ECC gathers to worship every Sunday morning at 9:00 & 10:30.
The morning schedule:
8:45 Nursery opens for children ages 0-2
9:00 First Worship
9:00 Sunday school for ages 3 and above (children, youth, and several adult classes) (Children need to be picked up between 10:00-10:10)
10:00-10:30 Fellowship time with coffee & snacks in sanctuary
10:30 Second worship (Children’s Worship follows the Children’s Message) + one adult class
Occasionally we will have only ONE Sunday morning worship service at 10:30, usually followed by a covered dish meal. These dates will be listed in Coming Events, but the list for 2017:
December 17, 24, and 31. (No lunch on Dec. 24 & 31)
Notes about worship:
Our style of worship has been called “blended” or “relaxed traditional” because we do not segregate into “traditional” and “contemporary.” Music ranges from Bach to Bluegrass to Bagpipes. We sing hymns out of a hymnal accompanied by organ, enjoy a wide array of soloists and ensembles, and generally seek to lift our spirits and inspire our souls through the gift of music.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated every week, as it is in all Disciples congregations. We celebrate an “open table,” meaning that ALL people are welcome to participate fully in worship, take communion, and share in fellowship. Christ’s love knows no bounds!
Wondering what to wear?
Wear what you like. You’ll see people in jeans sitting alongside folks in suits & ties, dresses or pants, shorts or capris, and everything in between. Being here and being comfortable is more important than what you wear.
If we were to make one fashion suggestion, however, it would be this:
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. — Colossians 3:12
Nervous about visiting? Try our “Pew Buddy” system:
If you feel at all intimidated walking into a room where it seems like everyone knows each other (they don’t, by the way), we invite you to request a “Pew Buddy.” Simply email Pastor Jay (click here) and he will arrange for someone to greet you and sit with you during the service — even have coffee before or after if you like. Advance notice helps, but Pew Buddies can often be arranged at the last minute, so please don’t hesitate to try — or just ask when you arrive.
Welcome Message from Pastor Jay:
I would be delighted to meet you and help introduce you to the people and community we call Eastwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Feel free to email me (click here)and introduce yourself if there is anything I can do to help you learn about or connect with the congregation.
Here’s a brief start:
I have been blessed to serve as Pastor here at ECC since 2000, shortly after major tornados ripped through East Nashville and led to major community change. ECC has changed with the community, and we seek to be a center of community life. We are happy to host AA, NA, SLAA, S-Anon and Al-Anon groups, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, theatre groups, music lessons, dance lessons, comedy improv, community meetings, the Eastwood Christian Children’s Center, and more.
You are encouraged to THINK at ECC. Theological openness has been a hallmark of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the first major non-denominational movement on American soil, beginning in the early 1800s. Throughout our history, we have practiced openness and freedom of thought. We want to help each other find a faith that makes sense, that works, that helps us through life – not try to force people to believe any specific doctrine.
You are also encouraged to ACT at ECC. We deeply believe that faith is not so much about what we think or what we say, but about how we live. We have a passion for economic and social justice, for the well-being of all people, and for joyfully enjoying the blessings of life. ECC offers several opportunities to be of service to others, but we also know that much of our wonderful ministry happens not through specific church programs, but through our members serving and working for justice in their own workplaces and communities.
Again – I would be delighted to meet with you and discuss your spiritual journey. And we would be delighted if you wanted to join us as we seek to shine God’s light in East Nashville and beyond.
Peace & blessings,