Welcome to Bay Shore Church
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here. It doesn’t matter what experiences you’ve had or what questions you have. No matter what beliefs you hold, or who you love, you’re welcome here. Really!
Experience the life-changing presence of God
Every week, we seek to provide opportunities for you to experience the life-changing presence of God, connect with encouraging people, and leave ready to make a difference.
We are a people—
We are a people UNITED IN CHRIST.
In a world that divides, we will be different by being defined by what unites us. We are all children of a loving and gracious God.
We are a people FOR ALL PEOPLE.
All means all. We are for people who are like us and those who aren’t. “All people” includes our neighbor. All people includes the LGBTQ community and all people includes the next generation.
We are a people BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY.
We, as Jesus followers, are actively rebuilding, restoring, and renewing the lives of broken people in our community and around the world.
What we are (especially) known for
Bay Shore Church is a safe place to grow: large enough to provide excellent programs and small enough for you to feel like you are at home–right where you belong.
- Inspiring messages for everyday living
- Beautiful music
- Service to the community
- Spiritual growth opportunities
- Friendly groups
- Progressive theology
- LGBTQ inclusive
- Care for our members in need
- Donuts after church!
A beacon to the community.
Bay Shore Community Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Long Beach, California, is known around the Belmont Shore area as Bay Shore Church. We’ve been a beacon of hope on the shore since 1925 because we elicit vibrant worship, thought-provoking education, and opportunities for fellowship and service. We are a diverse community that cherishes freedom of thought. We respect, therefore, that each person walks a unique spiritual path. So, our goal is to help each other out on our spiritual journeys.
Faith that makes a difference
One of the hallmarks of Bay Shore Church is a bond of union that gets to the heart of a faith that we aspire to live out in the real world.
Our Bond of Union
A Congregational Church
When we offer a welcome to Bay Shore Church in Long Beach, California, you will be excited to know you are being welcomed into a church that controls its own decisions and destiny. The congregation decides its own beliefs, practices, processes, hires its own pastors, and discerns its mission.
As an autonomous body, our church in Long Beach, California covenants with the United Church of Christ, a welcoming, justice-minded community of faith. This covenant helps us accomplish more for mission and ministry then we could do on our own. The UCC provides tremendous resources for our congregation such as Pilgrim Pines Camp and inspirational daily devotionals.
Since we are stronger together, we choose to affiliate with 6,300 UCC churches and 1.6 million members across the country who share similar values and beliefs. The United Church of Christ is an LGBTQ friendly, Open and Affirming (ONA) denomination that believes God is still speaking and active in transforming lives today. We are ecumenical in spirit and embody a spirituality:
- Where God is all-loving and inclusive
- Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
- Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
- Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
- Where together we grow a just and peaceful world