What to Expect
…and thank you for interest in Evangelical Congregational Church (ECC). We have tried to answer some of the questions you might have about our fellowship when you plan a visit. We have attempted to cover as many as possible, but if you desire more information, please feel free to contact the church office at 978-365-5782.
Here at Evangelical Congregational Church, we are committed to communicating the life changing message of the gospel, the good news, of Jesus Christ. The “good news” is that through faith in Jesus Christ, we can have fellowship and salvation with the living and sovereign God of heaven and earth, because of the death of Christ upon the cross. We, therefore, do not come before our Lord on the basis of our good deeds, but simply on the basis of the saving work of Christ. We seek to be blessed by this good news through the faithful study and application of God’s Holy Word - the Bible, - to our daily lives.
#What time is the service and what is it like?
#Where are you located and where do I park?
#What should I wear?
#What is there for my family?
#What do you believe?
#What do you mean by referring to yourself as Evangelical?
#What does it mean to be a "Congregational" Church?
#Do I have to be a member of your church and give money?
- What time is the service and what is it like?
Sunday School and an Adult Bible Discussion Group are held at 9:15am and our worship service begins at 10:30. The service starts with a time of singing of a variety of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to our Lord. We spend time in prayer: praising our God, confessing our sin and seeking his forgiveness, and offering our gifts to the Lord. We spend about 25 to 30 minutes studying the Bible together and conclude with song, while observing the Lord’s Supper on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
- Where are you located and where do I park?
We are located at 793 Main St. in the center of Lancaster. Parking is available in the rear of the church off of Packard St. and up and down Main. St. If you are disabled, need handicapped parking, or just need to park closer to building for health reasons, there are a number of parking spaces located on the left side as you are facing the church from the front. From that location there is a handicapped elevator available to access to the building.
- What should I wear?
The simple answer to this question is clothes. There is no dress code. Some of our people still like to dress up on Sunday, but if you don’t mind their suit and tie, they will say nothing about your jeans and sneakers.
- What is there for my family
Besides the Sunday School program at 9am, and the Youth Group meetings on Sunday night at 6:30pm, the church is most receptive to young families and their presence in the service. If you have young children, they are free to remain in the service, but for your convenience there is nursery staff to assist you if you would like, and a safe and clean nursery with a projection screen TV for you to view the service.
- What do you believe?
What we believe in detail can be found if you click on the following link to a place within our website. http://www.ecclancaster.org/page/who_we_are. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the pastor, Tim Andrews, at 978-365-5782
- What do you mean by referring to yourself as Evangelical?
As our name indicates we are an Evangelical Church. Evangelical can be defined in a number of ways and is understood today to have political overtones. But when we talk or refer to ourselves as “evangelical,” we are saying first and foremost that we believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his divine and human nature, his substitutionary atonement for the forgiveness of sin, and his triumphant return at the end of time. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inerrant and infallible words of God, and that through the gospel we desire to be a redeeming and transforming presence in our culture and our world.
- What does it mean to be a “Congregational” Church?
To be congregational expresses how we organize and govern ourselves as a group, and it represents the vast majority of churches in the United State that are not specifically tied to one of the major denominations (ie. Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian, etc). A congregational church is a church that is governed by the congregation as a whole and its elected representatives. Our church is a member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, yet we remain autonomous in the management of our own affairs. We are governed by Elders and Deacons who are elected to these offices and are subject to review.
- Do I have to be a member of your church and give money?
No you do not have to be a member of the church or financially support the church in order to attend. We do take an offering every Sunday to support the needs of the ministry, but you are under no obligation to give. Membership is completely optional, but we do have a membership class if you would like to learn more about our church.
- What else?
If you desire to grow in your faith and in the knowledge of God’s word, the Holy Scriptures, there is a Wednesday evening bible study group at 7pm, a Friday morning Discussion Group at 10am, and a Men’s Group every Saturday morning at 8am. If you desire prayer and want someone to pray with you, we meet 4 times a month for prayer—the 1st and 2nd week of the month on Thursday afternoon at 1pm; and on the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the evening at 7pm.