Worship is a central part of our life at First Congregational United Church of Christ. It is a time for us to come together as a community, learn from the scriptures, and praise the living God. Whether you’re already a member, looking for a new church home, or thinking about church for the first time, we hope you’ll join us this Sunday morning!
Frequently Asked Questions
Our church building is at 520 E. 11th Street in DeWitt, Iowa. That’s right across the street from the Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center.
The church has ample parking to the east of the building and wrapping around the back.
We usually hold worship in the sanctuary.
The church’s main entrance is under an awning on the church’s east side (right off the main parking lot). If you enter through those doors, the sanctuary will be on your left.
Sunday worship begins at about 9:30am. It usually lasts just under an hour.
Other worship services — like those held on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, or Good Friday — are usually held in the evening. Information about special services can be found on our calendar, news page, or social media channels.
Our worship services follow a ‘traditional’ format. Sometimes, there are variations, but the order of service usually go something like this:
- Welcome and announcements from our pastor and the congregation
- A responsive call to worship
- Passing the peace
- Scripture readings
- A time with our younger worshippers
- A sermon that connects the readings to our daily lives
- Prayers of the people and the Lord’s prayer
- An offering
- A benediction
The services is punctuated with hymns and special music.
On Sundays when there is a communion, there will also be an introduction to the table, a prayer of confession and assurance of pardon, sharing of the elements, and a prayer of thanksgiving.
We offer communion on the first Sunday of each month and at some special worship services. Communion includes bread (gluten free bread is also available), as well as wine and grape juice.
We take communion by intinction. During the sharing of the elements, people in the congregation come down the center aisle, take a piece of bread, dip it in the cup of their choice, eat, and return to their seats by the side aisle. The people serving communion will be sure to go to anyone who is unable to come to the front of the sanctuary.
Our communion table is open. You do not need to be a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in order to partake. Children are also welcome to participate in communion.
Children are part of our worshipping community. If parents wish, our nursery staff will care for children under five years of age. For older children, special bulletins and busy bags are available. We really don’t mind if you feel the need to walk around with your child during the service!
The entire church building, including restrooms and the chancel (the area at the front of the sanctuary) are wheelchair accessible.
Hearing assistance devices are available on a table at the back of the sanctuary.
In general, we use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This version of the Bible is used in worship in many Protestant denominations and is widely preferred by scholars.
We usually use the New Century Hymnal, which is a common hymnal in the United Church of Christ. When we draw hymns from other sources, they will be printed in the bulletin and/or projected on the screen at the front of the sanctuary.