Our goal is:

    • To reach 100% participation by all our members and friends
    • To create a community of giving
    • In which everyone who loves our church and all that it does will support the church
    • In a way that reflects their ability to give according to their means and resources. 
    • You can make an annual pledge of support or you can just make gifts whenever you wish. 

    Every gift is important! Because they enable our ministries which help so many people in so many ways. 

    program news

    United Church School and Child Care
    Hope to see you soon. United Church School and Child Care will continue during the Summer months. We're planning exciting new projects for the Summer. Please join us!

    United Community Nursery School
    It is not too late to contribute to our 55th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal in memory of Max B. Rausch. We are serving many low income struggling families, and your generosity makes a big difference in their lives.  Our special UCNS 55th Anniversary TShirts are now available Size XS (children) up to 2XL (adults). $10 for kids and $12 for grown-ups. Purchase a couple tshirts in time to wear to our Annual Family Picnic at Lighthouse Park on Friday June 2nd at 4pm. We are now taking applications for Fall 2017. Please contact Betty Baisden for more information on the Church School or the Nursery School ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com or 203-782-0141. 

    Issues in Religion
    Our Issues in Religion Discussion Group will meets on certain Saturdays at 10:30 in our Parish House to important topics of interest. The United Church Parish House is located at 323 Temple Street in New Haven. For more information contact Roger Adams roger_adams@comcast.net

    International Festival of Arts and Ideas
    This year the three historic churches on the New Haven Green are participating in this world class event that brings thousands of visitors from throughout the nation and the world to New Haven during the month of June. Alter'd Spaces is a series of performances hosted by Trinity, Center and United Church. For more information go to: http://artidea.org/altard-spaces

    5-for-5 Craft Group
    This group usually meets on Thursdays at 10am in the Parish House. Do handwork in good company as we enjoy far-ranging, interesting conversation. Bring your own knitting, sewing, mending, embroidery, quilting or any handwork. If you want lunch, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. New folks are always welcome. For questions? Ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Ruth Anne, Susan, Pam or Jean. Our next meeting will be on 5/25. For more information contact Jean Blue at: jeanandjon71@gmail.com. 

    The New Lights Committee Needs You!

    Fellowship after Worship is an important part of United Church.The Congregation is growing and New Lights would love for you to join and help with our Coffee Hours and Potluck Dinners. Please donate your time, food, supplies to this important ministry. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Meeting House Bradley Room. Contact New Lights Chair, George Lindsay for for information. 

    Food Donations

    Our food offerings each week go to support the work of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Please contact them for a list of foods which are in high demand at their daily Soup Kitchens and food pantries. We collect food on their list from our members.Our current food focus is jelly. 

    community events

    The International Festival of Arts & Ideas

    This world-class festival will once again come to New Haven from June 3rd - June 24th. Arts & Ideas is a city-wide festival of films, performances, art exhibits, international food, conversation and joy. Some events are ticketed, but many are free. United Church will be hosting several musical performances as part of the Festival's "Altar'd Spaces" series on Tuesday June 13th and Wednesday June 14th. For more information, including a full schedule, please go to www.artidea.org or (888) ART-IDEA ((888) 278-4332

    The Greater New Haven Community Chorus

    The GNHCC will be presenting its Spring Concert entitled "Out of the Deep" on Saturday June 10th, at 7:30PM. The concert will be at Battell Chapel - Yale University, 400 College Street (corner of Elm) in New Haven. The concert will feature the music of Rutter, Chilcott. Stroope and Thompson, led by the Artistic Director, Noah Blocker-Glynn. For more information and tickets, go to: www.gnhcc.org

    UCC Missionary Talk

    On June 11th, at 5:30PM UCC missionary, Lauren McGrail, who is ministering through the Jerusalem International YMCA to Palestinian women, will be at Shalom UCC during their worship service at 5:30. Shalom UCC will also host a potluck supper with Loren's talk and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Please feel free to come for worship or just for the potluck and discussion. This is an excellent chance to meet Lauren, and to gain knowledge about the UCC mission program. In order that we have sufficient food for the potluck, please email Carol Wade carolrwade@gmail.com if you think you might come. Shalom Congregational UCC worships in our Parish House at 323 Temple Street (corner of Wall), in New Haven.

