But perhaps you are wondering if you’d be welcome.
Perhaps it’s been years since you went to church, or maybe you grew up in another faith or a different Christian denomination. Maybe you’ve never been to church at all! Not to worry. Here’s a little about who we are. Maybe you’ll see yourself among us.
We are a beloved community of folks from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds and no religious or spiritual background in particular. Some of us were made to feel unwelcome or were even told we were unwelcome at other churches. Some of us have young kids, some have adult kids, some of us do not have kids. Many of us are baptized, some of us are not – – but all of us are invited to fully participate in the work and worship life of our church.
We are divorced, married, single, poly, and somewhere in between. We are queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, hetero, and questioning. We are people along the wide spectrum of gender identity – – from one end to the other and all points in between. We are multi-racial and multi-ethnic. We live with disabilities, we are fully able-bodied, we live with chronic mental health conditions, we live with acute medical conditions, and we are survivors.
We live paycheck-to-paycheck, we have experienced homelessness, we have never wanted for anything, and we are just making it by. We have never questioned our faith in God, and we have never stopped questioning God. We come to worship wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, we wear our medical scrubs so we can head off to work after, we look impeccable in our dresses and suits, and we wear our old Halloween costumes (that’s usually just the kids).
We are the Haydenville Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
At the Haydenville Congregational Church, we are both known for and are very proud of our hospitality. We mean it (every week!) when we say: Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey – – you are welcome here!