If you’re thinking of visiting us for the first time, here are some of the things you might want to know:
- Sunday Worship starts at 10 AM (and we do start on time.)
- Dress is eclectic: Wear whatever you feel is comfortable and appropriate for church.
- The greeters will hand you a printed bulletin with the order of service, all the prayers printed out, hymn numbers, etc.
- Most of the members wear their name tags every Sunday, and we hope you’ll stop and fill one out for yourself.
- The church is equipped with a hearing-assist system. If you need a receiver, ask one of the greeters.
- Children attend the the main service through the children’s story, then they go to Sunday School.
- Worship ends around 11:00 -11:30, and we gather for coffee and conversation immediately after in the Community Room. We certainly hope you’ll stay.
- We celebrate a simple Communion the first Sunday of each month. The kids join us for this, and everyone is welcome, regardless of their faith background or beliefs.
Please sign our guest book so we have a record of your visit. It’s on a stand just outside the door to the sanctuary.
For driving Directions, click here.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Pastor Tracy Barnowe. You can reach her at 415-479-2747 or by e-mail.
Note: On April 7, 2013 Rev. Ken Barnes, who was serving then as our Interim Pastor, noted the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” by preaching an unequivocal sermon on the marriage equality struggle and its connection to the church’s historic tradition of fighting injustice of all kinds. You can listen to it here.
“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a ministry of the United Church of Christ geared to helping member churches examine the barriers they may have erected, consciously or unconsciously, between themselves and some members of the community and to pursue an intentional process of removing them. (For more information on the UCC’s national ONA program, click here.) In 1995, the members of our church worked through this process and adopted the following statement of our intention to be an Open and Affirming congregation.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (UCC) SAN RAFAEL’S COVENANT OF OPENNESS AND AFFIRMATION FOR ALL GOD’S PEOPLE
Our Congregation declares itself to be open and affirming of all God’s people.
By “openness” we mean
- That ANY AND ALL persons who wish to participate in our common life as a church are invited to join us in worship, fellowship, leadership, and in the cost and joy of Christian discipleship.
By “affirmation” we mean
- That we value all persons for their God-given attributes;
- That we affirm that social diversity enriches our faith community;
- That we believe all persons are born with God-given dignity and individual rights, and
- That we respect the rights of all persons to be and express who they are.
We oppose prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion wherever it occurs and pledge to work for justice, equality, and acceptance for ALL God’s people in society, especially those who have been excluded or discriminated against because of religious beliefs, race, gender, social class, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental limitations, or for any other reason. Any such exclusion is the antithesis of the Christian faith.
At this time, we have a concern for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons who often have not had the acceptance and support of their families, associates, church, and society. We declare that these persons are welcome in our midst and invited to full participation.
THEREFORE WE COMMIT OURSELVES to the Ministry of Reconciliation and Discipleship which God has given us. We declare that we are open, accepting, and glad to include all people who seek fellowship and community with our church family, “for we are all one in Christ Jesus.”
While we’re not fond of labels, our denomination, the United Church of Christ, is usually considered one of the more “progressive” mainstream protestant churches. We understand that each of us is on a personal journey to find meaning and values to live by. We accept that each may arrive at very different understandings of God and faith in today’s world. And, we believe that the role of a church is not to dictate rules or beliefs, but to be an accepting guide on the journey.
This is summarized in our UCC marketing signature “God is Still Speaking.” Check out one of our TV ads below, and Click here to read more about the campaign.
Office Hours as of October 15th, 2014:
- Tuesday 12:00PM - 4:00PM
- Friday 2:00PM - 6:00PM