What to Expect
Aspiring to be a gospel centered community, we talk a lot about making this a "safe place" for real-time sinful people to be in journey with Christ. There is no limit to God's grace as accomplished for us by Christ. And aspiring to not just learn about Christ and the good news of the gospel we talk a lot about participating in Christ's presence. We do this both in the mystery of "one-anothering" in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the mystery of sacramental worship wherein we "do" the gospel in the ancient temple pattern of four movements. Through it all, Christ is in the midst of us by the Holy Spirit as our prophet, priest and king! So I hope you will join us and enjoy our journey together in Christ."
Below you'll find relevant information for planning your fist few visits to CPC. We want you to be as comfortable as possible worshipping with us and hope the following helps make your visit logistically smooth and open to knowing our community.
1. Directions and Time
135 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510
- Morning Worship 10:00am
- Afternoon Worship 1:35pm
2. What to Wear
You will find a wide range of attire, from t-shirts and jeans to the occasional bowtie. Wear what makes you feel comfortable worshiping God.
There is parking available on our property, however, there isn't enough for everyone. Additional parking can be found on Bradley Street beside our building, on Whitney before you get to our building coming from Trumbull St/Downtown, and in Yale lot #41 which is a few lots north of our property.
As you enter the sanctuary, you'll be greeted by folks who will hand you a worship bulletin that will direct you through every step of our service including explanations of why we are carrying out each element. Click here to learn more about our styles of worship at each service and their shared liturgy.
5. A Safe Place
People often tell us that they've found CPC to be a very friendly place (what most people who stick around will say initially attracted them to come back a second time). But more than friendly, it is often talked about as a "safe" place where people can be "in route" no matter what the location of your spiritual journey. The spirituality of CPC is very much about grace as this not only makes it okay to be morally flawed and/or broken in some way, but expected even. There will be people there that are not yet Christians, people who are Christians and left the church and are venturing back into the church, and even people who have been going to church for a long time but are finding that the closer they get to God the more they see how flawed they are in comparison, and how much more loved and accepted than they ever expected possible because of what Christ accomplishes for us. So come as you are, both outwardly and inwardly, and let happen what happens. It is safe!
We love our children and enjoy having them in worship. That being said, we do have a quality and carefully managed childcare located in the children's wing of the church (at end of foyer) for any and all children who at any time during the service are getting "antsy" or are distracting their parents from worship. It is intentionally a "free time" for guided play to allow children to release some energy before they rejoin their parents after the sermon. The booklet "Together in God's Presence: Children and Families Together in Covenant Worship" explains our philosophy of children in relation to worshiping together with some very practical ways to help your children experience worship for themselves even if they don't understand much of it.
7. Welcome Cards
Please fill out a Welcome Card so that we have an opportunity to greet you and follow up in case you have any questions. There is space to also include a prayer request or request to speak to a pastor about a spiritual concern.
8. Children's Sunday School & Adult Sunday Studies
After the service, you are invited for coffee downstairs in the Fellowship Hall ordinarily ffollowed by an open discussion about the sermon (Adult Sunday Studies), coupled at times with the option of special classes targeting various issues in Christian faith and practice. During this time, children of all ages are invited to participate in age-specific Sunday School located throughout the church building.
9. CPC Café
At 12:45pm on most Sundays the CPC café is open in the Fellowship Hall. The meal is free to visitors and an enjoyable way to get to know some people while eating a catered meal.
Please pick up our Welcome Brochure and other materials from the foyer for more information about our church and programs. Feel free to ask anyone questions about the service, our programs, our people, or our faith. We are happy to help!