Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by

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1.  What will the worship service be like?

Uplifting!  Spend an hour on Sunday morning getting centered spiritually for the week ahead.  Hear beautiful music, spend time praying for your loved ones and the community, and listen to an inspiring sermon.  You will receive a bulletin when you walk into the sanctuary with the order of service.  Our service is relaxed and easy to follow. Click here to read past sermons.

2.  What will the music be like?

Amazing!  The vibrant music program is one of the main reasons many of our members come on Sunday morning.  An adult choir sings most Sundays.  We also have three youth choirs who sing in church throughout the year.  Many services feature beautiful vocal solos or instrumental pieces.  The hymns are chosen to enhance the sermon theme.

3.  How long are the worship services?

The Sunday morning service usually lasts about an hour.  Everyone is welcome to join in the coffee hour that takes place in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.  This is a good time to meet some of the church’s members and find out more about the many programs and activities to get involved in.


4.  What should I wear to church?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable.  On any given Sunday you may find people wearing slacks and sweaters, suits, dresses, khakis or jeans in the sanctuary.   In the summer, there may be some people in shorts and sandals, while others could be dressed up as if attending a wedding.


5.  Do I have to be a member of the church to take Communion?

No. This is not our table; this is Christ’s table.  All men, women and even children are invited to celebrate the sacrament.  We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month with a “walking communion” which means all congregants are welcome to come forward to take bread and dip it into the cup (grape juice).  Bread and juice are also passed to those who are unable to take walking communion.


6.  Where do my children go during the worship service?

During the program year (September through June), children in grades Pre-k through 8th grade join their families in worship until the “Time for Children” where they hear a short message and then leave for their Faith Formation Sunday School classes, interactive programing designed to make the Bible stories come alive for kids.  For more information on our children and youth programs, click here.


7. Where do I park?

A parking lot (including handicap parking spaces) is located off Linden Street behind the church.   On-street parking is also available on Great Plain Avenue.


8.  Want to know more about The Congregational Church of Needham?

Please feel free to call our church office at 781-444-2510 to speak with a minister or member of our staff.  We can also be reached via e-mail at