Discovering La Jolla Churches

An important part of many people’s day to day lives is spirituality, religion and being a part of a church. If you are traveling or even relocating to a new city, it may be important for you to find a church to attend right away. There are so many reasons why attending church can be a great experience from enjoying the singing and worship time to the camaraderie with the other attendees. La Jolla is unquestionably a Southern California town, but you will find that there are still a number of La Jolla churches that offer a small town feel and cater to various denominations and religions.

A church can help create a sense of community and closeness among its members as well as the general public. There are usually various holiday celebrations, community events, volunteering opportunities and many other activities to participate in or lend a helping hand. If you are thinking about visiting a new church and possibly becoming a member, it is a good idea to visit their website to get a feel for it beforehand. You might have a coworker or family member who attends a church you’re interested in, so you can talk to them about it and see if it sounds like a good fit for you and your family.

The following are only a few of the popular churches in the La Jolla area:

The La Jolla Lutheran Church’s philosophy is simple. They teach what the Bible says and then allow you to form your own thoughts about it. Their main theme throughout worship and the service itself is that God loves you. When you arrive you will see all ages gathered together and socializing. And for the younger members of your family there is Sunday school offered at the same time as the regular church service. There is also no dress code so wear what makes you feel comfortable. They meet Sundays at 9:30 am.

The La Jolla Presbyterian Church centers around 4 core values which are nurturing, equipping, going and celebrating. They are a church that values a relationship with God and with each other. They offer 3 service times with 2 traditional services and 1 contemporary service. There are also Sunday school classes and nursery care available.

Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church is simplistic and beautiful. They offer several mass times throughout the week, and even offer Spanish mass as well. Mary Star of the Sea teaches the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, which is the restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the church. It is a journey of faith for those seeking information and also hoping to enter into the Catholic Church.

St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church welcomes everyone, regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey. Their services are traditional and they encourage everyone to come together in prayer and worship. They offer Sunday school for children as well. There are many children’s events throughout the year such as a Christmas pageant and Bible Drama Camp.

The La Jolla Community Church has 2 identical Sunday services with refreshments in between. Children’s Sunday school is offered during both times as well. Their vision is simple: to equip people to love and serve Jesus Christ. The church body consists of a diverse group of people coming together through discovering Jesus Christ.

La Jolla has so much to offer its residents and visitors, including churches appropriate for your spiritual needs no matter what they might be. There are also many places to worship if you are of another religion. Take the time to explore all of your different options when you are in La Jolla. You will definitely find the church that’s right for you and your family.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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