It can be a little intimidating visiting a church for the first time. Perhaps you might have some questions:
What do I wear? Where do I sit? Will anyone talk to me? What if I have doubts and questions about God and religion?
Do we have all the answers? Certainly not. But we are exploring our faith shoulder to shoulder with each other,
and we invite you on the journey.
No matter what your religious background is, NGCC is a safe place to bring your doubts and curiosities.
We welcome you to come, meet us and talk with us. You will find we are a pretty friendly bunch.
Hopefully you will find the information below helpful. If you have more questions please contact us!
When are worship services?
Sunday mornings at 10 am, with summer services at 9:30. Usually services last about an hour.
Come downstairs afterward, grab a coffee, and get to know us.
Why do we meet?
To worship God, explore the Bible and to gather in Christian fellowship.
Who are these people that make up North Guilford Congregational Church?
We are a somewhat diverse congregation. Young and older, liberal and conservative, coming from various socioeconomic classes.
Do we always agree on everything? No. But we manage to work together despite our differences. Are we perfect Christians? Far from it.
But we are growing together in Christ.
What should I wear?
Attire at NGCC ranges from T-shirts to dresses, khakis to jeans. Suit and tie are NOT required.
Our goal is not to impress others; our goal is to connect with God.
Where do I sit?
Wherever you want! There are no reserved spots!
There is plenty of seating downstairs, but if you prefer a bird's eye view please check out the balcony.
Where are the restrooms?
Facing the pulpit, go out the door on your left. Follow straight back along the bannister toward the nursery. Make a right and you will find the restroom on your right hand side. Alternatively, you can head down the stairs and find more facilities to your immediate right, including a gender-neutral, wheelchair accessible restroom.
Am I expected to put money in the offering plate?
Collection boxes are passed during the service. If you feel moved to contribute that is fine, but you are under no obligation to do so.
Your decision to spend an hour with us is gift enough.
What about communion?
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month to remind us of the sacrifice made for us by Jesus. Here Christ is the host and we are the guests. This holy meal is open to everyone who wishes to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people. The bread and the cup (it's actually grape juice, not wine) are passed out to everyone row by row, and we partake together. Gluten-free communion bread, individually wrapped to prevent cross-contamination, is available every week; just ask an usher if you would prefer it to wheat bread.
Is there nursery care?
Yes! Our nursery is clean and safe. Gentle caretakers will look after your child during the worship service. Just go through the door at the front of the sanctuary and straight back to the Nursery room. You can pick up your children in the nursery at the end of the worship service.
Where do my children go?
Kids are a big priority at our church. The first Sunday of the month is Family Sunday; kids are invited to stay for the whole service .
Our Sunday School program runs throughout the school year. Children attend the first 10-15 minutes of the worship service (coloring kits are available as you walk in), then after the Children's Lesson adjourn to Sunday School. The Christian Education program is innovative and exciting!
You can pick up your children in the classroom after worship. See Raechel, our Christian Education Director if you have specific questions.
Where do my teenagers go?
High school students are welcome to stay in worship or join the Sunday School Class.
SPARK Youth Group welcomes teens in grades 8-12; kids do not have to be members of NGCC to attend.
Is the church accessible to people with physical challenges?
Yes! There is a ramp leading to the front door. Wheelchairs can also navigate up the brick walk next to the sanctuary;
once inside you can easily proceed to the inner entrance. There is extra space for wheelchair accommodation
at the front of the sanctuary on the left side as you are facing the pulpit.
We also have an elevator for easy access to downstairs-please ask an usher or deacon greeterfor assistance with the elevator.
A gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible restroom is located downstairs.
Speakers are placed in multiple pews for auditory amplification
If I have questions where do I go?
Feel free to ask an usher, the deacon greeter, or the pastor if you have any questions at all. We love our church and would enjoy telling you more about it.