A man and his wife smile during worship in the sanctuary of the Stockbridge Congregational Church
A woman serves communion to a man
Rev. Brent Damrow preaches at the Stockbridge Congregational Church
A young girl lights a candle to begin worship

Worship

Worship is at the heart of our life together

In worship we claim the ancient truths that we are one body, that when we gather Christ comes to meet us, and that together we mere mortals can commune with the divine. We commit ourselves to worship that is beautiful, meaningful, fresh and inspirational. We recognize the need to bring our whole selves into worship–our hearts and our minds, a spirit of artistry and an analytical zeal, our joys and our sorrows, our convictions and our doubts.

The Bible

We take the Bible seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we dare not always take it literally. We place a strong emphasis on breaking open scripture to uncover its context, history and meaning for our life today. Through energetic and relevant preaching, we uncover new ways to connect with God, one another and the world, and learn to become better followers of Jesus.

Music

Music plays a central role in worship, offering us a glimpse of God and opening up a space to lift our voices in praise, petition, and lament. Our rich tradition of excellent music is anchored by a talented choir, a grand pipe organ, and a Steinway piano. We draw from the rich history of hymns and anthems from ancient to modern, always selected to engage the message of the day and the issues of the world.

Children in Worship

Children are one of our great joys, and are welcome in worship! Throughout the year, our kids lead and participate in worship, through opportunities like our Children’s Choir and practices like reading scripture, serving communion, or collecting the offering. On the second and fourth Sundays, children join their families for the first 15 minutes and, after a children’s message, are invited to Sunday School or the nursery.  On the third and fifth Sundays, our worship is especially intergenerational, with the liturgy crafted for children of all ages. On the first Sunday children begin in Sunday School and then join their families for communion. Children are always welcome to remain with their families for the entire service, and children’s activity bags are available.

Communion

On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate communion, the meal that Jesus shared with his followers, through a simple table of gluten-free bread and grape juice. All who feel led by God to participate are welcome at the table. Baptized or not, confessed or not, saint, sinner, or a little of both. All you have to be is hungry.