Bay Shore Community Congregational Church was established in 1925 in response to the Christian worship and education needs of the then newly developed residential neighborhood of Belmont Shore. As our name implies, “community” and “congregational” describe us well. Bay Shore is a church born out of the people of Belmont Shore with strong ties to the community and made up of a dedicated and active group of people of all ages who reflect the diversity of our local community. Bay Shore Church finds its focus in offering uplifting worship, education for all ages, and opportunities for mission and service. A copy of our constitution may be found here.
Our Bond of Union
Our church’s Bond of Union is a distinctive statement of our common faith and union in Christian service. Written in the 1940s, it is still remarkably relevant to the lives we seek to live as 21st century Christians. It is often quoted in our worship services and by our members as a unique and compelling statement that binds us together as a congregation. The third sentence is the hallmark by which we declare our willingness to accept one another’s understanding of Christian faith:
Our Bond of Union in this church is a common loyalty to Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord’s whole requirement is to do justly, to love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
We cherish for each person the fullest liberty in the interpretation of the truth,
and we gladly grant others the freedom we claim for ourselves.
We promise, as members of this church, to walk together as Christians,
seeking to live according to the spirit and teachings of Jesus, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
In the quest of truth and in the spirit of Jesus, we unite for the worship of God and the service of humanity.
The United Church of Christ
We are a member congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC) which grew from the Congregational roots of our Pilgrim and Puritan ancestors and was formed in 1957 through a merger with the Evangelical and Reformed Church. We are affiliated with 6,300 UCC churches and 1.6 million members across the country who share similar values and beliefs. The UCC is Congregational in government, Evangelical in outreach, and Reformed in doctrine. Visit www.ucc.org for more information about the United Church of Christ.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith
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.
The initial construction on The Toledo included the present Concert Hall and office wing. Between 1940 and 1954, the Christian education wing, carillon tower, sanctuary, and youth center were added. The church now maintains 23,000 square feet in two separate buildings at the corner of The Toledo and Granada Avenue. The facilities include:
- Concert Hall and Kitchen
- Gabrielson Chapel
- Louise Henry Youth Chapel
- Classrooms and Meeting rooms
- The Isolda McDonald Youth Center – a full size three-floor gymnasium across the street
In addition, the church owns the Sky Forest Retreat Center, 85 miles away, near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains. This three-floor facility is used by church retreat groups and is available for year-round rental by church families. It has sleeping accomodations for up to 24 people.