General

What kind of church is the Congregational Church of Northridge?

We are known to be friendly, inviting and warm – many people say that attending here is like “coming home”. We are not dogmatic or legalistic, yet we take our faith and the Bible seriously. Our church is generationally, culturally and ethnically diverse.

We begin most of our worship services with the reminder, “No matter who you are or where you’ve been on your life’s journey, you are welcome here.”  This comes from our understanding that Jesus did not reject people, and so neither do we.

Be sure to see Pastor Roger’s blog about team ministry that describes how we go about church together.

How long does your worship service run?

Worship services normally run from 10 AM to 11:20 AM. After worship, some elect to have coffee with friends in Fellowship Hall, participate in a bible study or attend a team meeting.

How should I dress?

We are a “come as you are” church,  so you will mostly see men in slacks or jeans, and a few men wearing ties. Women mostly wear slacks or casual dresses.

What kind of music do you have?

We celebrate God’s presence with varied music, mostly contemporary, and contemporary-gospel. Our talented Music Team leads us in traditional hymns with a contemporary flare.  During the musical segments of our worship, praise lyrics are projected on a large screen so that everyone has the opportunity participate in song.

I use a wheelchair. Will I have full access to the church?

Several of our active members are in wheelchairs and we are proud to have made nearly-all of the church fully and conveniently accessible. We also have areas within the sanctuary seating area in which wheelchairs can sit among the other worshipers.

Are first-time visitors asked to stand?

No.  We understand how it can feel uncomfortable to visit a church for the first time and we would not do anything to add to your discomfort.

First-time visitors can expect a warm greeting and some smiles. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy and participate in worship in a manner that is comfortable to them.

I am a gay person. Will I be fully welcomed at your church?

Absolutely. Jesus didn’t reject people and neither do we. We have LGBT church members, some of whom are in leadership positions here.

Am I welcome to bring my baby?

We have professional nursery care for babies and toddlers who are too young for Sunday School.

How do I schedule a meeting with the pastor?

You can call the office (818) 349-2400, send an e-mail, or ask in person. He will be pleased to meet with you or talk by phone.

I am not a member of this church, but someone in my family has died. Will you conduct a memorial service?

Yes. As a matter of fact, our pastor is known for developing personalized memorial service, starting with spending several hours with family and friends to learn about the deceased’s life and values.

I am not a member of this church, but will you conduct a wedding service for me?

Yes.   Designed by renowned Los Angeles architect, A. Quincy Jones, the Congregational Church of Northridge combines distinctive architecture, open space, natural light, and a scenic backdrop that will make any wedding day special.  Our Pastor and church staff look forward to working with you to create a personalized, memorable wedding. Please refer to the Wedding section of our website for more information.

What programs do you offer?

The Congregational Church of Northridge offers Sunday school, a youth group, a young adults group, a team-based fellowship, and many opportunities to contribute to the community-at-large and to the life of the church using your unique talents, passions, and skills. Through a wide range of activities and programs we explore ways to bring compassion and health into all areas of our life.

Do you offer tours of the church?

Our beautiful church grounds and historic sanctuary have been a part of the Northridge community since 1962.

The Congregational Church of Northridge is well known in the architectural community as being a well-maintained  example of the innovative work of A. Quincy Jones. We have been the location for a number of TV shows, including the wedding scene in Glee, a church scene in House and worship scene in Big Love.  You may make an appointment to see the church and grounds by calling the church office (818) 349-2400.

How can I get more information?

Stop by the “Information Center” in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, or call our church.