What is your worship service like?
We have a variety of worship experiences here at Wentz's UCC, with two differing services on Sunday mornings, and special services throughout the year. Our services reflect our Reformed tradition with an emphasis on using the gifts and talents of the people to praise God in song, prayer and word. For more information on the worship, click here
How do I get to Wentz's UCC?
Here's an easy to read map, click here
. For GPS navigation, use the following: 3246 Skippack Pike, Lansdale, PA.
Where do I park?
We have two parking lots on the campus. As you enter the driveway you will easily find the parking lots. There is handicap parking to the west of the church building.
Where do I enter the church?
Enter through the front doors for the sanctuary access, or the elevator entrance to the east side of the main doors. The sanctuary is on the second floor, and can be accessed by the main stairway off the front door entrance or by the elevator.
What do I do when I get there?
The Welcome Desk is located in the narthex, just inside the front doors, where a person will greet you, answer any questions you may have; and, offer directions to the restrooms and the sanctuary. Ushers will greet you at the sanctuary with a worship bulletin and will assist you to sit anywhere you like—though the best seats are down front!
Will I be singled out in any way?
No. While members may share announcements about upcoming events or prayer concerns, you will not be called on or called out for any reason.
Will there be an offering?
Offerings are given as an act of worship for attendees who consider Wentz's UCC their home. We teach and believe in faith giving in response to God's blessings and grace in our lives. For new visitors, your presence is a gift to us. We want you to be blessed by the service without feeling an obligation to give.
How often do you have Communion?
We share communion at both Sunday services on Easter Sunday, the first Sunday in June, and the first Sunday in October. We also share communion on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, at our Longest Night Service on December 21st, and at all three Christmas Eve services on December 24th. In addition, the Journey Service, our early service on Sunday mornings, shares in communion usually on the first Sunday of the month from September through May. Wentz's UCC celebrates an Open Table. The Spirit of the Risen Christ is our host. All persons who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are encouraged to commune.
How should I dress?
Wentz's UCC is a "come as you are" church. Jeans or ties are equally welcome. All we ask is that you wear some clothes.
Do you have nursery care?
Yes, at the 10:45 am service for infants through 4 years. Just check in at the Welcome Desk in the narthex and we will do everything we can to accommodate your request. Our volunteers who supervise the nursery have had background checks. If you would like to supervise your own children in the Nursery, please feel free to do so.
What's available for my older kids?
We believe it is important for our kids to be with us at times in worship. At our 10:45 am service, our children begin in the sanctuary and, after a "Children's Message", head to practice with one of the choirs in preparation to serve the church. Those children and youth who do not wish to participate in the choirs are invited to remain in worship.
Is your church handicap accessible?
Yes. There is an elevator entrance to the east of the front of the building. Once you enter the building through the door, the elevator is on the left.
Other helpful tips for your first visit:
Before the service, check out the worship bulletin to see what's going on at Wentz's UCC.
Make sure to fill out the welcoming card in your pew and drop it in the offering plate or hand it to an usher. This will help us get to know you, allow us to answer any questions you may have, and let you know what's happening at Wentz's UCC.
Be sure to stop by Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall after the service and have any questions that may have come up during your visit answered.
Spend some time walking around our campus. You'll meet some great people and get a feel for the history and happenings of Wentz's UCC.
Feel free to ask as many questions as you can think of. We're here to bless you and to help you feel at home.
What is your faith like?
We are a "Reformed Church" meaning that our lives are constantly being formed and reformed by experience, revelation, ancient scriptures and contemporary words. As God does new things, we grow and change and are formed into the persons God created us to be. For over 250 years new ways, new buildings, new ministries have formed and reformed our church. We're anxious to see what God will make of us next!
My ancestors were members of Wentz's UCC. Do you have any records about their membership?
Yes; some. Ask to speak with a member of our Historical Committee, headed by Rick Wilkie for more about our history and records.
Can I bring my pets?
Yes. We celebrate "A Blessing of the Animals" Sunday on the last Sunday in August when dogs, cats and other furry, finned or feathered creatures worship together in our front lawn.
Who do I contact for more information?
Call the church and Cianne, our Church Secretary, will answer many of your questions—610.584.4855 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Tony will help the rest—610.584.4855 ext. 102 or email him at email@example.com.
United Church of Christ (UCC)—what is that?
We are a proud congregation descended from the German Reformed stream of the United Church of Christ–a progressive, protestant denomination of 1.1 million members and 5,100 congregations around the United States and abroad. We claim the faith of the historic church expressed in ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant reformers. We affirm the responsibility of each church in each generation to claim and live its faith in everything we do and say. We look to the Word of God in the Scriptures and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to work its creative and redemptive will in our lives. With that, each congregation is different from all the others, and we at Wentz's UCC celebrate that difference. We are theologically and spiritually a diverse congregation with all parts of the spectrum represented. Want to know more about the UCC? Check out www.ucc.org.
How do I become a member?
Worship with us for a while. You'll know when you're ready to join. When you are, just tell Pastor Tony, "I'm ready". New member classes to help deepen contacts and connections with new friends and a new home are offered periodically throughout the year.
We're not members—can we have our children baptized at your church?
In our tradition, baptism of infants and children mark their inclusion into the community of faith and Christ's claim upon their lives to be lived out in the local church. Therefore, it is important that their parents be a part of the congregation (or a congregation that we represent in the case of family or travel constraints). Both the parents and the congregation make promises to one another and to God – we call that a covenant. It is important that we be in relationship so that we can keep them. Therefore we would encourage you to find a church home, hopefully with us, before you undertake this important task.
We're not members—can we still get married at your church?
Usually, not. There are some exceptions with several qualifications, however, including pertinent fees, pre-marital consultations, worship attendance and space-user agreements. Please contact the pastor at least one year in advance of your ceremony to discuss the possibilities of celebrating "your day" with us.