Visitor Tips

What to expect

Planning to visit our church? Any time of year is a good time to visit and we look forward to seeing you. Everyone is welcome. These few tips might help you know what to expect.


If you are young and able bodied, parking on the street is your best bet. Cooper Ave is ONE WAY on Sunday mornings so enter from Valley Rd or Northview side. There are 18 spots behind the parsonage we like to reserve for seniors or those using the ramp. Enter the driveway to the left of the church building to park there.

Greeters & Ushers

Greeters will welcome you as you enter the worship space (aka sanctuary). Identify yourself as visiting if you like. Ushers will hand you a bulletin so you can follow the order of worship. If you need large print bulletins, headphones, or childcare they can direct you. Sit wherever you feel comfortable. There are red "Wecome" pads at the end of each pew where you can share your contact information if you wish.

Come as you are Dress Code?

You’ll see it all here, from suits to soccer uniforms, hats to pink hair. Come as you like. Jesus wasn’t that snappy a dresser… although most people do wear shoes.

When do we start and end?

Our main worship service is at 10:00 AM. The prelude music is a time to center yourself and prepare to worship God. The service concludes at 11:15 and the musical finish (postlude) signals it is appropriate to leave. Many people sit and enjoy the closing music, some are off to the next thing.


The sacrament of communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month and on several other occasions. We have an open table, anyone can take communion including children. We sometimes serve communion in the pews holding the bread till all have been served and eating it together. Grape juice is served in individual cups and drunk immediately upon receiving it. We also serve communion by intinction which is when you file up to the front of the church take bread and dip it into the cup of juice then move back to your seat as you eat it. Glutten free wafers are available.

Childcare & Sunday School

Children are welcome in worship at any age. The childcare room is in the main church building. An usher can direct you there. We call Sunday School Learning Centers and they happen in conjunction with the worship service for students through 7th grade. Our web pages can give you an overview of what happens. 

Coffee Fellowship

A time to socialize follows each service and happens in the Assembly Room. We serve fair trade coffee, tea, & light snacks, in the summer, lemonade. We encourage visitors to join us and speak to the regulars. You can stop to greet the ministers as you enter the Assembly Room and introduce yourself.

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Union Congregational Church
176 Cooper Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

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