Open & Affirming Church

JENSEN BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

SACARAMENTS & RITES

At Jensen Beach Community Church, we celebrate two sacraments within the life of our congregation - Holy Communion and Baptism. We believe that sacraments are sacred means of grace which were initiated by Jesus. Rites are also important rituals celebrated within the life of the church, but were not initiated by Jesus. Rites of the church include: confirmation, marriage, funerals and ordination.


Holy Communion

And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed and broke it,

and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them,

and they all drank of it. And he said to them

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”


Mark 14:22-24

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month, unless other special services are held. You do not have to be a member of our congregation to receive the sacrament. Holy Communion is offered to all in attendance. Through partaking of the Sacrament, we receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and we receive forgiveness, new life and salvation. Through our participation, we remember Christ’s suffering and death, celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit with us now, and we look forward to the day when Christ will reign forever.


Baptism

Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, 

baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; 

and lo, I am with you always to the close of the age.


Matthew 28:19-20

Unless there are special circumstances, the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during a service of worship. We practice immersion, pouring, and sprinkling. We baptize with water and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a sacred act whereby the one being baptized is forgiven of their sin, makes a public profession of faith, joins the fellowship of the church, and begins their journey into full Christian faith and discipleship. Baptisms are officiated by the pastor and must be scheduled in advance.


Confirmation

Confirmation is a rite whereby a youth engages in a period of study to further their growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ and makes a public profession of their faith as part of the process of becoming an adult member of the congregation. Confirmation completes the spiritual work which began at baptism. Confirmation is open to youth entering the 7th or 8th grades. Classes are held weekly, starting after Labor Day and continuing until Easter. Retreats, field trips, and service projects are included in the curriculum.


Weddings

If we love one another, God abides in us, and this love is perfected in us.


I John 4:12

Jensen Beach Community Church rejoices with you as you anticipate your marriage. A wedding, like all services within the church, is not a production, but by nature, is sacred. It is primarily a service of praise to God in which those being married exchange vows to love and respect each other. Our sanctuary is available for weddings of members and non-members. To schedule a wedding at Jensen Beach Community Church, please contact the church office at 772-334-0716 for availability of the date. Our wedding policy book explains all of our fees, policies and guidelines.


Funeral / Memorial Services

The pastor and congregation of Jensen Beach Community Church want to walk with you through your time of loss, remembering you and your loved one in our prayers. Our sanctuary is available for funerals of members and non-members. Often a luncheon is held in the fellowship hall following the memorial service.


Membership

A person may join our congregation through one of three avenues. If a person has been a member of another congregation, they can transfer their membership through a letter of transfer. If a person has never been a member of a church and is new to the Christian faith, then during worship, they may profess their faith, be baptized, and be received into the fellowship of the church. If a person is a youth, they may decide to embark upon a period of preparation and study which is called the rite of confirmation. Membership in a local congregation of the United Church of Christ is important and includes both rights and responsibilities.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Jensen Beach Community Church of the United Church of Christ, or if you know of someone who may be considering making such a decision, please speak with Pastor Michelle.



No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God.

WE BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE INVITED TO JOIN CHRIST AT CHRIST'S TABLE FOR THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

WE BELIEVE THE UCC IS CALLED TO BE A UNITED AND UNITING CHURCH.

"That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity," These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.

WE ARE PEOPLE OF POSSIBILITY.

In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear... for after all, God is still speaking, ...