Worship

Sunday Schedule:

8:00 am: Chapel Communion
8:30 am: Hospitality begins
9:00 am: Christian Education for all ages
10:00 am: Worship (Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday each month)
12:00 pm: Youth Fellowships & Various Activities


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.

Spiritual growth and learning are offered for all ages at 9:00 am each week in the Christian Education time.

All ages gather for a creative and participatory worship experience at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. 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 you to “catch up” with each other, meet other members and visitors or to make those social connections that are so important within the church community.

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Our Beliefs

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.

The Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ is a valuable and honored testimony of the Christian faith for members of Plymouth Church.

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:

  1. We are a people called to express God’s extravagant welcome;
  2. we belong to Christ;
  3. we are a covenant people, a united and uniting Church;
  4. we find hope and inspiration in the unity we share through baptism and holy communion;
  5. we thank God for by working for a just and loving world;
  6. in our worship, prayer, and service we listen for the Still-speaking God.

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Vision Statement

Praying for guidance for the journey...   
      Honoring the mystery of God...       
           Responding with spirits renewed...            
                Moving courageously toward wholeness.

Mission Statement

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.

Covenants

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

WNL Schedule September through May

5:00 pm: Childcare opens (Room 11)
5:15 pm: Pastor’s Bible Study (Chapel)
5:30 pm: Children’s Choir (204)
5:45 pm: Announcements & Dinner (Folsom Room)
6:30 pm: Children’s Choir (Room 204)
Plymouth Bell Ensemble (Sanctuary)
 6:45 pm  Small Group Study
7:15 pm: Sanctuary Singers (Music Room)
8:15 pm: Childcare closes; End of activities

 

Sanctuary Choir: (adult, high school youth, and older) This ensemble serves regularly at the 10:00 am worship service and for special Holy Day services and serves as the core of the Boar’s Head Chorus. They rehearse Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:15 pm, and Sundays, 9:00 am, with additional rehearsals scheduled as needed.

Youth Music Ensemble: (middle and high school youth) This ensemble is comprised of youth musicians, including singers and instrumentalists, who serve for worship services and coffee houses on a periodic basis. They rehearse Sundays after worship (around 11:30 am). Various opportunities are tailored to the abilities and interests of those participating.

Children's Choir: (Elementary School-aged children) Children prepare music and drama for worship service about once each month as scheduled. Musical experience includes instruments, movement, drama, and singing. We rehearse Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:00 and 6:30 to 7:00 pm (younger children admitted at the director's discretion.)

Bell Ensemble: (all ages, medium-advanced skill level): This handbell ensemble performs periodically for Sunday morning worship and special services, approximately once each month throughout the year. They rehearse Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. This ensemble is also part of the Boar’s Head Orchestra.

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 27-29. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays in December. A detailed schedule is mailed to interested participants in the fall.

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Special Services

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.

Blessing of the Animals is Saturday, October 1, 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.

World AIDS Day, December 1, is observed in partnership with the AIDS Task Force in Northeast Indiana.

Luminous Night Service of Lament and Promise, 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 hosted at Plymouth each January on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day by the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, marking the birthday and celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and his work in the Civil Rights movement in our nation. Plymouth Church has hosted this service since its beginning more than two decades ago.

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.

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