BEACON Frequently Asked Questions
What times are services? We have two identical worship services: one at 9:30 am and one at 11:15 am. During the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, we have one service at 10:00am.
How do I get there? We are located at 4 Waldron Ave in the heart of downtown Summit, NJ. Our building is on the corner of Springfield and Waldron Avenues, with the entrance located on Waldron. Click here for directions. Where do I park? Parking is found on Waldron Ave and other side streets. Be courteous of our neighbors driveways. We also encourage using city parking lots. Can I use public transportation? We are located three blocks from the Summit NJTransit train station. It’s a beautiful walk or bike ride.
How should I dress? People attend our services in all different types of attire, from jeans and t-shirts to suits and dresses. We invite you to dress comfortably and come as you are.
I am visiting with my children. What should I do? Great! You are in good company.
Each Sunday we begin our services as one community. That means children, youth and adults are all together. It’s lively and fun! Then, children can either stay in the service or attend our age-specific small groups. Parents may also choose to go with children to their small groups.
If you are the parent of an infant, waddler or toddler, you may also choose to settle into our Nursery downstairs or Sunroom off the lobby, where you can view the service via livestream. We hope to make the morning stress-free, enjoyable and enriching for every member of your family.
Click here to learn more specifics about our children’s groups and childcare.
What happens after I arrive? When you enter our congregation, you will be warmly greeted by our ministers, staff and greeters. We invite you to visit our welcome desk where you can make a name tag and, if you wish, to fill out a visitor information card to that we can connect with you. Our Welcome Desk is staffed by our greeters who can answer any of your questions and help connect you with Rev. Emilie Boggis, Minister of Congregational Life.
Where is the sanctuary? When you enter our lobby, our 100-year old sanctuary is located on your left. We also have balcony seating. One of our greeters or ushers will be happy to show you the staircase leading to the balcony. It’s a favorite with children!
Is the building handicapped accessible? Yes! There is a ramp into our building, and all levels are accessible through an elevator located in our lobby. We recommend using the main floor for worship. We also have accessible bathrooms.
Assisted hearing devices, large-print orders of service, and large-print hymnals are available simply by asking an usher as you enter the sanctuary. Ask a greeter or an usher for assistance.
What happens in the service? Upon entering the sanctuary, you will be greeted by an usher and receive an order of service. The order of service includes a basic outline of the service and includes information to make you feel at home. Have a seat anywhere you wish. Our Sunday services create a sacred space for connecting to your inner spirit and to a community that cares.
You may recognize familiar elements from other services that you have attended. A typical service includes:
- Spiritual Practices to help us center, including lighting a candle, ringing our Tibetan bowl gong, and a time of meditation
- Beautiful music from musicians from our congregation and local community
- Stories from various sources, including the world’s great religious traditions, poetry, and literature
- A sermon by one of our ministers
We take up an offering each Sunday as a practice of inviting generosity in our lives. Often the offering funds the mission of our congregation. Throughout the year, we also fund social justice efforts in our community and around the world.
What happens after the service and children’s groups? People gather after each service for Fair Trade coffee, tea, refreshments and conversation downstairs in Fellowship Hall, which is located directly beneath the sanctuary. Our greeters typically welcome visitors downstairs. There is also an excellent Boutique filled with books, t-shirts, and jewelry. Get to know our justice efforts or connect with people around our pool table!