Why is Columbine United Church affiliated with three denominations?
Columbine United Church was established in 1968 as a United Methodist church. Three years later it became a part of an interdenominational effort in the Denver Metro area to create three new congregations that were affiliated with the Presbyterian church USA, the United Methodist and the United Church of Christ. These three churches, in Aurora, Montbello and here in Littleton, are still in existence. We believe that being a part of these three denominations gives us more access to resources, experiences, and ministry outreach.
What is an ecumenical church?
The word, “ecumenical” is a greek word that means “the whole wide world.” At Columbine, we welcome all God’s children from around the world to our congregation and into the leadership of our congregation.
What does Columbine believe about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons?
Because we believe that all God’s children are full participants in the Body of Christ, we encourage the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in the life of our church. At Columbine, our LGBT brothers and sisters are fully involved in congregational life.
When do you celebrate Communion?
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month, as well as special events throughout the year.
What do you believe about scripture?
We believe the scripture is inspired by God and God continues to speak through them. We take the scriptures seriously, not literally.
Do I have to be a member to have a baptism, wedding or funeral at Columbine?
No. To have a baptism, our three denominations require that you at least be a member of some church. Columbine also requires that before any of these events, you schedule an appointment with one of our pastors.
How do you feel about infants, children and teenagers?
Columbine is a great place to be an infant, child or teenager. Kids of all ages are encouraged to be seen, heard and a part of our church life. We have programs for kids of all ages. We have exciting classes on Sunday morning. Our youth groups take engaging mission trips. Our Vacation Bible School is one of the best in the Denver area.
Are you required to give money to the church?
We believe that giving of your financial resources is a spiritual practice and all are encouraged to participate from where they are in their faith journey.
What local and global missions do you support?
Columbine has a very active mission program. We have one-time mission commitments and we have mission relationships that have spanned the years. We support local programs such as food banks, homeless ministries, and building projects. We send church members on mission projects around the world and support targeted initiatives, including Africa, Central and South America.
What Bible studies do you offer?
In addition to traditional Bible studies, we offer classes on a variety of topics, including theology and film, history of Christianity, contemporary social issues and the study of world religions.
How do I get involved in the music groups?
You show up. Columbine has a variety of music opportunities including traditional choir, bell choir, and band. Everyone is invited to participate where his or her heart desires.
What opportunities do you offer for seniors?
Columbine has an active and dynamic seniors program. Our Chronologically Gifted (CGs) ministry, meets frequently for lunch, program and fellowship. In addition, the CGs have special events, including day retreats, outings to the theatre, cardiac center and other places of particular interests. Visit our website’s calendar for upcoming event details.
How do I join Columbine United Church?
We offer membership classes throughout the year. All people desiring to join the church are encouraged to attend these lively, casual and informative sessions. It’s a great place to meet others and to get your questions answered. Call the church office for exact dates and times.
How do I get to know other people at Columbine?
Come and enjoy - we want to get to know you! There are so many ways to participate and to connect with people. Among the fellowship events that we have are a Rally Day celebration in September, Advent Festival and Hanging of the Greens, Lenten Studies, Music Concerts, Cowboy Sunday, and a great Columbine tradition - breakfast every Sunday morning!
Why do you all have so much fun?
We believe God created fun and God has fun. We are made in the image of God and therefore we laugh, celebrate and enjoy our life together!