Congregational Life

Worship

Our service begins Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Nursery care and Sunday school are provided during worship. Coffee is available upon arrival and a social time with refreshments follows worship.

Music

Adults, youth, and children — there are a variety of ways to contribute your musical talent at Sojourners: singing in Sojourners Choir, playing an instrumental piece during the offertory or providing special music for the service when the choir is on hiatus.

Sermons

Sermons given at Sojourners are posted online at our Sermons Blog, including those given by guest preachers throughout the year.

wordsalongthewaySojourners has also produced a book that collects sermons given by the Rev. Dr. Jim Bundy over the course of the ten years he was pastor at Sojourners. These sermons reflect the inclusivity, openly affirming and social justice stances that are common to UCC congregations but also go much deeper into questioning and examining the core values of Christianity. They offer fresh perspectives for anyone on a spiritual path. Words Along the Way collects sermons addressing a wide range of Christian themes and is available for purchase at the church or on Amazon.

Missions

Significant annual giving is an important part of our mission.  The congregation has committed itself to setting aside a substantial percentage of its income for use beyond the local church.

Christian Education

Sojourners is a child-friendly community. Children are welcome to attend part or all of our worship services. There is a specially designated “Time with Children” offered year-round which typically consists of a time of sharing with the children and the pastor, or a designated member of the congregation.

Social Justice

Social justice is a central concern at Sojourners United Church of Christ. Each member of the congregation is encouraged to participate in one of the church’s established groups.

Heading Outdoors 

At least once a year the women at Sojourners enjoy a camping weekend at Lake Sherando — whether you like to read, hike, swim, talk, laugh, sing, hang out at a campsite (or all of these) — this is a chance to do just that. Those who prefer shorter trips go for the day.

Excursions like day hikes also crop up from time to time for everyone to enjoy — one year a hike included stunning views and even a black bear sighting!

One of our Sojourners families lives on a picturesque community farm and has invited church members and friends  there for picnics and worship retreats.

Welcome Table

Once a month during the school year, Sojourners and special young women from Charlottesville gather for Welcome Table. They enjoy exercise, conversation, dinner and an activity. The group also nurtures our longstanding relationship with Innisfree Village, strengthening Sojourners’ connections with the volunteers and co-workers. It also takes an interest in the post-high school programs for developmental disabilities in area schools.

clip_image002temp_001_000Two of the year’s highlights are the annual visit to a sheep farm to see the baby lambs and our special Welcome Table Christmas potluck and carol sing. Many people consider this a “must-do” Advent activity showing up to break bread together and then sing, dance and act out the “12 Days of Christmas”!