What does Kirk of Bonnie Brae Mean?
Kirk of Bonnie Brae means "church of the beautiful
hill". We were founded as a Congregational Church in the Bonnie Brae
neighborhood in 1947. The church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ
(UCC), a mainline Protestant denomination.
Where is Worship held?
We Worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary.
When you enter through the green doors from South Steele St., the Sanctuary
will be immediately to your right. From the parking lot entrance on the south
side of the building, you can enter through either set of green doors and
follow the signs. Our sanctuary is equipped with a wireless
sound-enhancement system, available upon request.
Where do I park?
The church faces S. Steele St. There is a parking lot on the
south side of the building and can be accessed from S. Steele St. Street
parking is also available along S. Steele St., Arizona Ave., or any other side
street in the neighborhood.
What do you do in Worship?
We welcome; we sing; we listen to the scripture; to the
choir; and a reflection offered by our Pastor; our children engage the
scripture on their terms; we share our struggles and joys; we pray (with words,
with silence, and sometimes with written engagement) for ourselves, for our
communities, for creation, and for the world; we receive offering and
Are children welcome in Worship?
Absolutely! Children and young people are welcome in the
worship service. During the Children’s Time, Jackie Kendall-Gebel our Minister
for Children and Youth spends a few minutes talking to children about the day’s
scripture. Afterward, children ages 3-11 are invited to go to experience
interactive worship called Godly Play in our lower level or they may stay with
the folks who brought them. We also have a nursery for those ages 0-3 for the
duration of the service, but they too are welcome to join us in worship. The
Kirk has a written child protection policy, available for your review.
How will I know where to sit and what to do in Worship?
As you enter, a greeter will hand you a bulletin which lists
the parts of our service. You are welcome to sit anywhere in the Sanctuary. A
greeter will gladly help you find a seat if you wish. Songs are projected onto
the screen in the front of the worship area or if you like to read music, the
numbers are printed in the bulletin and hymnals are available in the seat
pocket in front of you. The greeters in the back of the church will be happy to
assist you should you have any questions.
What type of music do you have?
Our worship blends many music styles, on a given Sunday you
might hear a classical piece written hundreds of years ago, traditional hymns,
contemporary worship music and a 70's folk song. Although individuals might
connect to one genre more than another, we intentionally make room for others
as we celebrate our diversity.
How long does worship last?
Our Worship service usually lasts about one hour. After the
service there is a time for conversation and refreshments in the Welcome
Center. The Welcome Center is right off the parking lot, on the south side of
the building. We hope you'll stay and get to know us better and ask
When is communion held and can I participate?
On the first Sunday of the month we have formal communion as
is the tradition of the church. On subsequent Sundays, communion is offered as
a part of our active prayer station time. We welcome all to join us at God’s
table and share this sacred meal with us (children too, if parents so choose).
If you choose to not receive communion, that is fine too. In the service we receive communion by intinction, which
means we go to the front of the worship area where each person is given a piece
of communion bread which you dip in grape juice, and then consume it on the way
to your seat. We are also happy to bring the elements to you if you prefer to
remain at your seat.
What do I wear?
We hope you will feel comfortable here, no matter what you
wear. Some people wear suits or dresses; others come in casual slacks, jeans,
or shorts. Whatever you wear, we will welcome you.
Do I need to make a financial offering?
There is no expectation that you will make a gift, but gifts
are always welcome. We believe we are all called and created to be generous.
The church receives and encourages giving as a way to encourage spiritual
health. We often call the offering "stewardship" and seek to provide
education and opportunities to give not only of material wealth but also of
time, energy, passion, and presence. The gifts we receive go to support the
Kirk and its missions and ministries. We do not "pass the plate" but
have a plate in the back for you to place your gifts during our time of active
Is the church wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The entire church is wheel chair accessible.
Immediately in front of the main entrance to the building on Steele Street
there are handicapped spaces and a ramp that allows access to the church. Additional
spaces are available on the north side of the building on Arizona. Worship
Service is on the main level, as is the wheelchair-accessible bathroom.