On June 3rd 2018 we unanimously voted to accept this document as a formative piece of our identity, and applied to the United Church of Christ Open and Affirming Coalition to be recognized as an ONA congregation.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink
I was lost and you comforted me
I was a stranger and you welcomed me
I looked and sounded different and you invited me in
I was struggling and you supported me
I was naked and you clothed me,
I needed a safe harbor and you sheltered me
I was sick and you visited me,
I had a story and you listened
I was in prison and you came to me.
I needed justice and you stood with me.
We the people of Groveland Congregational Church pledge to be a community that starts from a place of love, that joyfully welcomes all people into the full life and ministry of this church. We affirm that each individual is a beloved child of God, and recognize that we are called to be like one body with many members. We promise to embrace you in your joys and sorrows as we walk together in action and faith. Let us journey in the path of Christ’s footsteps with others of every race, ethnicity, creed, class, culture, age, gender, family structure, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
….just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’