We Welcome You

Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome and appreciated for who you are. The best way to find out about our congregation and this opportunity for you is to visit and observe.

Please accept our invitation to worship with us on any Sunday morning or visit our grounds.  Visitors and congregants alike can enjoy meditation on our labyrinth and a walk in our memorial grounds.

We are a warm and caring community of faith, centrally located on picturesque Sanibel Island.  Welcome!

--The members and staff of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ

Office Hours:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Weekdays




Members of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ invite residents and visitors alike to join them on the last Sunday before the Lenten season with two special celebrative services in the spirit of Mardi Gras.  The services will be held at 9:00 and 11:00 AM on Sunday, February 15.  Both services will feature the Blue Dirt Dixieland Jazz Band as well as balloons and beads!.

In many parts of the world, the days or weeks before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, are observed as festive times, most notably in New Orleans where Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is marked by parades and parties.

Mardi Gras was a time for cleaning out all the fats before the Lenten time of fasting.  Hence the name, Fat Tuesday.

The Blue Dirt Dixieland Jazz Band is a traditional New Orleans-style band made up of musicians from Southwest Florida.  The players include:  Phil Blanchette, trumpet; Dave Killkelly, clarinet; Howard Bacon, trombone; Judy Harrington, piano; Dave Thornton, tuba; Jim Welch, banjo, and Tom Cooley, drums. The band’s name comes from a term used for especially fine soil in the Deep South, said to be so palatable that it is sometimes eaten like candy!

The public is invited attend either service. For further information call the church office at 239-472-0497.


We offer a biblical studies course on Tuedays at 10:00 AM.  The weekly sessions will focus on the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas.  The course will be taught by the congregation's Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner. The Gospel of John is chronologically the last of the four gospels in the New Testament.  Dramatically different than the other three canonical gospels, Matthew Mark and Luke, John is the source of some of the most familiar stories about Jesus as well as some of his most famous sayings. 

The Gospel of Thomas is not found in the New Testament and is one of the roughly fifty gospels to have been written in the first two centuries of Christianity.  Thomas is sometimes referred to as a Gnostic Gospel, and is largely composed of sayings of Jesus. Participants are invited to bring a Bible, though copies of the text to be studied each day will be available.  The course will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall, which is located in the church complex at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.  It is free and open to the public.  For further information call the church office at 239-472-0497.



Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ will be hosting a special three-week course, "Songs of the Heart:  Spirituals and Folk Music in Jewish and Christian Traditions," Wednesdays, February 4, 11 and 25.  Identical sessions will be offered at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM.  The course will explore African-American spirituals, klezmer music, the contributions of the Taize community in France, Shaker chants and other music rooted in the common life of various people of faith.

The course will be co-taught by the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner and Dr. Douglas Renfroe.

Dr. Renfroe, an internationally known musician, resides in Ft. Myers, Florida. He has been Cantor and Music Director at Temple Bat Yam on Sanibel Island since 200.  He served as Artistic Director of Moorings Capital Opera in Naples, and was Adjunct Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Edison College.  He is in demand as a soloist throughout the United States and Canada, and is listed in the 1980 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and the 2004 edition of Who’s Who in America for his outstanding achievements in the performing arts.  In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from University of California.

Dr. Danner lives on Sanibel, and is the Senior Pastor here at the church .  His PhD in Religious Studies (Church History) is from Boston University.  He also studied voice under Barbara McClosky at Bradford College.  Dr. Danner has contributed materials to two collections of liturgical resources Touch Holiness and From the Psalms to the Cloud.

Abbey Allison, pianist, will assist in presenting the course.  Ms. Allison serves as pianist for Temple Bat Yam and works as the assistant director at the Sanibel Historical Village.

The public is invited.  The church is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.  For further information call the church office at 239-472.0497.



