Organizations, Groups & Programs

ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS

Adult Choir: From all walks of life, members of the Congregational Church of Huntington Adult Choir meet twice a week to join their creative spirits in praise. This 20 person choir, led by David Broome, performs a wide variety of repertoire in many different styles. With the collaboration between the choir and the many talents of CCH’s uniquely musical congregation, each week is a new musical journey. The choir meets at 7pm on Thursdays for rehearsals – drop on by and sing “Hi!”

Bell Choir: Our English Handbell choir produces uniquely beautiful music with a set of 3 octave bells and hand chimes. Directed by David Broome, the bell choir performs once a month at our church service and on special occasions at other religious ceremonies and venues. Presently, the choir is composed of 11 ringers. Rehearsal is held once a week on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm.

Men’s Breakfast Discussions: A semi-monthly breakfast meeting open to all men of the congregation. Typically from 8:30 -10:30 am on Saturdays, it offers a convenient time to share a hearty meal and good discussions about current, relevant topics. Recent talks have included subjects such as legal viewpoints on health care planning, social networking for business and pleasure, and the era of medical consumerism.

Pastor’s Book Discussion Group: Each month, the Rev. Mark Bigelow leads a discussion about a current book that raises religious questions as well as being a good read. The group meets in the homes of congregation members for a lively discussion and refreshments. Recent books have included “Zeitoun,” “Breakfast with Buddha,” “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” and “Tattoos on the Heart.” The group is open to all. Look for current information in the church newsletter, “The Congregator.”

Adult Bible Study: Our Bible study tries to understand the complex and rich libraries of Old and New Testament. We use annotated editions of the Bible to put the writings in their original contexts. Other tools for study have included video lectures by scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Walter Brueggemann, and books by Borg and Crossan. Reading and discussion of our written tradition causes questioning and then a deepening of our faith, with group support and sharing. New participants are always welcome. Members meet most Sundays at 8:30 am before worship, in the board room. All are welcome, and no registration is required.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Please contact us to volunteer for any of these programs.

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) is run by a coalition of churches and synagogues in the Huntington area. Each night during the winter homeless people are taken to a welcoming church building for a warm meal, and to spend the night. Our church has teamed up with Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, and Centerport Methodist Church, to cover the Saturday nights. We provide a team of volunteers once a month to assist with meal preparation, greeting our guests, serving the meal, and clean-up. Sign-up sheets are located on the church bulletin board outside Fellowship Hall.

Reading Circle Literacy Outreach: A church-run program to help children develop reading skills. Volunteers currently serve at Huntington after-school programs on Tuesdays. What began as a once-a-year literacy event for children of low-income families has grown into a program in which volunteers read to children at Huntington social service sites.

Peace and Plenty Food Outreach: Every Monday night a group of volunteers gather at the church at 7:00 PM to prepare meals for hungry people in Huntington. All you need to do is show up to help. Children and youth are especially welcome. Peace and Plenty also accept donations of fruit, cookies, bread and sandwich makings.