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Visitors - What to Expect?

Visiting a new church for the first time can be daunting.  Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

Worship Times

Our worship time normally begins at 9:30am on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary.  The service lasts approximately 60 minutes and conains an opening hymn and liturgy, children's sermon, choir anthem, sermon, prayer, offering, and other traditional parts of worship.

Worship Format

Our normal worship service follows the format suggested by the United Church of Christ Book of Worship. It includes the acts that have characterized Christian worship since earliest times:
  • Praise,
  • Confession,
  • Proclamation, and
  • Response.
Everything that you need to participate fully in worship is included in the printed bulletin. In addition, much of the worship order and wording is projected on a large screen to the right of the altar area. The three hymns are numbered in the bulletin; you can find the hymn in the New Century Hymnal (located in the pew racks) and you will see the words to the hymns projected on the screen.

All of our services offer opportunities for you to participate by reading, singing, praying, and listening – to scripture readings, the sermon, and to music. At the beginning of service, we greet each other and pass the peace of Christ to each other.

Communion

Communion is offered s on the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome at Christ’s table, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Communion is offered to everyone while they remain seated, although we will sometimes have communion in a traditional manner, by intinction during which worshippers will walk to a communion station, take a piece of the bread of life and dip it in the cup of blessing. You will be given clear instructions on Communion Sunday as to the way in which the sacraments will be offered that day.

Offering

At all of our services, we follow the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the Church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to consider how to best live a life of generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.

Inclusive Language

You may hear and see wording used in the hymns and other parts of worship different than you are used to. We usually incorporate language that is truly inclusive with respect to God and to people.

Common Questions

How Do I Get There and What About Parking?

The Gaylord United Church of Christ is located at 318 Fourth Street in Gaylord, Minnesota at the corner of Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue. You may park in our parking lot or on the west or north sides of the street. There is also ample parking available on all sides of the church property.

What Should I Wear?

You may come to worship dressed in casual clothes, your Sunday best, or anything in between.

What Do I Do When I Arrive for Worship?

At 9:00 a.m., there will be a greeter at the main door on the west side of the church who will provide you with a worship bulletin. You may sit anywhere you like.

What About My Children?

Childcare is available during our Sunday service. On Sunday mornings, children from 3 years old through 6th grade have a chance after the srvice service to gather together to make new friends and explore stories from the Bible.

What Happens When the Service is Over?

There is a coffee hour hospitality table set up after each servicein the Fellowship Hall. It is usually outside on the main Cree Memorial Plaza in front of the church.  We invite you to stay and talk with others and with our pastors following the services.

Is the Church Accessible to Those With Disabilities?

The Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible from the west entrance for the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall and from the north entrance for the Education Center and church offices.

What Are the Seasonal Opportunities for Worship?

Thanksgiving Service is an ecumenical opportunity to worship at one of the local churches on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day. The location varies; watch for the published location and time as the holiday approaches.

Journey to Bethlehem in December is a special service of worship including the reenactment of the very first journey to Bethlehem for Christ’s birth. All are invited to participate by bringing canned food gifts to the manger.

Christmas Eve Service is usually at 7:30pm. The service is family friendly and includes a performance by various musicians. The service includes a closing with a candlelight service.

Ash Wednesday service is held on Ash Wednesday in the Sanctuary, although we sometimes choose to haved our Wednesday Lenten worship services at the Oak Terrace Senior Housing Cam. This service begins the season of Lent and includes the imposition of ashes.

Palm Sunday service is held on the Sunday before Easter. Palms are given out at the worship service.

Maundy Thursday Service is held during Holy Week, on the Thursday before Easter in the Sanctuary, although we often share in this special worship service with other churches in the Gaylord area. This service remembers the final days of Jesus’ life and includes a celebration of communion.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service is are held at 7:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and it is a youth-led worship service.  We then share in an Easter breakfast before returning to the Sanctuary for our Easter Worship Service.

Confirmation Sunday is held in the spring, usually on the first Sunday in May. The Confirmation Service includes a special recognition of our Confirmands (8th graders who have gone through Confirmation class) with communion and their confirmation into full membership in the church.

Please call us at 507-237-2595 or stop by the church to visit us if you are interested in receiving more information about any of these topics.
 
 

Contact Us

P.O. Box 385
318 Fourth Street
Gaylord, MN 55334-0385

Phone: 507-237-2595
Fax: 507-
237-5846
E-Mail: uccgaylord@gmail.com

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