No matter where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!

In-Person Worship is held every Sunday at 10 am. We are located at 80 W. Columbus St., Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110. We can be reached at 614.837.7734.
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What to Expect

 

Enjoy hymns from our New Century Hymnal sung by the congregation and our Chancel Choir during traditional services. Enjoy contemporary music from our band: Come BeLoved Band on contemporary services. In both services you will be welcomed with open arms no matter where you are in life’s Journey. We dwell on God’s love and are an Open and Affirming Congregation.

ALL MEANS ALL – Open and Affirming
Honoring our Vision Statement and listening to our Still Speaking God, we declare ourselves to be open and affirming. With God’s grace we are a congregation on a journey that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation.

Follow Christ…

That means we take seriously love, grace, forgiveness, welcoming all, serving all, working for justice….you get the idea.

Embrace Mystery…

Our experience is that there is a “something more” reality in life that we call the Spirit. We discover it in all kinds of places, but worship, spiritual practices like prayer and meditation and the gift of community keeps us coming back for more.

Serve Others…

Giving God space to use our gifts to meet human need locally and globally.

Do Justice… 

Answering God’s call to work for an arrangement of life where all God’s children can thrive.

Come Be Loved…

This is the heart of everything. You are God’s beloved, no exceptions, no matter where you’ve been on the journey or where you are now.

Be Transformed…

It’s what God does to us and the world when we allow ourselves to be shaped by everything above. In short….more light, more love, more hope, more joy.

Be Transformed...

It’s what God does to us and the world when we allow ourselves to be shaped by everything above. In short….more light, more love, more hope, more joy.

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to Seek, Celebrate and Share the love of God through…

Worship that challenges our minds and refreshes our spirits;
Spiritual Growth that stimulates people in every age and stage of life;
Stewardship that expresses gratitude to God through generous giving of time, talent and money and our care of creation;
Invitation that welcomes all to share in the joy of responsible church membership;
Mission that reaches out in service beyond ourselves into the world;
Fellowship that binds our hearts in Christian love; and
Partnership with the wider church for the work of the United Church of Christ at home and abroad.
We open ourselves to the future, providing adequate resources for a growing church.

Our Vision

A Community…because we are not meant to go it alone.
Growing…because we believe Christianity is about the journey not just the destination.
In Christ…because he offers the very best view of God’s healing love.
That Invites All…because no one should be left out because of how they look, who they love, or where they’ve been in life. All means all.
Serves All…because Jesus commanded it, and because when we serve we give God space to transform our lives.
With Love and Joy…because Love is who God is, all the time, no exceptions! When Love has plenty of room in our lives, joy rises to the surface.
We really do believe that Gospel means Good News, and who couldn’t use more of that?

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We hope so. Check us out on this website. Better yet, we hope that you will come scope us out in person.

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F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

What denomination is David’s United Church of Christ?

David’s Church is a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC was founded in 1957, as the union of the Evangelical & Reformed Church and Congregational Christian Churches. The UCC’s mission statement is “United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.” For more information about the United Church of Christ, visit www.ucc.org.

When are services held?

Our worship service is at 10:00am every Sunday, available online and in-person in our sanctuary. Our worship style alternates weekly between a traditional service with beautiful hymns, choir, organ and liturgy, and our contemporary worship service, called Come Beloved, with praise band and interactive experiences.

Do you have to be a member to…have a wedding?…enroll in Sunday school?…sing in the choir?

ALL are welcome to participate without being an official member. In fact, participation is a wonderful way to get to know the Church, make friends, and consider eventual membership.. Families may enroll their children in Sunday school at any time. Youth and adult fellowship activities are open to all visitors. However, being a member also allows a person to fully participate in and vote in church meetings. Access to some of the congregational leadership roles does require formal membership.

What programs do you have for youth and teens?

Youth in grades 5-7 are invited to participate in PAKT (Parents and Kids Together). This two year program engages parents and youth in questions about faith and sexuality. Junior high youth participate in Confirmation, a year-long program to affirm the Christian faith as their own. High school youth participate in youth group. We offer mission trips annually for all of our youth to engage in mission and social justice together.

Is there an unofficial dress code? What should I wear to worship?

No, there’s not. On any Sunday morning, you’ll see some members and friends dressed in everything from suits and ties to jeans and t-shirts. Please wear what is most comfortable to you. We care about welcoming you, not trying to make you coordinate your fashions.

Do I have to worry about sitting in someone’s “assigned space”?

There’s plenty of room for all at David’s UCC. Please feel welcome to sit wherever you feel most comfortable in our sanctuary.

What about Communion?

Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and on designated holy days, such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, World Communion Sunday, and Christmas Eve. All baptized persons of any age are welcome to receive communion.

How can I find out more about the church?

Visitors are always welcome. Come to any of our Sunday services or join in the many activities and events. During Sunday services, all members and guests are encouraged to fill out connect cards to receive more information. Visit our “I’m New” page here.

Are children welcome in the service?

Children are welcome in every aspect of our congregation!
We recognize that children can become restless during worship and therefore provide children’s activity bags. For those parents who choose it, we have child care available for ages 0-4 .

Our Sunday School, Holy Moly, for children ages 5-12, meets throughout the school year during the 10:00 AM service. Children remain with their parents for the beginning of the service and are then dismissed to Holy Moly.

What programs do you have for preschoolers and elementary school children?

Ministries for children are an important part of life at David’s United Church of Christ. In addition to Holy Moly, we offer a children’s choir, the Christ Choir for children of reading age. We offer a variety of events throughout the year for children and their families.

What education programs do you have for adults?

We offer a wide variety of opportunities for adult education, fellowship, and community service. David’s UCC sponsors many social events that provide opportunities to meet new friends, enrich old friendships, and work together in service to others. Examples include the Lectionary Bible Study, Fireside Connections, Movies with the Minister, Under the Stars, and the Understanding Project.

What do I call the pastor? How should I address the members of the congregation?

We’re all on a first name basis at David’s UCC. Our pastor prefers to be called Rev. James or Rev. Semmelroth Darnell.

What if I don’t know the hymns?

We sing 2-3 songs in each worship service. Sometimes they are songs new to all of us. Just follow along with the words on our projection screen or in the hymnal.

What about Baptism?

Baptism is a Christian sacrament demonstrating one’s belief in Jesus Christ and commitment to live a Christian life. We baptize infants, children, youth, and adults in the United Church of Christ. If you are interested in being baptized into the Christian faith, please contact our pastor.