What to Expect
Visiting a new church for the first time can be daunting. Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
We offer worship at two different times on Sunday mornings:
- The First Worship at 8:15 a.m. is held in the Kingman Chapel (the building on the SW corner of Harvard and Harrison Avenues). This service is briefer than the 10 a.m. service and features an opening hymn and liturgy, sermon, and prayer in a smaller, more intimate setting. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes.
- The “signature” service is at 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary (the building on the NW corner of Harvard Avenue and West 6th Street). This service includes a Children’s Celebration, an anthem sung by the Chancel Choir, as well as other traditional parts of worship. The service lasts about 75 minutes.
Worship at Claremont UCC follows the format suggested by the United Church of Christ Book of Worship. It includes the acts that have characterized Christian worship since earliest times: Praise, Confession, Proclamation, and Response.
Everything that you need to participate fully in worship is included in the printed bulletin. In addition, at the 10 a.m. service much of the worship order and wording is projected on a large screen to the right of the altar area. The three hymns are numbered in the bulletin; you can find the hymn in the New Century Hymnal (located in the pew racks) and, at the 10 a.m. service, you will see the words to the hymns projected on the screen.
All of our services offer opportunities for you to participate by reading, singing, praying, and listening – to scripture readings, the sermon, and to music. At the beginning of service, we greet each other and pass the peace of Christ to each other.
Communion is offered at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. services on the first Sunday of the month. At Claremont UCC, all are welcome at Christ’s table, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Communion is offered in a traditional manner, by intinction during which worshippers will walk to a communion station, take a piece of the bread of life and dip it in the cup of blessing. You will be given clear instructions on Communion Sunday as to the way in which the sacraments will be offered that day.
At all of our services, we follow the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the Church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to consider how to best live a life of generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.
You may hear and see wording used in the hymns and other parts of worship different than you are used to. Claremont UCC incorporates language that is truly inclusive with respect to God and to people. You may learn more about inclusive language in the United Church of Christ by visiting the UCC website.
How Do I Get There and What About Parking?
Claremont United Church of Christ is located at 233 West Harrison Avenue in Claremont, California at the corner of Harvard and Harrison Avenues in the Claremont Village. You may park in our parking lots at 233 West Harrison Avenue or in the middle of the block on West 6th Street on the north side of the street, opposite the church. There is also ample parking available on all sides of the church property.
Get driving directions to Claremont UCC from your location using our interactive map.
What Should I Wear?
You may come to worship dressed in casual clothes, your Sunday best, or anything in between.
What Do I Do When I Arrive for Worship?
At 8:15 a.m., there will be a greeter at the door of the Kingman Chapel who will provide you with a worship bulletin. You may sit anywhere you like. At 10 a.m., be sure to stop in the Narthex (the lobby of the Sanctuary) at the Welcome Center where a greeter will provide you with a name tag and information about Claremont UCC and introduce you to an usher who will provide a worship bulletin. You may sit anywhere you like.
What About My Children?
Childcare is available during both of our Sunday services. On Sunday mornings at Claremont United Church of Christ children from 3 years old through 6th grade have a chance during the 10 a.m. service to gather together to make new friends and explore stories from the Bible. To learn more about opportunities for children and youth at Claremont UCC, please visit our Faith Formation page.
What Happens When the Service is Over?
There is a coffee hour hospitality table set up after each service, with the location often determined by the weather, It is usually outside on the main Cree Memorial Plaza in front of the church. After the 10 a.m. service, many of our worshippers remain in the Sanctuary for a brief organ concert in order to enjoy the beautiful Glatter-Götz Rosales pipe organ. We invite you to stay and talk with others and with our pastors following the services.
Is the Church Accessible to Those With Disabilities?
The Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible from the corner of West 6th Street and Harvard Avenue. The Kingman Chapel is accessible from the parking lot at 233 Harvard Avenue. The Guild Hall, in which Church School classes are held, has an elevator that stops on each floor.
What Are the Seasonal Opportunities for Worship at Claremont UCC?
Thanksgiving Service is an ecumenical opportunity to worship at one of the local churches on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day. The location varies; watch for the published location and time as the holiday approaches.
Journey to Bethlehem in December is a special service of worship including the reenactment of the very first journey to Bethlehem for Christ’s birth. All are invited to participate by bringing canned food gifts to the manger.
Christmas Eve Services are at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. The early service is family friendly and includes a performance by our Children’s Choir. The late service includes a closing with the Hallelujah Chorus and all services on Christmas Eve are candlelight services.
Ash Wednesday service is held on Ash Wednesday in the Kingman Chapel. This service begins the season of Lent and includes the imposition of ashes.
Palm Sunday service is held on the Sunday before Easter. Palms are given out at both the 8:15 a.m. and the 10 a.m. services of worship.
Maundy Thursday Service is held during Holy Week, on the Thursday before Easter in the Sanctuary. This service remembers the final days of Jesus’ life and includes a celebration of communion.
Easter Sunday services are held at 8:15 a.m. in the Kingman Chapel and at 10 a.m. in the main Sanctuary; the 10 a.m. service is followed by an Easter Egg hunt for children of all ages.
Confirmation Sunday is held in the spring. The 8:15 a.m. service includes a special recognition of our Confirmands (9th graders who have gone through Confirmation class) with communion and the 10 a.m. service includes their confirmation into full membership in the church.