What does Congregational mean?
simply means that our church is governed by the congregation. There is no outside
authority (such as a bishop or presbytery or diocese) to direct our beliefs or
actions. The members of the church make all the major decisions in the life of the
congregation, from calling the pastors
to approving the church budget each
to setting policies for the church. These decisions are made by voting at
our annual meeting each year in January, or at special congregational meetings, or through
the work of boards and committees. Congregational churches have their modern origins in
England and Holland, and began to thrive in New England and beyond in the days of the
Pilgrims and Puritans. Thats why you will find that the oldest churches in our
country are Congregational.
Will I fit in if I come to worship at the Bolton Congregational Church for the first time?
We certainly hope so! We have lots of helps to assist visitors such as notes in the worship bulletin that will tell you where to find a hymn or a Scripture reading, or which version of the Lords Prayer we say. There is not a lot of ritual in our services that would be unfamiliar to visitors or hard to follow. We generally have a special Childrens Message for young ones during the 10:00 am service on Sunday, and our Communion service is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ regardless of denominational affiliation. Most of all, we have a great team of lay Deacons and many more enthusiastic members who should greet you and offer to help you in any way possible. And dont forget that we have contemporary Thursday evening service twice a month that are very informal especially designed for folks who are looking for a welcome place to worship!
What are your beliefs and doctrines?
church, along with the vast majority of other Congregational/United Church of Christ
churches, does not require members to subscribe to specific doctrines or creeds. We
believe that often such doctrines become instruments of judgment and exclusion that
divide, rather than unite Gods people. However, while you will certainly find
a variety of individual perspectives among the members of our congregation, we are also
confident that you will find that all of our members lives and faith are guided by
the supreme Christian principles of: love of neighbor, humility before God, compassion for
the needy, respect for life and all living things, and a commitment to peace and justice
for all of Gods people across all of Creation.
Can I be married at the Bolton Congregational Church if I am not a member?
many cases, yes. While membership is not a requirement, our church should not be
chosen for a wedding simply because it is quaint & attractive or
convenient to the place where the reception will be held. Our hope is that
non-members who wish to be married here will also have a sincere desire to begin
nourishing their new married life by participating in the life of our church and
continuing to grow in Christian faith as a married couple.
Please contact one of our
pastors about setting up an appointment to discuss your wedding plans!
Do I have to be a member to have my baby baptized at the Bolton Congregational Church?
is not required in order for parents to have a baby baptized in our Church. However
we do ask that parents attend our worship services for awhile prior to the date of the
baptism, so that they can become acquainted with the worship atmosphere where
the baptism will take place. Parents are also expected to be faithful to the baptismal
promises they will be making by continuing to bring their child into the Church
environment for Christian Education (nursery, Sunday School, etc.) in the months and years
Can I rent a room at the Bolton Congregational Church for a special event?
Church is happy to provide space for many community groups (scouts, civic clubs, etc.) to
use in return for a nominal donation to cover utilities and other expenses.
Unfortunately we are not able to rent out rooms (or tables or chairs or our tent) to
non-members for personal use due to the understandable risks involved as well as
the fact that the Churchs energy needs to remain focused on serving Gods
people and not monitoring use of facilities.
Can I get information about my family tree from the Bolton Congregational Church if my family has roots in Bolton?
Church Office houses records from the last 50 years or so. Earlier records have been
transferred to the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. You might try the Bolton
Town Hall, too, which may also be able to help you.
there are a few people who swear that there once was one, we have no official church
records indicating that a spire-like pointy steeple ever existed atop our
Meetinghouse. The truth is, the architecture of our beloved Meetinghouse with
a simple bell tower on the roof was a popular style in the 1800s, and you
will find many others like it as you drive around New England (including some that are of
the clock tower variety as well as the bell tower).
Do I have to live in Bolton to attend services at the Bolton Congregational
What if I am not Congregational? Can I attend services at The
Bolton Congregational Church UCC?