Sunday morning service is only one of our many forms of worship.
Our Thursday evening "scripture seekers" group is not an ordinary bible study. We use scripture as a jumping off point for conversations about context, hermeneutics, and most of all, what it brings up for us in the here and now. We watch videos, and movie clips, we laugh, tell stories, and cry. Most of all, we learn how to bring a critical eye to what we are reading so we can be engaged with scripture and can each articulate our progressive values and theology. We are also always on the lookout for how our Still-Speaking God is trying to get our attention. Join us for what is always a lively conversation!
Having music as an integral part of our worship services has long been a tradition at UCH. We've had choir music for over fifty years of our fifty-six year history. Our small but mighty choir performs traditional and newer music under the direction of Dee-Anne Rojeski and accompanied by professional musician Beau Dream. New members are always welcome! Practice is on Tuesday evenings 7:30 - 9:00 and Sunday mornings 9:30 - 10:00.
Our desire to be the hands of Christ in our community is in the DNA of The United Church of Hayward. From the beginning in 1959, we've been a part of the history of Hayward as one of the founding congregations of the South Hayward Parish (SHP) and an early supporter of FESCO (the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition). We continue to support the important work of SHP and FESCO with donations and volunteer time; our members serve on boards, show up at city council meetings, tutor GED students, and help keep the food pantry stocked. We also support SHP's efforts to develop sustainable solutions for the homeless, and to assist the Family Resource Collective in providing access to healthcare, education, senior meals and more. FESCO provides housing for homeless families and support for them as they move toward self-sufficiency. Our outreach programs also include the Eden Interfaith Council (especially efforts to support our Muslim Brothers and Sisters in the community), providing a greeting line and protestor shield for attendees at the Lambda Gay Prom and learning how to be better stewards of creation at Sulphur Creek Nature Center.
The UCH Healing Circle is a group people who gather together in our sanctuary one evening a month January through November to direct God’s healing energy (Love) to those whose names are entered into the Circle. A breath centered meditation is used to calm, relax, and center ourselves in preparation for this directed healing practice. The Healing Circle is open to anyone; the only requirement is being open to the possibilities that God has available to us.
Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one caring ministry. A Stephen Minister is a congregation member trained to provide a listening ear to someone going through tough times. Our Stephen Minister is Roz McCluney. If you would like more information about this type of care, please call 510-471-4452.