Here at First Congregational United Church of Christ we sing those words at the beginning of worship every Sunday morning. For us they are more than a tune and some nice words. They 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.
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 sailing into the future. Plus, we do not believe we have all the answers. We do believe we are called to follow Jesus and explore the pilgrimage given to us.
So whether you are a spiritual seeker just beginning your walk toward God, or a committed believer continuing your walk with Christ, “you are welcome here, no matter who you are.”
*Words and music by Gerard DeMan. Copyright © 2009 The Pilgrim Press. All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-712346.