We gather every Sunday for worship at 10:45 A.M. This is the best place to get to know us and become part of us. Our Sunday Worship is probably best characterized as “warm formal.” We value a wide variety of the traditions of Christian worship—its rich heritage of music and ritual patterns. We also value community and connection, sharing our concerns and joys as we gather and as we pray.
To extend the community we nourish in worship, Fellowship Hour follows worship each Sunday, with coffee, juice, and other treats. If you are new among us, don’t worry that you won’t know anybody—it’s our job to welcome you and introduce ourselves, and most weeks we do a pretty good job of that. Try it, you’ll like it!
We seek to be intentionally inclusive in worship, especially in our use of language for God and for God’s people. We value the presence of all ages in worship—though young children have the option of participating in “Extended Session” age-appropriate activities during the latter portion of worship. Nursery care is also provided for infants and toddlers.
As a church, we particularly value the proclamation of the Word—usually through a sermon, but also through art, music, and drama on occasion. On the first Sunday of each month, our worship includes the celebration of Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper. In this simple ritual meal of bread and cup, we remember the last meal of Jesus with his disciples, and we “re-member” ourselves— reconnecting with the Body of Christ, the church.
We practice open communion. This is the table of Christ, not of this church. All are welcomed and encouraged to join the sharing of communion at Christ's Table, regardless of age or tradition, for it is this meal that binds us, different as we are, together.
When is the service? Where do I park?
Our worship is at 10:45 am every Sunday and typically lasts about an hour. Our parking lot is located next to the church at 700 Poyntz Ave. Street parking is also available.
What should I wear?
Please wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable. There is no dress code at First Congregational and you will find members and guests in a range of attire, from “Sunday best” to casual wear.
What can I expect during the worship service?
Our worship services typically include elements of music, prayer, reflection, scripture reading, an offering, and a sermon. We take part in communion on the first Sunday of every month (open to all). On communion Sundays, we welcome contributions to the Second Helping ministry.
Worshiping with Children?
Children of all ages also are welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their caregivers during the church service. We offer a Pray Ground in the back of our sanctuary - a developmentally-appropriate space for children and their caregivers to worship with us. Nursery care is also available for infants and toddlers, if caregivers prefer. Older children can choose to participate in Kids Worship, which offers a parallel worship experience following the "Word For Children" moment during church service. Caregivers can pick up children after the church service upstairs. Our childcare staff are First Aid and CPR certified.
Is Sunday School offered?
Yes! Sunday School for preschool, elementary, youth, and adults is held at 9:30 am each Sunday when public schools are in session.
We seek to welcome all people. If you have a special need or are wondering about accessibility, please feel free to contact us before your first visit so we can make sure to accomodate your needs.