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What To Expect - Worship Times

Worship Times

8:30 AM Half-Hour Service

An informal, low-key worship service with a minister’s message. Communion, open to all, is served the first Sunday of each month.

10 AM Traditional Service

Our family friendly service, typically an hour in length, includes the Chancel Choir, organ music, hymns, a children’s message, the minister’s message, Nursery and Sunday School.

Babies and toddlers can be dropped off upstairs in the Nursery before worship. Children and youth are invited to remain with their families for the first 10 minutes of the service before leaving for Sunday School.

Learn more about our services at Worship Times.

Our Worship Style

Though our sanctuary is more traditional in appearance, our theology and worship style are progressive:

What to Wear

Come as you are. At both our 8:30 and 10 AM services, dress runs the gamut from dresses and jackets/ties to shorts and t-shirts and everything in between.

Accessibility

Hearing assistance, wheelchair and walker seating, and large print bulletins are available. Our restrooms on the first floor are ADA compliant. The ramp to the chancel enables all to be included in worship.

Our commitment to safety extends to adults. Please peruse our Safe Church policy to understand how we promote the wellbeing of all.

Please let us know how we can make you comfortable in our sanctuary.

Open & Affirming

We are an open and affirming congregation. Open & Affirming is the United Church of Christ’s term for being welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. But at KCC, we have expanded the definition so that we offer an effusive, Christ-like welcome to everyone! Read our Open & Affirming statement here.

For us, it’s important to live our Open & Affirming status, not just declare it. So we are always looking for ways to understand labels and artificial boundaries that separate us from each other and from the love we believe God extends in full to all people.

What To Expect - Kids in the Pews

Kids in the Pews

Jesus called the children to him — a modeling we celebrate as we welcome young people into the life of the church. Children and youth have so much to teach and show us in their exuberance and exploration. We are a true family of God when all generations are present.

Children in Worship

At our 10 AM service, children are called forward for the “Moment for the Young at Heart.” If your child feels shy about coming forward, please feel free to join him or her for the message.

Children’s bulletins are available in the Narthex to help engage our younger worshippers.

After the children’s message, we invite your child to come upstairs with us to the Nursery and/or Sunday School for Preschool through 12th grade students.

Nursery

It’s okay with us if babies and children wiggle. If it becomes uncomfortable during the service, take advantage of our nursery for babies and toddlers under the age of three. There are also private rooms where you can change and feed babies. Ushers will be glad to assist you.

Our Safe Church Commitment

Our Sunday School teachers, nursery attendants, and youth leaders are Livescanned. Our classrooms are visible to all with windows in the doors, and we team teach to promote safety for our children and volunteers. When we communicate with children or youth, we always communicate with parents and guardians, too. Learn more about the ways we work to keep our church safe for children, youth and vulnerable adults.

Parking, Transportation & Neighborhood Amenities

Our church is located at 4773 Marlborough Drive (92116) in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego, right off the 15 and 8 freeways. Get directions here.

Parking is on the street. There is a drop off zone in front of the church and handicapped parking on Alder Drive. Public transportation, via Bus Route 11, is not available on Sundays.

Before or after services, you may want to enjoy our neighborhood’s cafes or amenities. We are a block away from Starbucks, Ken Café, Village Vino and the Kensington-Normal Heights library playground. Two blocks from us are more great restaurants Bleu Boheme and Kensington Grill as well as the venerable Ken Cinema for indie and art film lovers. Learn more about our neighborhood at www.kensingtoncentral.com.

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