FIRST TIME VISITORS
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
How long is the service? What should I expect?
Our Sunday worship service is approximately one hour long. There are Greeters waiting to welcome people. The greeters serve as hosts and will hand out a printed order of worship bulletin to all worshippers. The bulletin will help you follow along with the worship service, and include printed prayers, sung responses, hymn numbers, scripture readings, as well as announcements and a list of current prayer requests from among the congregation. In the pews there are hymnals from which we sing, and bibles to follow along with the scripture readings.
Sunday Service is at 10am
Outdoor Garden | Sanctuary
Orient Congregational Church, UCC
23045 Main Road, Orient, NY 11957
(Note: Current bulletins will always post by 8AM Sundays)
Zoom Coffee Hour @ 11:10 A.M.
Meeting ID: 885 7870 2237 Passcode: coffee
Zoom Phone In: 646 931 3860
(Note: Time start may be slightly delayed. Duration: 20 mins - 1 hour long.)
Please note our updated indoor Mask Policy:"At present, we no longer request everyone to be masked when inside church buildings.” Nonetheless, we ask those who choose to not be masked to honor those who do, by maintaining a respectful distance. We expect the unvaccinated to remain masked. We will continue to maintain a supply of masks and hand sanitizer in the narthex." FULL MEMO HERE
Each Sunday, the congregation joins in a variety of unison prayers and spoken responses that are printed in the bulletin. Throughout the service, the congregation members may stand together or be seated as a sign of unity and respect for the worship experience. Those who are not physically able or comfortable to stand may feel free to remain seated.
A sign-in registry for new comers is located in the back of the sanctuary. If you are interested in receiving more information about the church, simply fill out the information and you will be contacted.
At the conclusion of worship, the pastor greets people at the main sanctuary exit. All are invited to enjoy light refreshments and conversation at our Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall.
May I take Communion / the Lord’s Supper?
Yes. We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Our church has an open communion which means that anyone who seeks a closer relationship with the Risen Christ is welcome to partake.
What is available for my children?
We encourage children of all ages to begin in worship with their families. Each Sunday, there is a “Time with Children” toward the early part of the worship service when the young people are invited forward to sit with the Pastor at the front of the church for a short message.
What if I have special needs?
Our church building has lift chairs to the sanctuary and Fellowship hall. Please speak with one of the greeters if there is anything you need.
Where do I park and enter the building?
Our parking lot has ample space and designated Handicap spaces. People may access the church via the main entrance at the south side of the building.
What should I wear to worship?
We have no dress code, and believe that God welcomes all of us in whatever attire we wear. We strive to match our attitude with God’s view, following the words of First Peter 3:4: “God doesn’t see as humans see: people look on the outer appearance, but the Lord looks upon the heart.” If you have a hectic morning and barely have time to throw on some shorts and a shirt before coming to church – we will warmly welcome you. If you put a suit and tie, or a dress and heels, we also warmly welcome you. We do encourage thoughtfulness about our appearance to show respect for the worship setting, God, and one another.
How do I join this church?
If you are interested in making a commitment to this faith community, start with attending a few worship services or smaller events. Next, speak with our pastor so that they can answer any questions you may have and decide on a date together to formally join OCC.
Still have questions?
Please do not hesitate to call our church office: 631-323-2665 or e-mail us at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you in person!