Sunday Worship Schedule, September Through May
(During the summer months (first Sunday of June through last Sunday of August), hospitality is at 9:00 am, and Worship is at 10:00 am. All other schedules, including music rehearsals, are suspended.)
Chapel Communion: Prayers and Communion in the Chapel
Hospitality (Folsom Room, until noon)
Christian Education (various classrooms)
Sanctuary Singers Rehearsal in the sanctuary
Worship in the sanctuary (Communionon 1st & 3rd Sundays each month; Healing on fifth Sundays)
Various Activities (see church calendar), such as Youth Group
Worship is the central experience offered for people of every age at Plymouth Church. The quality and creativity of worship is the basis for all their activities that are offered each Sunday and through the week.
*Early risers may join in morning intercessory prayer and communion in the Chapel at 8:00 am with Rev. John P Gardner.
*All ages gather for a creative and participatory worship experience at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary.
Spiritual growth and learning are offered for all ages at 9:00 am each week in theChristian Education time.
With varied expressions of praise, prayer, music, and movement, we seek to include persons of all ages in the active experience of God’s presence. Enrichment time for children is provided midway through the service when children depart the sanctuary.
Hospitality is provided every Sunday for fellowship, to make those social connections that are so important within the church community.
It is the purpose and mission of Plymouth Church to proclaim the Christian gospel, to advance the love of God and neighbor, to embody the Way of Life as recorded in the Bible, and to promote Christian faith and practice in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Plymouth Church welcomes into membership any person who loves Jesus Christ and who promises to follow Christ’s way.
Plymouth Church cherishes the call of God to explore and practice faith in Jesus Christ. As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, the following convictions ground the expression of faith:
Praying for guidance for the journey...
Honoring the mystery of God...
Responding with spirits renewed...
Moving courageously toward wholeness.
Plymouth Church is an inclusive Christian Community welcoming you as you are, supporting you in your own journey with God, and challenging you to live out the teachings of Jesus individually, collectively, globally.
We are … an Open and Affirming congregation (2001), where we find strength in our diversity, and a way to understand the inclusiveness of God.
We are … a Peace with Justice congregation (2008), centering our life in prayer, study, and worship. We seek the things that make for peace and justice within the whole human family.
We are … a green congregation, seeking to protect and responsibly use the gifts God has provided for us in this world.
We are … a church where God is still speaking.
Wednesday Night Live
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) at Plymouth Church takes place on Wednesday evenings, September through May. Make plans for you and your family to join in the many opportunities provided for fellowship and faith enrichment.
|5:00 pm:||Childcare opens (Room 11)|
Sanctuary Singers (Music Room)
Children's Choir (grades K-2 & 3-5: Room 204)
|5:15 pm:||Pastor’s Bible Study (Chapel)|
|5:30 pm:||Children’s Choir (204)|
|5:45 pm:||Announcements & Dinner (Folsom Room)|
Youth Music Ensemble (Music Room)
Plymouth Bell Ensemble (Sanctuary Balcony)
|6:45 pm||Small Group Study|
|7:30 pm:||End of rehearsals|
|8:00 pm:||Activities end; Childcare closes|
Boar’s Head Chorus and Orchestra: (all ages) This ensemble provides music for the annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Worship Services, December 28, 29 & 30, each year. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays in December. A detailed schedule is mailed to interested participants in the fall.
Heritage Sunday is a yearly celebration of the history and traditions of Plymouth church as expressed through the people who have shared in those years of worship, learning, service, mission, and fellowship. Held in September on the Sunday nearest to Plymouth’s anniversary, September 20, Heritage Sunday recognizes 50-year members, and our 60-, 70-, 75-, and 80-year members.
The Blessing of the Animals is in early October, near the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This is a delightful outdoor gathering and an opportunity to bring your family's pet(s) to celebrate the joy, comfort, companionship, and unconditional love they bring into our lives.
All Saints Day, on the Sunday closest to November 1, is a day of reflection and in memoriam for those who have died during the previous year.
World AIDS Day, December 1, is observed in partnership with the AIDS Task Force in Northeast Indiana.
Luminous Night Service of Lament and Promise, on the first Wednesday of December, is a worship experience that allows us to express the sadness, grief, anger, and disillusionment that, for many, accompany our cultural observance of Christmas. We highlight the promises of hope, joy, peace, and love that are themes of Christ’s birth.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service is held at Plymouth each January on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, marking the birthday and celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and his work in the Civil Rights movement in our nation.
Ash Wednesday Meal and Worship is held each year to mark the worshipful beginning of the season of Lent. We share a common meal at the church and move into an Ash Wednesday Worship and Communion Service in the sanctuary.
Maundy Thursday Communion Service recalls the events of Holy Week leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service marks the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. It is a moving and deeply meaningful service of remembrance and hope, that features the dimming of lights and special music presentations by our choirs.
On Easter Sunday, Plymouth celebrates the promise of eternal life with a Sunrise Service at 7:00 am, and a Festival Worship & Communion Service at 10:00 am.
On Pentecost Sunday, Plymouth welcomes a Dixieland band for celebration at the 10:00 am Worship service, and all participants are encouraged to wear the colors of the flame.
On Graduates Day, on the second Sunday of June, graduates from high schools, colleges and other educational programs are honored for their accomplishments at the 10:00 am Worship service.