Sunday mornings at First Church weave together celebration, education and community connection.
At 10 am we gather in the Sanctuary for a service that weaves together powerful and uplifting choral and organ music, hymns both traditional and contemporary, insightful preaching, scripture shared in a variety of ways and elements of community life and service. The service is about an hour and fifteen minutes long.
Preaching is highly valued at First Church. The Senior Ministry Molly Baskette and the other ministers on the staff preach regularly along with occasional guests. We have been honored to host members of the national setting of the United Church of Christ in our pulpit.
The Sanctuary is large, open and full of light. It is often graced by banners that speak through color and design. We use two different hymnals to support a wide range of congregational singing. The Sanctuary Choir, which is open to any singers who are interested, sings most Sundays between September and May. Vocalists and instrumentalists of all sorts share their special gifts with us.
We celebrate communion during the service on the first Sunday of the month and all are invited to the table. Communion is offered on all other Sundays after the service in the Chancel for those who choose to gather.
Classes for children grouped by age are offered during the 10 am service. The classes weave together progressive Christian education, spiritual awareness and development, peace and justice issues, and community connection. Children are given a variety of ways to interact and explore. Children go to the Sanctuary with their parents, then after the first part of the service, they leave with adult leaders for classes divided into three levels: preschool/kindergarten, 1st-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade. Parents pick up their children right after the service in their classrooms.
Childcare for the youngest ones is also available in the Nursery (in Loper Chapel). If your child stays with you during the service and needs to move around or make noise, you are free to sit with them in the Hall of Entrance where you will still be able to see and hear the service.
After the 10 am service we offer a Learning Hour with opportunities for both intergenerational and adult education.
Adult Education programs are also presented on a variety of topics. Special speakers from both within and outside the congregation often provide presentations.
After the service we gather outside the Sanctuary or in the Hall of Entrance for a time of food and community connection. Soup is provided most Sundays along with other sweet and savory options. More about food on Sundays...