Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
"The mission of the Community Church of Poway, United Church of Christ, is to continue to develop our spiritual relationship with God, respectful of individual conscience and beliefs; to nurture, support and minister to one another; and to reflect God's love in service to our community and the world."
What is your mission statement?
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 between the two worship services every Sunday from 10:25AM–11:10AM. At Sunday School the same lesson is taught as was given in the scripture lesson and message presented during the worship services.
During worship services, children in grades K-5 have the option of attending Children's Church where they will learn more about the elements of worship in a child-friendly environment.
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.
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 122 years of age, it is an official San Diego County historical landmark. We use it for classes, special worship services (not our weekly services), 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 BLEND of traditional and contemporary worship elements, with vocal music including choir & the “Kairos Singers,” and the service ends with a postlude played on the organ by our music director, Pam Brinkerhoff.
Our 11:15 AM ALTERNATIVE service is an engaging worship experience set in a friendly atmosphere, with contemporary live music provided by our band, "Wing and a Prayer." The focus is on spiritual growth and exploration to energize the heart and mind.
At both services, before children leave to attend Children's Church, Rev. Glen Larsen invites them to the front of the church where he engages them in a conversation with a message. Children return from Children's Church to rejoin their families for the benediction or blessing that closes the service.