Special Services

Services which hold special meaning for us as a worshiping body.

Anytime we gather together to open ourselves to the presence of the holy is important.  There are several services each year which hold special meaning for us.

Lighting candles on Memorial SundayMemorial Sunday
Held on the last Sunday of January, we remember all the members of our church family who have died in the past year. We speak their name and light a candle in their honor. At the end of the service everyone is invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of a loved one they have lost.

Easter Sunday
Easter in the La Verne Church of the Brethren is filled with joy. The worship center calls forth life and the music declares wonder. The service ends with the entire congregation joining together in singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

Hanging of the Greens
On the First Sunday of Advent, we hang evergreen boughs along the sides of our sanctuary during worship. The greens are created by the church family on the day before in an event we call Advent Adventure.

Christmas Eve
Come hear the story of Christmas told in scripture and song. We end the service by moving out to the courtyard and circling the nativity scene in candlelight.

Preparing to wash one another's feet during Love FeastLove Feast
Following the tradition of our denomination, we re-enact the Last Supper twice a year (Maundy Thursday and the Sunday before Thanksgiving.) At this service we share a simple meal, wash each other’s feet and take communion together.

Communion
The Church of the Brethren tradition has bread and cup communion in worship twice a year. At the La Verne Church of the Brethren we celebrate communion in Sunday morning worship on the first Sunday of January and on World Communion Sunday.

Bible Sunday
It is the practice of the La Verne Church of the Brethren to give personalized Bibles to our children and youth beginning in the 4th grade. We are happy to give these Bibles to our students and feel that reading the Bible provides an opportunity for individual reflection on the beauty and complexity of God’s love. The NRSV Youth Bible is very reader friendly with introductions to each book, highlights, and information about verses, people, and places of the Bible.

Baptism
Full-immersion adult baptism happens in morning worship whenever someone has felt that call and gone through membership classes. The congregation is invited to renew their own baptismal vows as part of the service.