Information for Visitors
A little bit about us
Montclair Presbyterian Church is a community of joyfully imperfect people who welcome all with hospitality, openness and acceptance. In our sanctuary and in our hearts, we embrace God’s inclusive love – and we do so with both our humanity and humor intact. Our church family is a uniquely spirited one. We work for justice, celebrate peace, give voice to the oppressed, and honor our individual and collective differences. We invite you to be a part of this great unity of ours and to share in the wonder of the Holy Spirit.
Some key things to know about our community:
Thinking of visiting MPC? Here’s some information you may find useful:
What time is the worship service?
Our worship service, called “Celebration”, begins at 5 p.m. in August (read more about August BBQ Sundays). The rest of the year, we begin at 10 a.m. It begins with a sounding of chimes and then a musical prelude to allow everyone to sit down and bring themselves into the experience from wherever they have come that morning.
How formal are your services?
Our service tends to be informal, though we do sit in pews. Our pastor only wears formal robes during certain seasons, and our congregation dresses in a variety of ways. You’ll see everything from blue jeans to dress suits (more jeans than suits, though!). We encourage everyone to dress in a way that will help them to be comfortable and able to fully participate.
Are there programs for children or teens?
MPC has classes for 1st through 6th graders and childcare for younger children during service, as well as a Youth Group for teens that meets in the evening. Visit our Children and Youth section for more information.
Can children stay in the service?
Yes! We always have coloring pages available and encourage children to be comfortable in the service. Our back rows are a designated “Family Space” with cushions and rugs, but children are welcome everywhere. Check out photos here.
Is there a time to talk to people after the service?
Following celebration, we hope you will join us for coffee, tea and other refreshments in the Family Hour. This is a good time for you to ask us any questions you may have and for us to greet you and help you to feel welcome. We have come to recognize that some folks are a bit shyer than others so we invented a color code for coffee cups. If you don’t mind being greeted and welcomed, grab a red coffee cup. If you are on the shy side and want to ease your way in, feel free to take a white cup; that will tell people that you want to observe rather than interact.
Where would I find directions or parking information?
Who should I contact for more information?
We hope to see you soon.