If you are interested in becoming a member of First Church, please speak to the pastor or call the church office. Your decision to join is all that is required; however, an orientation session is held twice a year to help your decision about church membership. If you are interested in baptism for your child or yourself, please call the church office to arrange a consultation.
We take our religious education seriously. First Church is known as a teaching church throughout the state. Our leadership in this field has produced curriculum that has been used nationally by churches in our denomination. We are innovators of the “Learning Community” concept. This is generational based learning that spans the lifetime of our members. Our Learning Community begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, September to May.
We believe that the primary Christian educators are parents, and we are dedicated to giving them the skills to accomplish their tasks. Ongoing parenting programs are offered, and inter-generational experiences are encouraged.
First Church performs the Rite of Marriage for couples completing pre-marital counseling with the pastor, at least four months prior to the wedding date. The Meeting Hall is available for rental, as is the garden gazebo for summer outdoor weddings. Please call the church office for availability.
First Congregational UCC has a rich music tradition. In addition to the music that enhances the Sunday morning worship experience, there have also been special music presentations which include a Christmas and Easter cantata, and a Spaghetti & Song evening in Spring. The Chancel Choir is open to those adults who enjoy singing and wish to be part of a choral group. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. in the Meeting Hall. The Fire Choir for kindergarten through 7th graders rehearses after church on Sundays. The Director of Music will happily provide information.
Part of our mission is to provide comfortable meeting space for community groups to use. Non-profit organizations who use our facility are Rainbow Kids, 4H, LaLeche League, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. For-profit corporations or individuals are invited to use our facilities for a nominal rental charge as well. Some of our facility highlights are:
- Large rear screen projection system connected to the Internet, or presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint. ** Ideal for large group presentations and training sessions.
- Our Meeting Hall, equipped with round tables and chairs, can accommodate groups of 200 persons. Break-out rooms are also available.
- An intimate Fireside Room room can host 18 persons around a large conference table.
- Caterer-friendly kitchen facilities.
- Immediate accessibility to audio, video, and computer capabilities.
- Handicapped accessible to all areas of the building.
If you wish to inquire about usage availability and the fee structure, call the church office during business hours, Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at (920) 893-3411.