No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey,
YOU are welcome here!
First Time Here? Let's take the "Guess" out of "Guest!"
If you are visiting us for the first time on the web or in person, WELCOME! At Wapping, we feel that it's OUR responsibility to "clear the way" for you to come to church. We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of Wapping Church. And we know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions. How do I get there? What should I wear? What's available for my kids? What should I expect in church?
Here is a quick look at what you can expect, based on what people see when they visit Wapping Church.
If you are visiting us for the first time on the web or in person, WELCOME! At Wapping, we feel that it's OUR responsibility to "clear the way" for you to come to church. We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of Wapping Church. And we know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions.
What kind of church is WCC?
Wapping Community Church is bustling, lively, spirit-filled place! Wapping is associated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). To find out more about the United Church of Christ, check out www.ucc.org.
Does WCC have a dress code?
Don't worry about what you're wearing. Wear what you like and are comfortable in - dress in your "Sunday best" or dress casually - and rest assured that there will be plenty of others dressed just like you!
We celebrate two sacraments: Holy Communion and Baptism.
What does Wapping Church believe?
We believe that no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, YOU are welcome here!
Our congregation represents a diversity of people all created in God’s own image, and we believe that together, we represent the Body of Christ. We are called to act in community, to reach out in mission, and to love God, and each other, as we love ourselves.
Further, you’ll find that there is a wide spectrum of theological thought in our congregation. Odds are, what you’re coming with-- your doubts, your questions, your seeking-- you are not the only one!
Where's Wapping Community Church?
Wapping's easy to find! We're located on one of the corners of the "Wapping Five Corners" - just up the street from Evergreen Walk and Buckland Hills Mall.
How do I get into the building, and where do I go from there?
Parking is available in the lot closest to our building, and also in the lot closest to the library building. If both of those lots are full, you may drive out the back driveway from either of those parking lots, and park along the dead end road you'll find there. Walk along the path next to the grave yard and enter through the doors at the covered porch. Walk up the stairs to the Gathering Room, just outside the Sanctuary, where a greeter will welcome you. Greeters will be happy to help you find the Sanctuary, the restrooms, the childcare rooms and information about all of our programs for children and youth. Your greeter will ask you to sign the guest book and will help you fill out a name tag. The guest book and name tags are located on the friendship table, which has lots of information about our church and a special gift for you.
Here's a map of the building!
What time are the church services?
Wapping offers two worship services each Sunday during the year, one at 8:30 am and one at 10:15 am. During the summer, we worship together at one service at 9:00am.
God's Garden, our Church school, is at the 10:00am service September through June. In July and August, our worship service hours change to one service at 9:00am with a one-room school house for children, and nursery care (in an air conditioned room!) available.
What is a church service like?
The order of worship is the same at both services. Worship includes opportunities for everyone to sing and pray. There are also readings from the Bible and a sermon that will encourage you to think about what you believe and how you will live out your Christian faith in the world. We have a wonderful music ministry that shares their talents during worship. The Chancel (adult) choir sings weekly during worship. The hand bell choir and the children's choir are showcased on special occasions at both services.
Children attend the beginning of the 10:00am worship service and are invited to hear a children's story before being dismissed for God's Garden Church School.
What if I have children?
We know that as a parent you need be sure that your children are in a SAFE learning environment. And we know that your children are looking for a FUN place to learn. We've invested a lot to make sure that both of these goals are reached. You'll see that in our Lil' Sprouts and God's Garden rooms, and even more in the volunteers who work with your kids. And you'll probably also appreciate the hour or so to sit and worship quietly, knowing that your little loves are having fun, learning about God, and safe!