What is a “community church”?

It means we are intentionally open-minded.

Olmsted Community Church was formed in 1917, blending two prior congregations, Methodist and Congregational.  Our church’s leaders felt that joining forces brought strength to a Protestant presence in this area, and for many years ours was the only Protestant house of worship around.  To help everyone be comfortable here, regardless of denominational background, they called this a “community church” and drew from the resources of both Methodist (now United Methodist) and Congregational (now United Church of Christ) bodies.

Over the years, ties to the United Methodist denomination fell away.  The United Church of Christ, which sprang from Congregational roots,  is our denominational resource and mission partner today.  Our pastor is a UCC minister.

Learn more about the United Church of Christ (UCC) here.

It means we have a place for you.

We like to think that the UCC’s welcome is something that ties our past to our warm hospitality today:  “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”  We want you to be at home here. That’s what being a community church is all about.

It means we are local people with a global focus.

Together, we feed the hungry.  We respond to disasters and human tragedies.  We offer help around the world.  We reach out to our newest neighbors.  We care for children. We speak for truth and justice.  We change lives.

The UCC: A Family of Faith for a Global Community

It means we have a strong community connection.

Community is our middle name!

From hosting the food pantry to providing meeting space for support groups, Olmsted Community Church is a vital part of our area.  You’ll find church members at work wherever good things are happening in the southwestern part of the county.  We’ve got members from diverse areas such as Columbia Station, Berea, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Township, Cleveland, Strongsville, Parma, Elyria, North Ridgeville and Olmsted Falls, and yet, in our common journey of faith, we’re called to reach out and make a difference wherever we live, work, go to school, and play.

We take an active part in the local Heritage Days festival, sponsor joint programs with the local library, serve as a polling station for the community, and open our doors to a variety of non-profit organizations at no charge.

You’ll find members in area civic clubs, on City Council, teaching in local schools, and volunteering at the area’s hospitals.  Our pastor is an active member of the local Ministerial Alliance, and we often host the community Thanksgiving service.

Where the community has needs, Olmsted Community Church is there.