Welcome to the Niantic Community Church!
The Rev. Dianne E. Arakawa, Transitional Pastor
Frequently Asked Questions
We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with some uncertainty, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at Niantic Community Church. NCC is a spiritual home to people from all walks and stations of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, who come together to worship God, become more like Jesus, and serve God’s creation.
We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know NCC is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with our pastors, greeters, or the people in your pew, and learn more about our life of worship, fellowship, and service together.
What times are your worship services?
NCC worships at 9:00 and 11:15am on Sunday mornings from September- mid-June. The two services are similar: the first tends to be more boisterous, as many families bring their children to participate in Church School which begins about 9:20, after “A Thought for Young Minds”. Summer Service from mid-June- August is at 9:30am.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
NCC is located at 170 Pennsylvania Avenue (Rte 161) in Niantic — about 2-½ miles south of I-95’s exit 74, and about ½ mile north of the Long Island Sound. We have a spacious parking lot, though it does tend to fill up for the 9am Sunday service. When the lot is full, there is a public parking area about 300 yards north, opposite the Sunoco station.
What happens during church?
As you enter the church, a friendly usher will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service. Worship typically features scripture reading, preaching, prayer, and music. At times, you will be invited to stand (if you are able), sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively.
Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month, and at special services like Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Our communion table is open to everyone—baptized or not, confessed or not, sure or not, saint or sinner or a little of both.
At all of our services we maintain the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to live a life marked by generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.
Do you offer childcare or Church School?
Children and families of all sorts are welcome and cherished at Niantic Community Church. Childcare is available at both of our Sunday services. Church School programs are offered on Sundays for children in pre-kindergarten through high school. More details are available on the Families with Children [fill in] page.
What should I wear?
Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire, and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.
How long do services last?
Worship services typically last an hour to an hour-and-a-quarter.
Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?
After our first worship service (from about 10-11am), we welcome everyone to the Dining Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshment. We invite you to stick around for a snack or beverage, strike up a conversation, and make some new friends!
Do you offer a Sunday study time for adults?
On Sunday mornings we offer Adult Church School, starting about 15 minutes after the 9am worship service ends — giving you time enough to get a cup of coffee from the Dining Hall and make your way to the Fellowship Room (please don’t hesitate to ask for directions!). These sessions feature discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the ways that Christians live out their faith, learn the Bible, relate to other faith traditions, and wrestle with tough questions. Other Bible studies and adult education programs meet throughout the week.
Is the church handicap accessible?
Yes. NCC offers a range of accessibility accommodations. More information is available by clicking here
How can I get more information?
Please feel free to chat with our minister after church – or any of the greeters or church leaders who made announcements during the worship service. At Coffee Hour, there are hosts in the kitchen who will also respond to your question or steer you to someone who can answer. You can also send a message and we’ll make sure your question gets to the right place.