Who We Are
In 1789, a group of nine citizens - six men and three women - met and discussed their religious needs. An organizational meeting was held and the Mount Sinai Congregational Church was born.
We are a Congregational Church. This means that, as a congregation, we have covenanted with one another and with God to be a church. To put it simply, we have an agreement with one another and with God to be and work together.
As our Constitution states, "The Mt. Sinai Congregational Church is composed of its members who exercise the right of control in all its affairs. "As Christian people, however, we are called to participate in the whole fellowship of the church, and to engage in a common worldwide mission. Therefore Mt. Sinai Congregational Church belongs to the wider fellowship of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, and through that body participates in the worldwide ecumenical community of the Christian Church. It maintains its standing as a local church of the United Church of Christ by membership in the Suffolk Association of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ."
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God's continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking,
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,