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FAQ

 FAQs

What time is your worship service?

  • Our service is at 10:00 AM. During the summer, we begin worship with an old-fashioned, by-request hymn sing at 9:50 AM.
  • Services usually last one hour.
  • After each worship service, we invite you to join us for refreshments and conversation, either in the parish hall during the colder months or on the front lawn during the summer.
  •  We also have special services scheduled throughout the year. For more information, click here.


Where are you located? Where do I park?   

  • 1051 State Road, West Tisbury, 02575, on the corner of State Road and Music Street, between Alley’s General Store and Town Hall. Map
  • You may park:
    •  on State Road, in front of the church (only on the “church” side of the road).
    • on Music Street, along the length of the church fence on the north side, and from the corner till the playground on the south side.
    • in the West Tisbury Library parking lot, across State Road from Alley’s Store.

When should I arrive?

  • People start to gather around 9:45 AM.
  • Children begin the service in the sanctuary with their families.  After the Thought for the Children, they gather for Sunday School in the parish hall.

What do I wear?  Come as you are! Some of us like to dress up and others wear casual clothes to church. It is most important that you feel comfortable. 

Will I be comfortable?   The sanctuary is air conditioned in the summer. 

Can I see a bulletin?   Everybody is handed a bulletin (program) by one of our greeters before the beginning of any worship service.

Can I take communion?  

Communion is open to all who attend services, including children. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month and during special services throughout the year. Our communion table is open to all no matter where you are on your faith journey. As we gather for this meal, we open ourselves to the presence of Jesus. Together we recall God’s loving acts, we experience our oneness in Christ and hope for a time when all will be fed. Our tradition is to have the Deacons serve the bread, and then we eat together once everyone is served. Likewise, cups are served to everyone and then we drink together. The cup contains grape juice. In addition to bread, we offer gluten free wafers. It is a great honor to serve one another, to draw close to Christ’s presence, to give thanks for our community, and to pray for wholeness and sustenance for all God’s people.

Is the church accessible? 

Yes! If you or a family member have special mobility needs, we would like to help make your visit as easy as possible.  Feel free to contact the church office for more information about parking, accessibility within our building or any other questions that will help you plan your visit.

  • A ramp is located on the right side of the church which leads to the parish hall and the sanctuary. There is space in front of the pews on the left side of the sanctuary for wheel chairs. 
  • We have headphones for worshipers who are hearing impaired. 
  • Large-print bulletins are available for those who are sight impaired. Please ask an usher for assistance.

Are children welcomed in worship?

Absolutely.  Most children begin the service with their parents and leave the sanctuary following the Thought for the Children to attend Sunday School in the parish hall; however, if they feel more comfortable remaining in the service with their parents they are always welcome to do so.  We honor either choice and encourage parents and young people to decide which option feels best for you and your family. Infant care is also available. We encourage our older youth to remain with their parents in the sanctuary, but they are always welcome in Sunday School as helpers. Children’s bulletins are available from the ushers.

My family would not necessarily be defined as "traditional."  Is that a problem?

As an Open and Affirming church, we welcome and embrace with affir­mation, all persons of every age, race, culture, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, physical and mental ability, economic and social status and religious background, including non-believers and seekers.

I have never read the Bible.  Will I be lost?

It's doubtful that you will be lost.  Most people have not read the Bible from cover to cover.  Many have never read it at all. A few are experts. Most of us are somewhere in between. We all have more to learn. Our worship service strives to be mindful of the first time visitor, the unchurched, and the vulnerable.

 Do you offer adult education opportunities? Adult education opportunities are offered at various times during the year. Contact the office for more information.

What about membership?

You do not need to be a member to participate in the life of this church.  We welcome you, and hope that this church will be for all a place of spiritual nourishment and community. If you find yourself drawn to the missions or ministries of the church or feel called to play a more active part in the church community, then membership may be for you. By all means test the waters first.  Host coffee hour after service one Sunday; volunteer as an usher or at one of our festivals; or serve at one of the Wednesday Community Suppers. For more information, contact the office. 

How we communicate:

  • Web-based communications include:
    • Periodic E-Blasts to inform you of special events.
    • UCC Stillspeaking Daily Devotional to your inbox every morning. Sign up here.
    • We also have a Facebook page. We invite you to like us.
    • Emails during emergency situations such as snowstorms to advise you of event or worship cancellations.
  • If you do not use email or own a computer, we are happy to accommodate you with:
    • Monday morning mailings containing Sunday’s bulletin and a copy of the minister’s sermon.
    • Phone calls during emergency situations such as snowstorms to advise you of event or worship service cancellations.

How can I get more information?

  • If you would like more information before or after you visit us, please call or email the office. By Phone: 508-693-2942; by email: wtiscong@comcast.net
  • If you choose to join us for worship, look for a pew pad in the pews. Fill out your information and we will contact you. Please make yourself known to an usher or the minister, as well, so that we can extend a more personal welcome!
  • Join us for coffee hour in the parish hall after church and talk to anyone there about our church community. They'd be happy to share their experience, answer questions, or point you in the right direction.