What People are Saying

 

Hazel Sadler Hazel

What drew you to the United Parish of Upton?

I started coming here as a young child, having lived in Upton all my life.  Now that I am approaching 90, I guess I will still hang in here.


What keeps you here?

Being a people person, I look forward to getting together with the oldies, but goodies, look forward to an uplifting Sermon by Rev. Jan, and really enjoy our great Choir!


What difference does church make in your week?

Usually Rev. Jan leaves me with something to think about for the week, but I must confess, there are times when the old mind wanders.


What is one thing you would want people to know about Christianity?

Can't say as I can name one thing in particular, but I do know having a strong faith, believing in Jesus Christ surely gets one through thick and thin.  Believe me, I know.  I've been there and done that.


Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve seen at church.

The Sunday Curtis stood up and directed the Choir from his pew so expertly, knowing the joy he was getting out of it, just struck me as the most beautiful, heart-warming thing ever!

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Heather Lareau LannonHeatherLannon

What drew you to the United Parish of Upton?

I have been a member of the parish since I was 6 months old, and now that I have a family of my own, I want my children to experience the same benefits being a part of this church community.


What keeps you here?

I have been involved in the United Parish community in different roles for a very long time and find it very rewarding to give back to the church community.  It's also a great way to make connections with other Christians.


What difference does church make in your week?

After attending a Sunday service or participating in choir, I feel rejuvenated and a lift in my spirit. Sometimes I lose myself in the daily activities of work, school, the kids and household chores. After attending a FDC [Faith Development Committee] meeting or choir rehearsal I feel there is more meaning put back into my day.


What is one thing you would want people to know about Christianity?

Being a Christian for me means being a part of a bigger community and having support during the tough times and the joys of life. I try to remind my children that we have the church friends as part of our family too. When we have missed a few weeks of church, there is always someone who notices and cares enough to ask how we are all doing. I appreciate knowing that we were missed and people care enough to ask.


Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve seen at church.

My best moments at United Parish were my wedding and the christening of both my children. So many church friends went to both and have always been part of our life during these special occasions. The most beautiful thing I see at church is when I'm up in the choir loft and I'm looking out at the congregation, I see all the smiling faces and warm welcomes every Sunday. I'm very grateful for the United Parish and the love my family and I feel.

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Daniel and Renata WilsonDanielandRenataWilson

What drew you to the United Parish of Upton?

What drew our family to this church initially was the warm inviting community of people who welcomed us, Rev. Jan's thoughtful and thought-provoking sermons, and the music! At our first service, there was a teenage band and the choir together, it was amazing! Prior to moving here, we were members of another Congregational church, so we knew the message and that we would find like-minded people; what we feel separates churches is how that message is delivered. We really love the way the people of this church not only deliver but also receive, and live by their faith.

 

What keeps you here?

What keeps us coming to United Parish are the same things that drew us here initially, the wonderful, charitable, hospitable, community of people.

 

What difference does church make in your week?

Church is a wonderful way for our family to come together at the end of a busy week to be together in a positive environment. My older child gets to enjoy Sunday School and the children's choir, while my youngest loves to play with Kristen [the paid child care provider in the Nursery] ! It is also a wonderful way to get a new busy week started off on the right foot!

 

What is one thing you would want people to know about Christianity?

We would want people to know that when Christianity is practiced in a respectful, inviting, inclusive, loving way, it can be an incredibly fulfilling part of your life. It gives us structure, teaches our children how to mirror the lessons of Jesus in their lives and allows us to give back to the community, helping where help is needed.

 

Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve seen at church.

The most beautiful thing we experienced at church was last year when our son had a medical emergency and was hospitalized for an extended period of time. Once we returned home, we were swarmed with a rallying support that was like a comfort blanket being thrown over our entire family. Never intrusive but a real, genuine community effort to show love and support and reflect the best of Christianity in action, not just words. Whether it was a nighttime visit from Rev. Jan to pray with us and be an open ear we could trust and confide in, or the nightly INCREDIBLE hot meals from the oven of one of many amazing church members, with all sorts of delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts. They never would stay long, just long enough to explain the meal, offer their support and love, share in our concern, and truly live the word of God. This church does not just talk the talk, it puts words into action better than we have ever seen.



 

 

 

 

 

 



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