I'm New / FAQs
It can be intimidating to try out a new place. Here's some information that will hopefully put you at ease before you visit.
What time is worship?
During September through May, worship is at 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. every Sunday. Our summer worship hours start on Memorial Day weekend and last through Labor Day weekend, with worship at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Sunday.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you are comfortable wearing. Some people dress up in suits, ties, and high heels. Others wear jeans and tennis shoes. Choir members dress in robes. The pastors often wear robes and/or stoles. Please dress in whatever you would feel most comfortable.
What does "Sunday School" or "Education Hour" mean?
During September through May, we hold education classes from 9:30 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. every Sunday for adults. The nursery is staffed for child care. Adults attend classes with various topics, including Bible study, social justice, personal spiritual growth, and everything in between. We are a church that encourages questions. We believe that "God is Still Speaking," and living out the questions helps us to grow closer to God and each other.
What is "GPS"?
Gathering to Play with the Spirit (GPS) is a new intergenerational educational opportunity we're providing after the 10:40 a.m. service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, September through May. A light lunch is served and the Joyful Path curriculum is used. This class is held in the Elves' Den and includes drama, visual and musical arts, and story-telling.
What is worship like?
You'll find that our worship services are traditional. We have a choir, a bell choir, and a praise team leading worship on different Sundays. We often sing from hymnals and enjoy talented musicians on piano, organ, and wind instruments. Our pastors provide a sermon during each service. The 8:30 service typically lasts 45 minutes. The 10:40 service (10 a.m. in the summer) typically lasts one hour. As you enter the sanctuary, an usher will hand you a bulletin. The bulletin provides an outline of the worship service as well as announcements about activities happening in and through the church.
What do kids do during the worship services?
Children and youth are welcome to stay with their parents. The nursery, Children's Worship, and Youth Faith & Worship are also available. For children ages five and under, the nursery is open every Sunday morning from 8:15 a.m. until 12 p.m. Children through grade 6 may choose to attend Children's Worship during the 10:40 a.m. service (10 a.m. in the summer). Kids ages seventh grade and older may attend Youth Faith & Worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month during the 10:40 a.m. service.
How is communion handled?
Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month during both worship services. All of the bread is gluten-free. We are an open table. Jesus excluded no one and neither will we. This means that if a parent wishes for their child to receive communion, we will respect that wish. Likewise, if a parent wishes to withhold communion until their child is of a certain age, we will respect that wish also. Everyone who wants to partake in communion may participate...those with no faith, little faith, or great faith. All are welcome at the table.
What makes Sylvania UCC different?
Although we offer traditional worship, our theology is progressive. We take the Bible seriously but not literally. We are called to steward God's creation. We affirm that everyone is a child of God.
What does "Open and Affirming" mean?
"Open and Affirming" (ONA) means that, as a UCC church, we have made a public covenant of welcome to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (LGBTQA) into the full life and ministry of our church. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We encourage you to read the full ONA statement we adopted on May 4, 2014.
What does the comma mean?
You'll see the comma in our logo, on our shirts we wear for Toledo Pride, and in several other places. The comma means that we believe that God is Still Speaking, and that we shouldn't place a period where God has placed a comma. The comma is also a symbol for the United Church of Christ, the denomination to which we belong.