Saturday Evening Worship, every 3rd Saturday of
the month, 6:30 PM (Preceded by a fellowship
meal at 5:30 PM)
Danville Ecumenical Youth Program - Contact the
Church office for monthly programs/activities.
Since 1792, Danville
Congregational Church - United Church of Christ
has welcomed people from all walks of life and from
all backgrounds to join together as one body in
the love of God and the love of one's neighbor as
oneself. Our Statement of Purpose is: " to
worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ,
and to celebrate the sacraments; to realize Christian
fellowship and unity within this church and the
Church Universal; to take seriously its educational
mission; to render loving service toward all people;
and to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace."
We are a diverse collection of God's children
gathered and joined together in seeking to know
God better and to walk in the ways and teachings
of Jesus of Nazareth. We are an intentionally
Open and Affirming Congregation welcoming all
of God's people regardless of sex, race, color,
creed, denominational background, political persuasion,
affectional orientation, gender identification,
physical ability, mental ability, age, national
origin or immigration status.
We are a theologically progressive congregation
embracing both traditional and contemporary Biblical
interpretation in a spirit of understanding and
Christian love. Our congregation is committed
to social and economic justice as well as individual
freedom. Perhaps the scripture which defines our
passion best is Micah 6:8: "He has told you,
O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord
require of you but to do justice, and to love
kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."
May God richly bless and keep you always.
87 Hill St. / From Rte. 2 East - left in center
of Danville onto Hill Street - approx. 1/10 mile on left. From
Rte. 2 West - right turn onto Hill Street.
The mission of the Danville Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is to embody God's love within our local community and throughout the world.
As the church of Jesus Christ, we affirm our calling to worship God, Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit, to work for economic, environmental and social justice, to actively and unconditionally welcome all into our spiritual community and to bring light and hope to God's world by walking humbly with our Creator.
As brothers and sisters in Christ who are called to "walk in the ways of the Lord"*, we have determined to be a
"God is Still Speaking" and an "Open and Affirming" congregation within the United Church of Christ. In this way we seek to affirm that
"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here" and that
"all professing Christians, including gay and lesbian persons, shall be welcome to participate in, and fulfill leadership positions in, all programs and activities of the Danville Congregational Church."**
*Danville Congregational Church Covenant
We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the gospel to all humankind, exalting the worship of the one true God, and laboring for the progress of the knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, the realization of human brother and sisterhood, and all things which may help to establish the Kingdom of God upon earth. Depending, as did our forbears, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God; and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting.
**Danville Congregational Church Open and Affirming Resolution
Whereas: is a gift from God, and gay and lesbian Christians have received the gift of faith, and the church cannot deny professing Christians equal access to the life and ministry of the church; and
Whereas: people of the Danville Congregational Church recognize the presence of gay men and lesbian women within our congregation, and in the surrounding community; and
Whereas: Council, representing the people of the Danville Congregational Church, has appointed an ONA Resource Committee to conduct a congregational study of Christian sexual ethics and Christian teachings about homosexuality; and
Whereas: ONA Resource Committee has conducted a survey of the congregation, which indicates substantial support for the inclusion of gay and lesbian persons in all aspects of the life of our congregation; and
Whereas: ONA Resource Committee has conducted a series of congregational gatherings to discuss various aspects of this matter, during which members have been encouraged to express their views openly and respectfully; and
Whereas: is the wish of the Council of the Danville Congregational Church that the congregation express itself in a duly warned meeting regarding the inclusion of gay and lesbian persons in all aspects of the churchs congregational life.
Therefore, let it be:
Resolved: all professing Christians, including gay and lesbian persons, shall be welcome to participate in and fulfill leadership positions in all programs and activities of the Danville Congregational Church, and be it further
Resolved: search committees shall not exclude gay and lesbian persons from consideration for lay or ordained ministry, nor shall any member of the church who is gay or lesbian be refused consideration in this church for the lay or ordained ministry solely for that reason, and be it further
Resolved: this church shall extend the same opportunity to gay and lesbian couples as it does to heterosexual couples, including having their unions blessed in the church, in covenanting ceremonies and having their children baptized, and be it further
Resolved: that this church, in addition to stating that it is open and welcoming to all people, shall make its position regarding gay and lesbian persons explicit, by agreeing to be an Open and Affirming Church in the United Church of Christ, and by making that position public in ways that the Danville Congregational Church and its designated leaders shall deem appropriate.