Great! We look forward to welcoming you. We hope you’ll read more about us so you have a sense of who we are.
But here are some tips to help you feel more comfortable when visiting:
Where do I go? We are located at 1300 Kailua Road in Kailua, right on the Pali Highway, next to Castle Hospital. See our directions page for more help locating us. We have ample parking right in front of our building. Once your parked, follow the central stairs toward the courtyard and find our sanctuary on the left-hand side.
What should I wear? Wear whatever is comfortable; shorts, jeans, aloha attire, slippers…are all perfectly acceptable and the norm on the islands.
What should I expect in worship? Expect to experience God! Our worship can be varied as we draw on many traditions and practices, but typically you can expect we’ll have some opening words and prayers, some congregational singing, a reading from scripture and a sermon from our pastor, a broader time of congregational prayer, and the sharing of communion. We’ll provide bulletins so you’ll know what to expect as we move through the service.
Can I partake of communion? Yes. At Christ Church Uniting, everyone present is invited to participate in communion regardless of belief or denominational affiliation.
Do I have to put something in the offering plate? No. No one is required to give an offering. We believe that offering is an act of worship in which we express our gratitude and reliance of God. But giving is not obligatory. We will be eager to share with you more about our church and its ministry and to invite you to participate with us as you are called by God.
Will someone come knock on my door if I write down my address in the guest book or on an information card? No. We simply like to send a letter of greeting and welcome.
What if I’m worshipping with kids? Wonderful! We welcome disciples of all ages to be with us in worship. Typically, children participate in the beginning of the worship service and then are invited forward for the Children’s Moment (a brief story or lesson). After this, older children (over 5) are invited to Keiki Church: an age appropriate time of learning about God, Scripture and faith through story, singing, and arts. (Visit our Keiki ministry page to learn more!) Of course, children who wish to remain with their families throughout worship are welcome to do so. Activity bags with drawing materials and other goodies are available near the sanctuary entrance. For those littlest ones among us (children under four) nursery care is available during the entire service in the Ohana room just adjacent to the sanctuary. Simply check in with our childcare worker(s) when you arrive and they will get you oriented and settled.
How can I be sure I’ll be welcome? Christ Church Uniting is committed to being an inclusive, progressive church a place where a broad spectrum of persons, perspectives and spiritual paths are welcome. To that end, we celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith, history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability and welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of the congregation.