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Worship Service FAQs
When are the worship services?
8:45 and 10:30 AM during the program year, which corresponds to the school year
9:30 AM during the summer
Please see the Worship Calendar for exceptions to the regular schedule.
Each service lasts approximately one hour.
What are worship services like?
Our Sunday morning services blend traditional and more contemporary elements to connect us with our past while remaining relevant in the present. We hold a progressive theology and practice an open-minded faith that embraces spiritual growth, learning and reason. Sermons are rooted in the biblical story while seeking to draw connections of meaning and guidance to our lives today.
Where can I find out who’s preaching?
Our News and Events page lists the scripture reading, the sermon title, and the pastor.
Do children participate in worship?
Yes. At the 8:45 service, children start each Sunday in the Sanctuary with their families. After the Children’s Sermon, they go to Church School or remain in the Sanctuary.
At the 10:30 service and during the summer, children ages 3-10 remain in the Sanctuary. We provide books and quiet activities in our Family Worship Area to engage children in the morning lesson in age-appropriate ways.
Throughout the year, childcare is available for young children.
I’ve never been to a church like First Congregational. Will I know what’s going on?
You are not alone—people in our congregation come from a variety of faith backgrounds, including none at all. Although we are a Christian church, we are truly an interfaith congregation in our experiences. When you visit for worship, pick up a copy of the Sunday bulletin from an usher and just follow along. If you would like a tour of the church before or after worship, we are happy to show you around.
Can I participate in Communion?
Yes. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We believe that God’s Communion table is open; all are welcome to partake of the elements. The bread served is gluten free.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. You’ll see people wearing everything from jeans to suits.
What kind of music will I hear in worship services?
First Congregational offers spirited and artful music in a wide variety of styles ranging from traditional hymns to world music and jazz.
Does First Congregational welcome the LGBTQ community?
Yes. As an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational offers an unqualified welcome to all. We hold an attitude of inclusiveness that embraces diversity wherever we find it. We honor and value each person as God created them without attempting to “fix” or “change” them, and we have been privileged to celebrate same-gender weddings at our church for several decades.
Do I have to be a member?
No. You are welcome to participate in the life of the church whether or not you are a member. For those wishing to become members, we offer one-day Membership Exploration classes several times each year. These classes, led by our staff and church members, provide information about the church and the United Church of Christ.
How large is the church?
About 1400 individuals claim membership in this community of faith. On average, 423 people attend worship weekly, and 137 children attend Church School each week.
What Bible is used in worship?
In worship, we use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is written in modern English and favors inclusive language. Our fourth graders receive the Good News Bible, a translation that is accessible to children and those who are learning English. The Message, which draws from the direct, casual English used in our daily lives, is also a meaningful translation. If you are looking for a study Bible, please contact our pastors for a recommendation that meets your needs.