Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
"In response to God's ever-present voice, our mission is:
What is your mission statement?
- to transform lives by deepening our spiritual relationship with God, respectful of individual conscience and beliefs;
- to nurture, support and minister to one another and our community; and
- to spread Christ's love through our actions in service to our community and the world."
At Community Church of Poway, we are not asked to believe a set doctrine. We grow as questioning, independent thinkers as we relate Biblical passages to our lives today.
What is the United Church of Christ (UCC)?We are a progressive denomination known for our stand on social justice issues. We say, "Our faith is 2000 years old – our thinking is not! " The UCC was formed in 1957, when the Congregational Church joined the Evangelical and Reformed Church. UCC was the first denomination to have a black minister, a woman minister, and a gay minister. We believe “God is Still Speaking.” CLICK HERE to see our video TV commercials. Find out more about the United Church of Christ at www.UCC.org.
Yes! Communion is open to all, and is served the first Sunday of the month during both worship services.
Can I take Communion if I am not a church member?
When is Sunday School?For children in grades K-5, Sunday School is held during the two worship services every Sunday at 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM. It begins after the Children's Message during worship. At Sunday School the same lesson is taught as was given in the scripture lesson and message presented during the worship services.
During fellowship time at 10:15 AM to 11:05 AM, we have craft time for the children in the Fellowship Hall as well as Children's Choir practice at 10:50 AM to 11:10 AM.
If you are bringing your child to Sunday School for the first time, please come a few minutes early and ask an usher to introduce you to our Sunday School Coordinator, Kathy Poulin. She will introduce your child to his/her Sunday School teacher.
Please contact us for further information. We want your child to enjoy his/her time in the Community Church of Poway's Sunday School program. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Is child care provided?Yes! Child care is provided during both services. If you prefer to keep your child with you during the service and he/she gets fussy, you and your child are welcome to watch and listen to the service in the comfort of an adjoining room with toys.
Do you have a preschool?Yes. You will discover our outstanding preschool by clicking the CHILD/TEEN tab.
Is the chapel a different church?No. Worship services took place regularly in the little chapel until we outgrew that building and dedicated our larger sanctuary in 1990. Some people think we are different churches, but both buildings are part of the Community Church of Poway campus. We now have regular services in the Chapel every Sunday at 11:15 AM.
Is the old chapel still used?
The chapel was built in 1887. It is the oldest wooden structure still in use as a church in San Diego county and at over 125 years of age, it is an official San Diego County historical landmark. We use it for classes, weekly services at 11:15 AM, memorial services, weddings and community gatherings. It can accommodate 100 people. Photos with more information are available on the WEDDINGS page.
Do you have a youth program?Yes. Our Logos youth program is outstanding! It meets on Wednesday nights from 6-8:30 PM and includes dinner. Students from 6th -12th grades attend classes that explore faith. Small groups participate in outreach projects, the youth band, and crafts/cooking projects. Check out the YOUTH MINISTRY page for more information.
How are the two Sunday services different?Our 9:15 AM service is a warm and welcoming BLEND OF TRADITIONAL AND MODERN elements, enhanced by music by our choir and the Kairos Singers. The service is a seamless mix of comforting tradition in a modern world, providing a friendly, supportive place of worship to continue and strengthen relationships with God and each other.
Our 11:15 AM ALTERNATIVE service is an engaging worship experience set in a friendly atmosphere, with contemporary live music provided by our band, Nexus. The focus is on spiritual growth and exploration to energize the heart and mind. This service is held in the historic Chapel,
At both services, before children leave to attend Sunday School , Rev. Glen Larsen invites them to the front of the church where he engages them in a conversation with a message. Children return from Sunday School to rejoin their families for the benediction or blessing that closes the service.