Programs and Ministries
Being Christian isn’t just about what we do on Sunday mornings; it’s about what we do—and who we are—all the time. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, we have a variety of programs and ministries for people of all ages.
Many of our programs are seasonal, going for a span of a couple of months and then taking a break. Take a look at our calendar to see what is happening now!
At First Congregational United Church of Christ, we believe that the Bible is the authoritative witness to the Word of God. We take the Bible seriously enough to believe that it contains God’s message to the community of faith. We also take the Bible seriously enough to acknowledge the human influences that it reflects, and to take the time to study the histories and cultures that shaped it. We encourage our members to read the Bible on their own, to listen to the words of scripture in worship, and to join together in study.
Bible studies at First Congregational United Church of Christ on a particular story (or set of stories), a certain theme, or the readings of a particular season. We invite you to join us to learn more about the exciting library that is the Bible.
Occasionally, we gather together to read a book and talk about it. Recent book studies have included Rachel Held Evans’s Searching for Sunday and Amy Hollingsworth’s The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, and we hope to have a study of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race soon. Be sure to join us for our next reading group!
We practice infant baptism in the United Church of Christ. That means that parents or guardians make the baptismal promises on behalf of their children. Confirmation is an opportunity for our young people to claim those promises as their own. It is the day when they become full members of the church and of our congregation.
Confirmation is also a class that those young people take to prepare. It includes classroom instruction, independent study, and work with parents and mentors. Classroom time is also open to anyone who would like a refresher on the topics that we cover.
Confirmation classes for 2020-21 are open to everyone starting on September 20, 2020. Come and join our confirmands to learn about our Christian faith, the United Church of Christ, and our local church. Here’s the schedule for our fall classes:
- September 20, 2020: Faith in the United Church of Christ
- September 27, 2020: Overview of the Bible
- October 4, 2020: Overview of the Old Testament
- October 11, 2020: Overview of the New Testament
- October 18, 2020: God, Christ, and Spirit
- October 25, 2020: Sin
- November 1, 2020: Reconciliation and Sanctification
The Crafty Stitchers sew quilts and other items for local, national, and international missions. Sewing experience is helpful, but not required.
Faith in Motion
Faith in motion brings young people together for learning, fellowship, and physical activity. Youth spend part of each session exploring a theme and learning about core Christian values. They spend the rest of each session playing games—like volleyball or dodgeball—and learning how they can practice those values in sports.
We usually run two to three series of Faith in Motion each year, with each series being made up of six to eight sessions. Sessions are held for 2nd-4th graders and for 5th-7th graders.
High School Youth Group
Our high school youth group meets for fellowship and conversation one Sunday morning a month after worship.
Learning to Use My Bible
Every year, we give our third grade students their own copies of the Bible (and their parents some guidebooks to help them talk about the Bible with their kids). Learning to Use My Bible is a six-week class for those third graders that helps them gain basic Biblical literacy using a fun hands-on approach.
Sunday School is a great opportunity for our younger friends to learn about God with their peers and our helpful volunteers. Our Sunday School meets for two to three series of classes each year, with each series running for four to six class sessions. We use curricula from Illustrated Ministry.