We are a community of Christians:
learning God’s ways;
sharing God’s love;
extending God’s peace and healing grace to all.
A Heritage of Faith since 1719, and an Open,
Affirming, Reconciling congregation,
Niantic Community Church is a federated congregation of the United
Methodist Church and the United Church of
Christ. It is also a welcoming home to people from a great variety of church backgrounds
and life experiences.
The Niantic Community Church exists to celebrate God and to follow in the way of Jesus Christ:
serving our neighbors near and far; striving for wholeness, justice, and peace in our church, our community,
and our world. We affirm that every member of our congregation is a minister: a servant of God. We have
- to outreach;
- to faith formation for both children and adults; and
- to living out Jesus’ extravagant, joyful hospitality.
We are blessed with a highly active church membership, who carry out many ministries.
Some of those ministries respond to an immediate need or interest; some are on-going.
Worship and Music
The first purpose of a church is to pray and sing God’s praise! Most Sundays during the year we meet for worship on
Sunday mornings at 9 & 11:15am. We praise God with a wide variety of music: pipe
organ; senior choir; children’s choir; women’s Gospel choir; adult and youth bell choirs;
the youth Agape ensemble; and occasional guest musicians. Participants often find they not
only are making a joyful noise, but forming lasting bonds as well.
We recognize that learning is a life-long activity, so we have programs for learners
of every age. We also recognize that forming a deep relationship with God is a great
challenge in our day (as in every day), when we are surrounded by so many
demands on our time and allegiance. Our offerings include:
- Weekly “Thought for Young Minds” during worship;
- Weekly Sunday School for Pre-K through 4th grade;
- Weekly Bible reflection with middle school and high school youth groups;
- Yearly Vacation Bible School for Pre-K through 4th grade;
- Bible study every Tuesday at 7:15am, meeting at the Niantic Diner;
- Advent, Christmas, Lenten, and Easter Fairs / Celebrations;
- Disciple, a year-long adult Bible study.
Programs for middle- and high school aged youth include:
- Weekly Fellowship meetings for middle and high school students;
- Yearly mission trips to Camp Wanakee, a Heifer Project worksite for middle schoolers;
- High school students volunteer monthly at New London’s Homeless Hospitality Center;
- Yearly mission trips to various locations;
- Confirmation class for 9th grade students.
Caring & Community
Through our Parish Life Ministries we strive to tend to the needs of both body and spirit.
These offerings include: the ministry of our Parish Nurse; our Prayer Chain; “Sunshine Cards”
sent to those who may be celebrating a life change or struggling with a loss; visits to home-bound
church members for conversation, prayer, or to share communion; Operation Love, which arranges
food for those who are injured or ill or facing the loss of a loved one.
We’ve held discussions of elder care, depression, skin cancer; we often offer book studies that
last three to six weeks. Recently a men’s group formed, following a retreat. The ministries of our
Women’s Fellowship Board and Women’s Christian Service Association include a yearly women’s retreat,
the popular annual Jack Frost Bazaar, a rummage sale, and our Prayer Shawl ministry. And of course
there are the summer suppers — all you can eat!
Our congregation has a strong commitment to outreach — by which we mean deep engagement
with pressing social needs and issues. We take seriously Jesus’ example of welcoming the outcast,
clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and housing the homeless, and also prayerfully challenging
the social structures that contribute to homelessness, hunger, and isolation. We have special connections
to Habitat for Humanity, the Heifer Project, the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and the yearly Peace Walk.
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These describe some of what we do and who we are, but we strive to remain open to the Spirit of God,
who is always making all things new — even us!