Services are held each Sunday at 123 East Cliff Street in Somerville. See the top of this page, or navigate to our home page, for the time at which Sunday Services are held.
What to Bring
What should I wear?
At our services and events, people wear everything from shorts and jeans to business attire. Please wear whatever you’re comfortable in.
Can my children come with me?
Yes! They can join you for family worship or participate in the Religious Exploration activity downstairs (when offered). If you need to leave the sanctuary during service, there is a window room where you can hear and observe the service with your child. There is also an unsupervised nursery downstairs and changing tables available in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms.
Facilities and Parking
Where should I park?
Our neighbors on Culver St. between E. High and E. Cliff Streets do not have driveways; please do not park in front of their homes. In NJ there is no parking on bridges or within 25 feet of a crosswalk. Please reserve spaces in the side lot for those with mobility challenges (special needs).
If you are parking in the lot, please note:
- Traffic flows in only one direction around the building
- From the street, enter on the left side of the building (creek side) and exit on the right side
- From the parking lot, exit to the left (by the neighboring home). ONE WAY ONLY!
- Children use the parking lot to run off steam during our coffee hour. Be very careful as you move your car in the lot.
Are your building and services accessible to people with disabilities?
YES! Our building was recently renovated to be accessible to people with mobility limitations. For people with vision and hearing limitations, we offer large-print Orders of Service and assisted-listening devices. Just ask the usher or person at the Welcome Table.
Where are the restrooms?
There are two restrooms located downstairs at the end of the Fellowship Hall closest to the elevator.
What happens during a Sunday service?
Services include announcements, music, readings, meditation, and a 20-minute sermon. during the closing words of each service, we hold hands. If you don’t like to hold hands, that’s OK; you can put your hand on the shoulder of your neighbor instead. After the service ends, please join us for coffee, tea and snacks during Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall downstairs.
Do I have to sing?
No, but you’re welcome to join in singing hymns. We have two hymnals, gray and teal. They are stored in the racks in front of each pew. If you’re in a front pew, your hymnals will be on a shelf under your pew.
Do I have to pray?
We usually have a period of meditation, either guided or silent. If you wish to pray during this time, you may.
What are Joys and Concerns?
A small book is on the desk in our church foyer. You are welcome to write down a joy (happy thing) or concern (something that worries you) for our minister to read aloud during the service.
Will I be asked to introduce myself?
You won’t be singled out during the service. If you’re open to it, we will introduce you to people individually during Coffee Hour.
Will I have to sign anything?
No. We’ll invite you to sign up for emails, and we’ll invite you to wear a name tag, but you aren’t obligated to do either.
Do I have to donate money or make a pledge?
During the Sharing of Gifts portion of the service, a basket will be passed. Half of the money collected supports the church; half is donated to a charitable cause announced during the service. If you would prefer not to donate, simply pass the basket to the next person.