Neighborhood Congregational Church provides a sanctuary for individual and communal spiritual growth, guided by the teachings of Jesus, with openness to all spiritual paths and all people who seek to know God, in the hope of transforming ourselves and the world.
Our Passion for Outreach and Social Justice
We at Neighborhood Congregational Church seek to be caring, informed and cooperative in studying and acting upon the challenges to justice in our community and our world. We have a moral obligation to strive for justice and full inclusion of all persons, and to partner caringly and sustainably with Mother Earth. We study current issues with forums, films, and speakers. We support the work of many local justice ministries, including The Friendship Shelter, The Laguna Resource Center, The Laguna Food Pantry, HIV Awareness Task Force, Transition Laguna Beach, and Laguna's Alternative Sleeping Location for persons without permanent housing (where we prepare and serve a full meal each Monday night). We invite and welcome your involvement in our justice and outreach efforts.
Our Open and Affirming Policy
We, the Congregation of Neighborhood Congregational Church, declare ourselves to be Open and Affirming. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, and responsibilities and blessings of full participation in our congregation. Learn more about Open and Affirming by clicking here to connect to ucccoalition.org. See our UCC video on the coalition and its ministry on YouTube. We strive to live up to this calling of full inclusion and welcome your partnership in this effort.
Ours is an eclectic service of worship and music that appeals to people from all walks of life. In addition to our commitment to the Christian faith, we are open to learning and drawing from the richness of other faith traditions. Worshippers at NCC include people of many spiritual paths, and our openness and inclusive approach allows for a sense of welcome and warmth for a diverse group of people. Dress is casual, music includes local soloists, Sunday morning messages are interactive and intriguing. Monthly Holy Communion (first Sunday) is open to any and all who wish to receive this blessing, as is Healing Touch (third Sunday) and Prayer Support in worship each month. Please join us Sundays at 10 a.m.
- Worship Services on Sundays, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday & Holy Week
- Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry ~ Third Sundays of the month
- Holy Communion - First Sundays of the month
- Annual Sand Mandala Creation by Tibetan Buddhist Monks
- Kirtan - Chanting Group ~ Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.
- Justice Programs sponsored by Justice, Outreach & You (JOY Ministry)
- Book Club
- Children’s Class during worship
- Progressive Christianity Study Group
- Alternative Christmas Shopping to support justice work
- Music Events
- Family Dances
- Blessing of the Animals
- Easter Sunrise Service at Alta Laguna Park
- Annual Beach Service at Thalia St Beach
Neighborhood Congregational Church is blessed by your donations of time, money, and in-kind gifts from many generous givers. Click on the Donate link to donate electronically or to set up automatic gifts, or drop your check or cash gift in the Sunday offering plate or church office any time the Spirit leads you. Want to donate a stock or annuity? Want to include NCC in your estate planning? Want to set up an automatic debit from your checking account? Want to donate with a credit card? We can accept any of these methods of generosity. Contact the church office at 949-494-8061 with your donation questions, and we will help you find the easiest path for your charitable gifts to support the ministries of this church and the needs of our community. Thank you for your wonderful support!
Founded in 1943 in rooms above the Sandpiper on Pacific Coast Highway, Neighborhood Church grew from modest roots to the strong congregation it is today. NCC is a congregational church and a United Church of Christ, in covenant with the UCC denomination and gladly granting every member within our church body an equal and independent voice in church decisions and ministry. At Neighborhood Church you will find an Open and Affirming congregation that celebrates the uniqueness of each person.
NCC's first church building was located in today’s Bridge Hall, used now primarily for fellowship, fun, concerts, and community events. A mechanized carillon installed in the 1970’s chimes on the hour and half hour with songs that change with the seasons. Downstairs from the sanctuary you’ll find our St. Francis Meditation Garden, reminiscent of a Zen monastery. In the sanctuary, our pianist offers beatiful music each week on a historic Mason and Hamlin piano, and on special occasions our pipe organ fills the air with sacred sounds.
NCC Community Leadership
These are people that hold special leadership positions within the church.
Groups and Ministries
There are many ways to get involved with the NCC Laguna community. Here is a list of community groups, ministries and special activities.