What to Expect When You Visit

What to Expect on Sunday Morning at the North Chapel

We gather each week for Sunday morning worship at 10:00 am and attendance averages between 80 and 100 adults each week. Our congregation is a group of members and friends from the Upper Valley who range in age from gurgling newborns to singing grandparents.  We are a welcoming congregation of gay and straight; singles, couples and families; farmers, artists, teachers and students, doctors, scientists; long time Vermonters and recent arrivals; quiet and outgoing people. There are about twenty-five children enrolled in the children’s religious exploration program. Children sometimes begin the service with their parents in the sanctuary and then go to class. Nursery care is offered for children under five.

We are proud of our choir and the wide range of music they offer, everything from shaped note hymns, spirituals, gospel, folk, to South African songs and traditional hymns.  The choir and other musicians often rehearse until 9:45 or 9:50 and you might choose to come a bit early to hear a preview of what’s to come. Our organ, the Thayer Organ, built in 1875, is nationally known by organ enthusiasts as unique for its bright sound and musical flexibility.

The Sunday morning service lasts about an hour and is a combination of music, centering meditation and readings. It includes a time of welcome and call to worship, the lighting of the chalice, a sharing of our joys and concerns, singing and a reflection that is a fundamental component of the service. Everyone is invited for coffee and conversation in the social hall after the service to see old friends and meet new ones.

Our church was constructed in 1835 and the beautiful, bright sanctuary offers a perfect space for reflection. The building is handicapped accessible, hearing devices and large print hymnals are available for use during the service.

——The Membership Committee