FIRST TIME VISITOR? WELCOME!
Your first time at a church must bring up some questions. How do I get there? What should I wear? What’s available for my kids? What should I expect in church?
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear what makes you feel comfortable, whether it’s your “Sunday best” or something more casual. There will be plenty of others dressed just like you!
HOW DO I GET THERE?
The church is located in the geographic center of East Windsor, in the area known as “Scantic”, at the intersection of Phelps, Scantic, Cemetery and Tromley Roads. From Route 5 follow either Phelps, Scantic or Tromley directly to the church. There is a map on our home page.
The parking lot is on the south side of the church and is accessible from both Scantic and Phelps Roads. Five handicap spaces are along the side of the building.
WHICH DOOR DO I USE?
Since the front of the building is right on the street (as you can see in the photo on our home page), the building is most easily accessed from the double doors near the parking lot. The handicap ramp is located near the doors. Once through the doors, ascend the short flight of steps then turn to the right down the corridor. At the end of the corridor, go through the double doors and up the stairs to the sanctuary. For those who would prefer to use the chair lift, turn left at the stairs to the north stairway to access the lift. A trustee will be there to assist you.
Once in the sanctuary an usher will give you a worship bulletin which outlines the order of the service and can answer any questions you might have.
WHAT IS THE WORSHIP SERVICE LIKE?
Our traditional service is on Sundays at 10:00 year round. It includes weekly singing of The Doxology and The Gloria Patri, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, responsive readings, unison prayers and music performances by the adult choir. The children’s choir usually performs on the third Sunday of the month. Also on the third Sunday is a Children’s sermon. We sing hymns from Hymns for the Family of Man. Information cards are available in the back of every pew on which you can request more information on the church or a call by the minister.
WHAT ABOUT COMMUNION?
First Congregational celebrates the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month… The congregation is served in the pews and holds the sacraments to partake together. All are welcome to partake of communion, regardless of age. (The parents decide when it is appropriate for their children to participate.) Please hold the tray for your neighbor and then pass it back to the Deacon. To include everyone, we serve grape juice rather than wine for all communion celebrations. On certain special occasions communion is served by intinction when the congregation comes forward to receive the bread and dip it into a common cup.
Visitors are encouraged to join us for Fellowship Time in the Parish Hall immediately after the service. Have a cup of coffee or tea and a snack as you mingle and get acquainted. We have a reputation as a warm and friendly church where everyone is welcome.
Would you like to get a sense of what we hear on any given Sunday?
Click here: Recent Sermons to listen to one of Pastor Tom’s uplifting sermons.