    New Haven Friday Flicks,

    This Free Summer Outdoor Film Festival will begin on June 2nd and run through August 28th. The City of New Haven will sponsor the movie nights in various local parks around the city. Some on the schedule include:

    • June 23rd Ghostbusters (1984) - Beecher Park
    • July14th Footloose (1984) - Bayview Park
    • July 21th American Graffiti (1973) - Edgewood Park (Ranger Station) 
    • July 28th Jaws (1975) - East Shore Park
    • August 4th Cars (2006) - Lincoln Bassett
    • August 18th Moana (2016) - Scantlebury Park

    These events are Free and Open to the Public. Bring a Picnic. Movies begin at sundown about 8:30PM. For more information and a full schedule, go to: Friday Flicks

    interdependence project

    Joint Coordinating Team News

    Discussions and meeting are continuing between our congregation and that of Church of the Redeemer. We are exploring plans regarding: facilities, governance, staffing and fiscal resources. For more information you can subscribe to an e-newsletters by contacting: newchurchnewhaven@gmail.com. You may also speak directly with Coordinating Team members: Roger Adams, David Carter, Caryne Eskridge, Tony Forman, Peter Halsey, Janyss Morse, Beth Pellegrino, John Schneider, Matt Taylor, and Kathryn Thomas.   

    meeting house sound system

    Fundraising Campaign Update

    We're nearly there! We are closing in on our goal of raising $25,000 in special donations by July 1st for this very important project. Please help us improve the listening experiences for everyone who enjoys worship services and the many other events that we host in our historic Meeting House. Each dollar donated to this project will be matched by our Stewards Special Fund enabling us to purchase a system that meets all our current and future needs. The new system would also be transferable to other buildings.Donations of any amount are truly welcomed at this time. Please give what you can, today!  

    • To donate on-line, follow this link to our website Meeting House Sound System Fund.
    • You may also send us a check addressed to: 323 Temple St., New Haven CT 06511
    • Or you can place a check in the Sunday offering. (please add "MH Sound System" in the memo field)
    • You can also use our Square Card Reader during worship services or in our Parish House Front Office to make a donation.

    parish house office space available

    United Church is one of New Haven’s oldest and most respected churches with a long history of supporting social justice and human rights activities. We support a number of public service organizations and other churches by providing office and meeting space in our Parish House Building which is located on the corner of Temple and Wall Streets in downtown New Haven adjacent to Yale’s center campus. Our congregation is open and affirming and actively supports LGBTQ rights, 12 Step Recovery Programs and many other human rights and social service issues. We currently have small offices available for annual rental on the second floor of our Parish House. 

    • The offices are about 180 to 300 square feet in size, totally self-contained and lockable
    • We offer 24/7 access for our tenants
    • The monthly fee includes heat and electricity and internet access. 
    • Off-street parking is available for an extra fee. 
    • The offices that are not ADA accessible. 

    Our resident tenants have use of our Great Hall function room which has a commercial kitchen and our conference room (when they are available) for additional fees. For more information contact:

    John Russell, Operations Director at 203-787-4195 x102 or email operations@unitednewhaven.org.

    Community Resources

    Safe and Free Disposal of Household Chemicals

    Come drop off your hazardous household waste at the New Haven Water authority on Saturday Mornings 9:00AM to 12Noon at the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, 90 Sargent Drive in New Haven. For more information, including a list of accepted items and non-toxic household alternatives, please go to: HazWasteCentral.

    Consumer Law  Project for Elders

    The Consumer Law Project for Elders is a project of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.  Funding is provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Aging Senior Medicare Patrol Program and by Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. For more information CLICK HERE.

    New Haven Reads

    New Haven Reads has four locations which serve the New Haven community. The newest is located at 85 Willow Street. Their mission is to help children and adults improve their reading skills and to provide books for them to read. NHR is seeking volunteers to help tutor individuals in one hour per week sessions. Tutors must be 15 years and older. For more information call 203-752-1923 or visit their website: www.newhavenreads.org.

    Street Sheet Reference Guide

    The Town Green Special Services District of New Haven has produced a useful reference guide for those seeking shelter, clothing, food banks, meals and other public support services. Here is a PDF copy:

    Twelve Step Recovery Programs

    Those interested in learning about available "Twelve Step" help in the New Haven Area can visit this website

    which lists locations, dates and times for substance abuse support group meetings in our region.

    New Haven Area Soup Kitchens and Pantries

    Those interested in learning about area

    Should visit the above websites which list places and times for donated food distribution to those in need.