[bethlehem_title text_position=”text-center” heading_size=”h1″ title=”About Us” desc=”At the historic Eliot Church, with roots in Congregational and Unitarian Universalist traditions, we are guided by Christian and other religious and secular teachings. Our congregation inspires a sense of spiritual and philosophical purpose, as we strive to make our community a better place.” el_class=”about-us-page-title”]
[bethlehem_title text_position=”text-center” heading_size=”h3″ title=”Our Beliefs” desc=”As an ecumenical ministry, the Eliot Church draws from a variety of sources for its weekly worship services. Some of these sources are Christian, some are from the other world religions and various philosophical traditions. Typically there is at least one scripture reading and there is usually a sermon.

We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month between October and June. This is an “Open Communion” service, meaning that all are welcome to participate regardless of theology or status in the church. “]

[bethlehem_title text_position=”text-center” heading_size=”h3″ title=”Open and Affirming” desc=”A few years ago, we made the choice to become a community that explicitly welcomes people of every family structure, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. We also welcome people of all ages, genders, abilities, races, nationalities, faith backgrounds, and of every economic and social status. Back in 2009 we unanimously passed an “Open and Affirming” statement for our congregation that is posted both in the church foyer and in the Ladies’ Parlor.”]
[bethlehem_title text_position=”text-center” heading_size=”h3″ title=”Serving Our Community” desc=”The Eliot Church’s Outreach efforts include programs ranging from local to global. Through our denominational affiliations and our ongoing support of local community-based programs, we have supported some organizations for more than a quarter of a century through financial donations and volunteer efforts.”]
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The Eliot Church of South Natick stands on one of the oldest church sites in America. Here in 1651 the first Meetinghouse was built. It was designed to serve as both church and public gathering place for the new Natick plantation of Praying Indians, then formed under the leadership of the Indian Thomas Waban and the missionary pastor, the Rev. John Eliot.

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The Eliot Church today is a true Community Church. Our members’ backgrounds range from Protestant to Roman Catholic, and from Jewish to Unitarian-Universalist. The Eliot Church is affiliated with both the Unitarian-Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC).

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As an ecumenical ministry, the Eliot Church draws from a variety of sources for its weekly worship services.  Some of these sources are Christian, some are from the other world religions and various philosophical traditions.  Typically, however, there is at least one scripture reading and there is usually a sermon.

We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month between October and June.  This is an “Open Communion” service, meaning that all are welcome to participate regardless of theology or status in the church.  This reflects the church’s belief that worship is an experience for everyone, and that everyone has their own unique understanding of, and relationship to, the Divine.