"What to expect when you return to church..."
The sanctuary was cleaned in August by Stanley Steemer, that includes the upholstered seating.
All frequently touched services will be cleaned after each service with CDC approved cleaning products that we have purchased.
There will be a sign-up sheet for volunteers to perform this cleaning protocol each week.
All cleaning procedures must be documented and available for inspection by the health department.
You must wear a mask when you enter the building.
There will be a log of attendees each Sunday, both regulars and visitors. This will contain date, name, and contact info to be used for tracing purposes only.
Unfortunately, there will be no congregating before or after the service inside the church. Please observe social distancing when outside in parking lot.
When you enter the Narthex, there is a touchless automatic hand sanitizer for your use. Masks and gloves will be available if needed.
Due to social distancing, only every other pew will be available.
Family members or those that come together can sit together, but please social distance from others.
All the hymnals, Bibles, envelopes etc. have been removed from the pews.
If you choose, you can remove your mask when the service starts.
If you need to move about during the service you will be required to have your mask on.
There will be no paper bulletins, the service will be projected.
There will be no singing, but we will have music. The choir will not be performing.
There will be no collection plates passed. A basket near the entry of the sanctuary is where you will put your envelopes and donations.
Certain areas in the church will be closed off for use. Those will be marked "church staff only".
Sunday School from 9:15 to 10am. We are handicap accessible.
SERENITY MEMORIAL GARDEN!
It will feature, in addition to bushes, plants, and bench(s), etc., engraved bricks given in memory or in honor of loved ones. it will be a continuing project...so more can be added at any time.
Memorial Garden Engraved Brick Order Forms are available in the Narthex for single and multiple orders.
Pricing $50 each per 4"x 8" brick.
Any inquiries please call church office at
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OUR MANY MISSIONS
Collamer United Church is involved in many community missions:
We have made up Survivor Kits to be distributed
to the homeless that you see on the street corners.
These contain water, granola bar, toiletries,
handwarmers, hat and socks.
Once a month a visit is made to
Sunnyside Adult Home to celebrate
We provide cupcakes and fellowship.
We have a bank set up for donations
of spare change that supports
Ronald McDonald House.
We collect food donations that we donate
to St. Matthew's food bank which serves
the East Syracuse area.
Every year in conjunction with the
ESM School district we provide Christmas gifts
to three needy families.
In the Spring and Fall we participate in the
highway cleanup program on a one mile
portion of Fly Road.
190 Years Ago…
The first roots of Collamer United Church were planted in 1828 when a Methodist Circuit rider, Rev. Seth Young, visited the little cluster of houses known as Britton’s Settlement. His purpose was to gather the Christian people together and form them into a class, which was the custom of the early Methodists in communities that were not strong enough to support a church.
A tavern, a blacksmith shop and a few houses (scarcely more than cabins built of logs) constituted Britton’s Settlement. Only five months after the class was formed, a subscription for the erection of a church, was started. The building was started in 1829, but not completed until two years later.
Methodist church as it stood in front
of the cemetary on Route 298.
(a house stands there now.)
The Presbyterian Church was formed some 14 years later in 1842 by the Rev. Richard Cleveland (father of future US President, Grover Cleveland.) The building was erected in 1843 at a cost of $600.00 One of the founders was Orlando Spencer, (great, great grandfather of current members Lois Hale Klein and Carol Featherly Gilkey.)
Presbyterian Church as it stood on
what is now the corner of
Law Dr. and Route 298.
The Methodist and Presbyterian churches were an important part of the village that eventually became known as Collamer. Spiritual growth was accomplished individually as well as jointly through combined services and religious education in the little two room cobblestone elementary school house, (which, by-the-way is still standing: it is the house at the corner of Loucks Rd. and Rte. 298 across from Collamer Stop and Shop.)
As the years went on, it became evident that our needs would be better served by uniting. Collamer United Church was formed on October 17, 1974 following congregational voting in both denominations.
Nineteen years later, on July 18, 1993, ground was broken for our new building at 6865 Fly Rd. The first service was held on June 5, 1994.