Sunday Worship 8:00 am and 10:30 am.

Sunday School for Children

&  Adults at 9:15am.

Nursery at 10:30 Service.

 St. Paul's United

Church of Christ

Mechanicsburg, PA


An Open and Affirming



Everyone Is


Gay and lesbian persons are so accustomed to being the exception to that stated “everyone” that they and their loved ones have to overcome a tremendous barrier to take a chance on being open to a church.  A statement lessens that barrier.  Intense debate about the place of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in our society has occurred for many years. Widespread discrimination and hostility continues. In the midst of this, many Christian churches proclaim that homosexuality is sinful. Not all Christians agree. Many Christians believe that persons of all sexual orientations are part of God’s good gift.



Our Covenant

The people of God at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, affirm our regard for the worth and dignity of all persons as beloved children of God. We recognize, celebrate, and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming into full membership and participating in the body of Christ persons of  every race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, and economic status.


We acknowledge that throughout history, the Christian church has often condemned and excluded gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people from the community of faith, or has condoned such condemnation and exclusion by its silence. We hold that such discrimination is incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


We commit ourselves to work diligently to end all oppression and discrimination, which afflicts God’s people in our society. We commit ourselves to nondiscrimination in the membership, leadership, and hiring practices of this church. We will condemn all acts of harassment, discrimination, and violence against God’s people. We will seek to include and support those, who, because  of fear and prejudice, find themselves in exile from a spiritual community.  We affirm all relationships founded on the principals of God’s love and justice.  We pledge ourselves to be a wellspring of faith for a diverse people.


About Our Covenant

What does St. Paul’s UCC Covenant declare?


On May 18, 2003, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ declared itself an Open and Affirming congregation, after a period of prayer, study, and conversation. (We are updating our Covenant and will be celebrating our 15th year as ONA on May 20, 2018. Please come and join us at our 1030 service.)


Our Covenant publicly states that all persons regardless of sexual orientation, race, language, age, gender, physical or mental ability, and economic status are welcome into the life and ministry of our congregation.


Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.