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DAMARIS Women's Group

The women’s dining out group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at a different restaurant each month.  They  meet at 1 PM for lunch followed by a short Bible study.    Click here to email  for more information.

ECO Group

ECO Group

A small group exploring how to live greener, connect our faith in to faithful stewardship of the environment and address global climate change. Meets every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.



Are you a “BOB”?  Would you like to be a “BOB”?  Our men’s breakfast group called “Boys Out for Breakfast” (hence “BOB” – get it?) meets at Alexander’s on Hwy. 31 just north of the tollway on the third Tuesday of each month at 8:30am. There is no agenda except fellowship and good food at the start of the day.  Click here to email Tom Howard that you’re interested.

Women's Study Group

Women's Study Group

Are you free during the day on Thursday? We’d love to have you join our Women’s Study Group which meets on Thursdays from 10:30 am — 12 pm in the Conference Room at FCC.  We choose books and Bible studies on various topics and discuss how they are relevant to our lives today.  Many go out to lunch after the study. Feel free to join the group at any time.

Want to be involved? We want you here!

To learn more about any of these ministry services call the church at 847-741-4045 or fill out our contact form today.

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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.

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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.

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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