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Through weekly Sunday morning worship and other special worship opportunities Community Church members and friends gather to nurture our spirituality, experience peace and deepen our relationship with God.  Worship provides the opportunity to pause in our regular routine, offer gratitude, share concerns, listen for guidance, experience healing and inspiration, be challenged, and renewed.

As a progressive congregation, our services blend the rich traditions of our Christian heritage, with contemporary practices, and interpretations.  On any given Sunday one could hear lively music from one of our choirs, readings from scripture or poetry, thoughtful and engaging sermons, moments of deep stillness and quiet.

We take seriously the concept of “community” and even in our worship seek to create a setting that allows people of different backgrounds, ages and understandings to “come as they are” and  find a safe, welcoming space for growth and refreshment.

Our worship is intended to lead us back into the world to share the good news of God’s inclusive love and to more fully embody the radical hospitality and compassion of Christ.


Sunday Services

Inspiring services are crafted to connect us with the timeless Word of God in creative ways.  Through scripture and sermon, sacrament and prayer, anthem and song, our hope is that all will sense they are in the presence of the Sacred.

Additionally, we offer alternative worship opportunities that include an array of spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, global music, and art that are free and open to all.


Sunday Service Times

September through June:  10:00-11:15 am
Additional multigenerational services are held periodically throughout the year.

July and August:  9:00-10:00 am

Order of Service

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Visiting for the first time?


“Welcome!”

Thank you for worshiping with us! It is our hope and prayer that you will sense our welcome and God’s presence. Especially if you are a first time visitor, we want to do everything we can to help you feel comfortable. Below are a few questions that will hopefully ease your mind and relieve that “new church” stress that so many of us feel when we are exploring a new place…especially a place of worship!

What time is service on Sunday?

September through June:  10:00-11:15 am

July and August:  9:00-10:00 am

Additional intergenerational services are held periodically throughout the year.

Where is the church located?

17 Main St  Durham, NH 03824

(603) 868-1230

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Where do I park?

We have two large parking lots.  The “Upper Lot” is located right next to the church immediately after you turn into our driveway.  We reserve this lot for those who find it difficult to walk.  The “Lower Lot” is just behind the church – follow the driveway around, you can’t miss it!

Are your facilities accessible?


Yes, the lower and middle levels of the church facility are wheelchair accessible.  An elevator provides access to the upper level which includes the sanctuary (where services are held).  We also reserve the upper level parking lot for those who find it difficult to walk or need special assistance.

How should I dress?

Come as you are! You are welcome to dress casually when you come to Community Church. We want you to feel welcome and right at home when you step into the church. If you would prefer to dress up, you are welcome to do so, as there are members and guests that dress up as well as those that come casually. Please don’t worry about your attire! You are guests in God’s church!

Are My Children Welcome in the Service?

We delight in being a multigenerational community and  joyfully welcoming all ages in our worship.  Toward the beginning of service, a worship leader will give a Children’s Message in which all the children are asked to come forward. If they feel comfortable, they are welcome to come forward or you are welcome to bring them up. At the end of the message, the children may remain with you in church or go down to Church School or “Kinderkirk,” our child care program for infants and toddlers.  You’ll also find that activity bags are available for children during the worship hour when they do not attend Sunday School.

Do you offer Sunday School?

During the school year, Church School is offered for children ages three through eighth grade! Please see the Opportunities to Learn page for more information.

Do you have Child Care?

Nursery care, “Kinderkirk,”  is available for infants and  toddlers. We have a wonderful group of caring volunteers and paid staff who tend our Sunday morning nursery.  If your little one becomes restless during the worship service, we hope that you will take advantage of their loving care.

What can I expect during the worship service?

Each worship service is about one hour and fifteen minutes long. Worship is the vital core of our life here at Community Church.  It is the spiritual bread that feeds us, and the primary way in which we connect weekly as a congregation. We are committed to designing worship experiences which are relevant to our lives and crafted around weekly themes, and which help us to follow Jesus’ example.  The content and spirit of our worship service are guided by a central theme, chosen either from what is known as the Common Lectionary of Bible readings or from current themes that arise within our Congregational life, or the community at large.  We seek in worship to connect our faith with the realities of the world and our daily lives.

Am I expected to participate in the Offering?

There is no expectation other than that you know we are glad that you are with us. God calls all of us to offer our best… but God is not an accountant and neither are we. Receive God’s word and give according to God’s graciousness to you!

How does Holy Communion work?

We typically celebrate Holy Communion (the Eucharist) on the second Sunday of each month and at special seasonal services.  Our table is open to all who desire to receive the nourishment and refreshment of God’s spirit.  All ages and backgrounds are welcome.

We typically use cubes of bread (and gluten-free bread) and non-alcoholic grape juice in communion.  An usher will bring a tray to your pew.  We take turns holding the tray for the person next to us.  After you take the bread or juice, hold it until everyone in the church has been served.  The pastor will then invite all of us to eat or drink together.  We use this format as a way to remind ourselves of Christ’s call to serve one another.

Will I have to say anything or be singled out in any way?

Please don’t be nervous about your first visit with us. You are our guest, and we want you to feel comfortable. While you will be greeted and welcomed, you won’t be put on the spot, singled-out or embarrassed. During the service, you´ll notice a mini-form in the seat in front of you.  If you’d like to learn more about Community Church and/or talk with our Pastor, please fill out the form and put in in the offering plate or give it to an usher when you leave.

What is Fellowship Hour and do I have to go?

Fellowship Hour is an informal social time right after church.  It’s a chance to share some light refreshments and chat with others.  You are more than welcome to come, but you certainly don’t have to.  Some people stay for five minutes, others for as long as 45 min.  Do what feels right to you.

 If you have additional questions, please stop by our office, send us an email or give us a call.

Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?

Yes, we are a part of the United Church of Christ.  For more information on the UCC please click here http://www.ucc.org/

What if I'm not even sure I believe in God?

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here — to explore your faith, to meet new people, and to strengthen your personal relationship with God.

Will I understand the message even if I don't know much about the Bible?

Yes!  Some people in our church know the Bible inside and out.  Others grew up with little or no exposure to the Bible so wherever you are on that continuum, you’ll fit right in.



Weekly Order of Service (for the Coming Sunday)

November 19, 2017 (PDF)


Sermons

Coming Soon

Readings, Music and References

  • Monthly Lectionary Readings
  • Links to poems, quotes, etc. mentioned in the most recent Sunday’s sermon
  • Title, composer, etc. for anthem, prelude, postlude from most recent Sunday


In Case of Inclement Weather

Please check WMUR Radio www.wmur.com for possible cancellations.


Multigenerational Services

One of the great joys of life here is the opportunity to be with people of all ages.  One of the many ways we do this is by periodically offering worship services that are co-led by children and adults, typically on the first Sunday of each month. On these Sundays, in addition to offering our financial gifts, we offer gifts of nonperishable food items. 

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, we offer two worship opportunities: a 4:00 pm Family Service/Pageant and a 9:00 pm Service of Light. All are welcome!
4pm Order of Service
9pm Order of Service


Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Ash Wednesday services are held in the Chapel. Ash Wednesday service is at 6:30 pm.

During Holy Week, we offer a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service at 7:00 pm. A Good Friday Service with meditative readings and music takes place at 7:00 pm. On Easter Sunday, we offer two services, at 8:30 and 10:30, with a special Fellowship Hour in between.


Celebration Sunday

In June the children lead worship on Celebration Sunday.

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