FAQ

Frequently asked questions.

Attending a new church on a Sunday morning can be an intimidating experience.  Be assured:

“No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

Here’s some of what you can expect when you arrive at St. Thomas…

We worship in an old sanctuary.

Built in 1856, the sanctuary is simple, intimate, warm and inviting.  For those with mobility challenges, we recommend using the upper parking for easy access to our ramp and inclinator.  For those using the main parking lot, look up and head toward the steeple and enter by the leaded glass door.  Greeters will guide you to answer for any questions and help you find your way.

What is our worship like?

Traditional in format – spirited in energy.

We employ spoken responses, organ music, bell and vocal choirs, new and old hymns, scripture readings, prayers, and special instrumentals.

The “good news” keys on issues of life and faith, and we make every Sunday a celebration.

Services usually run an hour.

We offer two services, similary in style, every Sunday (8:15 & 10:45) (or 8:15 / 9:45 in summer).

 Where do I park?

We offer ample parking on site.

Our upper lot includes reserved parking for those with accessibility need.

 Where do I enter?

Because we have eight entrance doors, it can be confusing!

From the lower parking lot, look for beautiful,  leaded glass doors in the center of the complex.

From the upper lot, enter from east, south or west doors.

From Crist Hall lot, enter at the ramped access to Crist Fellowship Hall.

 What do I do when I arrive?

Come in!  On Sundays, greeters at the doors offer a welcome and directions if needed.   More questions?  Please ask.

Will I be singled out?

No.   We begin our service with a time of mutual greeting but do not call attention to guests (whom we prefer to call new friends).

If you’re a first-time guest, we invite you to let us know you’re here.  Share your name as we pass along our attendance book so we might be able to send you an email or letter that says thank you for coming.

We look forward to meeting you. And if you need answers to any other questions, please contact us at stthomasucc@stthomasucclinglestown.org.

See you Sunday!

 Is there an offering?

An offering is an act of worship for those who consider St. Thomas their home.  We teach and believe in biblical stewardship.  For new friends, your presence is a gift to us.  You are not obliged to give unless you feel called to do so.

How often do you have communion?

First Sundays of every month at our early (8:15 DaySpring) service.

Communion is celebrated at both services on marked days (New Year, August, October  World Communion) and church holy days (Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Maundy Thursday, Advent, Christmas Eve).  The table is open to all persons (including children prepared by church and family) seeking the grace of Christ.

 How should I dress?

Comfortably!  Jeans or ties equally welcome.

 Is there  nursery care?

Yes,  for infants through age 4.    Our nursery is located next to the rest room area from the east side (organ side) of the Sanctuary.  Our nursery is staffed by volunteers who take the safety and well being of our children very seriously.

 What’s available for older kids?

We love having children in service with us and include a children’s message.  We offer “Stepping Stones” learning activity program for those age 5 and above.  Stepping Stones begins after the children’s message. 

Is the church accessible?

Yes.  A power assisted lift to the sanctuary may be found in the south foyer (side nearest Rt. 39).  (Park in upper lot)

A ramp provides access from the same area to the west side door. (Park in upper lot)

A ramp provides access to Fellowship Hall.

Our new rest rooms in Crist Hall are all ADA accessible.

 What is your faith like?

We believe God is StillSpeaking and doing new things.

God is ever in process of growing and changing us toward God’s holy creation.

St. Thomas church traces its history to the “Reformed Church” meaning our lives are constantly being formed and reformed by experience, revelation, and scripture.

Our history here goes back almost 3 centuries.  We were founded in 1791 but we suspect worship has been conducted on this site into the 1740’s or earlier.

Our history with the body of Christ goes back to the time of Pentecost.

 How many people go to your church?

We count 495 baptized and confirmed (professing) members.

You may expect to see between 60 to 160 worshipers at any one service.

My ancestors were in  Linglestown a long ago.  Do you have any records about them?

Yes, some.  After almost 223 years, we have a big family tree.   See the button above for  our genealogy section.

 Hot topics:  What does the church have to say about gender issues and homosexuality?

We are a church that believes in equality and justice.

We are a church that believes each person is created in the image of God and each one is loved by God.  We also believe God calls each one of us to a journey of faith that is to be shared in the body of Christ.

We seek to live Christ’s welcoming, inclusive  ministry as we witness with the UCC:    “No matter who you are or where you have been on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

 Tell me about the United Church of Christ

The UCC has about 6000 congregations nationwide, including St. Thomas, Linglestown,  The UCC is a progressive, protestant denomination of 1 million members with a rich heritage from the Congregational, Reformed, Evangelical and ChristianChurches.

Find out more at ucc.org.

 

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