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What We Believe

Avon Congregational Church is part of the United Church of Christ ("UCC"), a denomination with a rich history. Formed in 1957 from the merger of four earlier denominations, it is a ďunited and uniting church.Ē Committed to social justice and to sound theology, each local congregation is autonomous.  Although connected to a larger body, we are free of restrictive and limiting ties, thus able to govern ourselves as we see fit. At the same time, we are keenly aware of the how we are bound together with all churches and with the world. Therefore everything we do is done with consideration of the welfare of the entire global community, and with a strong sense of our responsibility to care for all of Godís creation. Above all, we believe that God is still speaking, that God is doing a new thing in our midst, and that faith, hope, and love are ultimately that which is eternal.

Statement of Inclusion
An Open and Affirming Church

ďA new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.Ē
(John 13: 34-35)
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In keeping with the life and teaching of Christ Jesus, we joyfully and unconditionally welcome all people of any age, gender, sexual orientation, race, culture, ability or social or economic status into our community of faith. We affirm the humanity of all people as unique individuals made in God's image. We also affirm the special gifts that each person has to offer. We invite all to participate in the full life of the church and covenant of our Christian community.

Mission, Vision, Core Values
and Guiding Principles

Mission: The mission of the Avon Congregational Church is to enable people to know Godís unconditional love and to be a community of faith helping one another to live as Jesus Christ lived and taught.

Vision: We strive to be an open, caring, and growing community.  As we explore new and proven spiritual pathways, we encourage one another to discover our unique significance in Godís world.  We worship, work and celebrate together joyfully.  Using our gifts to reach out to others, we endeavor to create a world of compassion, peace and justice.

"God is Still Speaking" Never place a period where God has placed a comma. ....... Gracie Allen

Core Values and Guiding Principles: As we journey down our spiritual paths, our members will be guided by the following core values and principles: 

     Compassionate Caring - ACC is a community that supports one another, in times of trial and in times of triumph.

     Openness - ACC welcomes all seekers by creating an accepting, inclusive and non-judgmental culture.

     Fellowship - ACC offers us abundant and varied ways to come together as a Christ-centered community.

     Celebration - In worship and in daily life, we joyfully celebrate Godís creation and the opportunities, challenges and blessings we have been given.

     Spiritual Growth - ACC encourages us to explore traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices so that we might discover our unique call from God.

     Participation - ACC provides opportunities to use our gifts, passions, musical and other creative talents to lead and support the congregationís vital ministries.

     Service to Others - We affirm that our commitment to our own church must be balanced with our social responsibility to all humanity.

     Risk-taking - ACC is a dynamic, innovative and courageous church that embraces and initiates change.

      Justice - ACC acts boldly to seek fairness and equal opportunities for all.

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UCC Statement of Faith

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
 
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic (universal) church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen