Welcome Seekers, to …a home for your spirit.
The Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC is located at 21 Front Street in downtown Exeter, NH. Everyone is welcome to worship with us on Sundays at the 10AM church services (9:30am Summer Services June – September), or to attend any of our other many events. We offer Sunday School and childcare, full choirs, and are handicapped accessible.
On Sundays, you can usually find a member of the Welcoming Committee by the podium at the front door. Stop by and say hi, and let us answer questions you may have. We usually wear a colored star on our nametag. On the second Sunday of each month the Welcoming cmte and the pastor host a casual information session after the service. At that time, you may also pick up copies of our church phone directory, and request a nametag.
The following pieces will help you to understand this church community. Click on any one to be brought directly to it, or just read them all in a row. We are glad you are interested!
We are open…
- … to everyone regardless of things that might divide us (race, creed, color, age, sexual identity, economic status)
- … to the mysteries of faith
- … to encountering God and Jesus’ teachings with heart, mind and voice
- … to the hard work required to serve God by serving others
- … to the gifts of the young, the old, and the in-between
- … to holding fast together, in times of trial and in times of blessing.
In 2012, this congregation voted to adopt an eco-theology covenant. Look for many green aspects to blossom as we live out our covenant with the Earth!
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof: (Psalm 24:1) In your creation is our redemption. In your living water is our abundant life.
Yet we have fallen, from generation to generation, in fears of scarcity, and in the fever for power, into excess and abuse of these promised lands. We cherish Christ’s image of the kingdom as a sheltering, fruitful tree. (Lk 13:18-20) And so we covenant: to the hard work of discerning ways to live in harmony with creation; to new understandings
- of how we may feed ourselves and all who hunger,
- and how we may protect the waters and the creatures in them,
- and how we may develop clean energy to meet our needs
- and guard the air the whole earth needs; to a vision of abundance which is social, spiritual, physical, and for all creatures, as a Family of God.
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. May we rejoice and be glad in it.
We believe that God welcomes us all and that is why in 1996 we became an Open and Affirming congregation. Below is our Open and Affirming statement. The following statement was adopted by a vote of the membership at the church’s annual meeting in January 1996, after several years of study and discussion:
“The first [commandment] is… ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your soul, and with all your mind, with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31).
Accepting this is the supreme commandment of the Gospel. We, the Congregational Church in Exeter, United Church of Christ , open our doors and ministry to all, affirming and honoring the dignity and worth of each person..
We believe each of us is a unique creation of God. We welcome people of any age, race. gender, sexual orientation, economic status, marital status, physical, emotional, mental capacity, and those in traditional and nontraditional families. We are concerned that Christian unity has often been compromised by fear and prejudice. Let us strive to put aside our prejudices and to work to become faithful followers of our Lord Jesus Christ who commanded us to love one another..
In keeping with the recommendations of the Fifteenth General Synod of the United Church of Christ , and that of the 1989 meeting of the New Hampshire Conference, we declare ourselves a welcoming and inclusive spiritual community and therefore to be an Open and Affirming church.
In 1997 this congregation voted to authorize weddings for same-gender couples. We find strength in diversity and view it as a way of understanding the inclusiveness of God’s love.
We are a United Church of Christ (UCC) affiliate, by congregational vote in 1957. We abide by their guidelines. To find out more about what it means to be a UCC church, please visit one of the UCC websites. (By clicking this link, you will be directed away from our website)
WE COVENANT BY THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HOLD FAST TO GOD AS OUR GREATEST GOOD, AND TO THE LORD JESUS BY FAITH AND GOSPEL OBEDIENCE, AS BECOMES GOD’S PEOPLE FOREVER. AND WE DO SOLEMNLY PROMISE AND ENGAGE BEFORE GOD AND WITH ONE ANOTHER TO MAKE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST THE RULE OF OUR WALK AND ACTIONS; AND ALSO DULY TO ATTEND ALL THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH; TO UPHOLD ITS MINISTRIES, ACCORDING TO THE FAITH AND ORDER OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST; AND TO SERVE GOD AND OUR NEIGHBORS. WE PRAY THAT GOD MAY HELP US.