May 26 - No Sunday School. Worship - 10:30.
Summer Worship (9:00am) Begins June 2.
Join us on Wednesdays, at 4:00pm for a new social and personal enrichment series called Soul Food! More »
Get ready to set sail for Vacation Bible School every Sunday in June at 9:00am. Bible adventure awaits "The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything," where solid Bible learning meets VeggieTales fun. More »
The Strawberry Festival is fast approaching -- Saturday, June 15, from 3-8pm. More »
Postcards Available - Save money, postage and the environment while helping to Pay Down the Note! More »
Good News. Conversation and coffee after the morning worship service. The idea is conversation; the mechanism is a light snack accompanied by hot or cold beverage. Plan to join us.
Available EVERY Sunday.
Orders Due March 31.
We are a welcoming and caring Christian community whose purpose is to share the love of God for all those needing food for body and soul.
The Mission Of Bern Reformed United Church Of Christ Is:
- To place God first in our lives.
- To share in God's love and grace through worship.
- To grow and be strengthened through prayer and scriptural studies.
- To accept the joy and cost of discipleship, following Christ's example.
- To be good stewards of who we are and what God has given us, while reaching out to those beyond ourselves to be instruments of peace.
The original church was founded in 1736 and was among the first thirty German Reformed Congregations to be established in Pennsylvania. Near the end of the church's first century of existence, it was joined by a Lutheran Congregation seeking a place to worship. It remained a union church until 1998 when the Lutheran congregation built their own sanctuary to continue its ministry as an individual church.
The two congregations joined to build a church in 1837. This building remained in use until 1917 when the present church was built.
In 1920, the constitution was formulated that governed the life of the two congregations until 1942. In 1942, each congregation began its own work independent of the other.
In 1948 and 1958 the building was expanded. In 2010, the sanctuary was completely renovated and new electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems were installed; bringing the building to its current appearance.
Since 1736, Bern Reformed United Church of Christ has sought to spread God's word through preaching, teaching, and example. Throughout the years we have been active in many local mission endeavors. Activities include the Crop Walk, Berks Soup Kitchen, Berks Women In Crisis, and the Rainbow Home. The congregation also participates in God's work in many other ways.
Bern UCC In The News
On November 28, 2012, the historic home of a member of the congregation, Jim Beidler, was featured in the Reading Eagle.
In September 2011, we celebrated our 275th Anniversary. The Reading Eagle
promoted the event.
Articles From The Reading Eagle Archives
July 6, 2007: Genealogy Writing Wins Award.
October 30, 1998: Bern Church Celebrates Final Union Service.
December 21, 1985: Bern Church Publishes History.
June 7, 1975: Bern Church Paintings.
August 4, 1930: Rev M L Herbein's 25th Anniversary.
Channel 69 Time Train Segment
Become A Member
Christian Baptism is required of all members of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. The UCC believes that if you have been baptized, no matter in which denomination, one baptism is sufficient.
Confirmation is a period of instruction in the fundamentals of the Christian faith for youth twelve years of age or older.
Adults receive instruction based on the needs of the individual, and are received into the church through letter of transfer or by profession of faith.
Who We Are
The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations, the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. Each of these in turn was the result of a union of two earlier denominations.
The Congregational Churches trace their roots to the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony (1629). The Reformed church in the United States traces its roots to the congregations of German settlers in Pennsylvania founded from 1725 on.
The Christian Churches sprang up in the late 1700's with connections to the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches. The Evangelical Synod of North America began as an association of German Evangelical pastors in Missouri, founded in 1841.
Through the years, other groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Armenians, Hungarians, and Hispanic Americans joined to make the history of the United Church of Church.
What We Believe
Christian - By our very name we declare ourselves to be a part of the body of Christ - the Christian Church. We continue to the witness of the early disciples to the reality and power of the crucified and risen Christ, Jesus of Nazareth.
Reformed - We confess the authority of one God. We affirm the primacy of the scripture, and the priesthood of all believers, and the principle of Christian freedom. We celebrate two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).
Congregational - The basic unit of the church is the local congregational. The local congregation exists in covenantal relationships with others to form larger structures to carry on Christ's work.
Evangelical - The primary task of the church is the proclamation of the good news of God's love revealed with power in Jesus Christ. We gather each Sunday for the worship of God and each week we engage in the service of humankind.