When you enter the Hammond Street Congregational Church on Sunday morning, you will be greeted by one of our deacons, welcomed in, and directed to the Sanctuary. Ushers will greet you as you enter the Sanctuary and provide you with the Sunday Bulletin. Those with small children will receive information about the adjacent nursery. A limited number of hearing devices and large print bulletins are available and the ushers will be happy to help seat you, should you like that help.
The Bulletin provides you with all the hymn references and the call and response prayers, as well as announcements of upcoming events.
Following the pastor’s greeting and announcements, we participate in Passing the Peace. In many churches, this is a shaking of hands with those in easy reach of seat. HSCC does it a bit differently.
During the Passing of the Peace, the church comes alive with people circulating the aisles. People do brief check ins, there may be laughter or tears, and many hugs are exchanged. Those who prefer less exuberant interaction are welcome to remain in their pew and participate at a level that is comfortable. When the music begins, we move back to our seats and begin worship service. Sunday School age children generally remain with adults until the conclusion of the Children’s Moment when their teachers accompany them to class.
We remain in our seats until the conclusion of the Postlude and then all are welcome to join Coffee Fellowship in the Large Vestry downstairs.
There are chair lifts in the front of the church and enclosed platform lifts accessible from the rear entrance. Restrooms are located at the front and back on the lower level.
The inclusion of children in worship is of great importance. We welcome children by encouraging families to bring their children of all ages to worship, welcoming them as an important part of our worshipping community. We believe worship is one of the basic ways people learn what it means to experience God in our lives. Children learn they belong to Christ and are welcome in church. Children learn worship by participating with the congregation every Sunday. During the Children’s Moment, they come forward and hear messages about God’s love and examples of Biblical stories in a way they can comprehend. The Children’s Moment ends with a prayer and the older children go off to their Sunday School, while the young ones return to the nursery.
The nursery is open at 9:45 am, fifteen minutes prior to the service, and provides loving and supportive childcare for newborn to four-year-olds.
To begin their journey in faith, students from the age of three to kindergarten learn biblical lessons which are enhanced through interactive lessons. Students learn about God’s presence and unconditional love.
Students in grades one through five explore biblical lessons and their practical applications for daily life through stories, games, videos, and crafts.
Middle & High School
The middle and high school group engages in biblical study with an emphasis on music and outreach to the community.
Adult Sunday School
Sometimes we think of ourselves as “too old for Sunday School.” But truthfully, we are never too old to learn more which strengthens our faith and, more importantly, how to employ it effectively. To borrow a phrase from an old radio series, we are “still trying to find the answers to life’s persistent questions.” In recent sessions, we have heard life stories filled with humor, insights, challenges and hopes from doctors, therapists, nurses, teachers, parents, counselors, and many others.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6