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No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! That means we are grateful for your presence regardless as to whether you are a casual visitor, frequent participant or active member. We are a Christian community encompassing diversities of age, family types, races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, educational attainment and a wide spectrum of educational abilities, and seek to address the spiritual needs of all.

Ours is a faith both...

– Ancient and modern, seeking to learn from traditions of faith and spiritual wisdom thousands of years old but applying the principles of love and faith to modern lives;

– Local and global. We give over $100,000 a year to local charities and ministries addressing the needs of people in need. We support the work of the United Church of Christ in the broader United States and around the world. Our youth ministry leads an annual mission trip that combines doing good and spiritual growth throughout the United States.

– Intellectual and emotive. We are a people who actively question how we can grow in faith, whether we focus upon such questions of faith as:

> To believe or not believe in God.

> Is the Christian faith is right for you?

> What this faith about Jesus means to you,

> How you can deepen your walk with Christ,

> What does it mean for my children to grow in the Christian faith?

We are part of a Christian tradition, the covenantal tradition that holds that each person develops their own faith, as seems right to them, and always hold up the liberty of conscience in spiritual matters. 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.”

Free Parking

On Sundays on the gravel lot on the east side of the church;

- Handicap parking is located on the north side of the church, with entrance on Center Street,


– In the municipal parking structure at the corner of E. Chicago and Spring St. and in the municipal lot on the corner of Geneva St. and Highland Ave.


– On all local streets except in the winter when 2” or more of snow has fallen. Please note that East Chicago Street will be one way with limited parking in 2019 and 2020.

Worship Services

We are now back in person for our worship services!

*Effective 8/30/2021 masks will be mandatory indoors regardless of vaccination status per State of Illinois Executive Order. 

Sundays at 9:30AM live-streaming on YouTube:  


Worship services usually last about an hour. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month in both services.

This service includes the choir, bell choir, and special music throughout most of the year. You’ll frequently hear special music performances by our talented musicians as well as local and regional talent.  We love Children at First Congregational Church.  They participate in a portion of the service and are then invited to attend Sunday School which is offered during service throughout the school year, August-May.


Families of all sizes, shapes, and hues are welcome and cherished at First Congregational Church. We are a congregation of diverse backgrounds, living in families of various configurations, who hold in common a desire to see our children flourish as they discover a friend in Jesus.


Whether your child is teddy bear clutching, or gregarious, a boy who likes princess movies, or a girl who plays football, he or she will fit in fine! It is our joy to enfold all children—the fearless, the questioning, the sweet, the anxious, and the huggers—within the circle of God’s unending love.


Our Sunday School program is offered during the 9:30 service on Sunday mornings. All children and families gather together for worship during the first part of the worship service. Worship bags are available in the back of the sanctuary for children to use as they wait for worship to begin. Parents are encouraged to help their children learn to worship by showing them how to follow along in the bulletin and join in singing the hymns. Just prior to the scripture reading the children are invited to attend their age appropriate Sunday School classes for a biblically based lesson. Our program invites children to use their intelligence and imagination as they listen to the story, wonder and make meaning for themselves. We seek to nurture a faith in children that will grow with them as they mature.

Our Sunday School program is offered from September through May for newborns – senior high school. During the summer we encourage families to worship together. The nursery is provided year-round for infants – 3year olds.

Support During the Service

We offer large-print bulletins for those who forgot their reading glasses.

There is an elevator for access to Fellowship Hall and upper floor classrooms and meeting rooms.

Coffee Hour & Fellowship

We also have a friendly gathering for coffee and treats immediately following the 9:30 service in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy tasty healthy, and not-so-healthy, treats while you visit and catch up with your new friends.

Recent Worship Videos

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