What to Expect

We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of anxiety, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at North Madison Congregational Church.  NMCC is a spiritual home of believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, who come together to worship God, become more like Jesus, and serve God’s creation.

We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know NMCC is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our pastors, deacons, greeters, or the people in your pew, and learn more about our life of worship, fellowship, and service together.

When is our Worship Service?

We offer one worship service at 10 AM on Sundays each week plus additional Special Services during the Christmas and Lent seasons.  During July and August we offer worship at 9:30 am.

Do you offer childcare or Sunday school?

Children and families of all sorts are welcome and cherished at NMCC. Childcare is not available at this time during our Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. Children’s Church programs are offered on Sundays for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. More details are available on the Families with Children page.

How do I get there and where to I park?

We are located in North Madison at 1272 Durham Road (also Route 79) on the left approximately 6 miles north of Route 1 in Madison, CT, on the southwest corner of the rotary or “circle” at the intersection of Routes 79 and 80. From Durham, we  are 8.7 miles south on Route 79, right after the “circle” on the right and 4 miles west of the Killingworth Circle (located at intersection of Routes 80 and 81).

Parking is located to the right of the church (north side) and is accessed by entering the driveway to the left of the church and taking a right in front of the church.  Additional parking and entrances information can be found on the Directions.   Handicap access is detailed on the Accessibility page.

What happens during Sunday worship service?

As you enter the church, a friendly usher will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service.   You will also be invited to join us in wearing a name tag.   You can pick up an assisted listening device or large-print bulleting before you are seated.    At the beginning of the service there will be a general invitation for guests to introduce themselves, if you wish say hello.

All of our services feature reading, a children’s message, preaching, prayer, and music.    At times, you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively.   We share joys and concerns and close the service with our special hymn, Shalom.

Communion is held the first Sunday of the month in the sanctuary and for the children as part of the Sunday school service.  Gluten free wafers are available.

 

What should I wear?

Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire, and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.

How long do services last?

The service lasts about an hour to 75 minutes.

Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?

After each worship service, Fellowship Hall is open for a time of fellowship and refreshment.  We invite you to join us for a snack or beverage, strike up a conversation, and make some new friends!

Is the church handicap accessible?

Yes.   NMCC offers a range of accessibility accommodations with more details available on the Accessibility link.

How can I get more information?

You may call the NMCC office at (203) 421-3241.