We are a proud church with over 200 years of worshiping God and being a central focus in the formation and development of Walton and the surrounding areas. Within half a dozen years of the first settlement of Walton, a log building was placed on Mt. Pleasant to serve as our first Church on Sunday and as a school throughout the rest of the week. Our current place of worship is a more centralized location at the corner of Mead and North Street. The events that occurred between our establishment and today would take page after page to fully detail. Simpler and more important to explain are the whys… Why was the Church founded? Why has it survived for so many years? Why have we been the mother church for so many of our neighbor congregations? Why have we started, supported, and led attempts at ecumenism in the area? The answers to the “whys” have always been the same: a deep abiding faith in the power, mercy, justice, and steadfast love of the omnipresent God and the unswerving knowledge that God has guided and sustained us for 200 years and will continue to do so for the next 200 years, or 200 times 200 years.
-Our worship style is traditional and casual, but our message of God’s inclusive love is not.
-We are a community grounded in the life and love of Jesus Christ and are dedicated to sharing this love with others.
-We have a long history here in Walton, but we actively engage how God is Still Speaking to the church today.
-We love and welcome children and enjoy their energy during worship and beyond.
-We believe in asking tough faith questions and seeking together the Spirit’s call.
-We value worship in word, in a wide variety of music, and in silence.
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”
About the UCC
Our faith is 2000 years old—our thinking is not. We believe in God’s continuing testament. That is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive and your head and your heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.
We believe in Extravagant Welcome. This is why we believe that God’s communion table is open—not closed and God’s gift and claim of Baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our Congregations offer hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives individually, systematically, and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. We are not a perfect church but do try to be faithful. We are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same gender marriage equality (2005). We believe faith requires tenderness and courage. A kind of big love that changes peoples lives – in our churches but also in our world around us. We call it religion with relevance.
Why not give us a try?
adapted from www.ucc.org