What makes Arlington Congregational Church unique?
Arlington Congregational Church extends an open and affirming welcome to you no matter where you are on your journey of life or who you understand yourself to be. We don’t just say that we live that – we are a diverse congregation from many areas of the community.
We are also committed to serving the mission needs of our community and world – we work with over 20 different missions that increase the mercy and justice of God for all people.
How do I get to Arlington Congregational Church?
We are located on University Blvd., just south of the Arlington Expressway in the big curve between where Cesery splits from University headed north and before the Arlington Expressway.
Where do I park?
Our parking lot is located on the north side of the building. Turn in on Floral Avenue and park – “Visitors” spaces are located on the street row.
May I meet Pastor Bruce Havens?
Absolutely! Dr. Havens greets people at the door at the end of the service each Sunday and is available to visit during the coffee hour. Other times, you can reach him at the office or at home.
Email Pastor Bruce Havens at: email@example.com
What about my children?
Arlington Congregational Church loves children! We welcome them during worship including a “children’s time” during the services. Children may then go out to Faith Formation for the rest of the worship hour and parents may pick them up afterward.
There are monthly fun and fellowship activities outside Sunday morning. We have a staffed nursery at all services and we are committed to being a “Safe” church with screened workers at all events. In addition, we are committed to developing experiences that bring joy, learning, and spiritual growth to all children.
What can I expect as a visitor?
A warm, personal welcome, an inspiring and uplifting worship experience and a congregation that will try to help you feel welcome!
Our 10:30 a.m. worship is traditional but we strive for an informality that allows everyone to feel comfortable. A full choir leads the music and Holy Communion, which is open to all, is offered the first Sunday of the month.
Our 9:00 a.m. service is even more informal and we use music that is more “praise” style led by a small group of vocalists and instrumentalists. Holy Communion is offered every Sunday at this service and is, again, open to all.
After worship we have a time for coffee and visiting with one another in our Fellowship Hall.
What should I wear when attending service?
Many people dress informally while some men will wear a coat and tie and some women wear dresses. We believe what’s on the body is not as important as what is in the heart. Come with a heart for worshiping God and you will be welcomed!
Does ACC host Weddings, Baptisms or Funerals?
Arlington Congregational UCC welcomes the opportunity to work with you in these important lifetime moments. Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 904-724-7433 for more information.
Baptism: Arlington Congregational offers baptism for anyone including non-members, infants to adults normally as part of a Sunday morning worship service. Please contact the church to meet with Dr. Havens to discuss your questions and to help us better serve you in this important celebration of life in the faith of the Christian family!
Weddings: Arlington Congregational UCC hosts weddings for non-members and members alike! Please contact us to discuss fees, pre-planning and facility arrangements. In general we require that our Pastor, Dr. Havens officiate at the wedding and that the couple be willing to meet with him in advance to fully prepare for this special day. Our main chapel can seat 150 + with overflow and our banquet hall can seat up to 100 for a reception meal, or more if a sit-down meal is not planned.
Funerals: Arlington Congregational UCC is available to serve your family with compassion and understanding in times of grief for members and nonmembers. We feel it is important to help families find hope and consolation and to have a Christian memorial service or funeral whether or not someone is an active member of a church at the time of sorrow. Please contact us so that our Pastor can assist you with providing a fitting service for your family members if you are seeking help when a loved one dies.
Can the facilities or property be rented for other events?
Arlington Congregational seeks to serve our community by making our facilities available whenever the use is consistent with our mission and identity and coordinates with our current building use. In the past we have been used for ongoing or single – use events including OA, yoga, tai chi, theatre classes, Senior Adult exercise, Scouts, school events, veterinary clinics, concerts and more. Please contact us for specific policies and costs for your needs so that we may best accommodate you, either at email@example.com, or (904) 724-7433.