Welcome to Immanuel United Church of Christ!

Visitor Information

It is our pleasure to have you visit with us, whether it be on a Sunday morning, during a mid-week ministry, or simply through this website. ​ We recognize that those visiting churches for the first time may do so with a bit of uneasiness, but we hope you find yourself feeling very welcomed at IUCC. We welcome all who enter, from all walks of life, to come together to worship God, to learn from Jesus, and to serve God’s beautiful creation. ​ There is always a lot happening at Immanuel UCC. Please explore this website to become familiar with our opportunities and ministries.

Frequently Answered Questions

What does Immanuel mean when it says it is a church that is “Open and Affirming”?

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. The “full life and ministry” includes the sacraments (i.e. baptism, communion), marriage and leadership roles. The concept of Open and Affirming is extended by Immanuel to include people of all differences including ethnic, racial, economic, etc.

Do I need to be a member of Immanuel to take part in church activities?

No; We welcome anyone and everyone to participate in our church-wide programs, activities, fundraisers, and educational opportunities. To receive a copy of our monthly newsletter to stay informed of what is happing at Immanuel, please contact the church office. Our newsletters and announcements are also available on our website!

How do I find out more about Sunday School for my child?

Our Faith Formation classes for ages 3 through grade 8 meet on Sundays from 10:15-11:00am. We have Confirmation for students in grades 8-9, and our RISE teen fellowship (grades 10-12) also meet on Sunday mornings. Visit our Faith Formation page​ for more information.

What opportunities are there for me to serve in Immanuel’s outreach?

There is always something happening through Immanuel to serve our community and world around us! We serve with organizations including Opportunity House, Family Promise, and the New Journey Community Outreach Soup Kitchen. Please visit our Community Outreach pag​e (link to page) for more opportunities to serve the local community with Immanuel. Immanuel also goes on an annual domestic mission trip and a semi-annual medical mission trip to Guatemala. For more information on mission trips, please visit our Mission Trips YouTube page. Please refer to the most recent communications for current opportunities.

Do I need to be a member to be baptized or married at Immanuel?

We welcome all families to have their child be baptized into the Christian faith, regardless of church membership. Weddings are ordinarily officiated by the pastor for members and at the discretion of the pastors for non-members. Please contact the church office for more information. A description of the sacrament of baptism can be found on our Worship page under: Rites & Sacraments.

How can I find out more about the United Church of Christ faith?

Please visit our United Church of Christ beliefs page as well as the United Church of Christ webpage for more information.

 

Within the UCC, we believe God is Still Speaking in our everyday life. Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not. We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives – individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace.

How do I find the church?

Our church is located at 99 South Waverly Street in Shillington, at the corner of Waverly Street and Brobst Street. For directions, please refer to this map.

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