It can be intimidating to try out a new place. Here's some information that will hopefully put you at ease before you visit.

What time is worship?
We worship at 10am.

What should I wear?
Wear whatever you are comfortable wearing.  Some people dress up in suits, ties, dresses and high heels.  Others wear jeans and tennis shoes. Choir members dress in robes.  The pastor wears a suit, robe, and even jeans. Please dress in whatever you would feel most comfortable.

What does "Sunday School" or "Education Hour" mean?
During September through May, we hold education classes from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. every Sunday for all ages.  The nursery is staffed for children under 3, and kids who are three through twelth grade attend classes geared towards their level.  Adults attend classes with various topics, including Bible study, social justice, personal spiritual growth, and everything in between.  We are a church that encourages questions. We believe that "God is Still Speaking," and living out the questions helps us to grow closer to God and each other.

What is worship like?
You'll find that our worship services are traditional.  We have a choir and a bell choir leading worship on different Sundays.  We often sing from hymnals and enjoy talented musicians on piano, organ, and other instruments.  Our pastor provides a sermon during service. The 10:00 service typically lasts one hour. As you enter the sanctuary, an usher will hand you a bulletin.  The bulletin provides an outline of the worship service as well as announcements about activities happening in and through the church.
What do kids do during the worship services?
Children are welcome to stay with their parents.  Depending on their ages, the nursery and Children's Worship are also available. The nursery is open every Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for children ages five and under.  Children ages three through grade 5 may choose to attend Children's Worship during the 10:00 a.m. service. Kids ages sixth grade and older stay with their parents during the services.

How is communion handled?
Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month during the worship service. We are an open table.  Jesus excluded no one and neither will we. This means that if a parent wishes for their child to receive communion, we will respect that wish.  Likewise, if a parent wishes to withhold communion until their child is of a certain age, we will respect that wish also. Everyone who wants to partake in communion may participate...those with no faith, little faith, or great faith.  All are welcome at the table.

What makes Zion St. Joe UCC different?
Although we offer traditional worship, our theology is progressive.  We take the Bible seriously but not literally. We are called to steward God's creation.  We affirm that everyone is a child of God.
Zion St. Joe United Church of Christ seeks to offer hospitality and welcome to all people. Following Jesus Christ, whose reconciling love bridged barriers and made strangers friends, Zion St. Joe seeks to welcome and learn from one another's particularity - including but not limited to one another's race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, social status and theological diversity.