Community Reformed Church
701 Sand Creek Road Colonie New York 518-869-5589
Sunday Drive-In Worship
Reverend Bruce K. Cornwell, Pastor
The Community Reformed Church of Colonie welcomes you. We are a community bound together and energized by faith, love, and commitment to Jesus Christ. And even though you may not yet share that faith, love, and commitment, you are most welcome to be with us, to belong here, to experience what we're about.
Then, if you are attracted and persuaded by what you see and hear,
we hope you'll want to set down roots here long-term.
And even if you don't, you'll always be a friend.
We are concerned for your health and well-being:
the church office will remain closed.
All classes and meetings within our building have been cancelled until further notice.
Colonie Community Day Care
in accordance with New York Pause Guidelines
Drive-In Sunday Worship
For safety we request that attendees remain in their vehicles or sit on grassy areas. Social distancing must be observed and masks are required. Attendees must provide their own lawn chairs.
Parking Attendants will assist in car distancing.
Contact the church office for more information or a full list of drive-in guidelines
Gathering Zoom Devotions:
Tuesday at 4 PM
Thursday at 6:30 PM
To view previously recorded Zoom Sunday Worships:
Community Reformed Youth Ministry:
We ask that donations be made by PayPal (scroll down to app),
direct bank payment, or by mail.
You came near when I called on you;
you said, “Do not fear!”
throughout the summer months
In case of inclement weather,
worship service will be on Zoom only.
Our Sunday service is recorded on Zoom.
Please contact the church office for
Winter Weather Cancellations: If wintry weather mandates the cancellation of church services, a notice will be posted on the School/Business Closings on local television stations and local internet news sites, as well as on this website.
• Community Reformed is a barrier-free facility
• Large print bulletins and hearing assistance devices are available
• All are welcome to stay for coffee and fellowship following every service • Nursery care is available throughout the morning
Getting to know us:
The Community Reformed Church was established in 1966 as an outreach of the First Church in Albany. First Church is the oldest Reformed Church in America church, founded in 1642. Our building sits on the former site of the South Family Farm, part of the first Shaker settlement established in the late 1700's. Our roots run deep.
During our 50-year history, we have had only three pastors: Rev. David Coddington,
Rev. Norm Tellier, and our current pastor Rev. Bruce Cornwell.
The Reformed Church in America, a mainline Protestant denomination, traces its history to the Netherlands and the 15th century Protestant Reformation in Europe - particularly the Swiss Reformation and the reformer John Calvin.
It is the mission of the Community Reformed Church of Colonie to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all of our minds; and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-40)
• Community Reformed Church blends a semi-liturgical style of worship with a contemporary message. Services are creative and may incorporate the many talents of our congregation such as music and drama.
• A bulletin containing the entire service is followed. A star next to a heading indicates that we stand in body or in spirit. Bold italics designates congregational responses. Large print bulletins are also available.
• Communion is celebrated monthly. The elements are served throughout the congregation by our elders and deacons. All are welcome at the table of our Lord. Gluten-free wafers are available.
• Nursery care is provided by church staff for preschool children. Young school-aged children may attend Children in Worship following the Children's Message.
• A coffee hour follows each service and is a time for conversation and fellowship.
September to May
Sunday School: Pre-K through 6th grade Sunday school meets from 8:50 am to 9:40 am.
Nursery care for younger children is provided throughout the morning.
Youth Group: Keep your child involved and connected by having them participate in Youth Group! Youth Group meets approximately 10 times throughout the school year.
Children's Worship: Following the Children's Message, our young people (Pre-K through 2nd grade) meet in the Gathering Room for activities , devotions, and a whole lot of fun.
Confirmation Class and Children at the Lord’s Table classes are offered upon request.
Adults are provided the opportunity to continue their Christian growth. Scripture readings, study lessons, and discussions are integrated to provide a framework for how to live God's word is this modern world. All are welcome!
Adult Sunday School meets weekly on Sundays from 8:50 am to 9:40 am.
Men's Ecumenical Scripture Study meets weekly on Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am.
Saturday Women's Bible Study meets from 9:30 am to 11 am on the first Saturday of the month.
Book Group meets from 7 pm to 9 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Room for All
The Community Reformed Church of Colonie is a Room for All (RfA) congregation. Room for All congregations affirm and welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals, and their families into our lives and the full life of the church. As an RfA congregation, we are committed to working with Reformed Church in America churches nationwide to reform denominational policies to allow full inclusion and to celebrate the diversity of all who worship our Lord. Christ’s door remains open here and there is “room for all.”
Colonie Community Day Care
The Colonie Community Day Care Center is a private, not-for-profit organization under the auspices of the Community Reformed Church. The Day Care Center, founded in 1975, is licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services. The hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The center is open all year.
Prayer Chain: Have a concern for yourself or for someone close to you? Our Prayer Chain is a loving way to share our prayers together as a community. Send requests for those in your life who are in need of God's healing touch.
Prayer Quilt Ministry: We are a chapter of the international organization called “Prayers and Squares” which uses tied quilts as a tangible expression of prayers for someone facing serious challenges. During a worship service, as each knot on a “prayer quilt” is tied, a prayer is said for the recipient. The completed comforter provides a concrete expression of the prayers that have been offered.
Shirley's Shawls: Knitting needles click and fly every third Thursday evening of the month to craft beautiful prayer shawls and lap robes. These have brought comfort and support to so many of our church family and friends.
Meeting every Friday from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm,
Al-Anon is for anyone who has been affected by alcoholism. If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, the Al-Anon program can offer help. Al-Anon began over 50 years ago as "family groups," attended by the families of alcoholics who found sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. Today, Al-Anon/Alateen members are finding serenity and help in our program, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Recovery in Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps (adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous).
Our sanctuary choir provides music for Sunday mornings as well as seasonal holiday worship services. Special music is provided by soloists and instrumentalists throughout the year. Robert LaRocca serves as the Director of Music Ministries for the Community Reformed Church joining the church staff in January 2014. Weekly Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 8:30 am to 9:45 am. New voices (and instrumentalists) are always welcome. Do you have a musical talent you would like to to express? You may join permanently or sing for a season!
Throughout the year, we work with numerous agencies and organizations throughout the Capital District and beyond. The Schulyer Inn Shelter, Colonie Outreach Center, Albany Overflow Shelter, Things of My Very Own, and Reformed Church World Service are just a few organizations that we support.
When our worship is over, our service begins.
Looking to contact us?
Church staff: 518-869-5589
Rev. Bruce K. Cornwell, Pastor
Sarah Huiest, Youth Ministry
Robert LaRocca, Music Ministry
Lori Cote, Church Administrator
Vanessa Kallner, Bookkeeper
Colonie Community Day Care: 518-869-0131
Carol Grasso, Director
Room for All:
Reformed Church in America: