We are a welcoming family of faith open to all people. We honor your questions as we look for meaning together. If you are seeking a spiritual home where your faith can grow – through worship, education, service and fellowship – we invite you to join us. Your presence is a gift!
What time is a worship service and how long is it?
Worship begins just before 10:00 with an organ or instrumental prelude. The service is normally about an hour long.
What happens during a worship service?
Worship services include Scripture readings, hymns sung by the congregation and by the choir, a children’s message, a pastoral message (sermon), prayers, a blessing and instrumental music. At times, you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively.
Each Sunday an offering is taken which is used to support the many ministries of Second Church. You are invited to give as you are able. In addition, canned and box food offerings for the Newton Food Pantry are collected by the children as they come forward for the children’s message.
A communion service, open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is part of the service on the first Sunday of the month.
There is not a lot that you need to know in advance to join in a worship service because the Pastor guides the service. The intention is to make it easy for everyone to join in worship and to find meaning in the worship experience.
Is there Sunday School for children? Is there childcare?
Children (pre-school through grade 5) attend the beginning of the worship service with their family and leave for Sunday School following the Children’s message. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. The childcare area is found downstairs off of the corridor leading from the Chestnut Street entrance to Fellowship Hall. It is staffed by two experienced child minders.
What should I wear?
You can come in your “Sunday best” or in casual attire. It’s not important. All are welcome!
What happens after the worship service?
All are invited for a time of coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall following the service. We enjoy our time together, and look forward to learning more about you.
In addition, on many Sundays, folks are invited to gather for informal discussions or presentations on topics of interest.
Is the church handicap accessible?
A ramp to the sanctuary can be found from the driveway off of Highland Street. The driveway is immediately to the right of the main church entrance.
How can I learn more?
We invite you to look around our website to learn more.
If you would like to be in touch with Pastor Mark, or Director of Faith Formation, Jane Barry, or the Church Office, please email or call. Contact us.
But the best way to learn more about Second Church is to come to worship with us and get to know us. You will find that we are a friendly bunch who will warmly welcome you into our community.