Our work

MISSION & MINISTRY IN THE WORLD

MUSIC

Sanctuary Choir

Choral and instrumental music has an important place in every one of our worship services. We have a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional hymns, contemporary Christian music, bluegrass, rock, folk, country and more. Often, soloists or duets share their talents during worship. We have an organ, baby grand piano, and an electronic keyboard in the sanctuary, and these instruments are used on a regular basis. Some hymns beg to have organ accompaniment; others are meant to be accompanied by piano and maybe a guitar.

Soloists, duets, or small groups are invited to share special music during worship throughout the summer months.

handbell Choir

Our hand bell choir plays in Sunday worship every month or so between Labor Day and Memorial Day.  Performances are always enjoyed, and offer a time for congregants to reflect during worship.  Concerned that you don’t have any musical training?  No problem!  If you can count, you can ring!  We’re always welcoming and eager to teach you.

the nearly new shoppe

Lots of bargains for you!

Thurs and Sat 10am-2pm

We sell gently used clothing, accessories and shoes for men, women and children. we are always looking for new volunteers to staff the store during our open hours and for anyone to stock and price during their convenience. Men as well as women are welcome to volunteer.

This is a major source of income for our church and its’ missions. We are able to pay for some of the extras that we could not afford otherwise.

We are located in the White building to the left of the Church.  We have a handicapped ramp and a changing area.

Come and explore our wonderful collection while saving your money.

crafters

Crafters, gather up your yarn and knitting needles, or your needles and thread, and join us in our activities- knitting for Hats with Hugs, baby hats, baby blankets, and prayer shawls; quilt making for Project Linus;making items for the Fall Bazaar; or working on your own individual projects. As many of you may know, the quilts and blankets that we make for the Linus Project go to area hospitals or other facilities, where they are given to children (infants to teens) who need some comfort while dealing with serious illnesses or trauma. The Hats with Hugs are brought to the Phoenix Community Cancer Center here in Enfield, where they are given to hair loss cancer patients in memory of our former pastor, Dr. Janet Ritchie.

At noon, we’ll meet for lunch at a local restaurant. Join us for lunch even if you can’t make the gathering at church. Just call the church office at 745-3646 to see where to meet on that particular day.

Any questions? Call Ann Chase at 745-3828, or Dot Wilbur at 749-7156.

Mission work

ENFIELD FOOD SHELF

Enfield Food Shelf accepts donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby diapers/food, and frozen turkeys (during the holiday season) for less fortunate families in the Enfield area. The church is supporting the Food Shelf with monthly food donations/collections and various additional collections (Food Boat and November Thanksgiving). Our average Month donation exceeds 100 lbs.

Enfield Food Shelf website

ENFIELD LOAVES AND FISHES

The Enfield Congregational, United Church of Christ supports Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen by hosting a Saturday brunch on the fourth Saturday of every other month, at the Loaves and Fishes facility. Food donations & church volunteers support this local mission. NOTE: ALWAYS CHECKOUT OUT THE OUTREACH BULLETIN BOARD FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS, SIGN-UP SHEETS, AND THANK-YOU NOTES (Received in response to your generous donations).

Enfield Loaves and Fishes website

Enfield Loaves and Fishes Facebook

HAVE A HEART (Enfield Emergency Loan Fund)

Have A Heart ia a program of Enfield Churches and Community, Inc. Its purpose is to provide interest-free loans to Enfield residents with emergency/critical needs.

DOVE TREE

Our sanctuary Christmas tree gets adorned with white paper doves containing gift suggestions for families in our community in need of gifts.

SPRINGFIELD RESCUE MISSION

Springfield Rescue Mission is a shelter for the poor. The purpose of the Springfield Rescue Mission since 1892 has been to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor by introducing them to Christ and helping them apply the Word of God to every area of their lives. ECC donates clothing, personal items, and toiletries to assist those in need.

Springfield Rescue Mission website

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (OCWM)

One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in more than eighty countries.

The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water and food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief, and advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.

More about One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC website)

NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. UCC special offerings include: One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, and the Christmas Fund. 

More about Neighbors In Need (UCC website)

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE – BLANKETS

Since its formation in 1957, the United Church of Christ has worked with Church World Service (founded in 1946) to accomplish more together than it could alone, joining hearts and resources to create a tradition of help and a legacy of hope.

When disaster strikes, Church World Service is the primary agency through which the UCC gives support for relief and recovery efforts. This assistance may take the form of winterized family tents for Pakistani earthquake survivors, food packages and tankers full of water for displaced people in violence-torn Darfur, Sudan, or long-term recovery assistance for families affected by hurricanes, tornadoes, or flooding across the U.S. 

In addition to continuing support, ECC has an annual Mother’s Day collection for blankets.

More about CWS Blankets (CWS website)

More about Neighbors In Need (UCC website)

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE – TOOLS FOR HOPE

Since its formation in 1957, the United Church of Christ has worked with Church World Service (founded in 1946) to accomplish more together than it could alone, joining hearts and resources to create a tradition of help and a legacy of hope.

When disaster strikes, Church World Service is the primary agency through which the UCC gives support for relief and recovery efforts. This assistance may take the form of winterized family tents for Pakistani earthquake survivors, food packages and tankers full of water for displaced people in violence-torn Darfur, Sudan, or long-term recovery assistance for families affected by hurricanes, tornados, or flooding across the U.S. 

In addition to continuing support, ECC has an annual Fathers’s Day collection for tools.

More about CWS Tools (CWS website)

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL

Heifer International has been a mainstay of our Christian Outreach and Christian Education programs for decades, whether collecting and contributing through Sunday school, or promoting gift giving at Christmas time (for example donating an animal in someone’s name).

More about Heifer International (Heifer website)

APPALACHIAN SERVICE PROJECT

Appalachian Service Project. In the fall of 2017, our church encouraged our youth to go out and give back to the community. The Junior Youth Group would stay locally and the Senior Youth group would go farther out. Repairing homes through the Appalachia Service Project, whose vision is “Warmer, Safer, Drier,” was chosen for that ministry.

We took our first mission trip in the summer of 2018, traveling to, and working in a small Virginia town, coincidentally called Appalachia, Virginia.  We only had 7 youth sign up, and half will tell you that they only went because their parents made them. However, for all of them it was a life changing experience. So much so that, not only are they all going this year, but they have also talked more youth into joining us.

We are continuing with this worthy ministry in 2019, and we will be heading to Knotts County, Kentucky during the first week of July.  See more about our ASP experience and our current status for this year’s mission HERE

You can also read More about Appalachian Service Project (ASP website)