Every Sunday at 10:00am we gather to sing, pray, hear the message, and live out community. We welcome all people as an open and affirming congregation. Following worship we share our welcome with one another at coffee hour complete with a real feast, and round tables to sit at. Often we have a "Second Hour" where we discuss an important topic, have a book study, or a sermon talk-back. Usually the first Sunday of the month we celebrate communion (also called "eucharist" or "the Lord's Supper"). All present, including children and guests, baptized or not, are invited to share the bread and cup. We always use grape juice instead of wine, out of respect for those persons who are striving to live in recovery. Also, there are gluten-free crackers available for those who need them. One can receive communion by either sitting in your pew or coming forward. To make an on-line worship offering, please CLICK HERE.
St. Augustine is credited with saying, "The one who sings, prays twice."
At United Church, we believe that music sets the tone for our
worship--literally. For many, listening to beautiful music is a
spiritual experience. It's like the Apostle Paul said: When we don't
know how to pray, "the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for
words" (Romans 8:26).
Our Director of Music, Caesar Storlazzi, ministers to the congregation in a
wide variety of musical styles, from Handel's Messiah to Barnett's
recent bluegrass mass. In addition, guest musicians broaden our musical
horizons with jazz, blues, and gospel sounds.
But listening to music is only part of the story. As in every facet of
our faith life, we believe we are called to be not only consumers, but
working partners. And so congregational singing grounds our worship
life. In partnership with God and sisters and brothers around the world,
we lift our voices not only in standard 4-part hymns (drawn from the
Hymns of Truth and Light hymnal, as well as a library of other
resources), but also songs of prayer and praise from many cultures. We
don't worry about sounding good so much as feeling good, pouring out our
hearts to God with the voices God gave us. After all, isn't that what
every Parent wants to hear?
Caesar has a creative gift and each Sunday directs our choirs and plays the Organ, piano, harpsicord and/or the oboe. We often have guest musicians and jazz offerings, and other varieties of music. Our United Church Choir rehearses Thursdays at 7:30pm at the meeting house (corner of Temple & Elm). Come on down and give it a try. Our Handbell Choir: Rehearsals are most Tuesdays at 5:30pm at the meeting house. Rehearsals last about an hour and it is a fun time of music-making and ringing. And, yes, there are the occasional pizza parties too!
Our Children and Youth Ministries work with our clergy to nurture the spiritual development of the children and adolescents in the Church and is responsible for religious education programs at United Church which include: Church School, confirmation classes, child care and fellowship opportunities for children and youth. For more information about our Youth Education Programs contact: Pastor Bonnie at 203-789 x104.
The United Community Nursery School (UCNS) was founded in 1962 as a secular outreach program of United Church on the Green. The church provides the physical space for the nursery school and continues to provide scholarship support and guidance. Our program serves a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Most families reside in New Haven or the surrounding towns, but each year there are some whose native homes are many miles or continents away. UCNS also has a long tradition of service to children with special needs. Thus, our children have a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow with a broad cross-section of a larger community. UCNS believes that a child who is secure and confident will find the world inviting, and seeks to provide both a supportive and a stimulating preschool environment.
NURSERY SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
We believe that a preschool should be a place where young children can begin to: Find out about themselves and the world around them. Build constructive relationships with other children and with adults. Try out thoughts in a situation that is wider than home or neighborhood. Develop a sense of community. Gain confidence and build self esteem. Experience a sense of wonder. Make choices and take responsibility. The school provides a balance of activities: Structured/unstructured Informative/creative Active/quiet Indoor/outdoor Observing/participating Alone/in groups Our unique location near the historic New Haven Green enables us to take advantage of many interesting places and events. Our proximity to downtown businesses makes it convenient for working parents to stop in to visit. Parents are always welcome. We seek to complement and enhance the parent-child relationship through mutual support, understanding, and ongoing communication regarding the child's needs. Regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences supplement day-to-day informal conversations regarding the child's well-being. Other opportunities for involvement include: Parent/staff workshops Pot luck suppers Picnics Parent support groups Periodic newsletters School clean-up day Parent advisory committee Family-oriented fundraising events
NURSERY SCHOOL ACCREDITATION
Since 1988, United Community Nursery School has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. We became the second school in the city and the 20th in the state to meet the Academy's strict accreditation standards in this voluntary, nationwide program. Each of our teachers has a personal commitment to fostering the development of young children, as well as the necessary professional preparation and experience. Teachers complement one another to achieve a well-balanced whole. We maintain a high teacher to student ratio.
To apply to our Nursery School, please contact our School Director, Betty Baisden at 203-787-4195 x103 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nursery School is supported by our state's School Readiness and Care-For-Kids Programs which subsidize tuition based on parent income. Tuition payments are billed monthly and may be paid on-line using credit or debit cards or checking account auto-debits.
Our Committee for Outreach Ministries works in conjunction with our clergy to inform the Church of our Christian concerns at home and abroad; and to encourage the Church and its members to exhibit Christian social concern in the world. They allocate our budgeted funds to worthy causes and carry out projects that enable the Church to further the Kingdom of God on local, national and international levels. Some of the many community organizations we support include:
- Numerous "Twelve Step" Substance Abuse Groups
- Columbus House & the Abraham's Tent Project
- Christian Community Action
- Chapel on the Green
- The Amistad Committee
- Yale Hunger & Homeless Action Project Soup Kitchens
- Operation Fuel
- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
- Connecticut Fuel Bank
- New Haven Scholarship Fund