What do I need to know before I come to church?
We are a caring faith community of people of all generations and faith backgrounds. We are a member of the United Church of Christ, a Protestant tradition dating back to the Pilgrims who came to this country seeking freedom, including religious freedom. Our community numbers about 200 persons, including 40 children. We host between 65 and 90 persons per week in worship, and we are growing. It is a perfect time for you to join us!
We are what is known as a “purple church,” meaning that we are politically diverse as well as diverse in our religious backgrounds. If you have been to a Protestant church in the past, you will find our service to be familiar in format, but refreshing to you in its message and in its style. Wherever you are on your faith and personal journey, you are welcome here! We invite you to "Come as you are, for you are enough." At UCC Parker Hilltop, we exist as a church because we believe the good news of Jesus Christ, that the unconditional love of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, gives meaning and purpose to life.
Our worship service is comprised of a mix of traditional and contemporary genres. We use an organ, a piano, and occasionally an acoustic guitar or flute to accompany our singers, our choir, and our congregation. In every service there is prayer, music and hymn singing, scripture from either the New Revised Standard Version or The Message Bible, an open expression of our community’s joys and concerns, a children’s sermon, and an adult sermon or other message preached by our pastor or invited guest. Worship is scheduled for approximately 75 minutes. Please see our Worship page for more information.
We are Open & Affirming—fully inclusive-- of LGBTQ persons and their families. We are also the fifth church in all the UCC to be designated Accessible to All (A2A), meaning we are equipped physically and spiritually to welcome persons with disabilities.
We regard and honor the Bible as our primary sacred text of faith, written by persons inspired by the love of and Spirit of God. We take its words and its wisdom seriously, but not always literally. We read the Bible to include all persons as God's beloved children, without exception. Please see Our Beliefs page for more information.
We have an active Missions program, serving the needs of the local community and those of the wider world. Please see our Missions page for more information.