You’re Welcome Here.
Seriously.

Welcome! Welcome. We are glad you stopped by. We are the church who believe that you are loved and valued exactly as you are. We mean it. When you come to South Acton Church, come as you are and bring your full self. We are excited to meet you and share how God is working in us and in our church.

 

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Discover what to expect

SUNDAYS
AT 10:30 AM

Here’s what to expect.

Where are you located?

We are located at 35 School Street between the South Acton Fire Station and the South Acton Commuter Rail.

Where do I park?

There are two easy options: 1) Park in the small lot on School Street. It is only one building away from our front doors. 2) Park behind the South Acton Fire Station off School Street. It is a quick, 3 minute walk to our front doors. Handicapped parking is available on the street directly in front of the church. 

What is the service like?

Our worship services begin at 10:30 am (9:30 am in July and August). Our service blends traditional elements with new ideas. Services include elements of music, scripture, and prayer. We are a pretty casual group, so don’t worry about what to wear or what to do. Just show up as you are and open your heart to our God. 

Must I be a member of South Acton Church to partake in Holy Communion?

No! We believe the Communion table is the table of Christ. Everyone is welcome at Christ’s table. A couple of other notes: 1) Gluten free wafers are available. 2) We always offer red wine and white grape juice. You are free to pick the best option for you. 

How early should I arrive for service?

Arriving 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start of the service will give you an opportunity to park, drop young children off at the nursery – if desired – and grab a cup of coffee before you find your seat in the Sanctuary. 

Are Kids Welcome?

ABSOLUTELY! We love kids at South Acton Church.  Children are always welcome in the Sanctuary with their adult(s).  We also offer an exciting, intergenerational Sunday School Program for children age 4 years through 8th grade. Children begin the worship service with their adult(s) and are invited to Sunday School following the Children’s Message. During the Summer and on Intergenerational Sundays, children remain in worship. 

If your child wants to stay through the duration of the service, s/he is absolutely welcome. On the left hand side of the Sanctuary, we have a children’s area with coloring pages and art supplies.

Nursery care is also available for infants and toddlers starting 10 minutes before the service starts.

 

just for kids

Kids are always welcome at South Acton Church!

We all develop faith inside community. Learning about the faith of others helps our own faith grow. At South Acton Church, we are all teachers and all learners – no matter our age. Children are invited to participate in our weekly, intergenerational Sunday School. Younger kids concentrate on learning the stories of our faith. Older Kids and Tweens take the next step of engaging our faith stories while exploring some of their core, burning questions. Additionally, we frame studies around the liturgical seasons of Christmas and Easter. 

Nursery care

We are happy to provide nursery care for newborns through age 4. Our nursery care is provided by a paid and trained staff member who is aided by a rotating team of reliable volunteers, many of them are parents and grandparents. All children are always welcome in worship. 

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sunday school

Children 4 years old and older are invited to participate in Sunday School. We have two mixed-aged classes. Younger kids concentrate learning the stories of our faith. Older kids and tweens take the next step of engaging our faith stories while exploring some of their core, burning questions.

 

kids in worship

We also welcome and love to have kids in worship. We want kids to feel at home in worship and believe a noisy, active sanctuary is a sign of life. So don’t worry about your kids remaining absolutely silent. We aren’t that type of church. 

 

worship with us

Worship begins at 10:30 am

Worship is central to our life at South Acton Church. It is an important Spiritual Practice that reminds us that life and faith exist in community. We gather together, exhale and release all we have been carrying, and remember that God is with us! Worship reminds us that we are the body of Christ, both when we gather together and when we take that love into our ordinary lives. South Acton Church brings together people from the many diverse Christian traditions and some who aren’t quite sure what they call themselves. 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion 

The sacrament of communion is a feast of remembrance, of communion and of hope. We celebrate it the first Sunday of every month. We believe that at communion, we gather around the table of Christ, and Christ’s table is open to everyone. 

The Sacrament of baptism  

Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s covenant with all people. In baptism, God promises by grace alone: to forgive our sins; to adopt us into the Body of Christ, the Church; to send the Holy Spirit daily to renew and cleanse us; ant to resurrect us to eternal life. This promise is made visible in the water of baptism.

