Visitors' Guide

Welcome!

Thank you for considering a visit.

Parking: Parking is available in the lot behind the church, as you turn onto Tinker Street from Mill Hill or Rock City Roads. There is also limited street parking on Tinker, as well as in the lot behind H.Houst & Son Hardware Store, or in the Village Lot on Rock City Road.

Dress code: Dress however you like! Most people come casual. Church is not air-conditioned.

Children: Children are always welcome! You may have them stay with you for the whole service, join other little ones in the Nursery (ages 3 & under), or leave for Sunday school after the Children's Message.

Fellowship and Covid Precautions: We have coffee hour outdoors on the lawn after service on the 2nd Sunday of the month. And while we still are observing Covid precautions of masks and social-distancing inside, you do not need any kind of reservation to come to church.

Music: Our music style alternates between choral singing one week, and a praise band the next. Music director Krista Cayea beautifully blends traditional hymns and modern praise songs.

Communion: We take the sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month, and our table is open to all.

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Believing that "church" is not a building but a community of faith, you will find this congregation committed to living in authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and strong relationships with one another, serving the community of Woodstock and beyond.

Everything we do as a community is simply our way of saying “thank you” to a God who showed his unconditional love for us through Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that you experience God’s love among us.

We look forward to meeting you!

History

The roots of our historic church are in the soil of the 16th century Reformation in Europe. Our church is part of the denomination of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), once known as the “Dutch Reformed Church.” The RCA originated with the Dutch colonists who settled in New York and New Jersey around 1614. It is the oldest Protestant denomination in this country with a continuous ministry.

In the Village of Woodstock in 1799, the Dutch settlers began meeting in homes. On January 3, 1805 they petitioned the denomination for an organized church and purchased land, now known as the Village Green. In the heart of Woodstock, they built the first church structure. In 1844, that building was torn down and moved to its present location. The church has gone to great lengths to maintain the original structure. The decorated tin walls and ceiling are classic to the mid-nineteenth century interior design style. The Life & Work Center was added to the sanctuary in 1968 to house the library, office, general meeting room and classrooms.

Today, the church opens its building to a variety of community needs. The Table of Woodstock, Meals on Wheels, and a variety of 12-Step Support Groups use the facilities on a regular basis. Many other community groups hold meetings here from time to time.

Summary of our Basic Beliefs

We believe in the sovereignty of the triune God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith, and the priesthood of all believers.

Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, culminating in what is revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By studying the scriptures, we can begin to know of God's faithfulness, constant love, and eternal goodness.

Our salvation (justification) through Christ is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. And in response — ministers and lay people alike — are to share this Good News with the whole world throughout our lives.

A summary of our denomination’s beliefs can be found on its website: www.rca.org

The Core Values around which we build our life and faith as a community include:

1. FRIENDSHIP - We build lasting relationships of love and support.

We believe that in a community of love and support, we find strength to live lives that glorify God. We pray for one another in our challenges and celebrate with one another in our successes. Without judgment and with open arms, we welcome everyone who enters our doors into the community of faith.

2. LEARNING - We teach the Scriptures and empower people in their spiritual gifts.

We seek to help people discover the power of God’s Word in their lives, and to help individuals grow in a relationship with God. In addition, we believe that the Holy Spirit inspires individuals and gives every believer spiritual gifts, talents and resources. We seek to help people identify and use these gifts and talents as God’s stewards on earth.

3. WORSHIP - We exalt God in a powerful worship experience.

We seek to offer worship experiences that are empowered by the Holy Spirit, centered in Christ, and open to the unlimited freedom God desires for us- praising God in worship that engages our personality, intellect, and spirit.

4. SERVICE - We reach out in love and compassion to the world.

We are called to reflect the unchanging love, compassion, and character of Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to reach the world by living and sharing in relevant ways the message of freedom, forgiveness and healing that is offered through Jesus Christ alone.

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Missions

We understand our church as a "mission station" in its local community; and we therefore open our doors to a wide variety of community programs including Meals on Wheels, Table of Woodstock, and a variety of support groups as well as many other non-profit groups with short-term needs. We also open our sanctuary to the community during selected times throughout the week.

Among mission/outreach activities in which our community participates :

A number of our members volunteer through the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative, and our church as a whole supports Josh Bode and his family as mission partners serving a congregation in Oman. When a natural disaster occurs, the RCA denomination- which we contribute to- sends support to those in need.

Care Ministry

The community at Woodstock Reformed Church seeks to provide Christian care to those who are facing a crisis or life challenge, including those who are bereaved, hospitalized, lonely, or terminally ill. On a regular basis, people who are home-bound or in nursing care facilities are visited by the pastor, shepherds, elders, and others. We have an active prayer chain as well, which you can reach out to via Karen Jabs, at karenjabs@icloud.com. Additionally, the pastor is available for short-term counseling. Let us know how we can serve you and your family.

Programs for Children & Youth

For children ages 3 - 8 years old, we offer a spiritual program called “Children and Worship. It is a Montessori-type Sunday school that teaches children to worship and is based on the reality that all children are innately spiritual and helps them enter into a world of wonderment and awe of God. We also have been offering regular Wednesday night "Kids' Zoom" sessions, and occasional special events like scavenger hunts, Easter egg hunts, collaborative music videos, and Christmas pageant.

Our church is committed to providing your children with an always-loving and safe environment in which they can learn about God, God’s love for them, and how they can love others. The children’s leaders and greeters are trained and committed to supplementing parent’s efforts to build a spiritual foundation that hopefully will lead, in God’s timing, to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Nursery Care

Making sure that our children 2 years old and younger are cared for during the Sunday School hour and during the worship time is a priority. The Nursery is located on the first floor in our education wing. When you leave your child with our paid, experienced caregivers, they will take your cell number, in order to stay connected during the service. If your child needs you for any reason or is crying uncontrollably, Norma will text you, indicating that you are being called back to the nursery.

Our Kids' Zoom Group, 2021: