For us these words are more than a tune and some nice words. These words encapsulate the kind of extravagant welcome we believe God has extended to us – a welcome God has called us to pass along to everyone else. Within the unfathomable reaches of God’s grace, we are learning to follow Christ through simple yet profound practices of discipleship. And along the way we have a lot of fun too!
We are an Open and Affirming Church in the United Church of Christ, our denomination. Our inclusive values are communicated through this statement:
First Congregational Church of Elgin is a community of followers of Jesus Christ who are open and affirming of all people. We believe that God’s love embraces all people, no matter what sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status they may have. However the rest of the world describes you, and however you describe yourself: you are welcome at FCC-E.
As Elgin’s first church, established in 1836, we are committed to staying in downtown Elgin and continuing the ministry we began so long ago. But we are not bound to the past. In these days of rapid change within the culture, and within the church, we are rooted in tradition while also transforming into the future. We do not believe we have all the answers. We do believe we are called to follow Jesus and explore the journey open to us.
So whether you are a spiritual seeker just beginning your journey, or a committed believer continuing your walk with Christ, “you are welcome here, no matter who you are.”