It takes some courage to visit a new church for the first time. We would love for you to join us in worship anytime. To make things a bit easier, we offer this brief response to Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional wonderings during the service, please ask the usher or anyone nearby!
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at First Christian UCC.
We welcome all no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, identity/expression, ability, or economic status. Whether you've never stepped foot in a church building, or you have been attending all your life, you are welcome to be a part of our community of faith!
If you have any questions about the service, please feel free to speak with the ushers or talk with the pastor during fellowship hour, which immediately follows the worship service most Sundays.
That varies somewhat from Sunday to Sunday. Generally speaking our worship service lasts 50-60 minutes.
An usher will provide you with a bulletin that describes our order of worship which includes prayers, songs, music and a sermon. We use a hymnal for our songs.
You can sit anywhere. Some people sit in the same place each week, but they usually arrive early, and will be happy to share a pew with you.
On most Sundays we have a wonderful Fellowship Time following worship, with refreshments and conversation.
We would love to have you join us!
The United Church of Christ! We are a relatively young denomination, created out of mergers of 4 smaller protestant groups, but our history spans five centuries, back to the Puritan days in New England. Our churches are independent, but bound together by covenant. Today the UCC speaks of offering An Extravagant Welcome to all.
Yes. Towards the end of the hour, an offering is collected. We do not expect visitors to contribute although gifts are always welcome.
If the plate comes to you – feel free to just pass it on.
As with most things at First Christian, we’re diverse. You will see some folk in very casual clothes and some in “going to Meeting” outfits; so come as you feel most comfortable.
Your children are welcome to stay with you throughout the worship time. We love having families & young ones with us during worship & enjoy a "joyful noise" during worship!
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST….
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house! All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Service and actions of the pastor, ushers, choir, etc.
Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave the service with your child, please feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me”
Remember the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH
The presence of children is a gift to the church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing. Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.