Welcome to Groton Community Church (United Church of Christ)

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! Jesus didn't reject anyone. Neither do we.

About Us


Who We Are and What We Believe

We believe  that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the sacred and the oneness and unity of all life.

We affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the sacredness and wonders of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey.

We seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to: 

  • conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, 
  • believers and agnostic's, 
  • women and men, 
  • those of all sexual orientation and gender identites, 
  • those of all classes and abilities.

We know that the way we behave toward one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.

We find grace in the search for understanding, and believe that there is more value in questioning than in absolutes. 

We strive for peace and justice among all people.

We strive to protect and restore the integrity of our earth.

We commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.


Our History, Our Building, and Our Windows

The Groton Community Church came about in 1967 as a result of the merger of three Village congregations--the Groton Baptist Church, the Groton Methodist Church, and the Groton Congregational Church. The historic building which is our home is the old Groton Baptist Church building, constructed in 1807. (And as the old Baptist church building, it has a baptismal tank for full immersion baptisms in the front of the sanctuary!) The beautiful stained glass windows in our sanctuary tell the story of Jesus as depicted in the Gospels. in 2005-2006, the church was renovated, with the addition of wheelchair accessible ramps and bathrooms, and the church and the parsonage were connected.

Our Pastor

Pastor Chris Xenakis is a United Church of Christ minister and a retired United States Navy Chaplain. He came to Groton Community Church in 2008, after serving churches and the Navy in Binghamton, N.Y., Virginia Beach, Va., Washington D.C., Jacksonville, N.C., Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Oakland, Calif., Bullhead City Az., Portland, Ore., Dallas Tex., San Bernardino, Calif., and Chicago, Ill. 

Today, after more than 35 years of living a tumbleweed existence, Chris says he is tired of moving, and is delighted to be with us, here in Groton!

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Better yet, see us in person!

We love our friends and neighbors in Groton Village (and surrounding communities, including Locke, Moravia, Cortland, Dryden, Ithaca, and Lansing), so please join us for Sunday Worship, or feel free to visit us during the week!.

Groton Community Church (United Church of Christ)

204 East Cortland Street, Groton, NY 130735, US

(607) 898-3100


Sunday Worship   9:30 a.m.

Weekdays by appointment