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Our church is located in the hamlet of Amber on beautiful Otisco Lake in New York.
We are proud of our community and glad to be a part of Amber, New York. To us, it is home—a place to settle down and raise a family, to sink down roots, and grow strong together.
As the only church in Amber, we feel a special responsibility to contribute to the community life. In particular we seek to provide a place and a program for the public worship of God.
Of course, there are other services we attempt to provide, but this remains our central focus. We welcome you to join us.
We are pleased to support many important local, nationwide and foreign ministries with our prayers and financial contributions.
We encourage you to check them out and become better informed regarding their ministries and to keep current with their prayer needs by visiting their websites regularly.
Sundays are just the beginning
We have a schedule of events that extend across the whole week.
Make new friends, serve your neighbor, and grow in faith.
Share a meal and fellowshio at Saturday Supper Club
Invest in our community through love in action with our Homeless packs.
You will feel a genuine sense of belonging when you attend our bible-based services, join a small group or be inspired and grow through Jesus at weekly bible study.
Raise your voice with our choir, a small unique small group.
In 1824 , the people of Amber established a Religious Society and erected a Meeting House in order to provide a place for Christian worship in the community. Initially arrangements were made with nearby churches to ensure that an ordained minister be available to conduct weekly worship, preach and officiate the sacraments of the church.
All denominations were welcome to use the building although the Methodist-Episcopal Church was the only one to do so on a regular basis. The Amber Religious Society was reorganized in 1918 as a Congregational Church. The change from society to church was more a statement of our identity than a change of direction.
The original focus remains the same. We still seek to provide to all people in our community a place for the public worship of God.
Covid Protocols for Public Worship
Based on the current data with regard to the spread of the coronavirus and the increased number of those who have now been vaccinated, the CDC, State of New York, and Onondaga County have made the following recommendations. "Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and be socially distanced in most settings." These guidelines are for gatherings limited to "250 indoors and 500 outdoors."
This allows us as a church to return to a more normal Worship practice. Consequently, we have gone back to holding just one Worship Service on Sunday. As we meet we will continue to try and provide a safe place for all to worship so we will be maintaining these adjusted protocols.
Sanitizer, Masks and Gloves – We will continue to make these available at the entrances for those who want to use them.
Seating – The sanctuary will return to full seating capacity. We will, however, maintain the Kish Room with six-foot distancing for either those who have not been vaccinated or those who still feel they want to maintain social distancing for safety concerns. We will not check anyone's vaccination status so seating choice will be on the honor system.
Movement – It is safe to move around within the sanctuary so we will begin to reinstate the use of Greeters, Acolytes and Ushers.
We thank all of you for your attention to safety during these difficult times and for your respect for one another's convictions and practices.
Rick and the Elders
May We Pray For you
It is our honor and desire to pray for you. If we can support you through prayer, please let us know.
The Church as a Safe Place
Six Discussion Points that address the church as a safe place where all can be open about their struggles on divisive issues without fear of ridicule or shame. Read More
Sue Ellen Harris, LCSW-R has opened a counseling practice here at the church and will be taking appointments at 696-8521. Mrs. Harris is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of professional experience addressing oppositional behavior in children and youth, improving marital communication and family functioning, and treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and complicated grief. She will also be holding periodic informational sessions to the general public on a variety of counseling issues. She practices a sliding scale fee structure.