Core Values

God has richly blessed our congregation over the years with good and able leadership (both clergy and laity) with a responsiveness to the mandates of scripture, an enriched worship life, a committed and diverse Christian education program, faithful groups and individuals who have attended to both institutional and human needs, and with a location for doing mission work that is enhanced by the wide diversity of people and events that is unique to our setting in one of the world's great metropolitan areas.

Mission Statement of Glen Ridge Congregational Church

We are a Christian community inspired to worship, serve and help others grow in their faith.

Covenant of Glen Ridge Congregational Church

We covenant with God and one another to be the church of Jesus Christ, loving God and our neighbors.


With God's help:

We shall come together to glorify and worship God, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and celebrate God's presence among us;


We shall teach ourselves and our children the faith of the church and shall together follow in the ways of Christ;


We shall share our beliefs by word and example and be a welcoming and caring home community where all persons may find their faith;


We shall grow spiritually, nurture and strengthen each other, share our joys and concerns and treat each other and all people with respect, compassion, and dignity;


We shall go where God calls us to offer faith and encouragement, extending a helping hand to all God's people;


We shall participate in the ministries and mission of the United Church of Christ.

Relying on the power of God's Holy Spirit, we go forth to live and serve as Christians.


Open and Affirming (O&A) Statement

Glen Ridge Congregational Church believes in Christ’s central message of love, justice and inclusion.  In promising to keep this message at the center of all we do, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation.   
We invite and welcome people of all economic backgrounds, ages, abilities, gender identities, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, cultures and marital status to participate fully in the life, worship, fellowship, sacraments, ministries, leadership and joys of our church. 
We commit to being a respectful and safe community for all people to explore their faith.  Honoring and embracing the rich diversity of God’s world, we celebrate the opportunities within our church family to share in both our similarities and differences on our faith journey.  


Approved at a Special Meeting of the Congregation June 11, 2023.

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:


He calls the worlds into being, creates man in his own image and sets before him the ways of life and death.


He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

He judges men and nations by his righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.


In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,he has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to himself.


He bestows upon us his Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.


He calls us into his church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be his servants in the service of men, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.


He promises to all who trust him forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, his presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.


Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him.


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