About Us

Walking into a new church can be intimidating and at times terrifying depending on your previous church experience. If you are considering attending one of our worship gatherings, we hope you know that you will be welcomed as you are and you will be in a safe environment where you will be valued.

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Worship, Education, and Events are "Come as you are." We are informal. Jeans and sneakers; shorts & t-shirts. We also share food and conversation together following worship and at most of our activities.


Children are highly valued in our community!

Babies and children of all ages are welcome to remain for the entire worship service, and a nursery is provided for children under 1st grade age for those who wish to utilize it. Children in the nursery are brought into the worship service to participate in the special Children's Time message during the service. We do our best accommodate so that parents can participate in as many actitivites as they wish.

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Music and the Arts. We utilize music for trauma healing, community-building, encouragement, and learning. We also appreciate various artful expressions like theater, dance, visual arts, etc. We welcome artists of all kinds who wish to express their gifts.

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Open & Shared Leadership. We value everyone's gifts. Whether you are a newcomer or someone who has been part of the faith community for years, we encourage your participation and your leadership. Our Council [board] meetings are open to all and anyone can participate in our worship, education, and service programs.

Open and Affirming

ONA is a designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. We recognize that many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people have been deeply hurt and rejected by the church institution. Not only are we saddened by this, but we also think that we have a responsibility to bring about healing and reconciliation for those who have been hurt by prejudice and discrimination. All people deserve to feel welcomed and accepted in a place of prayer, worship, and community. Jesus of Nazareth taught and lived extravagant welcome and offered hospitality to all. We seek to do the same.


UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

The Open and Affirming Coalition advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the United Church of Christ and beyond, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome. Learn more about the Coalition and how you can get involved by clicking here.



Leadership

Rev. Josh Blakesley,
Pastor, Director, Comm. Center

Josh has been the called, solo pastor at LIAUCC since July 2011. Previously he was on the PA SE Conference of the UCC as Minister for Youth and Young Adults. He is also a professional actor and a consultant for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. To learn more, feel free to visit his blog [joshblakesley.me] by clicking HERE. Josh is passionate about interfaith immersion projects and movements that bring people together across lines of difference. He also speaks Spanish and may just break out into song at any moment.

If you have any questions about LIAUCC, the UCC in general, or interfaith work and/or spirituality, please click the button below to send a message.

Laurie Schrecengost,

Music/Worship Minister

Laurie has extensive experience in teaching music therapy. She is passionate about using music to help people experience joy and healing, wherever they are on their journey. Her area of expertise is the piano and singing. She holds an M.M. in piano performance from SUNY Binghamton. She loves collaboration! If you would like to share your musical gifts in worship, please contact her by clicking below. Laurie continues to be grateful for and amazed by the honest and beautiful community called LIA UCC.

Financial Leadership
Jim Leamon, Mike O'Connor

Jim and Mike help to manage LIA UCC's budget, grants, and other financial matters. We are currently in the process of hiring a part-time bookkeeper.


Christian Education

Our faith community is committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all students where they can learn about faith and each other. We do teach about the Bible and the Christian faith, but we also provide opportunities for children and youth to explore other faith traditions and meet people of other religious backgrounds.

LGBTQ+ Ministry

SAGA Community Center (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance), an interfaith and no-faith affirming place for all sexualities, genders, and sexes.

Facilities/Rentals

Interested in sharing space or renting from us? We have a modern facility and a great location! Please contact us!



Want to Get Involved?

Sunday Times

Children & Youth Faith Formation

9:30AM-10:30AM

Worship & Community Gathering

10:30AM- Noon

Location

350 S. York Rd. Hatboro, PA 19040

Ministries

We offer multiple ways that you can get involved. Please check out the groups below and feel free to come join us!

Contact Us

Info@loveinactionucc.org

215-675-8808

350 S. York Rd. Hatboro, PA 19040



Children & Youth Ministry

Fun, educational activities and service projects occur for children & youth throughout the year, including the Interfaith Peace Walk, summer educational and fun events, and service projects. Programs for teenagers include faith formation [on Sundays or also the Faith Journeyers program], service projects, interfaith events and activities, National and Regional UCC Youth Events, and more.

Service & Outreach

Opportunities to serve are open to all! We participate in the following projects: Manna on Main, Urban Tree Connection, SHARE Food Program, Living Water Food Pantry, UCC regional and national projects, and others. We also host Love Your Neighbor, a program that provides emergency assistance to those in need [rent, food, etc.]

SAGA Community Center

Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) is a place for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies from all faith backgrounds or with no faith tradition. We meet regularly for fun activities, support, community-building, and fun events. Click here to explore our Facebook Page.