ART CLOSING RECEPTION WITH DOOR PRIZES:Help support the scholarship fund of the Sanibel Christian Preschool by joining us at the closing Wine and Hors d’ouvers Reception for the 2nd Annual Don Rogowsky and Friends Silent Art Auction on Saturday, January 31 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.  Tickets are $20.00 and include the reception of a variety of wines and hour d’ouvers, a final chance to bid on the Silent Auction items as well as entry into the door prize drawing.  Door Prizes include a one night-two day stay at the Sundial Resort on Sanibel.  A 4 day 3 night stay in a Luxury, 4 BR 4 Bath Log Cabin in the heart of the Smokey Mountains, Tennessee will also be awarded. Local watercolor artist Jim Bird’s painting, “Labyrinth”, valued at $1800 will also go home with one lucky person .  McCallion and McCallion Realty will offer a free home staging to another ticket buyer.  Other prizes are a “Pamper Yourself” package of gift certificates for services at Tribeca Salon, Island Winds Salon and Spatini Spa and a gift certificate and items from the Ickle Pickle.  You don’t have to be present to win. You can also bid at the Silent Art Auction will start Sunday, January 25 and run through the closing reception on the 31st.  Art pieces up for bidding include a ceramic piece by Augusta Crane, a watercolor painting by local artist Jim Bird entitled “Church Bench” and a piece by Phil Hilton.    Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ will be open Sunday, January 25 from 7:45am to 1pm, and Monday January 26 through Friday January 30.  The public is welcome to contact the church office at 472-0497 for hours during the week or to come during other scheduled events at the church. Winning bidders will be contacted.  Sanibel Christian Preschool seeks to provide a warm, safe and welcoming environment for preschool children of all backgrounds. Our scholarship fund is an important part of our mission, as the school seeks to offer quality and loving education especially to those who might otherwise not be able to afford one.  Currently 50% of our students receive scholarship assistance.  As a ministry of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, the school works on the basic assumption that each student is a beloved child of God.  The school offers a developmentally appropriate program which nurtures the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and artistic needs of each student.  Sanibel Christian Preschool is open to students from all backgrounds. For tickets to the Wine and Hors D’oevers Reception on January 31 or for more information about the Silent Auction, please call 239-472-0497 or see us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SanibelChristianPreschool.







Sign up now for “Shine!” at  Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ’, our Wednesday after school  program for Preschoolers and K-5th graders. Beginning August 27  “Shine!” meets Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm on Wednesdays August through May, with drop-off time beginning at 2:30pm.  During the hour for drop-off we provide a snack, time for free play on our playground, or a quiet area for students to begin homework or other quiet activities. The Registration fee is $65.00 per child, maximum of $130.00 per family for the complete school year.  Scholarships are available.  Starting at 3:30pm Associate Pastor Deb Kunkel lead’s the kids with fun and activities as they discover how God’s love shines both on us and through us to others.  Preschoolers join Mrs. D (Judi Daugherty) to enjoy their own activities. We use faith and Bible lessons, arts and crafts, games, devotions, music, service projects and more!  There will also be special “guests” from our church family and from the community who will share ways to live out their faith and love from God in everyday life with the children. The program is open to the public and children of all backgrounds are welcomed.  To help make it a little easier for tight family schedules, we offer an optional “Pizza Club” at 5:00pm.  The whole family- older and younger siblings as well as parents are welcome to join us for dinner!  There is no charge, but freewill donations are accepted to help us with costs.  Take advantage of our “free trial period” on August 27, September 3 and 10.  Register your child, let them try it for three weeks, and THEN if you want them to continue, pay the $65.00 registration fee for the year.  If transportation is needed, we have parents willing to drive other students along with theirs to and from the program. Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, directly across from Periwinkle Place.  To register, see the link to the registration form below, or stop by the church office.  For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to help, contact the church at 472-0497. 








Join us on Sundays at 7:45 AM Chapel; 9:00AM & 11:00 Full Service, with Sunday School and nursery care provided.

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Call the church for more information (239) 472-0497                                                                  






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Sanibel Congregational
United Church of Christ

2050 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone: 239-472-0497
Fax: 239-472 -5939
Email: office@sanibelucc.org

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