How Do i take communion?

Communion is served by both intinction and in the pews. 

 

If Communion is being served by intinction: 

You will be given instructions and invited forward You will be offered a piece of bread. Take it and dip it in the cup of grape juice. You may eat the elements immediately and then are invited to return to your seats. On these Sundays we only offer grape juice. 

 

If Communion is being served in the pews:

The pastor will send deacons down the aisles to each pew. You may take a piece of pre-cut bread or tear a piece from the common loaf used during the liturgy. You are invited to hold on to your bread until all have been served so that we may share the feast together. (Gluten Free bread is served by a seperate server) Likewise, white grape juice and red wine will be distributed in small cups to all in attendance. We will drink the cup together, then leave the cups in the pews (there are special little cup holders beside the hymn racks.)

How Do I get baptized?

We rejoice in celebrating this sacrament for all infants and previously unbaptized children and adults. Our baptism liturgy is made up of promises from the parents or adult being baptized as well as promises by the entire congregation. This reminds us all that this isn’t a lone-ranger thing. It is ours, together. When someone is baptized at South Acton Church, we promise our “love, support, and prayers”. 

 

Baptism is offered throughout the year, and can be arranged by speaking to the pastor. 

about us

South Acton, United Church of Christ was founded in 1876. We have always been the little village church with the great big heart. The heartbeat of our mission has been to put feet to our faith. The Mission Movers help neighbors in crisis move into new housing at a moment’s notice. Among other things, we are involved in advocating for an end to gun violence, fair housing, and work to combat climate change alongside the United Church of Christ and in partnership with groups like Mothers’ Out Front. We are a steady voice of hope, belonging and love in our community and in our world. 

Book Group

Mission Movers

Vigils Against Gun Violence

Join the discussion!  Enjoy a variety of books with people interested in deepening their faith and understanding.

 

Need help moving?  We’re here to help! No matter what you can pay, we’re here to support you.

 

We believe gun violence is as much a spiritual issue as a political one. We gather to raise awareness and advocate for change on the second Wednesday of the month from 4-5pm.

 

Book Group

Join the discussion!  Enjoy a variety of books with people interested in deepening their faith and understanding.

 

SACC Movers & Mission Movers

Need help moving?  We’re here to help! No matter what you can pay, we’re here to support you.

 

 

Vigils Against Gun Violence

We believe gun violence is as much a spiritual issue as a political one. We gather to raise awareness and advocate for change on the second Wednesday of the month from 4-5pm.

 

The Spiritual Center

Deepen your spirituality through a variety of spiritual practices including: introduction to mindfulness, walking meditation, prayer shawl creation, and weekly yoga. 

 

our team

The Rev. Amy Lunde-Whitler

The Rev. Amy Lunde-Whitler

Pastor and Teacher

 

The Rev. Amy Lunde-Whitler was called to South Acton Church, UCC in November of 2017. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Rev. Amy adopted the United Church of Christ as her home after she discerned a call to ministry. Why? After being raised inside a church community where her call was not welcomed, she wanted a church family where everyone was welcome. She found it in the UCC.  

 

Rev. Amy received an MDiv at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She served as the Pastor to Children and Families at New Life Community Church in Artesia, CA. It was working in this community that Rev. Amy’s deep love for intergenerational ministry was born. She often proclaims: “Our children and youth save us. They teach us faith. They are the church today.” 

 

After moving to Massachusetts, Rev. Amy served as the Pastor at Christian Union Church in West Groton, MA from 2011 – 2017. 

 

Rev. Amy is married to Dr. Joshua Lunde-Whitler and together they have a son. Rev. Amy enjoys coffee (decaf), is a knitter and an aspiring yogi.

Amy loves mail.  She can be reached at pastor@southactoncc.org.

 

karen fisk

karen fisk

church administrator

 

Office hours are 9am-1pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

Karen can be reached at info@southactoncc.org.

Ed Rosser

Ed Rosser

Director of Music

 

Ed can be reached at musicdirector@southactoncc.org.

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35 School Street
Acton, MA

978-263-2332
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