At the Congregational Church of Belmont,
Christmas is a Family Affair
Bring your Children and Join us for:
Sunday, Dec. 21 - A Children's Christmas Pageant with music and a retelling of the familiar story of Christ's birth in a new way during worship at 10:30 a.m. Both our Youth and Sanctuary Choirs will sing.
Sunday, Dec. 21 - Family caroling, 5:30 p.m., with caroling visits to the homebound and a pizza party after. Gather at the church at 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24 - Family Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Children will take part in the telling of the Christmas story with lots of carols. Then at 10 p.m., the candlelight communion service with the Sanctuary Choir is a magnificant and glorious celebration. The new music by our amazing choir will overwhelm you with the joy of the season.
Sunday, Dec. 28 - End-of-Year Reflection at 10:30 a.m.
Welcome to Our Church Family!
We invite you to come worship with us and see how we do church. You'll find a pastor who doesn't stay put in the pulpit, but likes to preach from the aisle.
You'll find people who love to sing and do so with gusto, accompanied by guitar or piano, or a pipe organ built and tended by a member of our congregation. You'll find a special time for children that includes a ringing of bells, so we can listen to God in the silence that follows. You'll find flowers and beauty in our historic building.
In our church, you will find ideas to stimulate your thinking and surprising new understandings that can come from reaching deep into the history and mystery of the scriptures.
We are an Open and Affirming Congregaton of the United Church of Christ. For information on the United Church of Christ, click the links below.
We’re seeking a Christian ed director
The Congregational Church of Belmont is looking for an energetic part-time Director of Christian Education to help the church grow, nurture and organize its vibrant children's ministry.
The program is a key component of church's efforts to increase its relevance and visibility in its family-centric North Silicon Valley community. In a recent Youth Sunday program, a dozen kids, ages 3 to 16, led the congregation in its Sunday services, offering amazing musical harmony and thoughtful leadership.
In the past year, its teen group founded an Interfaith Teen Leadership coalition that has brought together teens from diverse faiths to promote understanding and outreach.
- Effectively lead a dynamic group of parents and congregants in creating and executing church school, seasonal special programs, and community outreach and mission initiatives for the children and youth of the church.
- Church school administration: evaluate and integrate curricula; recruit, train, schedule and support volunteer teachers; record-keeping and on-site coordination Sunday mornings.
- Advocate for Christian Education projects to church leadership boards and to church members via newsletter articles, email, personal contact and participation in monthly Council meetings.
- Ensure adherence to Safe Church Policy guidelines related to children and youth programs
- 3-5 years of successful leadership of a religious education program for children and youth
- Mature in personal faith with a familiarity and resonance with the United Church of Christ and the tenets of Progressive Christianity
- Effective communicator: excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
- Collaborative style of leadership, open to input and coaching, and effective advocate.
- Organized and efficient
- Valid driver's license and clear background check.
This position is 20 hours per week, including Sunday mornings, and reports to the pastor.
Send COVER LETTER and RESUME to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Why I love this church community
by Richard Morgan
I'm here to spend a brief time on stewardship of this church. But first I want to talk about baseball.
Some of you, one or two may be following the World Series right now.
Neither the Giants nor the Kansas City Royals were supposed to be in this series. They were too small, too mediocre, too injured. But they both made it and are playing terrific baseball.
They believe; they have great heart; they play as teams not individuals. And as some point everyone on the team becomes a hero. They are all MVPs
So what does that have to do with this church? … Everything.
We're a very small church, but we have a terrific minister, the best I've ever seen, and a history of such wonderful ministers. We have a wonderful music program, way beyond what such a small church should be able to have. We are amazing in social outreach and helping the community.
So, who are our MVPs? Well, turn and greet your neighbor
It's you, all of you here that are so crucial to what makes this church unique and literally wonderful: full of wonders.
To see our children when they first come into this church, they're shy, they're nervous, they are not sure about this place.
Over time, over the years we've seen them grow and blossom. Develop confidence, develop poise. They know that this is a place where they can be themselves, without judgment, with just love and encouragement. We all saw a clear example of that just last Sunday, Children's Sunday.
What the children show is what I think we all feel in this church.
This is the place where we are part of a team full of love and care, a team of quiet heroes, a team that can and does great things beyond what would seem possible just looking at the size of our numbers. Instead look at the size of our hearts.
I give of my time and my care and my money to this church because it long ago captured my heart. And I just want that heart and this church's heart to grow and beat ever stronger. Thank you.
News & Events
A Pastoral Letter on Child Refugees from the National Leaders of the United Church of Christ
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ and the Council of Conference Ministers — the leaders of the denomination's regional conferences — share this pastoral letter addressing the tens of thousands of young refugees fleeing Central and Latin America and seeking safety in the United States. In a unified voice, UCC leaders declare their support for these children that are leaving their homelands out of fear. This is a unique moment that tests the church's commitment for justice and peace .
Recognizing that the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America requires a robust humanitarian and advocacy response, UCC leaders call on all settings of the church to "care for the stranger in our midst." The number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has grown to more than 57,000 so far in 2014, up from 27,884 in 2013. These children and families are fleeing extreme poverty,drastic increases in gang-related violence, and their governments' inability or unwillingness to protect them.
Click here for more information and to read the Pastoral Letter.
Shop and Make a Painless Donation
to CCB at the Same Time
Do you shop online?
If the answer's yes, you have an opportunity to send a portion of your purchase price (4 percent or more) back to CCB as a rebate and a donation to our general fund.
Here's how it works. Go to the Amazon.com button or the eScrip Online Mall button on the left of this page. Click on the Amazon button and it will take you to the Amazon website. Just shop as you always would. Because you entered the Amazon site from the CCB webpage, the rebate will come back to the church. You don't have to do a thing differently.
For the eScrip Online Mall, click on the button and, when you get the to eScrip website, click on SHOP NOW. It will take you to a page where you can link to Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Best Buy, iTunes, and dozens of other retailers. When you make your purchase, use the credit card that's been registered for eScrip. (And if you haven't registered your cards, email Danielle for help in doing that.)
That's all there is to it. It's truly painless and it's not asking you to do a thing you wouldn't ordinarily do when you shop. Those 4 percents add up, and it's nothing additional out of your wallet.
But if you'd like to send a chocolate gift, remember to go to the websites of our Chocolate Fest vendors. CCB doesn't get a rebate but we do benefit our Chocolate Fest vendors whom we really want to succeed.
No Longer Strangers
The Rev. Wendy J. Taylor, former pastor of CCB, has written a book about Puente de la Sur, her ministry to the immigrant men who work the fields on the San Mateo County coast. To order No Longer Strangers from Amazon.com, click on the image below.