Who We Are
Bay Shore Community Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) is known around the Belmont Shore area as “Bay Shore Church.” We are passionate about doing all we can to increase love of God and neighbor in the world and applying faith to everyday life. We are a wonderfully diverse community that cherishes freedom of thought—believing we can all learn from each other. We’ve been a beacon of hope on the Shore for countless people since 1925 because we elicit vibrant worship, thought provoking education and opportunities for fellowship and service. We believe that in 2015, God has brought us to a time of revitalization and growth.
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 to walk humbly with God.
We cherish for each person the fullest liberty in the interpretation of 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, a welcoming, justice minded community of faith. We are affiliated with 6,300 UCC churches and 1.6 million members across the country who share similar values and beliefs. The United Church of Christ believes God is still speaking and active in transforming lives today. We are ecumenical in spirit and embody a spirituality:
Where God is all-loving and inclusive
Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
Where together we grow a just and peaceful world
Visit www.ucc.org for more information about the United Church of Christ.
The Bay Shore Church facilities include 23,000 square feet in two separate buildings at the corner of The Toledo and Granada Avenue. Listen at Noon and 6:00 p.m. and you will hear our Carillon tower bells ring. Our 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 accommodations for up to 24 people. Visit the Sky Forest page for more information about the retreat.