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2015-2016
Union Evangelical Church
25 Dutcher Street
Hopedale
MA
1747
Email
Email: 
huec@verizon.net
Phone
Phone: 
508-473-1476

Site Description

Union Church is a small member UCC church with an average attendance of 75 adults and 30 children. The church is located in the southeastern edge of Worcester County (not far from the MA/RI border) and is easily accessible via Rt. 495. Hopedale was once a mill town that has since evolved into a middle class bedroom community of about 5,500 people. Our church family is drawn from this community, as well as surrounding communities. Along with the families who have attended for generations, Union Church has seen more new faces and especially younger families walk through our doors in the past seven years. From 2001-2002, Union Church celebrated its centennial year. In the fall of 2002 a Vision Team was established to help discern the future ministry of Union Church to its members and to the wider community. March 9, 2003 the team completed the first step in the process with the presentation of the church's vision statement. We have a vision of U.N.I.O.N.Uniting people as a family of God in Jesus Christ.Nurturing a personal and growing faith in all ages.Inviting people to share with others the love of God.Offering a welcoming environment based on love and respect.Neighboring to the needs of those in our wider community.The second step of this process is happening now as we seek to live out our vision faithfully. We are currently experimenting with a reorganized church structure in light of the changing face of the congregation. Both the pastor and the church have experienced a sabbatical during the summer of 2005. Some of our goals for the coming year(s) include increased focus around church growth and stewardship. The Union Church family is full of warm welcomes and dedicated people. They are open to new experiences. Looking to our third year as a Field Education Site, the church has solid appreciation for the journey of one called to ordained ministry. Along with the their pastor, the congregation is eager to show their support. They truly enjoy their role in a Field Education Student's formation.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

We believe one of the keys to successful professional ministry comes from the insights aquired in "doing ministry" in the context of supervision. Therefore, a student at Union Church is offered opportunities to lead in all areas of our churches life. We encourage students to consider the ministry areas where they seek growth. We also encourage students to consider what gifts they may bring as they take part in the nurture of the life of the congregation and the lives of individuals. Opportunities for Ministry, Pastoral Leadership, and Supervised Experience:�h Worship (weekly participation; preaching at least 3 times per semester)�h Adult Education�h Pastoral Care�h Children and Youth Programs�h Mission, Church Growth, Stewardship, Education, Fellowship, Spirituality

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Union Church believes that it is a mission of the church to provide avenues of support and nurture for its future leaders. Therefore this community promises to... Welcome you as part of our family.Open ourselves to what you may have to offer us.Encourage your growth.Give you honest and constructive feedback.Support your needs as best as we are able.Walk with you in this journey.

Contact Information

25 Dutcher Street
Hopedale
MA
1747
Phone
Phone: 
508-473-1476
Email
Email: 

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