United Church of Christ East Goshen

1201 North Chester Rd.   West Chester PA 19380

610.692.2951               office@UCCEastGoshen.org  

WHO WE ARE AS THE

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

OUR FAITH IS 2,000 YEARS OLD. OUT THINKING IS NOT.

One of our Congregational ancestors, John Robinson, said goodbye to  those who sailed on the Mayflower with the words , “I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth yet to break forth out of His Holy Word.”  


Also, God loves Quantum Mechanics - and the regular kind.  Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcome. 


Why? Because God is still speaking,  and we are listening

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE'S JOURNEY, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.

We believe in extravagant welcome.  This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, inviting those who come not because they must, but because they may.

We advocate justice for all.  Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. 

Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with — not against — people of other faiths.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

NEVER PLACE A PERIOD WHERE GOD HAS PLACED A COMMA.

We embrace the words of Gracie Allen as a reminder that God is not done with us - as indivicuals, as a congregation, as a denomination, as Christianity - YET.

  Why? Because God is still speaking,

Out of Many, One

The UCC is proud to have been formed by the intentional unifying   of  four  Protestant denominations in 1957.   We live to see Jesus' prayer for his followers, "that they may all be one" come to being.   

Our Forebearers: 

The Congregational, Christian, Evangelical and Reformed churches had histories stretching back to the protestant reformation of the 16th century.

The Congregational Church grew out of the settlements of English Puritans in 17th-Century New England.  

​​​​​​​The Evangelical and Reformed denominations have their roots in the protestant reformation in 16th-century Germany.

Of the UCC’s predecessor denominations, the Christian Churches were most uniquely American in origin and character. The Second Great Awakening in the early 1800s stirred the hearts of disparate leaders and their followers with the impulse to return to the simplicity of early Christianity.  


What We Believe

We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

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Baptism  &

Holy Communion

We offer the gift of baptism to anyone who asks.


We share communion monthly - on the first Sunday - at an open table for seeking believers.


We administer the rites of marriage, confirmation, and Christian burial.

One in The Spirit

We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. "To believe is to care; to care is to do."


We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.


We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

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We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear ... for after all, God is still speaking, ... 

The United Church of Christ Statement of Faith


The Statement of Faith is a testimony to - not a test of - faith.  We use it to remember what unites us.  


We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image,and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil,to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.

Amen.​​​​​​​