Reverend Laurelyn J. Craig (Rev. Lauri)
We welcome you to this recreated website for our church!
It is my privilege to be the new called part time Pastor for this amazingly warm, dedicated, loving congregation! Though small in size, we are growing in faith and in hope as we share God’s gift of love and peace among ourselves, in our community, in the world and across all boundaries!
Our children’s and youth ministry is alive and growing!
Our music is breathtakingly beautiful, meaningful and moving!
Our outreach to the community is increasing as we seek to support all in times of need and celebration!
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we believe in relationships and respect and covenant – with God, with one another, and with our world!
We are learning, sharing, laughing and crying together as we deepen our relationship with God through worship, small group studies and gatherings, mission projects, fellowship and just ‘being’ with one another.
In the UCC we believe that “God is still speaking” and would invite you to join us during the exciting time of the New Year and new beginnings!
I look forward to welcoming and meeting you soon!
“There are no strangers here – only friends we have not met!”
“Faith is the way in which you live your life. ”This simple statement from James Fowler, author of the book Stages of Faith, speaks volumes to me, for me, and about me.
When I was about 13 years old, my uncle had brain cancer and almost died. He was given a second chance at life and soon after surgery, he enrolled at Bexley Hall Seminary in Gambier, Ohio. Many years later when Bob and I were to be married, we were blessed to have ‘Uncle Harold” officiate our wedding in the chapel of Colgate Rochester Divinity School with which Bexley Hall was then affiliated. And then many years later still, when I entered Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY, I acknowledged that it was at my uncle’s ordination that I first felt my call to ministry. After almost 20 years of social work, lay ministry, community service work and a dozen years of parenthood, I finally enrolled at CRDS and began my journey to ordained ministry. I was ordained in 1993 at the home church of Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman ordained back in 1853, in a suburb of Rochester, NY, by the Genesee Valley Association of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ. I continued to serve churches in the Rochester and Syracuse area until moving to Rockland County 4 years ago to be closer to our adult children and 2 amazing little grandchildren.
I have seen the face of Jesus in children and babies and I have learned more about unconditional love through the eyes of our older and fragile members and been encouraged and received great wisdom from many. Since moving here in 2011, I have been blessed and challenged by learning to play the harp and graduate from an intensive 2+ year training program.
Through my training as a Certified Harp Therapist, I am stretching my ministry and faith journey at Valley Hospital and with local congregations through special Taize and the “Longest Night services” and through healing workshops and retreats. It is such a blessing to be present with folks as they struggle with illnesses and confusion and vulnerability. Through the gift of my little therapy harp., I can share moments of hope, healing, and comfort.
God has truly blessed me over and over again and I am eternally grateful. And now that I have the utmost privilege of being a grandma to my 6 and 4 year old ‘grands’, I thank God every day for them and for the love they share and for the challenges and adventures I hope to share with them in the future. No one knows for sure what God has planned for us, but I look forward to the privilege of sharing together both the good times and the difficult ones as we worship, study, hug, laugh, and cry as the family of faith that is Haworth UCC!
“We’ve come this far by faith, leanin’ on the Lord...”
With a grateful heart and in faith,
Rev. Lauri J. Craig, Pastor