Visiting Central Union Church? We are honored to have you!
Whether you are searching for a faith community, looking to worship while in town, curious about what a worship service is like, just want to try something new… you are welcome here! There are a variety of ministries and ways to get involved. Worship is just one way. On Sundays we have an opportunity to come together as a community of believers (doubters are welcome, too) to pray, praise, sing, reflect as the body of Christ.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in! Dress down, dress up, come as you are. The Chapel and Sanctuary are not air-conditioned but have open side doors. The Parish Hall is air-conditioned.
How do I get there?
Our Honolulu campus is located on the corner of Punahou Street and Beretania Street, next to Kapi‘olani Medical Center and across from Shriners Hospital. Our campus can be entered via both Punahou Street or Beretania Street (one way).
- If you’re coming from the west side, take the Punahou Exit
- If you’re coming from the east side, take the Wilder Exit
Where do I park?
There are several options for parking on campus:
- Punahou Street parking lot (closest to Atherton Chapel and Sanctuary)
- Beretania Steet parking lot (right outside the Thrift Shop, closer to Parish Hall; must enter via Beretania Street which is one-way)
- The Great Lawn (may be parked on ONLY during Sunday worship)
- Note: A one-way driveway lane goes through our campus from Beretania Street to Punahou Street. There are several marked handicap areas along the driveway.
Where do I go once I’m on campus?
- 7 AM worship service is in Atherton Memorial Chapel, the smaller church building on the left, Ewa side of the campus
- 9 AM worship service is in the Sanctuary, the largest church building in the center
- 11 AM worship service is in the Parish Hall, on the inside of the campus
- 10 AM online worship service can be accessed live through Zoom or Facebook
- The Pilgrim Chapel is also open throughout the week for silent individual prayer
What happens during a worship service?
In a typical worship service, there is often music, congregational singing, responsive readings, reading of scripture, a sermon by a minister, offering, communion on certain Sundays, prayer. There is always a bulletin to follow with the order of service and all the words you’ll need to participate. Bulletins are handed out as you enter the worship space. OR you can find them online at centralunionchurch.org/worship-bulletin or by scanning the QR code available near the entrance.
What and when is communion?
Communion is typically offered on the first Sunday of the month. At Central Union Church, ALL are welcome to take communion! No matter who you are, where you’re from, what you have or have not done, you are welcome to the table and invited to partake. In the sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, meaning “thanksgiving,” Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ in a unique way. A minister will bless the elements of bread and wine (grape juice), representing the crucified and risen Christ, and invite all to partake in the meal. Often we do communion by intinction, where people come up through the aisles to take a piece of bread and dip it in grape juice. We know this all can seem a bit strange! If you don’t know what to do, no worries. Follow someone near you, ask a neighbor, or just observe! (Learn more about communion in the United Church of Christ.)
Do I have to give an offering?
Sharing of our financial resources is an important part of the Christian lifestyle. There is often a time when offerings are collected during the services by ushers who will pass a collection plate through the rows. You are not at all required to give. If you choose to give in response, you may place cash or check in the offering plate. There are also offering envelopes available in the pews if you’d like to enclose your gift. If you provide your name and address, our accounting department can acknowledge your donation. You may also give online.
What’s available for children and youth?
We fully welcome children in our worship services! Keiki are an integral part of our ‘ohana and we celebrate the joy they bring—cries, sighs, whispers, giggles, and all! Our 9 AM service typically includes a Time with Keiki when all children are invited to go up front, up the chancel steps, for a short message before heading to Sunday School with our Director of Children’s Ministry.
- Nursery: (birth to age 3) open during the 9AM and 11AM worship services
- Sunday School: (Kindergarten through 5th grade) takes place during the 9AM and 11AM worship services
- Youth Group: (6th grade through 12th grade) gathers on Sundays at 11AM