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All are Welcome here!

You are welcome here, no matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey…

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.”

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First Congregational

United Church of Christ - Elgin, IL


Embraces diversity, social justice, and progressive theology. Open and affirming, promoting love, acceptance, and inclusion.

About Us

Want to know more about our Church that started in Elgin founder, James Gifford's cabin? Meet our Church staff and learn more about the structure of First Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ.

Upcoming Events

Our Sunday services, special musical events, Ministry groups and community outreach offer ways to connect with our congregation regularly. Join us!

How We Give

We believe we are called to touch lives not only in our immediate, local community, but also in the larger world in need.

Welcome From Pastor Jesse

Welcome to First Congregational Church of Elgin! I’m so glad you found our website!

One of the important affirmations in the United Church of Christ is, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
Are you craving an authentic connection to God? Are you looking for a progressive message about faith and spirituality?
Are you ready for a sense of belonging and involvement? Are you seeking to find meaning in your unanswered questions?

Then FCC Elgin is the place for you!

We’re a spiritual community with a long, rich, diverse heritage here in Elgin for 184+ years. We’re a church that is proudly progressive, intentionally inclusive, and authentically Christian. We honor many paths to God, encourage questions, seek social justice, care for the planet, and welcome LGBTQ individuals and families.

There are many ways to learn more about us and get involved, so please explore our website and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Peace to you in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Jesse Tanner