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Open and Affirming

Packanack Community Church is proud to be an Open and Affirming Congregation!

You are welcome Here.
Packanack Community Church accepts everyone.
We mean it when we say, ‘No matter who you are, who you love, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.’ Come and join us.

ONA Covenant Adopted June 5, 2016

We, the people of the Packanack Community Church of Wayne, NJ, welcome and value a diverse congregation.

We believe all people are created in God’s image and are loved and blessed equally by God.

We seek to walk together as a safe and nurturing family of faith, encouraging all individuals to participate fully in the life, leadership, and mission of our church.

We celebrate the God-given gifts of everyone of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive, or emotional abilities, family configurations, education, or spiritual and religious traditions.

Therefore, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit to transform us into a reflection of God’s love and justice in the world.


Members of the Packanack Community Church and the greater community gather on the front steps of the church
to sing "Let There Be Peace on Earth" during a Prayer Vigil held on June 16, 2016,
in support of the victims of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Members of the Open and Affirming Task Force gather on the chancel steps of the Sanctuary on June 5, 2016, to celebrate the congregation's affirmative vote to officially declare itself an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.

    Packanack Community Church
    120 Lake Drive East | Wayne, NJ 07470 | PH: (973) 694-0608; FAX: (973) 694-7161