Heidelberg United Church of Christ
47 West Philadelphia Street
What can I expect?
Worship Times: Sundays at 10:45 AM Labor Day through the end of June.
Sundays at 10:00 AM July and August
Come as you are to Heidelberg—in your “dress-up” clothes or in jeans and a T. We’re a flexible, casual bunch and we’re concerned with your comfort, not your clothes.
You’ll be greeted at the door and given a worship bulletin to guide you through the morning. You’ll be invited to make a name tag. We all wear them and it really helps in learning names. The greeters can point you to the coffee bar or to a bathroom, or answer any questions you might have.
Our Sanctuary is half pews and half chairs. We recommend the soft furniture! But there are no assigned seats, so make yourself at home anywhere. We tend to chat with one another right up until the organ invites us to be ready to worship.
Our worship is eclectic….always sacred, but not formal. Most weeks you’ll hear the pipe organ, but we worship just as well with guitar or flute, cello, sax or trumpet. In an ever-changing number of ways we tell stories, read poetry, laugh, sing, converse and soak up the presence of the Holy One who is in and among us all. Our worship runs for what we call “a Heidelberg hour.” That’s an hour, give or take, depending on what’s happening that day.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion with a table open to absolutely all on the first Sunday of each month.
After church, we invite you to “the second hour of worship.” We gather in our Auditorium for a time of fellowship where the coffee is always ready. We serve our own “HeidelBrew” roasted for us by New Grounds, a local coffee shop. Teams of our members and friends take turns providing a variety of snacks and we linger for a long time visiting with one another.
The Welcome Table On the first Sunday of most months, following our Communion service, the second hour is called The Welcome Table and it’s an old fashioned covered dish meal where everyone contributes something and we feast on the bounty. This is a great week to visit because there’s always enough for any who drop by.
What about children? We love children and we’re ready for your visit. Most children join their families for the opening of worship. We have tote bags filled with coloring pages and toys to provide entertainment. Most weeks there is a children’s message or a story before the youngest children are invited to go to the child care room. All our child care workers are volunteers, but each has the appropriate clearances. Often the children return at the end of worship to participate in the offering and Communion on the weeks we celebrate the sacrament.
Is Everyone Really Welcome?
You bet. We’re an Open and Affirming Congregation (read more here) and we take seriously our call to widen the welcome to all. All members of the LGBTQ community are welcome into full membership and participation at Heidelberg.
We also expanding our ministry to make our church accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired. We are fortunate that one of our members, Jeni Rodrigues, is a nationally certified ASL/English Interpreter with over fifteen years experience who currently serves on the faculty at Bloomsburg University where she teaches in the Interpreting Education Program. She is also currently pursuing her PhD at Gallaudet University.
Jeni interprets our worship services whenever she can be present. We are working toward having an interpreter with us each week. Check our Facebook Page for weekly announcements when a service will be interpreted.
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