It takes some courage to visit a new church for the first time. Many questions might go through your mind. So to make things a bit easier, we offer this brief response to Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional wonderings during the service, feel free to ask someone nearby or one of the ushers. We are grateful when newcomers visit – and sincerely hope to see you soon.
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.
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. Also on most Sundays we have a wonderful Fellowship Time following worship, with refreshments and conversation. We would love to have you join us!
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 young ones with us during our time together. If your child is under the age of 5, there is a nursery available staffed by an experienced child care worker. Feel free to ask an usher or someone sitting close to you how to find the nursery. Our church building is a bit of a maze.