Church Life at Groton Congregational
There are many ways to be involved with church life at Groton Congregational.
We are a diverse and active congregation working as a community to have a closer relationship with God and a satisfying relationship with the church.
Worship is an integral part of our life here at Groton Congregational. Our service is a meaningful experience that involves the singing of hymns, saying of prayers together and an opportunity to share our joys and concerns.
The scripture messages connect the readings to our lives in a relevant and memorable way. Special music from the choir, bell choir or other musicians is always an uplifting and a joyous sound unto the Lord.
The Sacrament of Baptism
We believe that the Sacrament of Baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward grace open to all of God’s beloved children. As such, Groton Congregational is committed to welcoming anyone who wishes to be baptized or baptize their child into the family of faith of Jesus. You do not need to be a member or even someone who regularly attends the church, though we bet you’ll like it here and want to come back!
Groton Congregational has one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Connecticut. Complete with a classic, central aisle and original Tiffany Stained Glass, our sanctuary can accommodate up to 200 attendees to celebrate your union! All couples are welcome to be married at Groton Congregational Church.
We know that many people connect most closely with God through music. Groton Congregational has an active music program that involves our Sunday Worship Services, Concerts and Special Events.
Church Choir: Our Worship services have an active choir program that sings each Sunday and rehearses each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Bell Choir: We also have a bell choir that performs each month during services and also periodically at concerts in the area. They rehearse on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Special Music: We welcome the talents of all of the people in our congregation and encourage them to use of their musical gifts in service. We’ve had guitars, bass, trumpets, trombones, flutes and pianos. We’ve had duets, soloists and groups of all ages play during our services in the past few months alone! Whether you sing, play an instrument, or perform with a group, you would be welcome to join us here.
Children and Youth Programming
Our Nursery is bright and cheerful. We have two attendants who give care and cuddles during the service.
Our children begin their Sunday morning at GCC in the sanctuary where, during the service, our pastor shares a meaningful message with them and the congregation. The children then attend Children’s Chapel where they participate in a shortened worship service. They learn about our faith through stories, activities and fun projects.
Our youth group is geared for children in 8th through 12th grades. They are involved in mission trips and have great fun together. Our youth room includes a pool table, TV and fun bible games to keep our youth engaged and growing in faith. Our youth group director always has great plans for the kids to be interacting with each other and youth from other churches.
Our church takes abuse prevention very seriously. Click here to download a copy of our Abuse Prevention Policy.
Outreach and Community Service
We are involved in our community! From Grammies Jammies to summer camp for Groton City children, we are lending helping hearts and hands to benefit those around us. Our mission’s committee is involved in many wonderful projects and events. There is great enthusiasm and joy in giving back to our community.
Camp for Kids – Each year our missions team works hard to raise funds to help underprivileged children attend a wonderful day-camp for the entire summer. In addition to being a lot of fun for the children, this provides much needed meals as well.
Grammies Jammies – We are partnered with the Riverfront Children’s Center and each winter collect “jammies”. Last year we were able to provide 125 pairs of warm “jammies” for the children of Riverfront.
Operation Christmas Child – We collect items to fill shoeboxes, which are then shipped all over the world to underprivileged children. We contribute over 50 filled shoeboxes every year.
Community Meals – Groton Congregational offers a weekly community meal each Saturday from noon to 1:00 p.m. The meals are prepared by a team of volunteers who offer warm meals as well as warm welcomes to all.
Emergency Assistance – Groton Congregational Church offers emergency assistance in certain situations that are not covered by other community services. In the past year alone we have helped provide housing, food and other critical needs to people in crisis.
Our Community Meals program is a way for us to reach out and serve our community. We are striving to nourish mind, body and spirit with healthy food, companionship and love.
Join us on the first Saturday of each month in our fellowship space, Dutton Hall for a sit-down meal that is always delicious and healthy. On the second, third and fourth Saturday of each month bagged lunches for take out are available with a sandwich, snack and fruit.
Interested in volunteering? Contact our Community Meals Coordinators by filling out the contact form below.
Would you like to sponsor a Community Meal? The Community Meals program continues to inspire people and expand its reach in our community and beyond! Opportunities exist to sponsor a week or a whole month. Click on the PayPal Donate button to choose your level of giving. Thank you!
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