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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.
Announcement and Protocol Regarding Reopening for Public Worship
We recognize that the coronavirus has changed things for us all. Here at the Amber Church we are seeking to make our adjustments as comfortably as we can for all of you. Our first priority is safety and health, so please do abide by these simple guidelines for everyone’s physical and emotional wellbeing. These are in accordance with the latest information from the CDC.
Disinfectant – We have cleaned and disinfected our meeting area. Hard surfaces do not retain the virus for extended periods, but we will continue to regularly disinfect paying special attention to frequently touched places. With two services, we are cleaning between and after Sunday School (follows the second service at 12:15pm)
Sanitizer and Masks – We have supplied these at the entrances and encourage you to use them. As to masks, please wear them upon entering and exiting and during our singing. Gloves are also available should anyone desire them.
Seating – You will notice that some chairs have been removed and alternate pews have signs on them to keep them vacant. This is to comply with the 6-foot social distancing regulation. Families can sit together but otherwise just sit two to a pew and on opposite ends.
Greetings, Touching, and Movement – Please refrain from handshaking and hugging. We also ask that you do your visiting with each other outside the building in the parking area maintaining social distancing and mask wearing. We will seek to minimize the need to move about inside the building and will at least initially not be doing a Children’s Story, having nursery, JAM or Sunday School, or using Acolytes and Worship Leaders. We will also not pass the offering plates among you, instead they are located at the front by the pulpit and at the exits. You may drop your contribution into one of these on your way out.
We recognize that for some of you this may all seem an unnecessary excess. To others even with these precautions there may be a continuing fear of contamination and a hesitation to attend Worship. Please respect each other and do not come if you cannot abide by these simple guidelines. May God’s grace cover us all and make us strong together.
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.
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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.