ACC meets to worship God every Sunday at 10:30AM at the Astoria Center of Israel Synagogue. This is a beautiful building that has been part of our neighborhood for over 75 years. Yes, it might seem a bit strange to some to have a Christian worship service in a Synagogue, but we are very grateful to the ACI congregation for allowing us to rent such a great space on Sundays in the heart of Astoria, Queens, NY.
We believe that our Sunday public worship is our greatest calling as a church. God has made us for worship and calls us to worship him as a body. Through our worship we relive and retell the great narrative of the gospel told in Scripture, and are renewed by God through his word and sacrament, and his very presence with us in our worship. Our worship looks forward to God making all things new and strengthens us to do God’s renewing work in the world.
Our worship includes the reading and singing of Scripture, confessing our sins and receiving God’s forgiveness, affirming our joint faith in the creeds, the preaching of the word, and weekly communion. The sermons seek to expound the meaning of the day’s text, highlighting Jesus Christ as the central focus of the whole Bible. Learn more about our worship here.
There is no dress code at ACC, so come worship God however you feel comfortable. Most of the congregation dresses pretty casually, but a few of us “dress up” from time to time. We encourage you to bring your Bible to church, but if you are unable to, all the Scripture passages will be printed for you in the worship program that is handed out. If you don't have a Bible we would be glad to give you one for free. Just ask!
We are a church that welcomes everyone. Our congregation consists of people from many different backgrounds and nationalities. We have a great mix of singles, married couples, senior citizens and we are very “kid-friendly." We offer nursery for babies through 3 year olds. We have a Sunday school class for children ages 3-7 during the service. These children join their parent(s) for the beginning part of the service. Our teachers will bring them upstairs to class about 20 minutes into the service.
Singing praise to God is an important part of our worship service. Our music is led by our Worship Director, Linnea Kickasola and gifted musicians from the congregation.
Every Sunday we gather at the Lord’s Table to take Communion together. You don’t have to be a member of ACC to participate. Any baptized believer in Christ who belongs to a church that teaches the gospel is invited to partake.