A pastor smiles as she greets people outside of church
A group of people on the church lawn clapping. A Black Lives Matter sign is in the background.
Two women and two teenage girls with arms out strike an enthusiastic pose.

Why Church? Why Congregational?

Many people ask “why church?” Today, church has a lot of competition. With so many places where we can seek community, so many ways to connect with people who share our values and passions, and so many life goals to pursue just to keep up, the idea of going to church strikes many as a quaint throwback to a bygone era. So, why church? And why a Congregational church?

At Wellesley Village Church, we believe that something special happens when we come together with people we may have no reason to meet otherwise. We may not be in the same stage of life. We may not work in similar jobs. And we may be from vastly different geographies, cultural backgrounds, and faith traditions, or even no faith at all.

What is possible?

What we do have in common as members of a Congregational church is a profound curiosity about what is possible through a life of faith. What is possible when we genuinely welcome someone who lands here from Louisiana or Indonesia or Medfield? What is possible when we come together to share and reflect on our lives, our purpose, our challenges and our impact on others? What is possible when we work together to create a world of justice and joy for all?

At Village Church, when we talk about what we believe, it is an invitation to a conversation, not a dogmatic test. We believe that each of us bears the image of God and that these unique expressions of God’s presence in the world is a priceless gift. We believe that God is still speaking, and we lean in to hear how God calls each of us to live up to our potential.

Where do you experience God?

Whatever you believe, however you experience God, whomever you love, wherever you call home, you matter to us, and you matter to God. To be church together is to see our common humanity and to experience God in the stranger, in our neighbor, and in ourselves.

We believe we are called to be the body of Christ—a community of beautifully diverse parts, working together to express God’s love for all creation. We believe we are called to be a place of radical hospitality, extravagant welcome, and intentional inclusion. A member congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), we seek to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with God. If you are curious about what is possible, please join us. We have been waiting for you.

“There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.”  1 Corinthians 12:12