Visiting a church for the first time can be unnerving. Here is some information to put you at ease as you plan your first visit to Glade UCC. If you need additional information, please call us at 301-845-6775 or email.
Will people accept me?
Glade UCC is a friendly congregation where guests are always greeted warmly and made to feel welcome. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’ll be welcome here.
Do I have to say anything?
Not unless you want to. We don’t ask visitors to introduce themselves to the congregation, nor do we ask visitors to wear a special nametag or stand up and be recognized during the service.
Will I be asked to give money?
Whether you choose to contribute to the offering is completely up to you.
What should I wear?
There’s no dress code at Glade UCC—come as you are, wear what you like, and be comfortable.
Where should I park?
There is a large paved parking lot behind our church, or you may park along Fulton Avenue.
Is there a nursery?
Yes, we have a volunteer-staffed nursery that is available during worship and also during Sunday School.
Is your church handicapped-accessible?
Yes. Our front door and rear parking lot door have handicapped-accessible ramps and entrances and nearby designated parking spaces. Individuals in wheelchairs or other mobility devices have unhampered access to the sanctuary, social room, classrooms, church office, kitchen, and restrooms. Sanctuary seating rearranges easily so wheelchair users can sit with the congregation, not just in front or back, or in the aisles. This flexible seating provides legroom for those using crutches, walkers, braces, or casts. If you need special assistance, please ask and we will be happy to help.
What do you believe about the Bible?
The Bible is a record of the history of God’s saving actions in history and the world. We believe the Bible is an inspired human record of an ancient community’s reflections on their experience with God. The Bible is a starting place for all that we say and do. It is the foundational text for sermons, study programs, and learning activities. We always set these texts and stories along side our own lives and stories.
What sacraments do you recognize?
Glade UCC recognizes two sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion. We do not ask or require persons who have had a Christian baptism to be re-baptized, no matter the form or way they were baptized. Everyone is welcome to participate in communion, including children.
What can I expect in a sermon?
The answer to that question depends on the lectionary readings for the day; the lectionary is a list of suggested scripture readings many pastors use to shape his or her preaching.
If you are looking to be told from the pulpit what to believe, and expect the sermon to be nothing more than a reiteration of the words found printed in the scripture, you will be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you understand the sermon to be an invitation to think about matters of faith and faithfulness, there will be many Sundays the pastor does that.
Of course, our pastor is aware of his limitations and isn’t too proud to say, “Sometimes I just miss the mark.”
What’s the music like?
We offer a blend of traditional and contemporary worship music with great church hymns of both past and present. Anthems are presented by our adult choir, handbell choir, Sunday School Singers (youth), or guest soloists and instrumentalists.